Hello! I have read a lot this week so it’s been hard work picking the best 10. Let’s cut the chit chat and get to it!
This week’s links:
1. Firstly, did you see Climate Change: The Facts on BBC One on Thursday evening? If not, stop what you are doing, go and watch it on iPlayer and come back and tell me what you thought of it. I watched it, and then watched it again – David Attenborough was superb, and hits the nail on the head time and time again.
And if you’re not in the UK, you can watch the programme on YouTube instead – it’s too important to only be available in the UK.
2. Greenpeace is calling on the UK Government to declare a climate emergency now and act on it. You can sign the petition here. At the time of writing, over 143,000 people had signed it, leaving it just 7000 signatures shy of the 150,000 target.
3. It was reported that half of the UK population is willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging, with half of all respondents saying they would be happy to pay an extra £2 a week – £104 a year – for their food shopping if all the packaging used was eco-friendly and did not include any single-use plastics.
Whilst it’s great that so many people are serious about cutting back on plastic, what struck me most from this was that we’ll never solve anything if plastic reduction is only open to those that can afford to cut plastic from their lives. £2 a week extra is huge when you don’t have any money. Reducing plastic packaging on products, in theory, should be cheaper in some cases as pointless plastic packaging is removed from products – and the Government should be taking stronger steps so that it’s more expensive for manufacturers to produce items wrapped in plastic. That’s my rant for this Sunday.
4. Greta Thunberg is incredible – watch the speech she made at the EU Parliament:
“You need to listen to us, we who cannot vote. You need to vote for us, for your children and grandchildren. What we are doing now can soon no longer be undone. In this election, you vote for the future living conditions for humankind. And though the politics needed do not exist today, some alternatives are certainly less worse than others“.
Something to mull over before we all head to the polls in May for the European elections.
5. Climate campaigners may sound naive. But they’re asking the right questions.
6. I had to applaud this Facebook post made to the Tesco Facebook page after one shopper got annoyed about why all their swedes were shrink-wrapped in plastic. I would have linked to the original Facebook post, but Tesco deleted the post after it was shared over 10,000 times and rising – perhaps not liking the bad publicity the post was generating. However, it’s a useful reminder to constantly call-out businesses and politicians over failure to act on plastic and climate change despite the rhetoric they spout.
7. Like a phoenix from the flames. Some serious good news.
8. As Attenborough says, we all should eat beef and lamb less, and eat more plant-based foods. Think plant-based is another word for expensive? Hopefully, these £1 vegan meals (that look so incredibly delicious) can convince you otherwise! There’s even a book: Vegan One Pound Meals that is very much on my wishlist.
10. Finally, do you feel like the polystyrene packaging that comes with large appliances is unavoidable? Hopefully, it won’t be unavoidable for much longer, thanks to the wonder that is the mushroom.
That’s it from me – have a good one!