A random collection of things that inspire, interest and trouble me
from the world of design, politics, art and culture.

Thom Yorke plays the Age of Stupid launch

Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: activism, behaviour, environment, film, music | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thom York performing ‘Reckoner’ as part of the Age of Stupid film launch. The film calls for a global wake up to how our wasteful behaviour is increasing the risk of catastrophic climate change:



Posted: September 14th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: behaviour, environment, events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

If you are in London or surrounds and interested in issues of sustainability, check out these two events staged as part of the 2009 London Design Festival. You need to register to attend these events put on by Greengaged.


Design for life: barriers to behaviour change (curated by Ed Gillespie)
September 21, 2009. 8.30am to 10pm (includes a Swishing clothes swapping event after 7pm)
Why is change happening so slowly? What are the barriers to change, both behaviourally and in the context of design? Where can great design interventions really make a difference? This will be a day of challenges, questions and opportunities around the role of design in what we wear, what we eat, where we live and how we get around

Co-oportunity: a day for world builders (curated by John Grant)
September 22. 9am-6pm

Co-opportunity is about how co-operative, community systems have the potential to build a more sustainable, resilient, prosperous society at all levels – working for the common good. In John’s engaging approach to workshops you will learn about co-operative systems by actually creating solution – starting with the world’s financial banking system – as an example of the power of systems redesign.

The Age of Stupid

Posted: September 14th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: behaviour, environment, film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Go see this film. Everyone is talking about it, even Thom Yorke. The basic premise of the film is that we are a stupid species who seem to be hell bent on destroying ourselves and the planet that was unlucky enough to be lumped with us. I fear that it might be one of those films that only the converted go to see. So please—if you are going—take a climate change sceptic with you. You are bound to find one somewhere (hint: they are the ones driving the SUV).

Global attitudes to climate change

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: environment | Tags: , | No Comments »

From the Pew Global Attitudes Project

There also is a substantial gap in concern over global warming – roughly two-thirds of Japanese (66%) and Indians (65%) say they personally worry a great deal about global warming. Roughly half of the populations of Spain (51%) and France (46%) also express great concern over global warming, based on those who have heard about the issue.

But there is no evidence of alarm over global warming in either the United States or China – the two largest producers of greenhouse gases. Just 19% of Americans and 20% of the Chinese who have heard of the issue say they worry a lot about global warming – the lowest percentages in the 15 countries surveyed. Moreover, nearly half of Americans (47%) and somewhat fewer Chinese (37%) express little or no concern about the problem.


Earth Hour

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: environment | Tags: , , | No Comments »

As a symbolic gesture, Earth Hour has been very successful. It has its detractors however, mostly from people who mistake its symbolic status for real action and believe that people taking part think that they are actually saving energy. This article however, critiques it from another viewpoint, that the choice of metaphor for the event (turning off lights) is one that may seem negative to people who are against behaviour change for the environment. Turning off the lights is a symbol (to these people) of returning to the dark ages.

Inconvenient Youth and We Can Solve It

Posted: October 10th, 2008 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: advocacy groups, environment | Tags: , | No Comments »

Inconvenient Youth is a group of young people dedicated to disseminating information about the environment to their peers. Article here from World Changing.

The We Can Solve It Campaign is a project’s goal is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis. It offers solutions and ways to take action about saving the environment from a personal and a political perspective. Short videos on the each of the pages offer a friendly way of introducing each topic.

The Green New Deal

Posted: October 10th, 2008 | Author: ktcita | Filed under: environment, future | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The Green New Deal is a response to the credit crunch and wider energy and food crises, and to the lack of comprehensive, joined-up action from politicians. It calls for:

  • Massive investment in renewable energy and wider environmental transformation in the UK, leading to,
  • The creation of thousands of new green collar jobs
  • Reining in reckless aspects of the finance sector – but making low-cost capital available to fund the UK’s green economic shift
  • Building a new alliance between environmentalists, industry, agriculture, and unions to put the interests of the real economy ahead of those of footloose finance

The Green New Deal is published by nef on behalf of the Green New Deal Group. Link here to news articles related to this publication.