Monthly Archives: September 2019

Recycling. It’s in our own hands

What’s Going On Here? It’s in our own hands. That’s the theme of Recycling Week 2019, the annual celebration of recycling organised by WRAP, which is taking place this week between 23-29 September. What Does This Mean? After big Dave hit us with Blue Planet 2, 2018 was the year Britain opened its eyes to plastic pollution. After Greta inspired the world, 2019…

No earth-shattering sex please, unless…

What’s Going On Here? Relationships can be tough and tricky to navigate. But just when you thought you’d got it nailed, did you ever stop to think about the third party (or fourth, or fifth – whatever you’re into) in your relationship? The planet? Yep. From the contraception you use (or don’t), to the lingerie you choose to don or even your…

Global Climate Strike, everyone is invited!

What’s Going On Here? On Friday 20th and 27th of September there is a call for everybody to take part in the Global Climate Strike, joining children in the #YouthStrike4Climate movement. This aims to be the biggest mobilisation yet, calling for climate justice for all. What Does This Mean? Greta Thunberg rose as a global phenomenon in August 2018 with her school strikes for the…

Will the British Army become the ultimate Eco Warriors?

What’s Going On Here? This week, the British Army admits that it must become environmentally friendly if it wants to win future wars. What Does This Mean? Navy ships powered by algae. Landmines that biodegrade. Barracks heated by horse manure. Even lead-free bullets that don’t harm the water table. No, we aren’t joking. Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International event in London, the Chief of General Staff Sir Mark…

Can we fix it? ‘Right to Repair’ our gadgets is gaining momentum

What’s Going On Here? ‘Right to Repair’ has been gaining traction in recent months, as big businesses and presidential candidates get on board. At its core, the movement is fighting for a reduction in electronic waste— known as E-waste—by giving more options to the consumer to repair their goods. What Does This Mean? Think about the various gadgets you own. How many items could…

Playing with our Food – Agriculture, Climate Change and New Innovations

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have made a massive break-through in ensuring our crops are resistant to future climate change, isolating the drought resistance gene in barley.  What Does This Mean? Scientists have analysed over 39,000 genes within the barley over five years, and their findings show that plants with a certain gene (HvMYB1 to be precise) are more resistant to droughts…