I'm very glad the BBC has made this.
But it distresses me that in 2014, after a team of us had spent months developing a very similar series, it was instantly dismissed by a BBC channel controller, with three words:
"Monbiot? Fuck off!"
It's easy to forget that, until a couple of years ago, the BBC was fiercely hostile to any but the most muted and anodyne discussion of environmental issues. Senior bosses remain hostile to those who challenge the status quo. Yet our survival depends on doing so.
It wasn't until Greta broke through that the BBC twigged that one of the reasons it had lost so many young people was its disgraceful neglect - actually, not just neglect but active dismissal - of the only issue that ultimately counts: the survival of our life support systems.
It has a lot of catching up to do, and it's beginning to do it. But we should never forget that for 30 years - 30 crucial, irreplaceable years - the BBC suppressed almost all meaningful discussion of the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced.
As @frannyarmstrong says, ultimately the BBC had one job: to inform us about the existential catastrophe we face. And it completely blew it.
Layered on top of their ignorance and hatred towards environmental issues was the sheer bloody rudeness of the channel controllers. Dismissive, imperious, sweary, kissing up, kicking down, routinely abusing their inordinate powers.
The way channel controllers treated film makers was fundamentally abusive. (Has it changed?). I've heard from so many producers who were treated like dirt, and had to take it, as their livelihoods were at stake.
I hope more people start blowing the whistle on it.
It's an issue across the creative industries: massive, storming egos granting themselves "artistic licence" to grind people's faces in the dirt. But it becomes especially toxic when those egos are affronted by proposals that challenge power.

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14 Oct
Current climate plans are based on a mistaken belief:
That, through incremental change, we can stop a complex system from crashing. But complex systems don’t work like this. They steadily absorb stress, then suddenly flip. We don’t know how close the tipping points might be.
By 2050 it might be all over. And I mean all.
It's possible that we could see cascading environmental collapse, flipping Earth systems into an uninhabitable state. What is needed now is sudden and drastic action to stabilise our life support systems.
Can it be done? Of course! The US switched its economy from civilian to military in a couple of months, following the attack on Pearl Harbour. And that was before digitisation made everything faster.
What's lacking is not money or technology. It's political will.
Read 10 tweets
13 Oct
Every winter, parts of the countryside succumb to mob rule, as bloodsports enthusiasts run riot, and intimidate and attack those who object. In some cases, their attacks amount to terrorism.
Yet the government of "law and order" does nothing.
My column.
I contrast the complete impunity with which these thugs are allowed to operate with the government's response to Insulate Britain, including draconian new laws against protest. I argue that it's less interested in public order than in creating an uncontested space for power.
I understand why Insulate Britain's protests are controversial. But whether you agree with them or not, they are trying to act in the public interest. Whereas the people running riot in the countryside are seeking nothing but their own grim pleasure.
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11 Oct
Here's an idea Dan: try paying a visit to your local food bank and explaining to the people in the queue that they're not in the middle of a crisis. You might get some informative responses.
A few times over the past year, I've been talking to people at the local foodbank and hearing their stories. They are devastating. While prosperous people can ask, "crisis? what crisis?", the costs of austerity and chaos being felt by people at the sharp end are off the scale.
But we are now so economically divided that people like Dan, and me, are scarcely affected by what the Tories have done to this country, and can't see it unless we cross the chasm.
It's all too easy to wave it away, in total ignorance of what other people are facing.
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10 Oct
Solidarity with @ChrisGPackham, unbowed despite yet another disgraceful attack.
Intimidation is rife in the countryside, especially against those who oppose hunting and environmental destruction. It's far from the domain of innocence we like to imagine. theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/o…
All too often, the police turn a blind eye not only to illegal hunting but also to attacks on those who oppose it. Around the country, they need to step up.
Something we urgently need to get past is the idea of "real" country people vs "interlopers" (ie those who weren't born locally). It's often associated with xenophobia and a closed and extreme mindset. Everywhere, new people bring new ideas, and should be welcomed.
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9 Oct
The terrible situation STILL faced by victims of the #cladding scandal demonstrates the outrageous nature of limited liability. Limited liability is a free gift to corporations. It allows them to walk away, leaving others to pick up the bill.
Here's what to do about it.
Limited liability should be a commercial product, purchased by limited companies from insurers, who can assess the nature and scale of the risk, and charge accordingly.
This would elimate at a stroke a large part of the externality problem.
More here:
Why is this subject so seldom raised? One scandal after another reveals the cost that the current nature of limited liability transfers either to victims of corporate corner-cutting, or to taxpayers, who have to pick up the pieces.
It's time to start talking about it.
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7 Oct
1. This is really presumptuous of me, and I’m an amateur in the field, but reading through the most popular definitions of capitalism, it seems that almost all them airbrush its true nature to some degree. Could we, together, develop a better one, in one sentence?
2. I’m probably deceiving myself, but this feels to me like a tight definition. Unfortunately it’s likely to be incomprehensible to almost everyone:

“Capitalism is an economic system that constantly creates and ruptures its own hypervolume.”
3. This draws on a crucial ecological concept, developed by GE Hutchinson in 1957: the n-dimensional hypervolume. Here’s the presentation in which he explains it: www2.unil.ch/biomapper/Down…
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