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Who must lead climate action?

COP26 is taking place next week, where the world’s leaders will hopefully agree on the dramatic action needed to avert a climate crisis. But we can’t leave it to them - we must all act, now. Mel Young: I live in Scotland and COP26 is on everyone’s lips. Obviously it is an extremely important summit … Continue reading Who must lead climate action?

is a new system the answer to all our problems?

A lot seems to be going wrong at the moment. Mel and Alex discuss what the root cause is, and how we can attempt to fix it. Alex Matthews: We seem to be in a bit of an ‘omnishambles’ in the UK at the moment. Every time you read a newspaper or switch on the … Continue reading is a new system the answer to all our problems?

Slow down, you move too fast…

...you've got to make the morning last...' Were Simon and Garfunkel on to something? Our lives have become so busy, and we always feel like we have to be doing, achieving, getting. It impacts on our mental and physical health, and on the planet. Should slowing down be a core value of the New Ism? Mel and Alex discuss in their latest conversation-blog. 

Should young people lead the fight against climate change?

Across the world, leaders are setting ambitious targets in the fight against climate change, whilst at the same time greenlighting projects which contribute to global warming. Meanwhile, young people understand the threat the planet faces and are pushing for change - is it time to hand the environmental reins to them? Mel and Alex discuss … Continue reading Should young people lead the fight against climate change?

Can – and should – great local ideas be applied globally?

There are examples across the world of communities, societies and entire countries implementing great ideas that really work, from subsidising electric cars in Norway to microinsurance in Rwanda. Could we scale these ideas globally and should we? Mel and Alex discuss in this week's conversation-blog. Alex Matthews: Something that I really enjoy is reading about … Continue reading Can – and should – great local ideas be applied globally?

Should the G7 be making decisions on behalf of the entire world?

Mel Young: The G7 is meeting in the UK from tomorrow, and it is grabbing a lot of attention. The issue of taxation of global tech companies has already been aired. But I wonder why it is the remit of the G7 to make decisions about global taxation? I hadn’t really clocked which countries made … Continue reading Should the G7 be making decisions on behalf of the entire world?

Returning to normal: a squandered opportunity?

As the world opens up again, people are, understandably, looking forward to ‘going back to normal’. But the pandemic, as well as all the horror and grief, also offered humanity the opportunity to pause and consider our relationship with the planet and with others. By going back to normal, will we squander the opportunity to … Continue reading Returning to normal: a squandered opportunity?