Dr. Mandy Meikle (BSc, PhD) is a research campaigner, focusing on the energy crises (climate change and other associated pollution, as well as resource depletion and falling flow rates), the need for energy demand reduction and the problems with unconventional fossil fuels. Yes, folks, peak oil is not over – this is it. This article gives a good introduction to energy density and what it means to replace oil (a liquid fuel) with various alternative ways to generate electricity. And don’t forget that it’s not the size of the energy resource that matters, but the flow rate of that energy to market.
Mandy has an academic background in microbiology and is experienced in research, writing and editing. Mandy edited the Reforesting Scotland Journal, from 2002 until 2008 and returned in October 2012. Mandy was also part of a research team working on a climate justice project at Glasgow Caledonian University from 2012 to 2016.
Mandy Meikle was one of the first people in Scotland to start publicising the concept of ‘peak oil’ and net energy returns, and since 2004 she has given over 50 well-received talks and workshops to local Green Party groups, NGOs and community groups, including Scientists for Global Responsibility, Transition Black Isle and the wonderful Isle of Eigg group. Mandy explains the links between climate change and peak oil – why the two must be tackled together and why we have to reduce our energy demand. Mandy has worked with a number of other groups, including Depletion Scotland and Transition Scotland and
is trying really hard to does not have what it takes to write a short book entitled ‘Net energy in a nutshell’ – so if you think you can do it, you have my blessing!
Meikle, M., Wilson, J., and Jafry, T. (2016). Climate justice: between Mammon and Mother Earth. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 8 Issue: 4, pp.488-504, doi: 10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2015-0089.
Meikle, M. (2016). Promoting Sustainable Consumption: View from the Ground. In Sustainable Consumption: Design, Innovation and Practice, Genus, Audley (Ed.), Pages 135-142.
Contact Mandy by emailing mandy[at]reforestingscotland[dot] org (remove spaces and [brackets], of course). See ‘Mandy’s talks’ page.