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Braemar Scotland

Hello! Lovely to have you back!

I’ve been on a no-fly holiday for the last two weeks. We headed up to the north of Scotland, first to the Cairngorms, where we spent a wonderful few days doing all our favourite Cairngorms activities. Lots of walking, lunches in our favourite cafe and general chilling out.

Then we headed even further north, staying in a very cosy witches hut on the Moray coast. We booked our hut through Airbnb. Airbnb does have its problems (I don’t have to look much further than Edinburgh to see what Airbnb has done to property prices and communities) but we are generally careful to only stay in properties that are clearly for holiday purposes, and couldn’t be used residentially. If you’re careful with where you book you can have a lovely holiday that benefits the local economy – here’s £25 off your first booking with Airbnb* (affiliate link).

The Moray coast is one of my very favourite parts of Scotland, and I was excited to go back to visit some of our favourite spots there – Findhorn Bay is definitely a highlight – before we made the journey back home.

On to this week’s links:

1. In installment #50987 of the world is complicated, the EU wants to restrict the use of palm oil in biofuels, with plans to phase it out completely by 2030. However, the plans have angered big palm oil producing nations like Indonesia and Malaysia, whose economies are dependent on the commodity. The Indonesian president has warned they will retaliate by lowering corporate taxes, easing labour laws, and lifting restrictions on foreign ownership if the restriction goes ahead.

2. Investors are beginning to pull out of investing in fossil fuel companies.

Asset managers Sarasin said the company’s plans to use shareholder funds to invest in fossil fuels and grow production were not aligned with global ambitions to limit temperature rises. “It cannot be in the interests of the millions of people whose long-term savings are invested in your company, for you to produce fossil fuels in such volume that planetary stability is threatened

Here’s a handy article if you are looking to divest your savings from fossil fuels.

3. The Arctic is on fire, releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year

4. A Dutch airline is asking customers not to fly if they don’t have to.

Its campaign will doubtless prompt claims of green-washing: raising ticket prices or scrapping routes would be a much simpler way to curtail emissions. KLM knows the train isn’t really an alternative to its many long-haul flights… However, KLM’s intervention does at least look like an acknowledgment that the unconstrained growth anticipated by the aerospace and aviation industries is irresponsible“.

5. I liked this article on hope and why it’s time to change the climate disaster script. Related: let’s get talking.

6. In case you’re in any doubt that fast fashion isn’t a feminist issue then read this.

7. A court in Ecuador has upheld a ruling that prevents the Ecuadorian government from selling land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, in this historic win for the Waorani indigenous tribe living there.

8. Why electric cars aren’t the promised panacea.

9. David Attenborough urges us that we cannot be radical enough when it comes to acting on climate breakdown.

10. Finally, just when you couldn’t love Morgan Freeman any more, he goes and does this.

Over and out.


weekend links

Ten Things

Hello! Nice to see you again! In this week’s 10 Things post I’ve shoe-horned more than 10 things in because SO MUCH has happened this week, particularly with regards to the clothing industry (sadly not in a good way). Whilst some countries *cough* the UK *cough* aren’t stepping up to the challenge, it good to see others stepping up to the fore, maybe shaming the UK into action. Have I ever mentioned I’m an eternal optimist?!

This week’s links:

1. New York is set to approve one of the world’s most ambitious climate plans. It’s ambitious, but whether it acts fast enough is up for debate.

2. What climate emergency? Last year MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee looked at clothing consumption and sustainability and put forward a series of recommendations to clean up the industry. Among the moves proposed were the banning the incinerating or landfilling of unsold stock; a tax on clothing made from plastic (pretty much all synthetic fabrics); a target for clothing manufacturers to reduce CO2 levels to 1990s levels; a 1p per garment levy to tackle fast fashion; and more. This week MPs shamefully rejected these plans. Lucy Siegle wrote a great article on this.

3. Also this week: online retailer Miss Guided launched a £1 bikini made from plastic, which depressingly sold out. It comes to something when even the Daily Mail brands the stunt as unsustainable, exploitative and bound for landfill.

BooHoo, another fast fashion online retailer, launched a 34 piece “sustainable collection”. This is the same company that adds 100 new items to it’s website A DAY. Three days in and BooHoo had already discounted the collection, with 20% off, showing that they’re in a hurry to sell it.

Meanwhile, H&M has been called out on “illegal” sustainability marketing.

What a week!

4. Feeling down? This article on “Fast fashion is f#cking the planet: here’s what you can do to stop it“, by Dazed is just perfect They give really practical advice that anyone can do, such as contacting your MP; contacting the offending brand, publicly; keeping your clothes for longer; buying fewer clothes; voting for change; and always asking questions.

5. Vanuatu is to ban disposable nappies by December this year, in a world first. This small island nation has been suffering disproportionately from the climate emergency, and they plan to phase in the ban. Parents are unhappy about the move, but the Government has said they have no choice, saying that “eventually, plastics find their way into the water and the food chain and at the end of the day, the people of Vanuatu end up consuming [them]“.

6. Plants are going extinct at 500 times faster than the ‘natural’ rate.

7. The “Sheffield of Sweden” has reinvented itself by recycling, and it’s an inspiring read.

8. What would life be like in a zero-carbon country?

9. The actor, Mark Rylance, has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company over its sponsorship deal with oil company BP. More of this, please.

10. Finally, I bought this book* for my 7-year-old daughter as an introduction to climate change – I could only find it secondhand through a third party seller on Amazon. We’re exploring more books, which I plan to put into a future blog post, but so far this one seems to be an accessible hit.

School holidays are almost upon us here in Scotland. There will be no Ten Things for the next fortnight whilst I take some very much needed time off. See you then!


ps: I’m running a great giveway over on Instagram to win £75 to spend on groceries and household goods from ethical retailers Good Club. Check it out here – it ends at 5pm (GMT) today!