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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Methane clathrate – the last desperate hope of the fossil fuels industry'


"Extreme Energy" is a term which encompasses many different forms of 'unconventional' energy resources. From fracking, to tar sands, to some types of renewable energy which take more energy and carbon to produce than they save, these 'extreme' energy sources represent the last hope of the global energy corporations. Why this is so tells a much greater truth about the global commitment to address the issue of climate change.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 6/17: 'The Free Range Weekend Firepit'


At the end of a Free Range Network Gathering in West Wales we relax around the fire. The just waning full moon goes hazy as the cloud closes in, and as the temperature falls the mists rise. Then Tim blows dige as we meditate on the flames, the flickering lighting up the mist around the leafy hollow we're enclosed within. All's well :-)

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inc image Ramblinactivist 5/17: 'Summer Solstice, with Subtitles'


Come with me on an early morning, Solstice walk... I had so many things to think about, given it was a rare chance to get out for a walk. In the end, my mind just shut down and enjoyed the view. Sometimes it's necessary just to shut up and listen – hence the subtitles. To simple be, rather than 'being'. That's the essence of marking certain days by reconnecting with nature. It's not for experience of some other, perceived 'natural' time; it's for the change in perspective it brings amidst our distracted lives.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 4/17: 'The Free Range 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate'


Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

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This 'ramblinactivist' video shows the process of building and using the grate – enjoying an evening not just 'out in the sticks', but 'cooking with sticks too.

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For the detailed design information, and background on the use of the grate and land law in England and Wales, see the design handout on the Free Range Activism Website

file icon Mobbsey's Musings: 'Taking the Fossil Fuels out of Camp Cooking'
The are some innocuous uses of fossil fuels which go largely unnoticed. One such example is camping outdoors. Camping shops sell a variety of stoves fuelled by gas, liquid petrol or methanol, or chemical-based solid fuel compounds. Thing is, if you're outdoors, is the use of fossil fuels necessary?
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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Conservatives Planning 'Frackageddon' After Election'


Very few electors read manifestos, let alone debate the detail of them. That's a pity, as it might change the nature of the tired debates we see at every election. For this week's general election, the Conservative Party's manifesto outlines a sharp break in British planning and environmental policy of a scale not seen since the 1980s. Ostensibly their aim is to make 'fracking' require more exacting regulation. That sounds really great in theory. In practice it depends what your legal definition of 'fracking' is.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure – How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain'


As the Conservative Manifesto portends a planning 'free for all' for shale gas, Talk Fracking launches its new report demonstrating the flaws in the Government's case on fracking and climate change. Research published over the last 18 months, outlined in Talk Fracking's new report, questions the accuracy of the data used in the Mackay-Stone report. As a result of this new information Whitehall's scientific case has arguably collapsed.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 3/17: 'Hummus and mindfulness – Skills, resilience and relaxation beyond consumerism'


We all have to consume; it's a necessary reality of existence. However, in the 'Consumer Society' the most radical thing you can do is not to consume 'as directed' – by finding alternative options that meets your needs while enacting a set of principles in opposition to that overbearing and exploitative economic paradigm. This principle was self-evident during one of Britain's darkest consumer crises of late... 'the hummus shortage'.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Mobile Phones, WiFi and Cancer – Will Trump's budget cuts zap ground-breaking 'electrosmog' research?'


Amidst concern over President Trump's emasculation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and cuts to the USA's climate research, other ground-breaking areas of environmental research are being ignored. For well-over a decade, at a cost of $25 million, a US National Toxicology Program study has been assessing the links between the use of mobile phones and rare, though increasing forms of cancer. Unfortunately, before the results of this study are published, it may be 'lost' in the coming cuts.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Fracking, Austerity and Brexit – why 'grey-haired' activists must support direct action today'


Of late I've been trying not to sound like Monty Python's 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch. I'm trying to communicate the idea that while some things in the world of direct action have not changed, some things – particularly the law – have changed for the better.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 2/17: "The Ignored Pollutant" – Noise, Health and Ecopsychology


A few days ago I went for a walk, well before the dawn, in order to listen to the 'dawn chorus'. It's something I like to do a few times a year, especially in the early Spring when the birdsong is at its loudest. I've been doing these walks since before my teens. Over that period there's been one inescapable change in the countryside around my home town of Banbury – noise.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 1/17: "Domestic Extremism" – A Great English Tradition!


On a busy day in London, walking and riding the tube between meetings, I take you on a tour of England's historic tradition of 'domestic extremism'; its importance in shaping our country as it is today, and why it has always been vehemently opposed by the English state. Labels like 'domestic' or 'non-violent' extremism are a means by which the state tries to avoid having a discussion on certain pressing issues – precisely because they threaten the competency of the state and/or the manner in which it rules.

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