Climate Tuesday, 22nd February

I’m still not quite sure whether dedicating Tuesdays to Climate each week and Thursdays to Multilingual works – any views out there?

1. As recommended by Hala Ahmed in her BBELT talk on Climate Action in Language Education last week, the Earth Day site  https://www.earthday.org/

Try their personal plastic footprint calculator https://www.earthday.org/plastic-pollution-calculator-2/ I’ve not dared calculate my own plastic footprint yet – it will be horrendous.

2. Something a bit different, a report from the Medinge Group thinktank from Trondheim in Norway: ‘Brands with a Conscience – A research study into how business can do the right thing and be profitable’ https://medinge.org/brands-with-a-conscience-a-research-study-into-how-business-can-do-the-right-thing-and-be-profitable/ PDF below.

Here’s the ‘who we are’ section on the Medinge website https://medinge.org/who-we-are/

3. A recent LRB (London Review of Books) podcast, The Climate Colossus, was dedicated to a discussion of the influence of the work of the 2018 Nobel Prize winner for Economics, William Nordhaus https://www.lrb.co.uk/podcasts-and-videos/podcasts/the-lrb-podcast/the-climate-colossus

There’s also a review in the recent issue of Nordhaus’s recent book, The Spirit of Green: The Economics of Collisions and Contagions in a Crowded World https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n03/geoff-mann/check-your-spillover

I fear that may be behind a paywall, but you can usually get a number of LRB free articles each month. I’m resisting the temptation to add a PDF below…

4. Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’ last week was ‘Treeline’ by Ben Rawlence. Five fifteen-minute episodes, one each on Scotland, Norway, Siberia, Canada and Greenland https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014g14

“The trees are on the move, and they shouldn’t be. Ben Rawlence discovers what the moving treeline can tell us about the past, present and future of our planet.”

Episode 2 is about the Sami people’s experience with climate change, which was also described in the DDRN piece last Climate Tuesday.

5. Free till this Friday only, a Finborough Theatre piece, An Earl’s Court Miscellany https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/production/finboroughfrontier-an-earls-court-miscellany/  https://youtu.be/rBI4Nb-jYFU Dip in and out – you may not want to watch straight through.

Here’s a bit more on the tiny Finborough https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/about-us/

6. And, finally, prompted by my usual experience on a Monday when watching the University Challenge quiz show, recognising a tune immediately and not having a clue who wrote it or what it is called https://youtu.be/-7jjo8UICjQ

And it wasn’t much better forty-five years ago – photo below.

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