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Mobbs' Environmental Investigations:

Work Archive

For many years I've worked primarily with community groups – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

For details of the licensing restrictions on using these resources, see the Copyright and Sharing page.

Work Archive:
Main Index

Articles

Handouts

Infographics

Media Coverage

Podcasts

Presentations

Ramblinactivist

Reports/Research

Themes

Video and Audio

See also:

Musings

Ecolonomics

Writing, Articles and Books

Twenty-five years of professional work; over thirty years as a community 'activist'; almost all of it captured on computer. The best of that is housed here, totalling hundreds of files comprising a few hundred megabytes of data.

Working with community groups, the one thing I've come to understand is that information sharing is essential. It's important to document community-based activism. Not for yourself, but to share with others so others might learn and utilize that experience.

This archive contains some of the most useful of my work. Not all of it, not necessarily 'the best', but rather that which illustrates processes or ideas which others might use to perform their own local activism.

In additional I suggest that you also look at the Free Range On-line Virtual Library. This contains a host of reports, scientific papers and government papers which provide further information useful to community data-based activism.

The files in this archive are organized by type. Some files appear in more than one category, particularly in the reports section. If you wish to look at a particular issue, the 'themes' sections provide a listing for all the files by category rather than by type.


Recent publications:

inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Methane clathrate – the last desperate hope of the fossil fuels industry'

04/08/2017

"Extreme Energy" is a term which encompasses many different forms of 'unconventional' energy resources. From fracking, to tar sands, to some types of renewable energy which take more energy and carbon to produce than they save, these 'extreme' energy sources represent the last hope of the global energy corporations. Why this is so tells a much greater truth about the global commitment to address the issue of climate change.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 6/17: 'The Free Range Weekend Firepit'

14/07/2017

At the end of a Free Range Network Gathering in West Wales we relax around the fire. The just waning full moon goes hazy as the cloud closes in, and as the temperature falls the mists rise. Then Tim blows dige as we meditate on the flames, the flickering lighting up the mist around the leafy hollow we're enclosed within. All's well :-)

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inc image Ramblinactivist 5/17: 'Summer Solstice, with Subtitles'

05/07/2017

Come with me on an early morning, Solstice walk... I had so many things to think about, given it was a rare chance to get out for a walk. In the end, my mind just shut down and enjoyed the view. Sometimes it's necessary just to shut up and listen – hence the subtitles. To simple be, rather than 'being'. That's the essence of marking certain days by reconnecting with nature. It's not for experience of some other, perceived 'natural' time; it's for the change in perspective it brings amidst our distracted lives.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 4/17: 'The Free Range 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate'

14/06/2017

Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

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This 'ramblinactivist' video shows the process of building and using the grate – enjoying an evening not just 'out in the sticks', but 'cooking with sticks too.

file icon Design handout
For the detailed design information, and background on the use of the grate and land law in England and Wales, see the design handout on the Free Range Activism Website

file icon Mobbsey's Musings: 'Taking the Fossil Fuels out of Camp Cooking'
The are some innocuous uses of fossil fuels which go largely unnoticed. One such example is camping outdoors. Camping shops sell a variety of stoves fuelled by gas, liquid petrol or methanol, or chemical-based solid fuel compounds. Thing is, if you're outdoors, is the use of fossil fuels necessary?
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inc image The Free Range Do-It-Yourself 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate

14/06/2017

Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Conservatives Planning 'Frackageddon' After Election'

05/06/2017

Very few electors read manifestos, let alone debate the detail of them. That's a pity, as it might change the nature of the tired debates we see at every election. For this week's general election, the Conservative Party's manifesto outlines a sharp break in British planning and environmental policy of a scale not seen since the 1980s. Ostensibly their aim is to make 'fracking' require more exacting regulation. That sounds really great in theory. In practice it depends what your legal definition of 'fracking' is.

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inc image Ecolonomics no.17: The 'Fracking' Election – Why the 2017 UK General Election is a ground-breaking test of British environmental policy

02/06/2017

I have been researching the issue of unconventional gas and oil in the UK since 2009 – shortly after the Government's 13th On-shore Licensing Round awarded many of the petroleum exploration and production licences (PEDLs) which are being drilled around Britain right now. Over that time the Government has steadily 'lost control' of the issue by a combination of public resistance, industry failure in the US and elsewhere, and changing economics. Today though, the response to the inherent problems of the Government's oil and gas policy represents not only an unprecedented twist in this long saga, but also an unprecedented break in UK environmental and town planning policy. What the Conservatives propose in their election manifesto is to make the development of on-shore oil and gas, below the criteria of what constitutes a 'major' operation in The Infrastructure Act 2015, "permitted development". It's important to unpack this seemingly subtle change to understand its true impact – and why it is so significant.

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file icon UK PEDLs/contituencies map
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file icon North West PEDLs/contituencies map
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file icon North East PEDLs/contituencies map
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file icon South East PEDLs/contituencies map
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inc image Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain – A report for Talk Fracking

24/05/2017

This report seeks to explain how the debate over the gaseous emissions from 'fracking', and their impacts on climate change, has changed over the last few years – and precisely why that debate is critical to how the Whitehall Government has justified, and promoted, onshore oil and gas extraction in Britain.

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file icon Talk Fracking's published version
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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure – How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain'

24/05/2017

As the Conservative Manifesto portends a planning 'free for all' for shale gas, Talk Fracking launches its new report demonstrating the flaws in the Government's case on fracking and climate change. Research published over the last 18 months, outlined in Talk Fracking's new report, questions the accuracy of the data used in the Mackay-Stone report. As a result of this new information Whitehall's scientific case has arguably collapsed.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 3/17: 'Hummus and mindfulness – Skills, resilience and relaxation beyond consumerism'

18/05/2017

We all have to consume; it's a necessary reality of existence. However, in the 'Consumer Society' the most radical thing you can do is not to consume 'as directed' – by finding alternative options that meets your needs while enacting a set of principles in opposition to that overbearing and exploitative economic paradigm. This principle was self-evident during one of Britain's darkest consumer crises of late... 'the hummus shortage'.

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