Hiya!  How’s it going? 

My dear 97-year-old grandad moved into a nursing home last year, and earlier this year I inherited the three old chipped Belfast sinks that him and my gran – both keen growers and gardeners – used to grow flowers in. 

We’ve repurposed them for similar ends – this week we finally got them into position (they’re incredibly heavy!) and have planted some radish and kale seeds in two of them, and another sink is destined to grow herbs in.  I’m sure my grandad would appreciate their new life.  He’s a little confused, and won’t remember the sinks, but I’m looking forward to telling him what vegetables we’re growing when I see him next.  That will give him joy.

This week’s links

1.  Scientists studying climate change expected layers of permafrost in the Canadian Arctic to melt by the year 2090.  Instead, it’s happening now.  

2.  You can’t make this up: the CEO of one of the world’s biggest polluters – Shell – has urged consumers to eat more seasonal food and work harder on their recycling. Shell, the same company that knew in the 1980s the climate damage they were doing and fully understood the consequences and chose to accept those risks on our behalf, at our expense, and without our knowledge.  But yes, WE need to work harder on our recycling. Brilliant.

3.  What the sustainable movement is missing about privilege.

4.  The problem with “sustainable” palm oil: the labeling and certification hide the fact that indigenous peoples find themselves dispossessed or displaced by agribusiness.

5.  “Extinction Rebellion tactics are working: it has pierced the bubble of denial“.

Instead of flatly explaining that sea levels will rise, diseases will spread and crops will fail, it has made it clear this is about our children and us. It has expressed grief for our kids, for wildlife, for nature and fear at the degrading of the systems that keep us alive. Paradoxically, by stating the terrible truth, it has created authentic hope for the first time“.

6.  Understanding climate change deniers.

7.  These portraits of rescued farm animals allowed to grow old are incredibly touching.

It’s a profound thing to see these creatures living out their lives, as every animal should have the right to do. Some human animals may want to eat non-human animals, but factory farming is a barbaric way to go about it. Allowed to Grow Old opens a window into possibilities that most of don’t think to imagine: What would that cheap, supermarket chicken have become if given the chance?

8.  What happens to our recycling.

9.  Related: have you been misled by the green dot?

10. Finally, a shop in Vancouver is trying to embarrass customers into remembering their reusable bags.  The only thing is, it’s backfired.    


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