One of the gravest difficulties we face in matching human needs within the capacity of what the Earth can indefinitely provide comes down to how we've come to see economy and ecology somehow locked in an irreconcilable struggle, wherein efforts to protect one inevitably lead to costs for the other. A meeting hosted today by The Prince of Wales at St James's Palace in London will consider a rather different reality.
November 1991. I’m outside a B&Q DIY store in North London distributing leaflets to customers. With dramatic pictures of destroyed rainforests, our advice was for people not to buy tropical wood from the company.
The idea was to use consumer power to convince B&Q to be more careful about where it bought its forest products.
The Prince of Wales's visit to the Somerset Levels has once more drawn attention to the dire circumstances faced by thousands of people because of floods. And as more extreme rain drenches the UK, calls for more flood defences and river dredging have predictably become louder. There is, however, another focus that has been hardly mentioned.