Unpopular decisions Nowadays, the manifestos of most political parties (rightly) include a target year by which they aim for their country to reach 'net zero' carbon emissions. Whilst these numbers can vary by multiple decades, there is an overall consensus that this is something we need to achieve soon, for the sake of our continued … Continue reading Electric cars are not the answer
Do you really need that? How many items of clothing does a person need? One hundred items? 66? 33? Fewer? It is an interesting exercise to examine how many clothes you own and to try and determine how many of them you actually need and how many you are holding onto just in case. To … Continue reading Buy. Wear. Wash. Repeat: The True Cost of our Clothes
[Last year] the UK threw away a total of 108 million rolls of wrapping paper last Christmas [...] enough to wrap up all of Glasgow.
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.