The art of avoiding an argument

At the moment I’m reading Dale Carnegie’s classic book, ‘How to win friends & influence people’. It’s an oldie but a goodie. And the man makes a valid point: no one can win an argument. Continue reading


Can one person really make a difference?

Can one person make a difference in terms of the environmental issues we are facing? If you ask five people this question, you’ll probably get five different answers. Here’s my answer: unless you try, you definitely won’t. Continue reading

A nation’s priorities

So apparently almost half of New Zealanders don’t think that climate change is an urgent and immediate problem. If you say that 52.4 percent of people do think it’s an urgent problem, it doesn’t sound so bad. Until you realise that four years ago, 75.4 percent of people thought it was an urgent problem. That’s a pretty big drop, considering that the problem hasn’t actually gone away. If anything, it’s probably more urgent now than it was four years ago. Continue reading

The five stages

A while ago I read about someone saying that the five stages of grief (the Kübler-Ross model) can describe how people react to bad news, including peak oil. When you think about, that applies not just to peak oil, but to climate change in general. Here are the five stages, and the climate change statements that I think are characteristic of each one: Continue reading

Connecting the dots

Today is ‘Climate Impacts Day’, which is organised by This year for them is all about connecting the dots between climate change and the crazy weather we’re seeing. And if you’re wondering why they’re called, 350 parts per million (ppm) is the number which according to scientists is the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We’re currently sitting at 392ppm. Continue reading

On thin ice

I recently watched the BBC series ‘Frozen planet’, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. As I watched the first six episodes, I will admit to feeling a bit disappointed that there was no mention of any changes brought about by global climate change. However, it seems they were just saving it up; in episode 7, they finally looked at the melting of the polar ice caps and what it means, not just for the wildlife, but for people too. Continue reading