ISSUE FOUR

WHERE IS THE INNOVATION THE AVIATION INDUSTRY NEEDS?

“Flying is immoral. If your self- indulgent dream is to fly around the world, you can do it without me.” My boyfriend has never sugar- coated his opinions, but this cut straight through me. Our planet is replete with beauty. I have always wanted to explore it with the person I love. Wanderlust…

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CREATING LIVEABLE STREETS AS CLIMATE ACTION

Many of us find the idea of cycling, or even walking our kids to school is a fume-filled, uncomfortable, unsafe experience. We get in our cars and join the traffic, often failing to recognise the irony that we are the traffic. We can change this by asking our local councils to implement Low Traffic…

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IN OTHER NEWS

The Boris Johnson-led Conservative Party took a resounding win in December’s general election, increasing its majority to 365 seat in the House of Commons. Across the UK, levels of child criminal exploitation are estimated to be “almost back to Victorian times” according to Shaun Sawyer, the national police lead for modern slavery and human…

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THE LAW AND CLIMATE- RELATED RISK DISCLOSURE

There are many ways in which the legal system can be better used to protect the environment, both nationally and internationally. The UK could be leading the world in climate- friendly policies. Currently we are lagging behind. An example of legislation that could help is ‘climate-related risk disclosure’. Many businesses are already reducing their…

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CLIMATE BREAKDOWN LESSONS

In the Geography GCSE, climate change is often a stand-alone topic about possible causes. Carrying out a quick analysis of science courses shows that the AQA GCSE Physics course doesn’t mention climate change once, Biology mentions it once, and Chemistry uses the term nine times with a focus on greenhouse gases. The language used by…

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Leaf it alone: does your garden need to be ‘tidy’?

This time of year is a prime season for leaf blowers. Wanting a ‘tidy’ garden and a drive free of debris is the driving force behind many proud homeowners blowing away the leaves from the paving, but for insects and small animals, that quick garden tidy can spell disaster. A report by Germany’s Ministry…

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Beauty and the bug: make your garden attractive to insects

With insects on the decline, why not roll the metaphoric red carpet out for them by turning your garden into an insect haven? CREATE WOODPILES Insects such as woodlice, beetles and centipedes love a good woodpile. Wood left outdoors is also the perfect habitat for lichen and fungi. It can also house small…

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SPOTLIGHT ON EXTINCTION: The St Helena Earwig

Our planet’s insects are collectively the cogs that keep the delicately tuned ecological machine in balance, but through a combination of temperature change, habitat depletion and modern agricultural practices, we are losing many of our insect species. Humankind needs insects in order to survive. They are crucial decomposers that help to break down and…

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE IN THE CITY

We need to reinvent our relationship with nature for a sustainable future. A new relationship that helps slow climate warming and helps wildlife recover. A closer relationship with nature is for everyone, wherever they live. It doesn’t have to be about trips out into the countryside and it’s not about ‘hugging trees’. More and more…

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Practising mindfulness in nature

Mindfulness sounds like a panacea for modern day ills: it’ll boost your self-esteem, ease your stress and make you happier! So why aren’t we all doing it? In principle, mindfulness sounds simple enough; just pay full attention to whatever you’re experiencing right now, without judgement. But in practice it takes just a few seconds…

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