I can say with certainty that these are words I've never uttered before: This morning I'm in a field in Lancashire, helping set up a makeshift kitchen and getting ready to take part in a baking-themed protest over plans to frack for gas under the ground I'm stood on. It's an unusual way of protesting. So why, dear reader, would I do such a thing? For almost five years, Lancashire has been in the midst of a battle to stop the shale gas industry. And despite huge local opposition, fracking firm Cuadrilla is determined to set up its rigs and drill.
Every year I rashly agree to forecast/guess what will be the key sustainability trends for the year ahead. This time last year I did predict that under investment in flood defences would force government onto the back foot reducing them to sticky plaster solutions - so I got at least one right! What then might happen in 2016?
What we are experiencing in Paris amounts to a corporate coup aimed at preventing progress and effective solutions to our climate crisis. Now more than ever we need to advocate for system change rather than climate change, with climate activists planning creative ways to inform the public not only of the false solutions on offer, but the real solutions that will lead to positive change in our world.
The UN's chief environment scientist Jacquie McGlade this week criticised the UK for appearing to abandon its leadership ahead of the crucial upcoming climate summit COP21 in Paris. If government policy continues in this vein, we won't need to ask the last person to leave to turn out the lights. They'll have gone out long before then. Just ask the clean energy investors who are starting to turn elsewhere.