Monthly Archives: September 2014

Disruption-the movie

September 9, 2014

‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads. The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

Don’t just watch it. Do something.




Nature’s wisdom

September 3, 2014

Ever felt so stressed out by things not going right? So that you feel like just giving up?

Last week Philippa and I nearly hit rock bottom when my laptop stopped working in the midst of building a presentation I am due to give at a Tokyo university. 

After trying everything possible to fix things we decided to end it all – but not literally. We packed camping and photography gear into the car and left the problem behind. After one of the most beautiful drives in the world through the mountains of the Southern Alps with clear skies, we arrived at the magnificent Haast beach on the West Coast: breakers as far as we could see, a backdrop of snowy peaks and a beach scattered with giant driftwood.

We were here for a reality check.

A large interestingly shaped log caught my eye lying on the sand. Between us we heaved it upright and with small cuts here and there created a sculptural figure standing near a dune lake. The finishing touch – a driftwood staff.

Against the sunset the log became a sculpture evoking the wisdom we were looking for.

Nature's Wisdom