weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

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.

This week’s links:

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 it’s Lego wheelchair.  

Have a great Sunday!


weekend links

Ten Things

coffee cup and plants

Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?  It’s been a busy week and weekend so I’m in need of ALL the coffee! 

I also fitted in a bit of cycling (some autumn cycling tips this way) – cycling is by far my favourite way to clear my head and relax. after a long week.  So if you’re at a loose end today then I totally recommend getting out on your bike!  

This week’s links:

1. I added a new phrase to my environmental lexicon this week – “carbon unicorns”.  Pulling it out when I want to sound fancy.  You’re welcome to do the same.  Also, the article makes some very valid points.

2.  Related: climate scientists are struggling to find the right words to convey the scale and immensity of climate change.

3.  Tesco trials paying UK customers to return plastic bottles.

4.  Finally, a realistic fashion column in mainstream media – with the mainstay being wear what you already have.  

5.  Something I’ve oft pondered – why does so much ethical fashion look the same?

A friend of mine, who shares my love for ethical and sustainable fashion, turned and asked: “Do we really need another ethical brand making neutral-colored basics?

6.  Although I personally think wasps are flying b*stards (wasp allergy person here), scientists are urging us to stop demonising wasps, pointing out they are as ecologically important – and endangered – as bees.  Making a mental note to try harder to at least learn to tolerate the buggers.

7.  This was a really interesting read –  a secret weapon for combating climate change may be the comfort of conformity.

8.  Why the “made in Italy” label on your clothes isn’t always a by-word for ethically made.

9.  Did you catch Drowning In Plastic on the BBC this week?  It’s on iPlayer for the next 26 days if not.

10.  Finally, if you are on the lookout for new uplifting podcasts then try out Mothers of Invention –  all about amazing women from all over the world who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.  Flipping awesome.

Have a great day!