Author page: Helen Steiger

Greening my finance – a guide to making your money positively impact our planet!

What is Green Finance? Green finance is about spending and saving your pounds in a manner that helps to move us towards a climate-friendly future.  Green finance, ethical investment and sustainable finance are terms that are becoming increasingly prolific within the financial sector. And as active participants in the local and global economy, we can use our money to act out our…

Investment gets political…divestment from anti-climate lobbyists!

What’s Going On Here? One of the biggest financial asset management firms has moved its investments out of major petrochemical and mining companies due to their actions lobbying against green policies. What Does This Mean? Storebrand, a Norwegian firm with investments of $90bn, has divested from (moved money out of) major oil, gas and mining companies including ExxonMobil, Rio Tinto and Chevron.…

E-scooters – A wheely good idea?

What’s Going On Here? It wasn’t just the reopening of bars, restaurants and hairdressers that happened on Saturday. Yes, that’s right….last week the government also announced the legalisation of rental e-scooters on UK roads! What Does This Mean? Last Tuesday (30th June), the government published guidance for e-scooter firms, enabling the form of transport to be legal from the 4th July. Rental e-scooters are now…

Curious investigations… bringing the spotlight to environmental misbehaviour!

What’s Going On Here? What with all of the current Covid- 19 media coverage, world leaders and other politicians have been behaving verrryy sneakily, removing or avoiding important environmental legislation… What Does This Mean? Last week, it was announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (an independent executive agency of the government) will not enforce any environmental protection measures as of 26th March.…

Not just daffodils in Wales…The Welsh National Forest

What’s Going On Here? So we need to plant more trees, and Wales have gone and done it – commissioning a National Forest that will run the full length of the country! What Does This Mean? The Welsh First Minister announced an initial £15m fund for the woodland, which is designed to protect nature whilst also boosting tourism by creating a ‘connected ecological network’…

Being a Better Business…is corporate climate action on the rise?

What’s Going On Here? First BP, then Coca Cola, now Amazon – in the past week the corporates have been making the headlines as they announce new strategies to positively impact people and the planet! What Does This Mean? BP – aka the big fossil fuel giant that was not-so-long-ago found to have been funnelling millions of ££ into lobbying against climate policy – made headlines last week…

Power to the People?! – UK’s first Citizen’s Climate Assembly

What’s Going On Here? Last weekend, the first of four ‘citizens’ assemblies’ on climate change was hosted in Birmingham. What Does This Mean? What is a Citizens’ Assembly? The assembly is made up of 110 ‘ordinary’ citizens selected to represent a broad spectrum of UK society. With diverse ages, ethnicities, geographies and views regarding the climate emergency, the assembly will offer their opinion on…