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Ten Things – 11th June 2017

purple clematis

purple clematis

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!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 4th June Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.

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Ten Things – 4th June 2017

pretty red flower - perfect patio plant

pretty red flower - perfect patio plant

Hello hello!  Good week?  I’ve had a quiet one, slowly and surely working away.  It’s a busy time cycling wise (my day job) and a busy time blog wise (my evening job) but I am not complaining about any of these things – just looking forward to some time off later on in the summer!  I am looking forward to voting on Thursday (although as always I’m nervous about the outcome.  Just me?).  If you’re not planning on voting then please watch this 15 second video if you need any more convincing that your vote really does count.

On to the links:

1.  Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change is a human rights catastrophe, say Amnesty International USA.

2.  On a more positive note, it appears more and more consumers are shunning unethical brands.

3.  I’m taking part in this bee count with my eldest daughter – seeing how many bees we can spot on the way to school and back each day.

4.  How ethical is H&M?

5.  Interesting – which fabrics are most sustainable?

6. This image broke my heart.

7.  I blimmin’ well love Sugru.  This genius (and so easy) no drill garden trellis* is something I want to do for the front of my house.  I’m thinking with a nice climbing hydrangea or something similar.

8.  This New York Times article on packaging food with food to reduce waste gives enormous hope for reducing our reliance on plastic.

9.  Stop right there.  There are such a thing as vegan chip shops (who knew?) and there’s one in Edinburgh!  Guess where I’m heading to very soon?!

10.  I’ve never been the biggest poetry person but I adore this instagram account.  This poem about friendship is one of my favourites.

And from the Moral Fibres archives:

Homemade weedkiller (this stuff really works!)

It’s strawberry season!  Strawberry and basil scones anyone?

Homemade nappy cream for any new parents (or as a gift to a new parent?).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  And I just wanted to say thanks so much for reading along!  I’ve been really enjoying putting these round-ups together lately and I’m glad they are well received by you!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up on the 28th May Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.