Exoteric environmentalism

Hello. This is my main blog in which I attempt to communicate my thoughts and feelings about my passion and main work interest: how environmental issues affect people, wildlife and the planet.

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A beautiful opening night to welcome in Earth Day 2014 from Durness on the north coast of Scotland.  

Image and tweet by @mothomson ’Aurora on the left, pre sunrise on the right and a Lyrid meteor’


Landscapes of colour on Earth Day

A reblog from last year- Happy Earth Day!

Image locations: (clockwise from top-left: Iceland, Namibia, Mongolia, China).

More of my photographs of landscapes and places can be found at my photo blog www.everywhereisnowhere.tumblr.com

'Butterflies drink turtle tears for their salt fix' (Image and story via Treehugger)

Nature, from the macro to the micro scale, works to conserve and recycle nutrients and resources. 

We need to learn to develop an economy and society that, like the rest of nature, is circular- not linear; conserving- not wasteful. 

After all, it’s worth remembering that the likes of turtles and butterflies have been around on this planet for much longer than us…

Loch, mountains, rainbow, bird, tree. Loch Lomond, Scotland

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" Aristotle


Killing off tigers and orangutans, driving climate change, destroying biodiversity, displacing people, causing massive air pollution, polluting water and land.

Dirty palm oil is nasty- and there’s a pretty good chance we have all used a product today which contains it (food, washing powder, cosmetics, soap..).

But there are ways to change this… 

Protect Paradise- An animation about palm oil (By Greenpeace: read more about their campaign here)


'But pleasures are like poppies spread,

You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed;

Or like the snow falls in the river,

A moment white - then melts for ever;

Or like the Borealis race,

That flit ere you can point their place;

Or like the Rainbow’s lovely form

Evanishing amid the storm. -

Nae man can tether Time nor Tide,

The hour approaches Tam maun ride’

Tam o’Shanter, Robert Burns

Photo credits:

Top left: Poppy field, Kilconquhar, Fife- by Ian Cameron

Top right: Rainbow and boat, Ardtoe, West Highlands- by Angus Clyne

Bottom right: Aurora borealis, Thurso, Caithness- by Stewart Watt

Bottom left: Snow and river, River Tay, Perthshire- from Salmon Fishing Scotland

Centre: Thistle on beach, Hoy, Orkney Islands- by myself

Northern Scandinavian is widely recognised as one of the most naturally beautiful regions in the world- with a spectacular coastline of fjords and islands, a landscape of mountains and lakes and, of course, a prime vantage point for the incredible natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. 

While the sunlight is limited to only a few hours a day, the region has a special and unique beauty during mid-winter. In a few days visiting the area over the new year I was lucky to experience some of its natural physical beauty, view its ethereal sunrises and sunsets, and marvel at aurora and shooting stars of its dark nights.

In particular, an image from a coach journey (which I never managed to capture on camera) of a crescent moon rising from a pale diffused Arctic sunset in a pristine fjord in northern Norway is one that will remain with me for a long time. Such encounters with nature can emotionally move us in ways that material goods and experiences rarely achieve- and highlights the fundamental and innate psychological value and benefit that our environment offers.

Some more of my images from my short trip to the Arctic Circle can be found on my photography tumblr blog at everywhereisnowhere    

Black Rock Cottage and Buchaille Etive Mor II » by Finlay Oman

Scotland with its winter coat on is quite stunning.

The west of Scotland is a windy place!

This beautiful interactive, near real-time, map of global wind patterns is quite stunning. By rotating and zooming in, you can understand wind directions and speeds around the entire surface of the planet almost as they are happening.

It is a reminder of the potential renewable energy resource that the wind can be, but also an indication of the interconnected and closed system that our planet operates on at a physical level.

Image- screen capture from Earth wind map. Sourced via Treehugger

Essence of Ecosse

Photographer Mo Thomson’s compilation of some stunning time-lapse imagery that captures the natural, and architectural, beauty of Scotland.  

Naturally Beautiful

The Mountain: Pico del Teide, Canary Islands

Time-lapse photography by TSO Photography

Water is the resource on which we, and all other life, ultimately depend. It is finite. Our actions, as humanity, are fundamentally changing the hydrological cycle- and the consequences are likely to be significant- see Water in the Anthropocence.

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s stunning images, as part of his collection 'Water' (as all images above are sourced from), visually communicate both how the natural landscape, and human intervention, shape/are shaped by the resource. I recently caught a display of some of his images at the Flowers Gallery in London- which depict both the power of water to shape our planet, but also its vulnerability to be affected by human intervention and damage. 

His accompanying feature documentary Watermark has been released in Canada- hopefully it will be also shown in the UK, and elsewhere, in the near future. 

Climate Change- The state of science

'Humanity is altering Earth's life support system'

Another excellent, and beautifully designed, data visualisation output from the IGBP on the global issues and impacts of climate change.

From an ongoing series:

Welcome to the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene

Climate Change- The state of science

Late autumn/ early winter in Bristol, England.

It is often nature that makes the most beautiful and appealing public spaces in cities and urban environments.

I’ve talked before in this blog, on a number of occasions, about the instrumental value of our natural environment- the benefits (and fundamental basis) it has for economic and social development. 

However, the intrinsic value of our environment- its value in, and of, itself- is as much a justification for its conservation and protection. This intrinsic beauty and majesty of nature, and the diversity of its ecosystems and landscapes, is often best captured through photography.

Above are a few of my favourite photographs that I have taken in places I have travelled to which convey some of the intrinsic value of nature. (However, it is also worth noting the considerable instrumental value many of these locations provide for society- tourism, natural resources, cultural and spiritual benefits, etc…)

If you would like to see some more of my images, they can be found at my side tumblr blog Everywhere is nowhere.