As September emerged from the last vestiges of summer I definitely felt a shift. A colder flavour to the air, a sky shrouded more heavily by clouds, hesitantly reaching for my long coat but still finding myself with an unwelcome slight chill in my spine as I wait for a train. A rain with bullet raindrops far removed from summer showers. Casually looking out the windows in the evening with a dismayed surprise seeing an encroaching sunset. Winter is coming.
I graduated last Tuesday! Exactly a year since I finished my social science MSc in environment studies at UCL. A year on, 8 months into a great job, it seems a long time ago. I’ve learnt and changed so much since then and I think it’s become easy to be complacent about what I learnt and experienced.
Sorry for lack of regular posts of late dear readers. I’ve been busy on holiday in Forest of Dean (amazing beautiful wild place to visit, will be a blog post on that later obvs) and then my graduation a whole year after I handed my MSc dissertation in (will be a blog on that too). Not that I’ve ever managed to get my links/reads posts to be weekly! Maybe one day… But here we go my favourite vaguely environmental reads from the past few weeks that I’ve stumbled across. From crochet taxidermy to eating squirrel roadkill, there’s a bit of everything:
- Crochetdermy, a much better artier alternative to dead trophies! The bear and lion are stunning.
- The wonder that is Margaret Atwood, makes a strong point about climate change we all seem (or like) to forget; it’s everything change. She sets out a dream vision of an ideal future, one that is perfectly possible not some unbelievable utopia. She then sets out the alternative, when oil runs out before we’re ready. The one we have to hope will never happen. And a third picture which illustrates the most likely but not preferable scenario. A fascinating read.
- A brilliant Huffpost blog written by my friend on looking good for the apocalypse.
- Some beautiful photogrpahy of children enjoying their summer outdoors without the computer screen.
- Sorry had to drop some Monbiot in at the end here, in light of the Corbyn and Labour drama this article did help to settle some of my thoughts on voting Corbyn.
- Surprising to see such shocked disgusted reactions from happy meat-eaters to Monbiot eating a roadkill squirrel. Surely it’s not unethical if it’s already dead? It just shows how removed we are from the reality of killing animals for the meat we eat.
- The story of a family who took in a Syrian refugee. They have showed compassion that many of us could seek to emulate.
Did you read any interesting reads this week? What are your thoughts on the Labour election? Would you eat roadkill?
Have a great week!