Three pilot whales are swimming off the coast of Tenerife
Plastic pollution is a real problem for these fellows

Not drinking tap water in The Canaries causes an enormous amount of plastic pollution. Quite apart from the plastic, most is shipped here from Spain, which means it has an enormous carbon footprint. It’s also much more expensive than drinking tap water. It may contain microplastics and even toxic microbes…

This tree had been in a fire. Its resin bled like amber, drying to pollen-yellow. It is entirely hollow. Yet it still grows. Resilience like this is hard to fathom. When we begin to respect the fortitude and brilliance of other species, perhaps we will begin to realise our place in the pantheon. Here’s hoping.

New year is rather a random event from my perspective, although as a Scot, one might expect that I would be rather wedded to the idea of song and celebration. I do love a good poem. And a song (I finally heard the sea shanty that went viral last year…

How many moments are there in a life? Every moment is an experience, set aside from other experiences by time, by how much attention we choose to pay it. Because of course, as Viktor Frankl so agonisingly accurately put it, paying attention to what is going on inside us is…

Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman, Vintage Press, 2021

Sunset with clouds in The Canaries over a sea with a cliff and fishing boats moored in the harbour

Reading a book that reminds you that you don’t have much time, and that, essentially, you’re not in control of the time you do have, might, at first glance, seem counter-productive. …

We all have relationships with colleagues, family members, or others who are close to us, that don’t work. Sometimes we know that this person is toxic. A bad apple. Their presence can cause us to close down and be unable to function effectively. Or we can find ourselves triggered into…

Brahmacharya

It’s always interesting to look at the origins of words: Brahma means God, or a version of the divine. What is your sense of god, or the divine? Is there another layer of existence that is in relation with us? Many people think so. I don’t. In fact, the…

Lucy Weir

Dr Lucy Weir is an independent researcher, writer and facilitator whose emphasis is on philosophy as a practice in response to the ecological emergency

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