Top influential people who have worked to protect our planet

Tweet We all do our bit to protect the earth by recycling, driving less or switching off the heating when we leave the house, but some go above and beyond and their passion shows from the amount of time and effort they put into getting people educated and involved in sustainability. Noel Lynch, prominent member within the Green Party and former London Assembly member expresses that Dr Paul Ehrlich, Sir David Attenborough and Rachel Carson make it on his list of the top inspirational activists. In the late 1960’s, Ehrlich…

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8 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Tweet Western consumer culture is having disastrous effects on the environment, there is no doubt about that. It may come to mind that one person’s actions won’t make a huge difference to our oceans and forests, but your lifestyle makes more of a difference than you think. Here is a list of simple but smart things to do to lower your carbon footprint: Use reusable bags when you go shopping – Having one at hand will mean that there’s no need to buy one. It not only reduces the amount…

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Sustainable cities: “we’re waiting for everyone else to make the first move”

Tweet Staff at the UK Green Building Council give their views on how cities can make sustainable improvements. The organization was founded in 2007, with the intention of radically transforming the way British buildings are designed, constructed, maintained and operated. Tom Poldre, a senior employee, tells me about his career in sustainability. One of his clients was Cadillac Fairview, which is a Canadian property management company that builds Canada’s tallest and most noticeable skyscrapers. “One major problem was light attracting birds, they’d fly into these massive office towers and kill themselves”….

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Switch the meat for beans: going vegan could save the planet

Tweet Reducing your meat and dairy consumption is one of the best ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ways to lower the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but limiting the number of times you go for that steak or bolognaise means that less land is cleared for cultivation. The farming industry is a multi-billion pound one and creates lots of jobs, but there are adverse effects of being an omnivore. Every…

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How Emily Penn got to founding Ocean Plastics

Tweet Emily Penn is an international public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our oceans. She has worked with Sky TV as an ambassador, has shared her research with Prince Charles at the Waste to Wealth Summit in 2018 and travels the world each year with a group of women to study and find solutions for the worsening problem of plastic in our waters. Penn started her journey in 2008 when she was on her way to take up her first job after University. She didn’t want to travel by…

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England’s air pollution, from the industrial age to now

Tweet England’s air pollution has been a worrying issue since the industrial period, where populous towns and cities were covered in smog from factories. Coal was the main source of energy for British people from the 1760’s to the mid 19th Century, which saw a rise in the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis. This was a trend that effected the old and very young, as their bodies are not strong enough to fight against toxic air pollutants. The worst affected areas were North…

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