Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Live Better by Consuming Less?

This post borrows its title from Tim Jackson's (2005) work on sustainable consumption.

Newcomers to this blog may have the read the article published on UKC this week: A New 'Style' Of Climbing: The Eco-Mountaineer

I wrote the article at Christmas last, after a lot of academic reading on low consumption lifestyles. The UKC article throws up a multitude of global issues (rising population/climate change) and presents sustainable consumption as a theoretical answer to many of these problems.

It's great that UKClimbing is willing to host this kind of debate on its website and I'm forever grateful to Jack Geldard for this.

If you're interested in these ideas, have a look at the video clips below and put 'voluntary simplicity' in your search engine.

I'm off to Fort William on Thursday...  yes, in shared transport before you ask! Hope you have a good week.

Monday, 18 February 2013


During research on landscape values in the Peak District, I came across this little gem by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE): a film produced in 1938 entitled 'Rural England'. It goes well with a cup of coffee.

Aside from the archaic language and politics - 'spasmodic building' - aren't we thinking the same ideas today?