NIMBYism - a lovely piece from Julian Baggini

Thanks to Alasdair Monteith for a link to a new resource from the FT's Education support: FT for Schools.

It has an excellent illustration as well by Darrel Rees.

It's written by Julian Baggini, who wrote a book which was one of the key inspirations for my EverydayGeographies conference theme with his exploration of life in the "most average postcode" in the UK: S66 where I grew up. 

This would be good for those studying the 'A' level Changing Places topic.

Also good on indigenous connections with landscapes such as rivers in New Zealand and the importance of a sense of place and belonging. I can see myself returning to this one for a number of different topics.

Also (re) introduced me to the late Roger Scruton's idea of oikophilia

Perhaps the most interesting element of Scruton’s brand of conservatism was his emphasis on the love of home, what he called “oikophilia.” Oikos, from which we take our word economy, means the household and names the order and guidance of a home. It is the private world of a family, but by extension also of a village, a people, or an ethnicity. In Scruton’s use, oikophilia is a principle of value for the small, the local, and the private that stands against universalism.