Time for Buddhist Economics?

This morning, the Financial Times ran an article highlighting calls from Andreas Utermann (CEO of Allianz Global Investors) and Anne Richards (Chief Executive of Fidelity International) for a shift away from the relentless pursuit of economic growth which lies at the heart of modern capitalism.  It may well be time to consider alternative economic models…

HAS DAVID ATTENBOROUGH “BETRAYED THE LIVING WORLD HE LOVES”?

Shortly before David Attenborough’s new series Dynasties hit the screens in the UK, the veteran broadcaster/presenter was the subject of a targeted article by environmental activist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot.  Monbiot, whose piece proved unsurprisingly controversial, claimed that Attenborough has “betrayed the living world he loves” by “downplaying our environmental crisis” and generating “complacency,…

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?

Hi all! You’ll notice this is my first article for some time.  I’ve been very busy getting a sustainability-focused business project off the ground, but that’s no excuse for slacking. So the PBD returns with another book review (following my April 2017 article on Keith Somerville’s Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa). Just in time for a last-minute…

Seas of Plastic

A wise man once said that “humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”. But just how dirty have the Earth’s oceans become? Greenpeace hit the headlines in London a few weeks ago, as activists placed a striking sculpture – “Plasticide” – outside…

Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa

Something slightly different today – a book review. But I’ve not reviewed a book since…well, I can’t remember… So let’s start with a quote to get us going: “The elephant is the most harassed of all African mammals…Its reduction in numbers is still progressing, and special measures may become necessary in order to save it from extinction” Perhaps…

Ol Pejeta & The Wonderful World of Rhinos (and Chimps!)

From six o’clock on Thursday, several hundred people gathered at the Royal Institute of Great Britain in London’s Mayfair for an event organised by UK-based charity, Helping Rhinos. The evening, “Wonderful World of Rhinos”, was in aid of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, a reserve officially established in 2004, and now home to the last three…

Saving the Iberian Lynx

We’ve already seen how invasive species, introduced into ecosystems by humans, pushed the kakapo and black robin to the edge of extinction in New Zealand. We’ve seen how the destruction of tropic rainforest for palm oil cultivation is endangering orang-utans, tigers, elephants and other fauna in Malaysia and Indonesia. Through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,…

Conservation Success Story II

For last week’s Conservation Success Story, we looked at the black robin, whose recovery from the brink of extinction was a quite remarkable feat of endurance, both from the robins themselves and the team of New Zealand conservationists who worked day and night through the 1980s to sustain a healthy population. While we’re over in…

All Things Pangolin

In case you didn’t know, 18 February 2017 was World Pangolin Day.  But what are pangolins? And why do they get a whole day all to themselves? To find out, I made my way to the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) seminar – “Saving Pangolins: Earth’s Most Trafficked Wild Mammals”. Here’s the speakers: From right to…