Last Saturday thousands of people travelled to Oxford to protest the city council's plans to turn Oxford into a 15-minute city. For a bit of background, the goal of a 15-minute city essentially reducing the amount of private car use and making urban areas more walkable, prioritising public transport and walking to reach central community … Continue reading 15-Minute City Protests
Making Billions Whilst the World Burns
Yesterday it was announced that Shell had made £32billion in profits in 2022 after making around £8billion in the final quarter of the year - quite the bumper year for their shareholders! This was the largest profits ever recorded after smashing the previous record of £25billion they recorded in 2008. In a year that's seen … Continue reading Making Billions Whilst the World Burns
COP27: Success or Failure?
36 hours after the end of COP27, held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, a deal was finally reached between nations. The main success that came out from COP27 was the development of a global 'loss and damage' fund that could be used by less developed countries who are severely affected by natural disasters exacerbated by … Continue reading COP27: Success or Failure?
Recyclable Waste Going up in Smoke
Waste management is a huge problem all of the world. Plastics have quite literally been discovered at the highest peaks and the deepest depths, poorer countries are receiving waste from richer countries despite not having the capacity to get rid of it, and its now being reported that 1 billion tonnes of food are being … Continue reading Recyclable Waste Going up in Smoke
How Green can Bitcoin be?
Bitcoin has hit the headlines a lot recently as its value has skyrocketed, exceeding $60,000 just a few days ago. As of today, 1 bitcoin is worth $54,842.30 (£39,445.60) so it has dropped in recent days but it is still incredibly valuable. Since it was created in 2009 by someone under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, … Continue reading How Green can Bitcoin be?
The Need to Achieve Sustainability
Sustainability isn't just a buzzword for countries to use to make them sound like they're being environmentally friendly, nor is it something the 'elites' are using to lower the average persons standard of living; sustainability is all about finding a long-term balance between money, the environment and society. Sustainability can work across a number of … Continue reading The Need to Achieve Sustainability
Fossil Fuels Over Freedom
The right to protest is enshrined in law in countries all over the world. Internationally, Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association." In the EU there is the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which has its own version but … Continue reading Fossil Fuels Over Freedom
The Texas Fossil Fuel Freeze
A winter storm has swept across much of the US in recent days resulting in prolonged periods of heavy snowfall and icy temperatures. Texas, a state that rarely sees cold temperatures let alone snow, was one of the worst affected states and has had a number of cold weather records smashed by the storm. This … Continue reading The Texas Fossil Fuel Freeze
Subsidising Our Downfall
There is no doubt that are climate is changing. Global temperatures are rising, sea ice and glaciers are shrinking, oceans are getting hotter and the sea levels are beginning to rise faster and faster. Without urgent change the impacts of the climate emergency will only get worse and leave more of the planet uninhabitable. Countries … Continue reading Subsidising Our Downfall
The Return of American Leadership in Tackling the Climate Emergency
The days after Biden's administration there seemed to be a certain amount of peace. At a time of so much anger, division, and living under constantly changing lockdown rules, this was a moment where everything just felt right in the world. No longer was I waking up and checking my phone, wandering what new story … Continue reading The Return of American Leadership in Tackling the Climate Emergency