It’s been described as “the climate change paper so depressing its sending people to therapy.” Its author describes it as “a research paper concluding that climate-induced collapse is now inevitable.” It’s become the intellectual underpinning for people like Extinction Rebellion when they tell children they may die young. It’s Jem Bendell’s paper on Deep Adaptation. Does it bear up to scrutiny? Let’s have a look.
The University of Sydney is so keen to get women into engineering, it has lowered the bar for entry for girls. As of next year, they will get 10 additional entry points to encourage them to apply. Is it a great initiative to tackle chronic under-representation of women in tech fields? Or is it a colossal blunder that insults women and casts a shadow over those who made it on merit under the normal system? Let’s discuss.
Last week, BBC’s Hard Talk programme featured Extinction Rebellion founder Roger Hallam. During the interview he said that the science predicts mass starvation leading to the inevitable collapse of capitalism within the next ten years. He added that we would likely see the death of 6 billion people within fifty to seventy years. Was he right? We look at the science.
The UK’s new gender stereotyping ad ban delivers up its first transgressors – adverts for Philadelphia cheese and Volkswagen. We have a look at each, and ask what is the harm the Advertising Standards Agency is meant to be protecting us from, and is this effective action to change society for the better or nanny state government at its worst?
UK National treasure and professional crotchety old bloke, Michael Buerk, provoked outrage and even some nuanced discussion with a column arguing that obese people should be left alone. And if that means they die early, that’s fine because it means the national health service will save money. Controversial, or common sense? Let’s discuss!
If you want to be a change maker, and make your mark on the world, you can do a lot worse than look at how some of the people who shaped the world in the past did what they did. Learn from their successes. Learn from their failures. In this episode, we look at the extraordinary example of US President number one and hero of the war of independence, George Washington.
Esteemed actor Mark Rylance has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company because of its longstanding sponsorship deal with oil giant BP, who he directly blames for climate change. Another esteemed actor, Maureen Lipman, has called his moral stance “jolly silly”. Who’s right? – and should campaigners be focusing on BP’s sponsorships in the first place?
In the UK, we are now at the end of the big Easter period of action for Extinction Rebellion. It hit the headlines big time, got everybody talking. So was I right or wrong in my previous video, where I said that their approach was hurting, not helping?
More importantly, what was the rather surprising element I learned since that video that most of the general public don't know, and even a good portion of those that took part in the protests probably don't either?
Socially responsible businesses want to provide equal opportunities for all their employees. And even those that don't much care about their social responsibilities have to obey the law, which rightly makes it illegal to pay men and women different rates for completely comparable and equivalent jobs.
Many modern protest movements claim inspiration from the great movements of the past - specifically those led by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. But they consistently fail to learn the lessons of those historical successes.
One side on the climate change debate thinks that the science is completely on its side. The other side thinks that it's faked, or misrepresented. Neither side is following the evidence and then forming its opinion, because that's not how our brains work!
More and more the environmental movement is using children - sometimes as young as 6 years old - to voice its messages and front its campaigns. Is this a powerful device, likely to win over sceptics and waverers? Or it is exploitative and counterproductive? We discuss.
According to a new report, Americans expect companies to take stands on issues. But does that go all the way to wading into contentious party-political issues, and identifying with one side or other of a polarised country?
Recently the EAT Lancet report suggested that there is an ideal diet for 10 billion people on the planet by 2050, and it's one with minuscule amounts of meat, and way more of everything else. With the challenges of climate change, how we sustainably feed ourselves is a huge question.
At the recent UN summit, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg said that grown-ups had messed up the world. In this video, I try to give a different perspective - one that goes to common ground, rather than turning important issues into "us versus them".
A new campaign movement, calling itself the 'extinction rebellion', is carrying out acts of civil disobedience in a number of UK cities this weekend.