I’ve just heard that I’ve been admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, an organisation which has been in existence for over 250 years and which takes a multi-disciplinary approach in its quest for social progress. I feel very honoured to become a Fellow and am looking forward to finding out more about the projects, lectures, debates and other events that the Society programmes.

I’m particularly interested in the Arts and Ecology project, the role of which, according to the website, is “to catalyse, publicise, challenge and support artists who are responding to the unprecedented environmental challenges of our era. Using their inspirations, RSA Arts and Ecology aims to create a positive discussion about the causes and the human impact of climate change through commissioning, debate, interdisciplinary discourse and a high-profile website.”

I remember going along to an inspiring Arts and Ecology reading and discussion featuring Ruth Padel at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature some years ago. Since then, the project seems to have gone from strength to strength and plans are afoot to develop it even further in the year ahead.

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