“Imagining Other…”


& Protecting the Planet


Ian Pirie’s website.



There is a widespread awareness of the crisis facing the natural environment. Since retirement, my activities are increasingly devoted to this, as a tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), through Friends of the Earth (Havering *), and in guest lectures.


(i) Online WEA course May 2021“Protecting the Planet”:



1:                Introduction                  Week 1 Updates and extra notes

2:               Some key industries (notes on air pollution) and: Case studies: air, soil, bees (Air pollution solutions, notes on soil & bees)

Week 2 Updates and extra notes

3:               Plastics and waste          Week 3 Updates and extra notes

4.                Species decline               Week 4 Updates and extra notes

5.                Global warming: causes and controversy

6:                Global warming: effects Week 6 Updates and Extra Notes

7:                Energy policies     Energy policies extra notes

8:                The environment movement


Additional notes: Strategies for change      'Dark money': chart of think-tanks




(ii) WEA & Wellcome Trust online course: “ ‘Wellcome’... to the Science of Protecting the Planet”:



                   1:               Introduction - a growing awareness of environmental problems

                   2:                Industries.   And:         Some case studies: (air pollution, soil, bees)

                   3:                Plastics      

4:                Biodiversity and species decline

                   5:                Causes of global warming

                   6:                Effects of global warming




(iii) Talks and Guest Lectures:



Guest Lectures for London School of Management Education:               Our Responsibility for Our Environment (1) (Friday 1st March 2019)


                                                                                                                                      Plastics - the Big Picture   (Friday 24th May 2019 & Tues 3rd March 2020).



(iv) (*) Friends of the Earth:


Introductory talk on Friends of the Earth (for U3a, and Harwood Probus):            Friends of the Earth 



FaceBook page for Havering Friends of the Earth: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1652661825047271/?ref=bookmarks






There are two more sections to the ‘imagining other’ web pages:

 archive of previously taught courses             'imagining other' - an explanation


The ‘previously taught courses’ are notes on lecturing done over nearly 40 years (1966 – 2005) at the University of East London (UEL), and the notes cover mainly political philosophy (including my own views), and the study of social movements.




Comments on these pages are welcome, to ian_michael_pirie@btinternet.com