Jonathon Porritt remains optimistic on ecological prospects, despite the evidence. Nevertheless I recommend this video, by the Bristol Festival of Ideas,
Kate Raworth’s excellent book Doughnut Economics falls the same single step short, (blog posts on13/8/2017 and 29/11/2020), but (imo) Porritt gets closer. At 25 minutes in to the 46 minute video, promoting his book Hope in Hell, after Porritt’s talk. Alix Dietzel asks the cfrucial question: “ Why the (50 year) delay”.
Porritt gives answers very similar to those you will find in this weblog, and to be honest, his answer gets closer than mine on the worriesof those whose livelihoods, not just profits, depend on fossil fuels. I was nevertheless surprised that he did not mention the climate denial campaign at this point. I assume it is in the book.
However on the other question, although Porritt recognizes the insecurity for most in contemplating downsizing,, he offers no way of providing security to make what is necessary possible. Mine is to be found in my weblog ‘Page’ which says ‘Start here’. I have been waiting nearly 50 years for anything better.
As I have said many times, my suggestion is not a panacea, just a catalyst, or a lubricant. I claim only a different pattern of insights and blind spots to most others. But one such blind spot remains: why Porritt or any other normal mind expects popular agreement to downsizing without some form of economic security.. I can only guess, but do they all think in terms of practical solutions, whenthe the real paradigm shif needed is philosophical?
Porritt himself receives far too much correspondence to notice an email from me. Can somebody at leat please help me to run my propopsal – the unconditional basic income – past him? If I am right, the fate of the ecosphere depends on it.
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I shall not repeat the lies Boris has told to get us into this ‘no deal’ disaster. Nor will I repeat the explanations of how the ‘Australian’ solutions are more lies. He has succeeded in his aim: He has delivered to the transnational companies what they wanted.