Landmarks: how to get up close and personal with nature

I’ve just finished reading Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane, and it’s a must-read for anyone interested in sustainability and language. Each chapter focuses on one or two authors who’ve made deep impressions on Macfarlane through their writing about the natural world – including Nan Shepherd’s deep explorations of the Cairngorms, Roger Deakin’s explorations of wild swimming,…

THE NEW MANIFESTO AND LANGUAGE

By Indie Dinala, postgraduate student in Science, Society and Development at IDS. Language was one of the big subjects that came up at the New Manifesto launch on 15 June. One criticism was the “social-science” language used in the Manifesto document. The new manifesto is definitely the way forward. Especially in that it is responsive…