Doughnuts, California bloom, and the Great Barrier Reef…

Hi, this is Geoff,

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Let’s jump into this week’s Friday Five…

Vive la France: No, I’m not about to wade into France’s upcoming election, though it has been fascinating to watch the dynamics unfolding there. Instead, I want to touch base on something incredible that’s been recently mandated: “A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels…They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.” Full details can be read here.

California Bloom: “In 2015, California finally got heavy rainfall again, leading to the “super bloom” of 2016, which was especially spectacular in Death Valley National Park. Wildflowers carpeted the barren desert terrain, attracting hordes of tourists seeking a glimpse of the blooms.” Some fascinating before and after photos can be seen in the overview here.

Great Barrier Reef: These words from the legendary David Attenborough, spoken almost a year ago, really hit home: “The twin perils brought by climate change, an increase in the temperature of the ocean and its acidity, if they continue to rise at the present rate the reefs will be gone within decades and that would be a global catastrophe…Do we really care so little about the earth on which we live that we don’t want to protect one of the world’s greatest wonders from the consequences of our behaviour?” The full interview can be read here, and Attenborough’s gorgeous and interactive site dedicated to just this issue is worth spending some time on. And if the topic feels heavy and you prefer some satire to lighten the mood, you can check out Betotta Advocate’s hilarious take on it – but be warned, there is some slightly graphic language here.

Doughnuts? No, I’m not talking about these delicious things. Rather, an insightful new book by the same name (Doughnut Economics), attempts to shed led on refreshing and alternative ways to think about economics and economic growth: “So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do…We cannot hope to address our predicament without a new worldview. We cannot use the models that caused our crises to solve them. We need to reframe the problem. This is what the most inspiring book published so far this year has done.” An overview of the the book by Oxford’s Kate Raworth can be read here.

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Cheers, and have a great weekend

Your friend,


2017-04-16T15:39:00+00:00 Blog|16 Comments