This week: effective altruism, smart animals and a look forward to the first week of March

Welcome to the first Rethink Convenience newsletter. Each week I’ll summarise what’s been published in Rethink Convenience, highlight some of the interesting things I’ve read and watched in the last week, and give a preview of some of the things that are coming up in the next week.

I’ve not published anything new this week whilst I’ve worked to get the next edition of the sustainability calendar ready in time for the 1st of March. I have lots lined up for the next few weeks though; watch this space.

What I read and watched this week

The inspirational William MacAskill interviewed on Chris Evans breakfast show. I read William’s book (Doing Good Better) about 5 years ago, and it transformed the way I think about my contribution, be that through charitable donations or maximising the positive impact of my career. Read the summary of the interview here, or listen again here (UK only).

Chris Packham’s Animal Einsteins. A new show that illustrates the diversity and complexity of animal intelligence. If this doesn’t help you to appreciate the brilliance and value of the natural world, then nothing will. The first episode featured some of my favourites — corvids, whales and dogs — but to be honest I was sold when I saw the beautiful cuttlefish on the cover image. Find out more here.

Next week

All week: Fairtrade Fortnight continues.

Saturday, 27 February: International Polar Bear Day

Sunday, 28 February : the second episode of Animal Einsteins deals with communication.

Monday, 1 March: I’ll publish the March entry of the Sustainability Calendar. For a sneak preview, head over to the full 12 month calendar.

Wednesday, 3 March: UN World Wildlife Day

Thursday, 4 March: the release of “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” by Elizabeth Kolbert (note, as part of my pledge to support local business I’m not including a link to Amazon. Please buy this through your local bookseller where you can)

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