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Keep Coal in the Hole: is the Controversial Cumbrian Coal Mine Being Reconsidered?

What’s Going On Here? After pledging to phase out coal, the UK government allowed planning of the first new deep coal mine in 30 years. After pressure from environmental groups, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and head climate figures, the county council may now be reconsidering the application.  What Does This Mean? Last October Cumbria County Council permitted planning permission for…

How to Make Pet Ownership More Sustainable: What’s Your Pet’s Environmental Pawprint?

Fran Haddock and Jo Wills are both small animal veterinary surgeons with a passion for sustainability and sustainable pet ownership. None of the products mentioned in this article are sponsors. Have you ever considered the environmental impact of your pet? Although it may not be highest on your eco-action list, pets carry significant environmental paw prints throughout their lifetime due to their…

Shell’s Greenwashing Tweet Backfires

What’s Going On Here? On Tuesday morning, fossil-fuel major Shell had the audacity to post a poll on Twitter asking the public what actions they were willing to take as individuals to reduce their carbon emissions, sparking spectacular backlash. What Does This Mean? High profile responders included US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greta Thunberg and climate scientists Prof Katharine Hayhoe and Peter Kalmus.…

What is Intersectional Environmentalism, and why is it so Important?

Intersectional Environmentalism In 1989, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectional. A leading thinker and scholar in the field of critical race theory. The term was originally used to explain the oppression of African American women in the feminist movement. In simple terms it explained how feminism that does not address the fact that women come from different classes, ethnicities, abilities and sexualities…

Why the UK’s ‘Green’ Recovery Plans aren’t so Green After All

What’s Going On Here? This week climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the UK’s ‘green’ recovery plans, stating that they are unlawful in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What Does This Mean? Do you remember that wonderful moment back in February when Heathrow Airport expansion was ruled unlawful on climate grounds? Well the same pressure group behind…

(Don’t) Shop Until You Drop

What’s Going On Here? As the high streets reopen this week and Boris encourages us to ‘Get out and shop’, it feels an important time to remind ourselves how fast fashion and mass consumerism are exploiting people and the planet. What Does This Mean? Monday saw long queues outside many of the popular high street clothes shops. Whilst it’s nice to feel a…

Pandemics and the ecological crisis: what’s the link?

What’s Going On Here? The global coronavirus pandemic highlights the link between ecological destruction and the increased risk of new diseases. What Does This Mean? Approximately 70% of emerging (new) diseases are thought to be ‘zoonotic’ in origin, meaning they were originally from animals, also known as ‘spillover’. It is suspected that the new coronavirus passed from wild animals at a live animal or ‘wet’ market…