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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!



  1. I wonder if the right wing press had less impact because the new voters are young and therefore more likely to get their news/views via social media than to sit down with a newspaper or watch the news on TV? Obviously, a lot of the links lead to traditional press but the majority of links on my own Facebook came from left wing political analysis sites. I’d love to see stats on that kind of thing (says the former PR person in me).

    And, aaahhhhhhh, baby bats!

    • I was pondering over this too. I definitely get more of my news from social media than traditional press. I’d love to see stats too. If you come across any do let me know!

  2. I’m so honored to have my humble salad included in this brilliant list of links. I’m just composing a post about how we attended the climate march in Washington DC last month, hooray! Here’s hoping the U.S. sees a higher turnout in young voters too, a lessening of the influence of right wing media, and more care for orphaned bats!


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