What we learned this week

If you had $1,000 to give to help stop climate change, where would you make those donations? Grist ask the question and get part way to an answer.

Pollution is a racial justice issue, and that is more widely known in the US than in Britain. Good article on the subject by the World Resources Institute.

On the subject of justice, half of all global emissions from aviation are from 1% of the global population.

Assembly is the magazine from the Malala Foundation, and the latest issue is guest edited by Greta Thunberg. Assembly publishes “original work by girls, for girls”, but when these two work together, you want to pay attention.

An aspect of climate change that is rarely discussed, and even more rarely among the developing countries that are most vulnerable – so good work by Vice in addressing PTSD in children in Zimbabwe following cyclone Idai.

The government announced its 10 point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. I haven’t written about it because everyone else has, but I’m going to come back to it in future posts. In the meantime, here are the ten points and the government’s plans in more detail.

This week’s posts, for those catching up:

Where the news goes unreported

At the weekend, two young parents gave an interview on television, in which they implied that all is not well in one of history’s most privileged families. Every commentator in the land then had their say, either agreeing and sympathising, or leaping to the defence of the royal family. The column inches generated by this […]

What we learned this week

Steven Donzinger is a New York lawyer who has been working to fight American oil companies pollution in indigenous lands in Ecuador and elsewhere since the nineties. He won a $9.5 billion case against Chevron in 2011. He is currently under house arrest, facing a highly dubious private prosecution brought by Chevron. A campaign has […]

A washing machine for a circular economy

I recently wrote about how France is investing in a culture of repair, as part of a broad shift towards a circular economy. New standards for repairability and durability will help to push manufacturers to improve the quality of their products, and one company has already been running with the idea. L’Increvable – which translates […]

What we can learn from Wangari Maathai

On Monday I reviewed Wangari Maathai’s biography, Unbowed. But Wangari Maathai Day is actually today and I wanted to reflect a little more on what we can learn from the life of Kenya’s best known environmentalist. Maathai hailed from the Rift Valley, where I spent some very formative years myself. I witnessed the majesty of […]

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