If you have ever been on the Deep Time Walk, you will know what a profound sense it can evoke of the unhurried evolution of life on Earth throughout virtually all of its 4.6 billion years. Even bacteria, the first forms of life, didn’t appear for a billion years. Dinosaurs only appear as the end […]
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Year after year the UN Climate Conferences, the COPs, face the same contradiction. In order to help solve the climate crisis delegates will once again fly from all over the world, emitting thousands of tons of greenhouse gases. Two steps backwards for every step forward. And this at a time when there are more and […]
Are EVs right for you? And are they right for the environment? A fascinating presentation by Anthony Simpson, Research Associate (Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles), University of Reading. A meeting of Chinnor and Thame Friends of the Earth, December 2019. Interesting to compare this with my first outing to explore the possibility of getting an […]
Daniel Nelson, long-time international journalist and News Editor at OneWorld UK offers 10 very practical tips for anyone wanting to submit stories to news sites like OneWord and their partners in Sweden.
The sixth Spring. Thanks to Lillia Clark for her help with the filming.
Is this an answer to global warming that we’re missing? What do you think? This is a short taster for a documentary coming soon on a new campaign by Nick Dunlop and the Climate Parliament
<img src=”https://www.flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/filming-1.jpg” alt=”David Fleming on Hampstead Heath, June 2010″ width=”490px” /> As film-makers we’ve been set a fascinating challenge – can we bring to life a set of ideas that could prove crucial to the future of our society? How can we do justice to the legacy of the unique writer, economist and ecologist, David […]
What do you make of this? The topic could hardly be more urgent: our common future and how to survive it. We’re opening up for collaboration a major new documentary about the unique vision of the radical economist, David Fleming. This is the first of a dozen tasters for your feedback with ideas, events and […]
Supporting someone bereaved by suicide is really difficult. It’s so easy to say the wrong thing and hurt them even more. Even healthcare professionals find it exceptionally hard, but at least they have training courses to help them. (Well, some do.) Empathy Media made 3 training videos for UK professionals, fostering active learning. Each video […]
A summer evening with the Green Drinks crowd at Long Crendon, for a great presentation by Will McCallum of Greenpeace. He told a shocking story of just how bad the plastic pollution of our seas has become and how Greenpeace is campaigning to turn the tide.
Green Drinks is a group that meets in the Oxfordshire/Bucks borders to discuss all things green – as well as sharing a drink or two. This month the topic for discussion was electric cars – the joys and pitfalls of owning a Renault Zoe, and a new e-car sharing scheme in Oxford. Karen Dauncey introduces […]
Chris Robertson in conversation Anuradha Vittachi.
Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade & International Climate Change in the UK, makes the case for the urgency of ensuring a smooth transition in revaluing the stranded assets of fossil fuel companies. These are the assets that the companies claim represent the value of the oil and gas they have […]
In the twelve months from August 2015 to August 2016 the Hedgerley Wood Trust has once more achieved all its learning objectives this year: enabling the public, and/or relevant professionals interfacing with the public, to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills of topics outlined in our mission statement. HWT: • Covered the 2016 Paris Climate […]
On 9th September 2016, 24 environmentalists from neighbouring villages gathered at Hedgerley Wood for an evening that had ‘inspired and given hope, at last,’ – as one of them put it – ‘that the world can still be saved from climate catastrophe’. Their inspiration and hope sprang from a game-changing idea proposed by Nick Dunlop, the visionary founder of […]
Lydinyda Nacpil in conversation with Anuradha Vittachi 2015.
Important for our empathy debate: The United States ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says your Facebook feed is keeping you from making the world better. It’s here.
Suddenly immunotherapy (looking to the body’s own immune system to tackle cancer) is becoming all the rage, with articles like this one in the New York Times. And a new book, The Cancer Revolution, just out from the charity Yes2Life, describes how they have been working with this approach for a decade now, as they […]
Dr. Lucie Wilk, argued that how we feel about ourselves, and the power we have over our own destiny, can affect even our health. Lucie is a medical doctor and a novelist and she is able to tap into both of these experiences to improve patient care.
Grace Quantock, is many things: an entrepreneur, author, speaker and someone who lives life on her own terms – refusing to let disability define her.
At the 2015 TedX Aylesbury event, Roy Bailey talked about his passionate socialist beliefs, sang his favourite folk songs and invited audience participation. Roy was described by Tony Benn as “the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation.” They toured together in a remarkable two-man show. He was awarded an MBE in 2006, but returned it in protest […]
A taster of all the speakers at this memorable 2015 event.
as told by Anuradha Vittachi at the June 2015 Memorial Service.
A moving installation above the congregation at St James Piccadilly on Christmas Day.
The unforgettable Patricia Lacey – friends’ favourite stories.
Why the ‘old story’ of climate change must remain the new story, not least in the context of human health which it profoundly threatens. Professor Hugh Montgomery makes a powerful case in his Climate Health Check, delivered at the 2014 CleanMed conference in Oxford. After his talk he spoke to Anuradha Vittachi about why he […]
We were excited in the noughties about the power of livestreaming. We called our version of it ‘ecoCasting’ because it represented participation in events without the carbon cost of travel – particularly flying. Here’s a taste of some of the events we covered live.
“It’s possible to develop a sustainable future for this planet, but it needs all of us to get involved” Kumi Naidoo, Director, Greenpeace Mosaic Earth is coming of age. Mosaic Earth and her daughter Mosaics are en route to becoming a creative, empowering way to generate and empower individuals and communities everywhere to become visible, find […]
Psychotherapist Chris Robertson reflects on spaces of healing beyond the consulting room – based on a favourite story told by Carl Jung. How can this help address the issue of the tendency to deny the reality of climate change?
Bluebell Wood, at the top of Hedgerley Wood, is where Boo Armstrong is buried. To ensure that it is protected for the future, the area has now been registered with a new Bluebell Wood Trust, ensuring that it can never be developed or sold.
Friends and family gathered three years after Boo’s death, for the unveiling of a plaque in her memory at Women+ Health in Camden, where Boo worked from the age of 20 – first as receptionist, then as director and fundraiser. It was the occasion for so many memories and tributes. You can support their work […]
An amazing demo arranged at 3 days’ notice that brought more than 2,000 people into central Oxford to express passionate support for refugees. It really was empathy in action.
In its second year – the twelve months from August 2014 to August 2015 – the Hedgerley Wood Trust has once more achieved all its learning objectives: enabling the public, and/or relevant professionals interfacing with the public, to deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills of topics outlined in our mission statement. HWT: • Gave a […]
Chris Fensom, who was crowned British Light Heavyweight (MMA) boxing champ this November, is very, very tall. Hence his nickname ‘The Giraffe’. Together with his follically-challenged friend Daren Headley, aka the Slaphead, he interviewed Anuradha Vittachi, founder of OneClimate, about climate change. The pair run a series of popular podcasts, The Slaphead and The Giraffe, usually bantering about lighter […]
Great speakers like Shappi Khorsandi grearing up for May 9th to explore the theme of ‘Misfits and Pioneers’.