* I couldn’t be there myself, but after reading Sarah’s post on the Reclaim the night march it felt as though I was. Although there are issues around it, as Don’t Stray makes clear. I’m glad that the Green Party placards chose to focus on domestic violence – it does worry me that the concept that the streets aren’t safe for women actually propagates unreasonable fear (and I think young men are under at least as much risk on the streets as women) rather than an understanding of where the risk really is – in the home.
* An interesting take on contraction and convergence – or how we all need to live – apparently most promulgated by the Swiss – what we all need is the 2,000-Watt lifestyle. I doubt I make it, but I try. (Astonished to read that people send £1,000 a year on energy. Okay I have a reasonably small flat, and I try, but my electricity comes to about £10 a month and gas about £15 in winter.)
* Just been pointed to WorldMapper, a site that takes the map and morphs it according to hundreds of characteristics, from poverty, to maternal mortality, to greenhouse gas emissions, on which the US looks very fat indeed.