In August earlier this year I started an internship just outside Chicago, where I will be until December. In order to get to the US, I had to take an (almost) inevitable Transatlantic flight from the UK, despite efforts to book a room on a freighter ship. Fine, I thought, at least I am taking … Continue reading Exoneration for environmental sins?
The topic of this blog piece is probably the most controversial I have covered so far. It is a topic which frequently upsets and angers people when brought up, but which is nonetheless important to discuss. In fact, its taboo nature means its discussion is even more important. In this blog, various strategies have been … Continue reading The most effective way to cut emissions
As of 2011, the top five biggest commodities in the world were (in descending order) crude oil, coffee, natural gas, gold and Brent oil. As a first note, the presence of three fossil fuels in this list means that there is still a long way to go in the transition to a low carbon economy. … Continue reading Eco-espresso?
I recently read Fumio Sasaki's entertaining and enlightening account of his becoming a minimalist, titled 'Goodbye, things'. Minimalism comes in many forms, meaning different things in music and visual art, for example. The type of minimalism Sasaki refers to has to do with the number of possessions a person owns, in opposition to materialism. Material … Continue reading Discard everything you own
A few things I have learnt from a year of generating almost no disposable waste.
If everyone in the world lived as the average UK resident does, the consequent rate of consumption means we would require three planets' worth of natural resources to sustain us.
Brixton Road, London, exceeded the yearly recommended maximum air pollution by 4th January 2017.
Stop flying and start considering the alternatives, for the sake of the planet and for your own enjoyment.
Emitting carbon dioxide is not something we can opt out of. By the very fact of our existence, we are polluters of the Earth's atmosphere, breathing in oxygen and breathing out this greenhouse gas. In addition, we are (mostly) born into societies which are driven by fossil fuels.
Cobalt is an element required for production of tech products, found most abundantly in the DRC. Much of the mining there is performed in unregulated mines, where child labour is common and disease and injury are rife.