Monday, September 27, 2021

Book Spotlight: Great Adaptations

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.



The issue of climate change has increasingly been making its way into the headlines and rightfully so. We are in a crisis and there is no time to waste. We are seeing the very real effects of climate change almost daily, as we see progressively worse storms and extreme weather all across the globe. There are brutal heatwaves, extreme winters, record-breaking hurricanes, frequent forest fires, and devastating flooding. The scientists are sounding the alarm about elevated sea levels, melting ice caps, and rising CO2 emissions. There is definitely something going on and our planet and only home is showing the signs. 

We are facing a massive threat, but the question is, what should we do about it? There is now talk of the concept of adaptation in the face of climate change. Is this the answer? Or is talk of adaptation a license for damaging complacency rather than positive achievement?

In the new book, Great Adaptations – In the Shadow of a Climate Crisis, Dr Morgan Phillips, Co-Director of The Glacier Trust, argues that, while the concept of  ‘adaptation’ may have fierce critics, it is important to distinguish between: bad adaptations (mal-adaptations) which can exacerbate social injustice, cause deep ecological harm, and even hasten the onset of dangerous climate change – and Great Adaptations which transform peoples’ lives and contribute to the achievement of broader societal goals.

In this fascinating book, Phillips recounts stories of adaptation from the air-conditioned pavements of Doha and the feral camels of Australia, to the ‘cool rooms’ of Paris and the ‘fog catchers’ of Morocco. These are the lesser-told stories of adaption to climate change – the great adaptation case histories will be inspirations for the positive adaptations of the future; while the stories of mal-adaptations will, hopefully, act as warnings.

Great Adaptations is a call to action. It advocates adaptations that are ecologically restorative and socially just. It examines how the arguments about adaptation are framed, unpicks the contested notion of Deep Adaptation, explores the potential of Transformative Adaptation, and questions the legitimacy of the ‘reassuring stories’ that still dominate mainstream climate discourse.

I found this to be an interesting read and I learned a lot that I did not know. During the time that I read this book, I was witnessing the extremes of climate change on the news very regularly. The hurricanes that thrash the United States and the Caribbean have become increasingly powerful and frequent and cause massive flooding and leave a deadly path of destruction. Roaring forest fires around the world are all too frequent and burn a deadly path. Here in the UK and in different areas of Europe, the flooding has been catastrophic and the same can be said for different locations across the planet. Climate change is real, and we are seeing the devastating consequences globally. 

Great Adaptations is a conversational yet provocative book, which is engaging and visually arresting. This book will appeal to all who are concerned about climate change. Dr Morgan Phillips offers his contribution to the mounting debate about climate adaptation and presents his case based on experience and study of real-life adaptation projects (good and bad) from around the world.

I found Great Adaptations to be very accessible as a reader. I learned about adaptation as I read, and I came to this book with no knowledge of the subject of climate adaptation. The information is presented in a way which is informational, but it does not talk over your head, and I liked that. This is a very good read!


ISBN: 9781 9120 9214 7 Paperback 224 pages RRP: £9.99 Sept 2021
Publisher: Arkbound Foundation www.arkbound.com/featured-books

Great Adaptations is available through the publisher and bookshops, as well as through internet booksellers (Also available as an ebook).


About the author: Dr Morgan Phillips FRSA, is the Co-Director of The Glacier Trust (theglaciertrust.org), a UK charity that enables climate change adaptation in Nepal. He is also Head of Insight at environmental charity Global Action Plan, Trustee at National Association for Environmental Education, and Associate Director at Green Schools Project. Morgan is the designer of multiple environmental education initiatives and has lectured on the politics of climate change at Brunel University and has led the Eco-Schools programme for England for three years. An accomplished public speaker, Morgan has made presentations at many national and international conferences (including COP21 in Paris), has appeared on national TV & radio.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Weekend

 

Hello there!

I just wanted to stop by to say that I hope you're having a good weekend wherever you are.

Happy Weekend!

Take care and be well πŸ’—

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall 2021

 


Happy Fall πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

 I hope wherever you are in the world...whether it's Fall/Autumn where you are,

or Spring if you live in the southern hemisphere, I hope that you enjoy the renewal of this new season.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Film Spotlight - Sweet Thing

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.
 

Sweet Thing film
Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

Sweet Thing, an intimate, creatively filmed, and fantastically personal film directed by the accomplished filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup, Little Feet), will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.

Amongst three international wins, Sweet Thing picked up the Crystal Bear for Generation Kplus - Best Film at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and the College Jury Prize for Best Film at Quebec City International Film Festival 2020.

Sweet Thing is an intriguing story of childhood adventure, imagination, and challenges. Teenager Billie (Lana Rockwell), a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes about Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother, and younger brother Nico (Nico Rockwell) share time between their separated parents - father Adam (Will Patton, The Postman, Minari) a chaotic man with a loving heart for his kids who is working as a Christmas Santa, and mother Eve (Karyn Parsons, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), who has redefined her identity in a brazen style since leaving Adam and is now living with a new and obnoxious boyfriend Beaux (ML Josepher). The kids feel uncomfortable around Beaux but visits to their mother have introduced them to a new friend Malik, a boy as equally adrift as they are. Half in desperation and half in a spirit of adventure, this trio sets off on a running wild trek across Massachusetts, crossing paths with a variety of eccentrics. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Will Patton as Adam


The cinematography is beautiful and gives an intimacy to the experience of viewing this film. The “normal” details of the lives and surroundings of the characters, show the human experience with such honesty.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Nico Rockwell as Nico and Lana Rockwell as Billie


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Karyn Parsons as Eve


Sweet Thing is a family affair, as director Alexandre Rockwell’s daughter Lana Rockwell (Billie), son Nico Rockwell (Nico) and wife Karyn Parsons (Eve) all star in the film and give excellent, layered  performances. Will Patton is also very engaging in his performance as the troubled father. Jabari Watkins gives a brilliantly moving performance as Malik. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Jabari Watkins as Malik


I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Thing. It is an enthralling mixture of the joys and sorrows of childhood, whilst giving viewers a chance to go on an interesting journey with Billie, Nico, and Malik. As a viewer, I rooted for them and loved seeing them enjoying each other’s company, whereas at the same time, I just wanted to protect them. Their lives are beautifully poetic and yet they are caught up in the harsh realities of family dysfunction, poverty, and injustice. We get to see the world through their eyes separate from the full adult gaze. All three young actors’ performances were nuanced and incredibly powerful. This is an excellent film!
 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 

Sweet Thing will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.


The Official UK Theatrical Trailer (UK & Ireland) can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/VlFd_k9IMZA


Friday, August 20, 2021

Flowers on Friday

blue hydrangeas
Above: Hydrangeas seen while walking

 

Today, hubby and I took a lovely walk. It was good to get out into nature and it was good exercise. 

Seeing these beautiful hydrangeas was a great treat because I love the color blue and I love hydrangeas. I've read recently that in order to have blue hydrangeas, they must be cultivated to do so. Blue is my favorite color, as I've written about before. I'm always excited when I see blue flowers of some shade. 

I love all flowers, but my two favorites are peonies and hydrangeas, in that order. They are both so voluminous and gorgeous.

pink peony
Above: Peony on my kitchen windowsill a while ago

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sun and Cloud


 

I took this photo yesterday, when we were out for our morning walk. 

It was a glorious sight to see the sun illuminating the sky, atop that huge fluffy cloud.

 

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