Numbers to remember

The second number is 24.10.09, which stands for 24th October 2009. That's when the 'doing something' part really kicks off. Our friends at - the campaign headed up by Dr Hansen and Bill McKibben - have chosen 24th October as a day of global action on climate change. nef has some exciting plans for this day already (more of which to be revealed in due course), but for now, check out this little trailer and start dreaming up some actions of your own.


Britain’s supplicant state

That was the rhetoric - a shift from top-down targets to individual entitlements - but when it comes to localism, Gordon Brown is the victim of a huge misunderstanding. Targets are targets, Mr Brown: you don't escape the huge inefficiencies they produce by having fewer of them, or by dressing them up as entitlements that people can enforce. More

89 months and counting

OK, so the audience did laugh spontaneously at that point. But what makes people cling so tenaciously to denial that they would entertain ludicrous feats just to preserve the status quo, rather than embrace relatively simple changes - like switching the energy system away from fossil fuels - and in the process create jobs and greater energy security and (even if they don't accept its reality) tackle climate change?


Denham is ignoring inequality

Well if you are John Denham you clearly abdicate any responsibility for this fact by trying to claim that people don't care about inequality anyway. Representative democracy has been brought low in recent times and many think it is on its knees. A cloying and calculated attendance to 'middle class voters' interests is hardly the shot in the arm it requires. More

A cheap flight to ancient Pompeii, anyone?

There's a fantastic sketch in a recent episode of That Mitchell and Webb Look. It's first-century Pompeii, and the city consul Robert Webb has called his most trusted soothsayer Quintillius, played by David Mitchell, to discuss the dark smokey clouds that are hovering over his city. Having established that the forecast is hardly rosy, the consul suggests making an offering to appease the angry gods.


Growth as usual won’t fix the crisis

Sadly, there are few signs of a new approach which takes seriously the 'triple crunch' of the financial, environmental and energy crises. Rather, governments are turning back to tried and tested state-led growth strategies to reflate national economies, pumping liquidity into credit markets and creating new or bringing forward existing public spending plans. In other words, there has been a return to post-war Keynesianism - the doctrine that the state could and should regulate the market and step in to boost demand whenever required. More

Film competition: win £1,000 with 1 Minute to Save the World

So you've probably seen An Inconvenient Truth and The Age of Stupid. They're both pretty good. But perhaps you think you can do better. Perhaps you think not only can you make the most astounding, life-altering and empowering film about climate change that the world has ever seen, but also you can make it in less than one minute.


High drama in the world of statistics

When nef started advocating subjective measures of well-being - i.e. asking people how they feel their life is going - as a tool to guide policy, we were entering almost virgin territory. But it seems that the world of government statistics has started to catch up with projects such as our Happy Planet Index. Subjective well-being is part of official statistics in several countries including New Zealand, Canada and even the UK. More

World attitudes to climate change

Earlier this week, Jeremy Williams pointed out that in the UK, people are far more concerned about the effects of recession that they are about any environmental issue. And while this won't come as a surprise to any environmentalist, it can be disheartening to see the wide disparity between concern about economy and concern about environment. More

88 months and counting

As bizarre as it sounds, a rough equivalent of this otherwise unimaginable scenario is playing itself out at the Vesta wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight - the subject of a high-profile sit-in protest by some of its workforce. More

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