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.

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. Related – here’s how you can save fuel when driving.

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 anymore, he goes and does this.

Over and out.


ps: catch up on my last Ten Things post here.

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