This GIF is inspirational in the simple way that it demonstrates why public transport is better for the environment, and also for us as human beings undertaking a daily commute.
Street art excites controversy. To some street art is graffiti, something unwanted, an attack on the urban fabric and their sense of safety within it. To others street art is a means of expression, of enlivening and humanising urban spaces, introducing humour, colour and passion.
Science tells us that we are now in the geological epoch known as the Holocene. This era has lasted for 12,000 years and encompasses the rise of humanity since the last ice age. Some scientists now think we have actually entered a new era, called the Anthropocene, an era in which the world no longerContinue reading “We’re changing the world”
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean. The Patch is characterised by an exceptionally high concentration of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Whilst much of of the Patch is madeContinue reading “Rubbish in our Oceans”
Fossil fuel depletion, and an awareness that these fuels have negative environmental impacts and economic consequences are lending credence to the notion of an ‘end of economic growth’. We have been growing on borrowed time. Alternative energy resources will need massive investment and decades of innovation and refinement before they can come anywhere near pluggingContinue reading “The end of economic growth?”
Our streets, townscapes and parks are what can make or break urban living. As we all become more hemmed in by the tide of intense urbanisation, beauty, especially that imparted by street art, becomes more important.
The continuing theme of 2011, in my view, will be the recession affecting Europe, the UK and USA. Despite growing markets elsewhere in the world, the fact remains that these are the home markets for many iconic brands and aspirational / developing trends. The continuing recession will act as a spur to ingenuity and inventiveness,Continue reading “2011: Predictions”