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...
Reflecting on the Eco Festival

Reflecting on the Eco Festival

This week I’ve been thinking about the Eco Festival talks at The Space. Each talk – on how food, energy, nature and money affect (and are affected by) climate change – was interesting. But what really struck me was the connections between them. We heard that our...
Beautiful weeds

Beautiful weeds

I have been reading a book called Silent Spring. Published in 1962 by US scientist Rachel Carson, it inspired the modern environmental movement and sparked environmental protection laws across the world.   Carson wrote that “the beauty of the living world I was trying...
Ecosystem restoration

Ecosystem restoration

It’s world environment day on June 5th, and to mark it, the United Nations Environment Programme is launching a decade of action on ecosystem restoration. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its...
Feeling positive

Feeling positive

The clocks have gone forward, and we can all feel the benefits of more daylight. Our vulnerable members of society have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and this month – finally – we can meet up with friends and family again. I don’ t know if it’s because spring is...
COP26

COP26

In November, the UK hosts COP26, a summit of the 197 countries that are part of the UN’s climate treaty. Governments and negotiators will discuss how to prevent the climate crisis from causing even worse catastrophes than we’re already seeing across the world....