Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A New Home in the World

Paradise almost lost: Maldives seek to buy a new homeland

"The highest land point on the Maldives is only 2.4 metres above sea level."

Read about it here.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Eat less of this....

Or risk a lot more of this?



Alternatively, have a vegetarian teenage daughter and the barrage of guilt-inducing comments every time you sneak the occasional bacon sandwich will reduce your meat intake no end...

But as the above shows, she's right. As always.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


The facts about climate change in Bangladesh are grim, especially for the some of the poorest people on Earth, the char-dwellers who inhabit river islands made of silt; a strange, precarious space between land and water.

"I wonder how these islanders cope with this shifting terrain; how they can bear to know that the place they are living in today may not exist tomorrow. I want to know because more and more people in Bangladesh will suffer the same lot, as the sea creeps up; and because, in the not so distant future, this may be the fate of humanity worldwide."

"In the next 50 years, 17% of Bangladesh's landmass is sure to go underwater, causing more than 30 million people to become homeless. Those who live further inland will be only slightly better off: the cyclones and floods that are already a feature of the weather will occur more frequently and with greater ferocity. Geological events stimulated by changes in temperature will mean intense pulses of rainfall followed by periods of drought, and a potential collapse of the monsoon cycle itself."

Do read Losing The Ground Beneath Their Feet.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's not anything to do with us, silly...

The majority of the British public doesn't believe that climate change is caused by humans - and many others think scientists are exaggerating the problem.

Yet a report last year by more than 2,500 scientists for the UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change found a 90 per cent chance that humans were the main cause of climate change. Drastic action, they said, was needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

'The scientific evidence for climate change is clear and it is down to human activities. It is already affecting people's lives - and the impact will be much greater if we don't act now.' So says the Department for the Environment. But what would they know?
Read the full article here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kiribati's King Tide on Youtube

Click here to watch the desperate plight of the islanders of Kiribati as the sea rises and surges to their doors in a King Tide....

(Just ignore the stupid comments section.)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Kiribati's 11th Hour?

"We may be beyond redemption," said President Tong. "We may be at the point of no return, where the emissions in the atmosphere will carry on contributing to climate change, to produce a sea level change so in time our small, low-lying islands will be submerged."

Kiribati – a former British colony called the Gilbert Islands – is home to 97,000 people, most of them squeezed into the densely populated main atoll, Tarawa, a chain of islets surrounding a central lagoon. Along with other low-lying Pacific island nations such as Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, it is regarded as one of the places most vulnerable to climate change.

President Tong, a London School of Economics graduate, said emigration needed to start immediately: "We don't want to believe this, and our people don't want to believe this. It gives us a deep sense of frustration. What do we do?"

Kiribati was my inspiration for Mara's drowning island in EXODUS. I first read about the Kiribati islands in 1999. Almost a decade on, we, the outside world still have done nothing to help.

Read the full story here and here, and about how I was inspired by the Kiribati islanders here.

I've been so imaginatively involved with Kiribati's plight, all through the writing of my trilogy. They are part of the talks I do in schools and at festivals but I wish I could do something more than talk. I will think about what that might be. Ideas welcome.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Our 11th Hour?

The 11th Hour is an inspirational film from Titanic star Leonardo di Caprio, to be shown on the UK's Channel 4 this Sunday (25th May, 7.25pm).

It's a must watch; not just Doom & Gloom, the over-arching message is this:


Here is the trailer (Linkin Park's magnificent What I've Done is the soundtrack.)

Join in 11th Hour Action here and here.

Watch it. Be very scared. But most of all, be inspired.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I didn't even know it was. Join the party here.

What if we all ignored Earth Day? I certainly hope EXODUS is not the answer! Some other books on the theme.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Polar Bear Eco-therapy?

Feeling eco-anxious about the future?

"People tell me how an article about the polar bears losing their habitat was making them ill," says [eco-psychologist/therapist Melissa Pickett]. "So I place a photograph of a polar bear into the patients' hands and encourage them to have an imaginary conversation with him as a way to ease their despair." She also advises we carry rocks in our pockets to remind us of our connection with the Earth and buy one of her "sacred matrices" (yours for $10 each).

Oh dear. But more tips here. If you must.

I'll stick with the Zen monks 12 Essential Zenhabits.

I'm going to work especially hard on Zenhabit no. 4: Do less

Thursday, March 20, 2008


It's WORLD WATER DAY on March 22nd.

Can you imagine what it's like to live with
'Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink
? *

Well, have a look at the young water babies and bucket gangs here.

And enter the world of the floating village of Chong Khneas here.

And read what it's like to live in a flooded world here.

It's all so shockingly close to some of the things I've written as fiction: Tuck in his floating city in ZENITH; Wing and the urchins who paddle the toxic floods in salvaged junk, buckets and car bonnets in EXODUS.

But this is not an imagined scenario in some futuristic fiction - it's all happening right here, now, in our world.

*(Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Our place in the universe

Interesting thoughts by Philip Pullman in the Telegraph.

"Environmentalists also tell a story about us and ourselves and our place in the universe. In a sense it's a religious story, because that's the big question of religion. Why are we here? What is here, what does it consist of? What have we got to do now we are here? What responsibilities does being conscious place on us?"

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


... and win £100 worth of iTunes!

To celebrate the paperback release of my eco-epic novel ZENITH (that's it there in the pic above, the sequel to EXODUS) there is a bebo competition to win £100 of iTunes. Why not see if you can win? All you have to do is think up a 'green idea' and jot it down on my bebo page.

There are lots of great ideas already HERE.

(If you are not already a bebo member, it's quick, easy, safe and free.)

Welcome to EARTHSPACE...

EARTHSPACE is the best way I could think of to respond to the many, many questions from (mostly) young people who have read my epic story of a drowned world - EXODUS, ZENITH with AURORA to follow - and are left wondering about the future.

'I've read your books,' the emails and letters say, 'and I can't get the story out of my head. What can I do about the future?'

EARTHSPACE is for you.