The city is located just 35 miles south of the Korean Border and has a population of around 25 million people- about half of the national population. The South Korean economy is the 13th largest in the world by GDP, meaning it is well positioned to consider becoming much more sustainable. Despite the threat of … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: Seoul, South Korea
The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world and the second-poorest Caribbean country behind Haiti, which it just happens to share an island with. In recent years it has been devastated by earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical storms which hamper any development made by the small nation. Because of that, 42% of … Continue reading Conacado – Cocoa in the Dominican Republic
Having spent 24 hours flying from Southampton to Perth last week, it got me thinking as to the impact my travel and air travel, in general, is having on the environment. Air transport is currently responsible for about 1.3% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. It doesn't sound like much but air travel is doubled almost every … Continue reading 4 Ways Airlines Are Aiming For Sustainability!
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, each day there will be a new post looking at the work that Fairtrade does with farmers all over the world. Today, we start in Colombia with Focho Cantillo and the Coobafrio Co-Operative. Bananas are the third biggest export in Colombia behind coffee and flowers (just including what's legal), amounting … Continue reading Foncho Cantillo – Colombian Banana Farmer
Fairtrade Fortnight is a global event that is designed to encourage consumers to purchase and use fairtrade products from a number of locations all over the world. This year it is running from the 26th February to the 11th March and aims to highlight the benefits of buying Fairtrade products! All through this next fortnight, … Continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight!
The third of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is 'Good Health and Well-Being'. In many parts of the developing world, people are dying from diseases and health complications that can be prevented, treated or cured- diseases that have been almost wiped out in much of the developed world. Diseases like Malaria, tuberculosis, polio and HIV/AIDS … Continue reading Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Whilst the UK Government announced a relatively poor attempt at banning the use of plastics by 2042, Scotland has taken a quicker and much more active step in reducing the amount of single-use plastic it uses. By the end of 2019, Scotland plans to ban the sale of plastic straws as well as the sale … Continue reading Scotland Leads the War on Single-Use Plastics
Alongside the Amazon Rainforest and Indonesia's extensive rainforests, Central Africa is home to one of the largest rainforests in the world and home to millions of species of flora and fauna. The Congo Rainforest that lies within the Congo River Basin and covers approximately 695,000 square miles has experienced the slowest rate of deforestation of … Continue reading The Central African Forest Initiative
Last Thursday morning I shared an article on Facebook and Instagram about research that has found a number of health benefits of those living in 'walkable cities'. The research found that there are a number of health benefits to living in a walkable city, including lower blood pressure and reduced hypertension risk. But what are … Continue reading What are ‘Walkable Cities’?
Following on from last week's look at the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), the second SDG is 'Zero Hunger'. This goal not only looks at the current level of hunger around the world but at the security of food sources going into a future that will see a projected population rise of more than two billion … Continue reading Goal 2: Zero Hunger