Extraction of natural resources, some would say, has replaced the colonisation of vulnerable and 'undeveloped' countries by Britain and France in the 1800s. Jacques Diouf, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has warned that the world may be slipping into a "neo-colonial" system. 'Resource theft', as environmental campaigners have coined it, involves the land … Continue reading Who owns nature; a new wave of colonialism
If I was to say 'cattle farming' what would come to mind? Lush grass and happy cows? Unfortunately, the green grass ideology is not really a valid one any longer. Instead, we are witnessing industrial scale processes in meat production. Fattening up the cows for steak quickly and on a cheap diet to maximise profit cultivates … Continue reading The cowspiracy…
An oil formed by nature and produced for humans...made bad for nature because of humans AND THIS TIME, IT'S NOT MADE FROM FOSSILS “Transparency is the bedrock to a responsible business”-Greenpeace, 2014. Palm Oil; its everywhere, it's destructive like nothing else, but do you know which products in your home contain it? If every time you reached … Continue reading The demise of our planet is in your palm
Developed. This word is used so interchangeably these days does anyone actually stopped to question its implications. Maybe a 'developed country' is one with educated populations? Admittedly Britain has a good education system. However, the image of children being cultivated into little university-ready figurines by the age of 19 is tarnished when you suddenly remember that the … Continue reading Should we call ourselves ‘developed’?
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."- Henry Thoreau This quote is extremely appropriate in the context of mitigating climate change. To stem the issues that are springing out of the burning of fossil fuels, the deforestation, desertification, water pollution, extinction of species, drought, … Continue reading The power of doing something
“Empathy and global mindedness are cultural variables. We can strengthen synapses between caring for far away people and situations, the same way we learn new instruments or language.” Susan Greenfield, in The Burning Question (Berners-Lee and Clark) In The Burning Question a great analogy is used that compared the concept of social inertia to what happens in … Continue reading The psychology of becoming the change you wish to see
The amount of people that I've had roll their eyes, especially back in the predominantly conservative county of West Sussex, when I tried to talk about anything remotely environmentally friendly was frustrating. However there is so much more to it than hugging strangers and getting rid of the Tories. d cam Climate change is not something to laugh about, Cameron.