Author Archives: Guest

Food Values: a new project with Organic Centre Wales

This is a guest blog from Jane Powell, originally posted here. What does food mean to us? Is it fuel for the engine, a fashion item, an export commodity, a sensual temptation, a vehicle for culture and celebration, a badge…

From single issues towards systemic change: Tearfund’s ‘Project Doughnut’

This blog was written by Lara Kirch and Micha Narberhaus at Smart CSOs. As we have experienced in the Smart CSOs community over the last two years, changing an organisation to work on system change is far from an easy…

The Real Value of Water

The Common Cause for Nature report highlights the importance of the conservation sector engaging with other actors with a firm understanding of the values implications of that engagement. In this guest post, Rob Cunningham head of Water Policy at the RSPB discusses these…

Four reasons why consumers will never solve climate change

Last week’s publication of the first instalment of the new IPCC report is a vital moment to be seized upon. It presents a fresh chance to put the issue of climate change back where it should be as one of…

The Art of Life: how arts and culture affect our values

“We need new ideas, we need new ways of doing things and we need a whole new way of approaching each other with much more empathy and understanding. This means that the rest of society really needs to focus on…

People for Ecosystem Services: Rethinking market solutions for sustainable farming practice

I have just been reading Jay Griffith’s latest book ‘Kith’, in which she urges us not to lose sight of our relationship with nature and our connectedness with the earth: “Land can make someone who they are, can create their psyche,…

Common Cause for Nature: A call to collaborate

This is a guest post by Jon Alexander of the National Trust. The lessons for the conservation movement held within Common Cause for Nature are deep and many. But I would argue the most important is the simplest of all, and comes…

The spirit of Fenton

The Common Cause for Nature report highlights the importance of both talking about and experiencing nature in motivating people to support the environmental agenda. We asked author of Silent Spring Revisited and Looking for the Goshawk Conor Mark Jameson to…

Nature: container, object, person, self?

Common Cause for Nature highlights the importance of frames in motivating support for wildlife and the environment, and discusses dominant frames in nature conservation. Here, Nadine Andrews discusses her own research on people’s personal frames around their own relationship with nature.…

Common Cause for Nature: Why conservation needs to change, if it really cares

Ralph Underhill worked on planning casework and water policy at the RSPB for seven years, before joining the Public Interest Research Centre where he is working on the Common Cause for Nature project. He would like to hear your thoughts on this piece and…

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