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
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?
Why Sustainability Needs an Interdisciplinary Approach
The need for sustainability has become increasingly important. A study done by Southern Cross University reports that 93% of participants expressed general concerns regarding the condition of the environment, and 77% wanted to learn more about sustainable living. Though on the bright side, a majority of the respondents already practice eco-friendly acts like recycling and avoiding single-use … Continue reading Why Sustainability Needs an Interdisciplinary Approach
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
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
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
Book Review: You Can Save The World
The climate crisis is a monumental challenge that can often seem too big for us as individuals to have any impact in tackling. Huge factories and power stations bellow out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, millions of flights take off and land each and every day, and millions of hectares of forest and rainforest … Continue reading Book Review: You Can Save The World
The UK is Under Water Stress!
Around 71% of the planet we live on is water. Almost all of that (96.5%) is found in oceans around the world with the rest found in lakes, rivers and other water bodies. There's also a lot in our atmosphere as water vapour and plenty in locked away in ice caps, glaciers and in groundwater … Continue reading The UK is Under Water Stress!