Photo by Anne Nygard Everyone agrees that the misery of COVID-19 presents an opportunity. Never has it been more necessary to reset our broken world, and never has there been more willingness amongst the public. Policies that only recently were inconceivable, from mothballing airports to shutting us in our homes, have become reality. Consumers and … Continue reading The greatest opportunity ever wasted
Small steps... Offsetting via a reputable organisation is better than nothing, but mustn't impede real emissions REDUCTIONS.Be consistent: if you recognise the need to offset your flying, consider offsetting your other carbon-based activities as well, from driving to heating your home. That way the cost (and raised awareness) will only help encourage the necessary REDUCTIONS.Challenge … Continue reading Why offsetting isn’t the answer we think it is
Photo by Thomas Ehling Telling people how to live their lives isn't always popular, which is why many environmentalists prefer carrot to stick. We aren't going to fix this by telling people they are doing the wrong things.Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change Instead, they want to elicit change by … Continue reading Give fear a chance
Action: VOTE! Photo by Heather Mount It’s THE issue of our age - perhaps even the issue of our species - so the increased attention on the environment in this election is long overdue. And with the experts warning again and again that we need strong leadership with urgent, radical policies, the actions of our … Continue reading Which party will save the planet?
Small steps... Check the virgin wood fibre content of your toilet paper, eg. via an FSC certification.Try one of the cheaper, more sustainable and more hygienic alternatives to paper, as used by the world's vast majority.If your butt insists on paper, go for a brand made from 100% recycled wood fibre. Photo by Fikri Rasyid … Continue reading Toilet paper – One small wipe for a man; one giant smack in the face for mankind?
Small steps... Make sure your garden or window box is bee-friendlyOnly use organic weedkillersBuy organic - support a food economy that doesn't ask insects to subsidise our choicesOffer a corner of your garden to a beekeeperGet yourself a Bee Saver KitAsk the government to reduce pesticide useAsk your council to draw up a pollinator action … Continue reading Bee-friendly living
Small steps... Dramatically reduce your plastic footprint by swapping those chemical-rich shampoos and soaps for a natural alternative.Try one of the many environmentally-friendly shampoo bars, or an all-in-one body and hair soap.They’re not just better for the planet, but can work out cheaper as well. I can't comment on your 'bounce', 'volume' or 'glossy shine', … Continue reading Planet-friendly shampoo and soap
Small steps... Stop carting those big bottles back from the store, and get yourself an Ecoegg.It's chemical-free, allergy-friendly, and far, far cheaper.It leaves far less residue on your clothes than everyday detergents.Above all, it does a great job of cleaning. Honestly can't think of a single reason not to get one... (Can't quite believe it's … Continue reading Ditch the detergent
Small steps... Plant trees! But choose species native to your area.Donate to The Woodland Trust. They not only plant trees and protect existing woodland, but lobby government to strengthen legislation and meet its own commitments.Be a NIMBY! Fight for the life of every tree.Consider the impact of your diet on forests around the world.Volunteer with … Continue reading Whosoever plants a tree…