Once upon a time in the wild west Sometimes life brings experiences that give pause for thought. In recent years I have returned to west Namibia to work with elders of families I’ve known for over almost 30 years – a legacy of a childhood split between Britain and southern Africa. We have been documenting … Continue reading I’m Sian, and I’m a fossil fuel addict: on paradox, disavowal and (im)possibility in changing climate change
Extraction old and new: mining the desert in southwestern Africa
By Mike Hannis and Sian Sullivan, for the Future Pasts research project. At the extreme southern tip of Africa in 1652, the world’s first trans-national corporation began establishing a new port. The powerful Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or VOC) initially just wanted a resupply point for ships rounding the Cape on … Continue reading Extraction old and new: mining the desert in southwestern Africa
An ecosystem at your service?
What are "Ecosystem Services"? At first hearing, they sound like a firm of consultants who help you repair your ailing ecosystem. In fact it's the other way round - the service is provided by people with ecosystems to people who no longer have one, and who need one. For example if your forest, or your … Continue reading An ecosystem at your service?