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Ten Things – 21st October 2018

edinburgh botanic gardens

Hello!  How’s it going?  It’s been school holidays here, so I’ve had time off work and have spent it hanging out with my kids.  We’ve never been the type to jet off anywhere fancy in the October holidays and this October holiday was no exception.  Instead, we stayed at home and went exploring.  On Thursday we hit up the Hallowe’en trail and the Glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  Always a joy!  

1. Fracking started in Lancashire on Monday, and by Friday four minor earthquakes were detected in the area.

2.  Don’t despair: the climate fight is only over if you think it is.

The histories of change that have made me hopeful are often about small groups that seem at the outset unrealistic in their ambition. Whether they were taking on slavery in antebellum USA or human rights in the Soviet bloc, these movements grew exponentially and changed consciousness and then toppled institutions or regimes“.

3.  How advertising for cleaning products is fuelling ecological collapse.  

4.  Relatedly, something that came up on Instagram this week was that many people aren’t aware that Ecover and Method were, last year, bought over by SC Johnson, the same people that make the non eco-friendly Mr Muscle, Toilet Duck and Pledge.  Raising it again here in case you missed the news too.  Handily, I have an alternative!

5.  Do we need an IPCC special report for humans?

[I] wonder whether the time is right to produce a special report for humans. One that better illustrates what a transition to a zero carbon economy really means for the day-to-day lives of humans, of all of us.  A special report that is less spreadsheet and jargon, more family and hugs“.

6.  Brazil’s election on 28th October is a lot more pertinent to us all than you would ever think.

7.  It’s far too early to discuss the C word, but Selfridges will this year sell Iceland’s own brand mince pies, and they are proud.  Why?  Iceland’s mince pies are palm oil free.  Something to make a mental note of for later on in the year…!

8.  Why it’s always important to look into who funded a particular study.  All the eye rolls right now.  

9.  Thailand is to follow China and Malaysia in banning imports of plastic waste.  

10.  Finally, decorating for Hallowe’en?  Try these no-carve, no-waste pumpkin decorations.

Enjoy your Sunday!


PS: catch up with 14th October’s post here, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 14th October 2018

Hiya!  How’s your week been?  There has been a lot of BIG news this week that at times has felt a little overwhelming.  I didn’t post anything in response to the IPCC report, because where to even start, but I did post in response to the brilliant Fashion’s Dirty Secrets documentary – I put together your ultimate guide to ethical fashion.  There’s still time to catch it on iPlayer – it’s a great watch, and interesting to see how brands who say they are doing good (e.g. H&M and ASOS) still refuse to talk to the media about their environmental impact.

1.  The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault

We left the lights on too long, didn’t close the refrigerator door, and didn’t recycle our paper. I’m here to tell you that is bullshit. If the light switch was connected to clean energy, who the hell cares if you left it on?

2.  But also, “feeling this is too big for me is no use to anyone“.

3.  What can you do?  Vote for parties with a strong environmental stance, donate and advocate for a carbon tax.

4.  Incredible.  A plastic-free shopping map of the UK.

5.  Now here’s an interesting thought for a Sunday morning – are plants conscious?

6.  Mushrooms could hold the key in saving honey bees.

7.  The definition of irony.

8.  The BBC is to show the first prime-time film on climate change since 2007.  Why an 11-year moratorium is anyone’s guess, but better late than never.  

9.  Is activism you can Instagram really going to save the planet?

10.  Finally, let’s end with an injured tortoise in its Lego wheelchair.  

Have a great Sunday!


PS: catch up on last week’s post, in case you missed it.