I recently saw an interview in which a celebrity was asked what she would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Her reply was: ‘I’d lock myself in a supermarket, where there’s everything I need to survive.’
Supermarkets really do seem to sell absolutely everything we need for day-to-day life. It makes our life easier, and means that all the essential supplies we need are right next to each other. Supermarkets are a huge part of our life- according to the Daily Mail, an average woman spends eight years of her life shopping.
In carbon terms, this is bad news. Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Four)- Don’t shop ’til you drop
I needed something vaguely humorous to start off this blog post, so I asked my little sister why leaving lights on is bad for the environment. Like the brilliant sibling she is, she delivered beautifully: Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Three)- Put That Light Out!
Several times every single day, we have to get from A to B.
You might have to get to work, shops, the bank; if you’re my age, you might still be going to school. Usually, the places we go to are fairly near home, but occasionally we roam further afield, sometimes even visiting other countries.
So the question is: when you go places, how do you get there?
Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part Two): All The Way Home
The weather’s going mad. The sea’s rising. Wildlife is changing, islands are disappearing. It’s global warming, and very few serious scientists deny it.
Yes, we’ve all heard about it until we’re bored to death. We all know about the gas wrapped around the Earth, trapping heat underneath it. We know all about the one-way-system heat-in-not-out problem. We know how bad the situation’s getting. We know that it may already be totally out of control, and we know that human activity is causing it.
The real question is: Why aren’t more people doing something about it? Continue reading The Carbon Files (Part One): The reason why.
Ask anyone why fast food is bad for the environment, and chances are the answer will be: because McDonald’s kills rainforests.
This is something most people have heard at some point, and you’ll probably know the reason why McDonald’s is said to ‘kill’ rainforests, too- because the rainforest gets chopped down to make room for soy to feed to animals for fast food.
Is this actually true? And what other reasons are there for eco warriors to hate- or love- fast food? Continue reading Fast Food vs Rainforest- the good, the bad, the blatantly untrue
You know those speeches that go down in history as being inspiring, amazing and, for many, life-changing? Think the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King, Emmeline Pankhurst’s ‘Freedom or Death’, or Churchill’s ‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’. We remember them for a reason: because they made a difference and still make a difference now.
Last summer, I was lucky enough to listen to what I felt to be the most incredible speech ever. Continue reading Incredible Edible- the speech that made me sit up and think
‘Mum, I don’t want to eat meat anymore.’
I was twelve and enthusiastic in my eco cause. Mum was busy with having to cook for six and less enthusiastic about a further complication.
Continue reading Is vegetarianism really sustainable?