Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Emergency

(Okay, so technically this does not begin with X for my alphabet…. but it still counts when abbreviated to XR, right?!)… History suggests that governments will only take action if there is intense pressure to do so (Gunningham, 2019). In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned us that we have only 12 years …

Seasonal eating: what’s the point?

Today we are back with my most favourite topic: FOOD! This post is going to look at seasonal and local produce,  our perceptions of what is “seasonal” and whether eating with the seasons is better for the environment. Enjoy! Our supermarkets today allow us to purchase food products from all over the world. This incorporates …

REDD+: How effective are carbon offsetting schemes?

How effective are REDD+ incentives for carbon offsetting? This post will take a look at the complex effects that paying for carbon in trees can have on the economy and the community.

Smart Shorts III: Can eating Quorn help you save the planet?

Have you ever sat down for dinner, started tucking into a Quorn lasagne, escalope or the best of the best (in my opinion) the Quorn nugget, and wondered to yourself… What is this? Well, I have! So to answer my own question (and hopefully satisfy your curiosity too), this blog post will cover what Quorn …

What has Boris got against newts?!

Last month (July 2020) the UK prime minister Boris Johnson said the following words: “Time is money. And the newt-counting delays in our system are a massive drag on the productivity and prosperity of this country.” …What’s that all about? What are newt-counting delays, and how are newts linked with societal productivity and prosperity? This …

Land sharing or land sparing? Conservation vs food production

The land-sharing land-sparing framework (LSLS) addresses the issue of providing food for an ever-growing population, whilst maintaining or improving biodiversity (Kremen, 2015). The first of the two ideas is land-sharing, which combines conservation and wildlife-friendly farming practices within the same area of agricultural land (Phalan et al., 2001). England’s Environmental Stewardship policy promotes this strategy …

Fishing down the food web – what is it and why does it matter?

A popular idea in marine conservation and fisheries management is that of “fishing down the food web”, first coined in a paper by Pauly et al. (2000). The phrase describes the observation that the average catch from global fisheries in 2000 was of a lower average trophic level than over the last 50 years prior. …

Ecotourism: Is it as ‘green’ as it claims to be?

Ecotourism has been defined as the “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people” (The International Ecotourism Society). The term arose in the 1980s to highlight the connection between conservation and tourism, and the benefits that one can have on the other (Stronza et al., 2019). But …

Dairy, developments and GM cows

The global dairy industry is a huge one. The EU, US and New Zealand account for almost half of global dairy production, and the largest 13 dairy corporations emit as much greenhouse gases as 6.9 million passenger cars generate in a year (Sharma, 2020).  Because it is so colossal, sustainability issues are plentiful within the …

Smart Shorts II: Combating fast fashion

Good afternoon! Today I am bringing to you another “smart short” – this one is covering the sorts of things you can get involved in to combat fast fashion. I hope you like it! A person’s wardrobe is for many the basis of their creativity (Bang, 2019). The fast fashion industry has exacerbated this belief, …

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