Engaging in peaceful protest is powerful

Engaging in peaceful protest is powerful

What does it take to bring about political and social change? Armed conflict or non-violent protest? At a well-attended Keynsham Extinction Rebellion event in February, a speaker told the audience that their aim is to get 3.5% of the UK’s population engaged in...
Let’s pick the right path

Let’s pick the right path

As the world faces multiple geopolitical and environmental shocks, most notably the awful war in Ukraine, humanity finds itself between a rock and a hard place. The rock is our reliance on Russian oil and gas (an acute crisis), and the hard place is climate change (a...
In praise of trees

In praise of trees

Over the past two years, many people have found that being in nature supports our wellbeing.  Numerous scientific studies support that, and scientists have also found that being in nature – specifically trees – also has a positive effect on our physical health. In one...
Seven sustainable New Year resolutions

Seven sustainable New Year resolutions

Two years ago, a group of influential scientists identified 2030 as the date by which we need to transition to a low carbon economy to save the planet. With a mere eight years to go, this month’s column offers six suggestions for New Year resolutions to help us...
Christmas trees

Christmas trees

Every year, around eight million Christmas trees are sold in the UK. But what’s the best option for the climate – real or artificial? Both create emissions through transportation, but artificial plastic trees have a higher environmental impact. If you buy a new...