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What does ‘development’ mean in Sustainable Development and how can we disentangle it from western ideals? Most people associate Sustainable Development (SD) with bins, single-use plastic, pollution, and our oceans. While these are indispensable aspects to SD, there is so much more to the concept. For this article, we’ll look more closely at one aspect […]
Words by Niamh Malloy with image courtesy of SETA What do spiders on coffins, the Notre Dame, and the cast of Don’t Worry Darling have in common? We seem to care about them far more than we do about our planet, or at least the media does. Modern-day media plays a huge role in shaping […]
Words by Angus Chambers with image courtesy of Clemson University In his spare time, professional idiot Brendan Clarke-Smith serves the people of Bassetlaw as a Conservative Member of Parliament. As one of the fabled 2019 intake he has accused the National Trust of sharing ‘Cultural Marxist dogma’, decried the England football team for taking the […]
Words by Margaret Chingos with image from The Tree St. Andrews When was the last time you truly felt connected to the food you buy? I will be the first to admit that when I walk into Tesco for my weekly veg, being confronted by a wall of uniform, plastic-wrapped produce makes me feel profoundly […]
Words by Lucy Jones with art by Theo Verden Remember pooh sticks, that game you would play as a kid where you would drop a stick into the river on one side of a bridge, then dash over to see it pass under the bridge on the other side? Nowadays, its name could be more […]
Words and art by Heather Fortune I have always felt at home in forests. The moment I step foot beneath the cover of the canopy, I enter a different world. One without deadlines, without the troubles of everyday life. Foliage crunching underfoot is a comfort; the smell of the earth is soothing. I can breathe […]
Words by Oliver Eastwood with art by Jenna Bornstein “We are one with the tree, partners with the tree, companions with the tree”, says Charlie Nelson, an Elder of Bigaawinashkoziibiing, Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation in Manitoba, Canada. On the other side of the Atlantic, French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote of divinity […]
Words by Jennie Wang with art by Theo Verden Discourse surrounding land ownership in Scotland has been reignited in recent times with the rise of ‘green lairds’: wealthy, climate conscious individuals who purchase large plots of land in the Scottish Highlands with the goal of mitigating the effects of climate change. Surely this is a […]
Words by Rose Jones Capitalism has long been recognised as a driving force of global climate change and inequality. Historically, the most profitable decisions are those that are socially exploitative or impose harm to our natural environment, through increased consumption of natural resources, pollution, and destruction of biodiversity. Thus, company executives often refrain from making […]
How an Agricultural Revolution Could Address Some of the Greatest Modern Problems Words by Bella Roberts with art by Samantha Hambleton The British countryside is swamped with regimented fields upon fields of wheat, cabbage, rapeseed, potatoes, sheep, and cattle; it doesn’t seem to trouble us that this is not how nature chose to organise its […]
Words by Ellie Thorson with art by Jenna Bornstein Many can say they are familiar with the term ‘fast fashion’; however, the idea of ‘fast furniture’ often flies under the carpet. According to the U.S Enviromental Protection Agency, more than 12 million tons of furniture is discarded and put into landfills annually. While many people […]
Understanding eco-anxiety: What is the growing phenomenon and who is it affecting? Words by Flora Hutchison with art by Jenna Bornstein By now you may have heard the term ‘eco-anxiety’ floating around. Eco-anxiety describes the fear of environmental doom, and while not yet viewed as a diagnosable disorder, it is becoming more widely recognised by […]
Words by Jude Messler The unfortunate reality of the sustainability movement is that its true value often gets lost in alarmist language. It is indisputable that theories of sustainability are essential to addressing climate change. However, sustainability has broader value in its emphasis on human security and planning. In the United States, politicians often pursue […]
Words and art by Samantha Hambleton Artivism. Eco-art. Hippies with a paintbrush? To answer the question of ‘what the hell is artivism,’ I thought we could begin by first asking another (seemingly) simpler question: what is art? There are many different answers to this question. I once walked into an art museum in Munich to […]
Words by Clarissa Bell After the years of COVID-19 being front and centre of seemingly every news site, media reporting of public health is more frequent and prevalent than ever. As it should be! Of course, we should have knowledge about public health concerns and environmental risks that are being monitored. However, we don’t see […]
Words by Janvi Poddar India: [Origin – Sanskrit] ‘River Indus’ India is a country that derives its name from the river that brought its first civilizations prosperity; it is a country shielded by the world’s mightiest mountain range in the north and a deep blue ocean in the south, a country that is home to […]
Words by Avery Reynolds In March 2018, the European Commission released a plan for financing sustainable growth. The regulation was created to channel private investments towards “climate-neutral, climate-resilient, resource-efficient and fair economy, as a complement to public money.” In the impact space right now, there is an issue of information and disclosures from government, private […]
Words by Jadzia Allright Although the recent news has been covering the ongoing floods in Pakistan, albeit not as much as it should have, it will not be long until it is out of the papers and fades from public consciousness. As the world we currently live in is rife with cataclysmic events, it will […]
Words by Grace Brady with art by Theo Verden With the awareness that biodiversity in the UK is declining at a rapid rate, governance and management strategies have been strongly employed to protect endemic species. Marine mammals, such as seals and dolphins, represent charismatic megafauna within UK waters, and they are also biologically significant to […]
While renewables are not exactly a panacea, especially in the short-term, developing reliable sources of renewable energy would help to alleviate the need for pipelines and is certainly a step forward in the right direction.
Words by Maya Zealey Despite enduring hikes in the price of gas as recently as October, UK households are preparing for energy bills to increase a further 50% in the coming months. Last year, global fuel prices reached an all time high, with the wholesale price of gas quadrupling. The UK is particularly vulnerable because […]
With governments failing to take action, and corporations slowly beginning to make change, the people have the ability to put them under pressure.
Words by Rose Jones The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. As of 2020, cities are now home to over half of the global population and contribute over 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, despite only covering 2% of Earth’s surface. The climate crisis necessitates radical action in cities, responding pragmatically to the complex challenges that […]
Words by Simone van Nieuwkoop and art by Holly Brown In cities around the world, the nature of life has largely been shaped around human convenience. From busy highways to towering skyscrapers, cities tend to be viewed as human creations that have overpowered nature. This idea that cities are just human habitations, however, has come […]
Words by Oliver Walter, with art by Theo Verden It’s an impressive album from perhaps the most enduring artist to come out of the turmoil of the 1960s and 70s, and its social message has been strikingly on point since it hit the airwaves. Marvin Gaye’s Whats Goin On is as wide as it is […]
Words by John Kite When was the last time you bought something you didn’t need? This month? This week? This morning? We’re all trapped in the addictive cycle of buying, anticipating, unwrapping, and buying again, but like the realisation that you’ve been endlessly scrolling social media, once we see ‘through the looking glass’, we cringe […]
Words by Connor Durkin For decades, companies have tried to blame the climate crisis on consumers. However, according to The Carbon Majors Database, just twenty-five companies are responsible for fifty-one percent of global industrial greenhouse gas emissions, and one hundred companies are culpable for seventy-one percent. Consumers have historically prioritized cost over sustainability; however, this mindset […]
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