Common Cause newsletter, sent 30/05/22 Dear friends, Honestly, putting together a newsletter this month has felt challenging — I am navigating life with almost one-year old twin babies and very little sleep, which has left little room for lateral thinking. I have been reflecting on how entirely exhausted and burnt out many of us are; […]
Dear fellow Earthlings, A lot’s changed since the very first ‘Earth Day’ in 1970. For a start, understanding has broadly shifted away from ‘protecting’ the environment, as the day originally advocated, and towards what’s needed to heal and regenerate it. A single day to honour the gloriousness of this home of ours and call for […]
Are many of us frozen in the face of the climate crisis because we think other people don’t care enough?
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its third and final report reviewing climate science. You can find summaries and analysis all over the internet, but, in short, the world (read: the biggest emitters and consumers) has only a very slim chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and […]
Dear friends, Many of us working in networks focused on promoting social change identify neoliberalism as the root problem of the challenges that we confront. As Common Cause often highlights, neoliberalism encourages extrinsic values — the pursuit of material self-interest through the accumulation of wealth, and the desire for social status and public image. These […]
Dear friends, If you’re not already playing Wordle, then you’ve probably heard of it; the ‘viral puzzle craze’ which has swept the internet in 2022. Of course the big news this month is that the game has been sold to the New York Times for an undisclosed ‘seven figure sum’, but its origins are much more […]
In early February, a study was published that claims that UK towns with more immigrants do much better economically. Commissioned by anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate, the study attempts to challenge negative perceptions of immigration and concludes that “growing diversity is an inevitable part of increasing prosperity—and, potentially, a contributor to it.” The claim that […]