It is often said that in the face of the type of crises we face individual action is ineffective and that the only way ‘progress’ can be made in changing things – is by mass collective action. On the face of it this is obvious. 

Chapter 50 of "The Way" by Teddy Goldsmith contains a very important insight into the way population controls work in a balanced eco-system that both gives the lie to the simplistic Malthusian view of population issues and also points the way to a much more sophisticated discussion of population and how and why this needs to be folded in to our understanding of the crises we are facing. 

It seems that Professor Bendell’s paper entitled “Deep Adaptation” is being quite widely circulated which is great. Following on from Rupert Read’s piece,, published here a year ago and in line with much other thought and discussion about what comes next and how to live in it the Deep Adaptation paper is a really useful contribution in widening the debate. 

You can read the paper here, and Prof.Bendell’s blog is here. Rupert’s piece is linked above and has now also been published elsewhere and he has ‘come out’ as the author, his (very) occasional blog is here – I think he is more active on Facebook but I don’t go there any more. 

Just finished reading Paul Kingsnorth’s collection of essays “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist”.


Kingsnorth (it seems wrong to call him Paul since we have never met, and Mister Kingsnorth is a bit formal, but using just his surname is a bit school and demeaning – at least if you went to the sort of school we both evidently did. But then I remember that even friends called each other by our surnames at school – or sometimes an adapted version which is where CrOsborne came from – so perhaps it is okay).