Author page: Fran Haddock

Could sleeper trains be the new short-haul flight?

What’s Going On Here? Night trains are returning to the tracks across Europe following pressure from the Swedish flygskam movement and Flight Free 2020! What Does This Mean? Between 2009 and 2018 the European night train network shrank due to competition from budget airlines. However, over the last few months we’ve got wind of a revival with both new routes and restoration of previous networks. ÖBB, Europe’s largest…

Australia’s Bushfires: A Summary

What’s Going On Here? Australia is suffering its worst bushfire season in living memory causing loss of life and devastation to homes, landscapes, and biodiversity. What Does This Mean? The size of the bushfires is hard to comprehend, with over 10.7 million hectares of land burnt so far – an area larger than the Amazon and Californian bushfires combined. To date 28 people have been killed, over 2,204 houses have been…

Could You Stay on the Ground in 2020?

What’s Going On Here? The Swedish organisation ‘We Stay on the Ground‘ have launched a ‘Flight Free 2020’ campaign urging people all around the world to commit to giving up flying for an entire year to reduce their carbon footprint and help raise awareness of the climate crisis. What Does This Mean? Back in June we wrote about ‘flygskam’ – the Swedish word meaning…

Carbon Offsetting – Solution or Distraction?

What’s Going On Here? Over the last 18 months organisations and NGOs that provide carbon offsetting services have seen a significant increase in investment. This is thought to be due to growing public awareness, thanks in part to public figures such as Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough as well as Extinction Rebellion and the school strikers. What Does This Mean? Carbon offsetting…

How do we get to Net Zero carbon emissions?

What’s Going On Here? The UK government has pledged to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. A new report prepared for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) helps us understand what we as a country and as individuals can do to meet the target. What Does This Mean? Net Zero will mean that greenhouse gas emissions being produced and removed from the atmosphere…

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…