The Free Range Network - 'WEIRD';
Issue No.5, Mabon 2021: Research for the End of Your 'Normal' Everyday Existence
A special edition on the white-heat of eco-research about British consumption 'on-the-never-Neverland'. In summary: We are not in a situation of having ‘problems’ with ‘possible solutions’; we are in a ‘predicament’ with only a few, mostly unwelcome ‘outcomes’ to choose from.
Note: Breaking with our usual ‘no linking’ convention, for this edition of WEIRD, each of the article headings contains a list of the academic studies referenced in it for you to download & read.
Introduction: Introducing the science for the end of your 'normal' everyday existence We are not in a situation of having ‘problems’ with ‘possible solutions’; we are in a ‘predicament’ with only a few, mostly unwelcome ‘outcomes’ to choose from.
History file: Bill Devall – ‘The Deep Ecology Movement’ Published in 1980, this tract was the first to outline the split between ‘eco-reformers’ & ‘deep ecologists’.
References: ☮ “It's the economy, stoooopid!”
Environmentalism uses tech. as a sticking plaster; research says it’s affluence driving destruction.
References: ☮ ‘Are humans a virus?’
In these times of disruptive pandemic, it might be interesting to figure how all other life on Earth looks at us.
References: ☮ “...a felt need for increased efficiency”
The fatal flaw at the heart of the mainstream debate over efficiency and ecological impact – the ‘rebound effect’.
References: ☮ ‘Consumption is a temporal illusion’
There is a religious zealotry amongst those who ‘worship’ technology; they will form a lobby resistant to change.
References: ☮ ‘The Party is Over... Time to Clean-up’
Study after study has mapped the coming crash of human consumption. It’s time for the willing to make lifeboats.
References: ☮ ‘The problem IS affluent society’
Ideas to solve the ecological crisis take industrial society as an ‘invariant factor’. It’s time to change that.
Nature Urban Sustainability:
, vol. 1 art. 5, February 2021; ‘Radical changes are needed for transformations to a good Anthropocene’ Nature Communications:
, vol. 11 art. 4174, 1st September 2020; ‘Renewable energy production will exacerbate mining threats to biodiversity’ Nature Sustainability:
, vol.4 pp.731-738, April 2021; ‘The importance of resource security for poverty eradication’ Nature:
, vol.461 pp.472-475, 24th September 2009; ‘A safe operating space for humanity’ Ecological Complexity:
, vol.3 no.2 pp.91-103, June 2006; ‘Social complexity and sustainability’ Globalisations:
, 4th Sept. 2020. ‘What does de-growth mean? A few points of clarification’ ☮ ‘We must embrace in a new relationship with the land’
The only certain way to reduce global impacts is to re-establish that relationship to the land and natural systems.
, vol. 118 no. 17 art. e2023483118, April 2021; ‘People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry:
, vol. 65 pp.6255-6262, June 2014; ‘The Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water’ Journal of Cleaner Production:
, vol. 197 no. 2 pp. 1823-1839, 1 ‘Agriculture
and degrowth – State of the art and assessment of organic and
biotech-based agriculture from a degrowth perspective’ st October 2018; Journal of Peasant Studies:
, vol. 47 no. 2 pp. 235-264, 2020. ‘Degrowth and critical agrarian studies’ ☮
Numerical Ramblings: ‘The zombie pro-nuclear lobby’ Why do the advocates of nuclear power refuse to die, or at least see statistical reason?