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Ten Things – 4th November 2018

carrot cake oatmeal

Happy November!  I love this week of the year, packed with Halloween and fireworks and other such delights.  Daylight savings though, I could really take or leave that nonsense.  I’m still trying to get used to the time change.  Just me?!  

1. The big news this week is that wildlife populations are declining at a rapid rate. This was the very best article I read on the subject: capitalism is killing the world’s wildlife populations, not ‘humanity’.

“The Guardian headline reads “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations”, while the BBC runs with “Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption”. No wonder: in the 148-page report, the word “humanity” appears 14 times, and “consumption” an impressive 54 times.  There is one word, however, that fails to make a single appearance: capitalism… Although the WWF report comes close to finding the words by identifying culture, economics, and unsustainable production models as the key problems, it fails to name capitalism as the crucial (and often causal) link between these things. It therefore prevents us from seeing the true nature of the problem. If we don’t name it, we can’t tackle it: it’s like aiming at an invisible target“.

2.  Other equally big news is that the City of New York is suing Exxon Mobil, saying it deceived shareholders by deliberately downplaying the expected risks of climate change.

The litigation, which follows more than three years of investigation, represents the most significant legal effort yet to establish that a fossil fuel company misled the public on climate change and to hold it responsible. Not only does it pose a financial threat to Exxon that could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars or more, but it could also strike a blow to the reputation of a company that has worked to rehabilitate its image, framing itself as a leader on global warming“.

3.  Remember the kids suing the US government for inaction on climate change?  Encouragingly, that the case may now head to trial.

4.  Some of fashion’s biggest brands are (finally) addressing the plastic crisis.  The signatories include brands responsible for 20% of all plastic packaging produced around the world, suggesting that this Commitment has the potential to enact real change.

5.  Need an excuse to keep drinking coffee or to keep eating chocolate?  Let me be of service – here’s how drinking coffee and eating chocolate could help save a colony of endangered birds.  You’re most welcome!

6.  This is an interesting article clearing up the debate between paper and plastic packaging.  

7.  Apparently men are doomed, and they are going to take women down with them.  The answer?  As always: weaning ourselves off plastic.  

8.  One way to reduce food waste: use it to make soil healthier.

9.  Keeping clothes out of the bin is the holy grail of sustainable fashion – how close are we?

10.  Finally, I plan on baking the baked carrot cake oatmeal from Green Kitchen Stories (pictured above) today.  The cold weather and dark nights are making me crave hearty foods right now, and I’m sure this is going to fit the bill.

See you next week!


ps: did you catch this week’s post on how to shop online ethically?  It’s been a popular one! Do also check out the 28th October Ten Things post if you missed it.

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Ten Things – 28th October 2018

bench beside beach
bench beside beach

Hiya!  What’s new with you?  Good week?  Mine flew past, but come Friday I realised I’d spent most of the week indoors.  To rectify this we nipped over to Fife and spent yesterday at the beach – cups of tea in hand and wrapped up like polar explorers, mind – but feeling better for fresh October air, exercise and a bit of sunshine.  Getting outdoors is always my answer to most of life’s problems. 

1. The big news this week is that the EU has approved a ban on single-use plastics.  The UK will have to incorporate the rules into national law if the ban becomes a fully-fledged directive before the end of a Brexit transition period, so here’s hoping they can move faster than we can with Brexit.

2.  18 earthquakes have been recorded since fracking began 12 days ago in Lancashire.  

3.  A really great piece of journalism, investigating a note found inside a Walmart purse, implying forced Chinese labour.  As the article is American, the article doesn’t mention that Walmart is the company that owns Asda.  Just so you know.    

4.  Why you might want to avoid Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Wallis and other high street stores owned by the Arcadia group.  

5.  This 15 year old is my new hero.  Maybe she’s yours too?

Some people say that we should study to become climate scientists so that we can “solve the climate crisis”. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we need to do is to wake up and change“.

6.  10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change.

7.  David Byrne is one of my favourite musicians (this is one of my very favourite songs).  So his latest venture – the Reasons to Be Cheerful website – a collection of good news was sure to be a good one.   Here you can find good news related to a variety of topics – including climate change.

8.  In related news, here’s a summary of what went right between July and September.

9.  Hallowe’en’s a coming!  This year we’re being urged not to throw out our pumpkins in a bid to prevent ghoulish food waste.  

10.  Finally, I am running a great giveaway over on Instagram.  Hop on over and take part – entries close tomorrow (Monday!).  Good luck! 


ps: In case you missed it, catch up on 21st October’s post here.