March 23rd, 2018

Green wedding: can your big day have a small environmental impact?

by Alice Morris   After spending eight years following each other around the country for different jobs, Kevin, my all-time favourite person, finally proposed to me. I said ‘yes’, and we moved back home to Saddleworth, near Manchester. While I’ve always known that weddings are a big deal, I massively underestimated the pressure placed on […]


September 8th, 2017

The inconvenient truth about convenience

by Dominic Hogg   I recently chaired a session alongside the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York. It was the first time I’d been to the United Nations Headquarters, and the array of speakers, the diversity of representation and the passion for the subject was impressive. Rather less impressive, though, was the building’s canteen. […]


February 19th, 2016

Does waste have a future?

By Dominic Hogg and Mark Hilton   When the institutional economist Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ in the late nineteenth century, it was as a caustic term saved for the very rich. In particular, it referred to the glittering socialites born of the Industrial Revolution, who Veblen saw as wanting and wasting in […]


June 12th, 2015

To EV or not EV: should I buy an electric car?

by Sophie Crosswell   When our ageing Corsa made it clear that it was trundling inexorably towards the car graveyard, my partner and I started to discuss how to replace it. Could we afford to take the plunge in to the emerging electric vehicle (EV) market, and could an EV do what we needed from […]


November 22nd, 2013

Water woes in Jordan

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by Amir Dakkak   Being one of the most arid countries in the Middle East, Jordan is facing severe water shortages. The current per capita water supply in the country is 200 cubic meters per year which is almost one-third of the global average. To make matters worse, it is projected that Jordan’s population (currently […]


September 27th, 2013

Putting the boot in to fashion

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by Thomas Vergunst   “I stand for being a super hero. What do you stand for?” Walking down the high street in my home town of Bristol, I was faced with this question – supposedly asked by somebody called ‘Billy’– writ large across the window of the Dr Martens store. As style-conscious Bristolian shoppers enjoy […]


August 30th, 2013

Playing chicken with the climate: why environmentalists should go veggie

by Francis Vergunst   You’ve heard it from the Greens, you’ve heard it from your friends, you’ve probably even heard it from your grandma… and now you’re hearing it from the government too. What’s the big deal? Do we really need to eat less meat – or none at all? I would argue that becoming […]