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Aah, election week.  Elections always make me anxious.  How did you cope with it all?  Me?  Stress eating chocolate and stress drinking gin.  When not doing either of the above I tried to keep my mind off things by painting my shed, and having cosy days indoors playing with my daughters whilst we dodged torrential rain showers.  I also whipped up a batch of granola just for good measure.

My littlest has been sick for the last couple of days so I haven’t had much opportunity to process the results, but I am currently wondering how a coalition with the DUP can possibly work, and how long Theresa May can last as Prime Minister.  What do you think?  I’m giving it until October, but would be surprised if we make it that far.

What I found amazing about the election was the percentage of 18-24’s who turned out to vote – some estimate it’s as high as 72%.  Way to go!  I was also buoyed by the lessening of the influence of the right wing media on voters, despite their bottom of the barrel campaign of hate against the left.

Anyway, I am sure you are all General Electioned out by now!  Here are this week’s links:

1.  How’s this for positivity and global action?  The mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris have their own climate deal.  More of this please.

2.  Also, could Trump have inadvertently renewed people’s interest in climate change?  See here also.  I sincerely hope so!

3.  France did this – offering grants of up to 1.5 million Euro for climate scientists to move there – and I just want to shake Macron’s hand.  Maybe give him a little hug…

4. Did you know that Sweden offers tax breaks for people to fix their broken belongings?

5. Could the made in China label on your clothes be a by-word for ethical and sustainable?

6.  Why won’t the right admit climate change is real?

7.  The best climate change graph I’ve ever seen.  We need to make data more relevant to our lives in this way to make people take notice.

8.  The perfect summer salad.

9.  This Australian clinic for orphaned bats was just the thing to cheer me up.  I’m hard pressed to think of anything cuter.

10.  There’s still time to enter the Seventh Generation giveaway!

 

And finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

It’s elderflower season.  Go go go!

A handy vegetable growing cheat sheet.

A buyerarchy of needs (with apologies to Maslow).

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, and see you next week!

Wendy.x

Organic Cherry Granola Recipe with Wake Up to Organic

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It’s Wake Up to Organic Day on Wednesday 14th June, and this event, ran by the Organic Trade Board, sees independent retailers all over the UK dishing up free organic mini breakfasts to their customers.  Free breakfast!  Have I got your attention now?

The aim of Wake Up to Organic Day is to show you how easy it can be to switch to an organic breakfast, and to showcase the fabulous range of organic food and drink that your local independent stores and cafés offer.  I’m definitely on board with this, and will be seeking out my local store to take part.  You can find which stores near you are taking part using the handy tool on the Wake Up To Organic website.  I’ve found there are 9 stores alone in Edinburgh taking part – from Earthy Foods to Dig In Bruntsfield – so I am sure you’ll be well catered for wherever you are!

If you go along, be sure to share on social media using the hashtag #WakeUpToOrganic

If you can’t make it along, I’ve put together a mainly organic cherry granola breakfast that you can easily make, that’s really delicious and a store cupboard favourite!

Organic Cherry Granola

Ingredients

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(adapted from Cookie and Kate)

4 cups of organic oats

1 cup flaked organic almonds

¼ cup organic walnuts

¼ cup organic sunflower seeds

¼ cup organic cacoa nibs

¼ cup organic desiccated coconut

¾ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup melted organic coconut oil (30-40 seconds in the microwave is sufficient enough to melt the oil)

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup dried cherries (keep to the side until the end)

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C

To make the organic cherry granola, in a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (apart from the cherries) and mix well.

Next add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and stir well.

Spoon the mixture on to a large baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes, stirring half way.

Once golden brown and clumpy, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

Once completely cool, add the dried cherries, and decant into a airtight storage jar.  The granola will store for up to two weeks, although you I dare you to make it last that long!

Serve with fresh cold milk, sprinkled on top of yoghurt or as a snack straight from the jar.  Either way it’s organic and delicious!

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