Most of what we buy we don’t need, but the culture of consumerism is so ingrained that we believe we do, or, at least, that we deserve to have what we want. Retailers, manufacturers and their advertising agencies tell us so. But is it necessary to become a nonconsumer? The evidence that humanity is suffocating its home planet is mounting; biodiversity loss, global heating, … [Read more...] about Nonconsumerism: why shopping is killing the planet
The science is unquestionable, the message loud and clear, we need to change our way of life. And now. A climate emergency is under way. The only place we know of in the universe which can support humanity is dying. The lives of its seven billion inhabitants are at risk. The response should take the form of a global crisis plan in which the governance of nation states becomes … [Read more...] about Climate Crisis: how to act NOW to protect the planet
I left my PhD after a year. I loved my topic but I didn't want to just read about it, I wanted to live it. I didn't feel the need to prove my knowledge and experience to others and I didn't need to be recognised as a master of my field. The passion was certainly there (in bucketloads), and I did want to promote the idea to others. But that is not a PhD. Talking my thoughts … [Read more...] about Why I left my PhD
We have made a conscious choice to be a one child family. There are many reasons for this, but before I had my son, I decided that having one child seemed a responsible thing to do for our planet. I would not judge others for having more. It's a very personal choice. Of course, I realised my views might change once I became a parent. I might feel an unbearable urge for … [Read more...] about Why we are a one child family
Women’s bodies are political. They have, since prehistory, been a site of power struggles, conflict and repression. In recent times, despite less constraints on dress and behaviour, the tenets of modern ‘womanhood’ are still the wearing of make-up, a bra and removal of body hair. To not conform to these practices is a social statement equivalent to getting body art, wearing … [Read more...] about Ladylike or like a lady: Does gender matter?