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Ten Things – 23rd September 2018

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Hello!  How’s it going?  I took a wee break last week – it was school holidays so I was adventuring with my kids.  We headed west, spend some time with my family and generally had a lovely time.  The site also broke so I had to put my technical hat on and try and fix it.  You may notice things look ever so slightly different – let me know if anything isn’t working for you!

1.  This was the best thing I’ve read this week – the big problem with climate storytelling and how to fix it.

If climate change were an asteroid, alien invasion or Hans Gruber type baddie we’d know exactly what to throw at it (Bruce Willis in all cases). The narrative wheels would start turning as we slotted ourselves neatly into a heroic plot track.  This is the new climate story we desperately need. Of overcoming the odds rather than being overwhelmed by them“.

2.  The Co-Op is to replace 5p plastic carrier bags with compostable bags, that you can reuse for food waste, within weeks. 

3.  Iceland is also scrapping plastic bags for bananas, selling them in recycled paper instead.  The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice you even get one banana free!  

4.  An interesting read from Sophie Benson – sustainability has gone mainstream: let’s discuss.

5.  Could a shellfish diet be better than going vegan?

6.  Is Instagram bad news for the environment?

7.  Trees gone bad.

8.  What do generation X and Y worry about the most?  Not money, not housing, or avocados, but climate change.

9.  The eeriest thing I’ve seen this week.

10.  Finally, further reason to dislike fossil fuel companies, in case you were looking for one more thing to add to your list!

Have a great Sunday!


PS: catch up on the 9th September post here, in case you missed it.

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Ten Things – 9th September 2018

ten things moral fibres link roundup
ten things moral fibres link roundup

Hello!  This week went fast, right?  I’ve been doing a lot of cycling, and it’s been wonderful.  I don’t get to cycle as much as I used to, so I savour each and every moment when I’m out on my bike.  I even borrowed an electric bike this week, which was beyond amazing.  If you haven’t yet experienced the pure joy that is an electric bike, then I shall write about my experience soon.

1.  We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup.  George Monbiot, telling us like it is.

2.  There is something even worse than plastic straws when it comes to ocean waste.  It’s not plastic bags.

3.  In case you need any further proof that charity shops are the best places to shop, ever, then here you go.  You are most welcome!

4.  Nice ad: shame about the planet – should the advertising industry stop advertising climate change causing products?

But if we’re looking for advertising that does wide-ranging damage, aren’t we missing the biggest offenders of all – the products that contribute to climate change?  If, as it brutally states on the front of a fag packet, SMOKING KILLS, then surely OIL KILLS, FAST FASHION KILLS, MEAT KILLS, SINGLE-USE PLASTIC KILLS, MINERAL WATER KILLS, IMPORTED AVOCADOS KILL, DRIVING KILLS and FLYING KILLS?

5.  The BBC is trying to get better at reporting climate change, after “getting it wrong too often”.  About flipping time!

6.  “Call me high maintenance, but even when I was a meat-eater I preferred to know something about the meal I was consuming beyond “contains miscellaneous dead stuff”. Apparently, that’s a big ask nowadays“.

7.  Acting on climate change isn’t just good for the environment.

8.  I am too old to know how this works (or even what the game is…!), but scientists are using video games to chat with people about climate change.

9.  Are you a student?  Or do you work in an office?  If you do, then you might be interested to hear that I found these almost plastic-free highlighter pencils* (only on Amazon I’m afraid) that look like they would be a great long lasting low-plastic alternative to plastic highlighter pens.  They have plastic lids but the rest of the pencil is wood.  There is a pack of 2 available* if you don’t need 18 of the things!

10.  Finally, in your face, Trump!

Have a great Sunday!


ps: catch up with the 2nd September post here, in case you missed it.