What we learned this week

At just the time when we need to be expanding sustainable travel options, Eurostar has announced that post-Brexit passport checks have reduced capacity at international stations, forcing them to raise prices and reduce the number of trains.

Worth catching this conversation with Greta Thunberg and Kevin Anderson, which ranges across activism, honesty and alarmism, regulation vs voluntary change and much more besides.

The Badvertising campaign has given out some Bad Sports Awards for greenwash in sports. They’ve announced some extraordinary winners, my personal favourite being the ‘own goal award’ for a scheme that encourages fans to recycle plastic bottles in return for air miles.

The latest edition of my Zero Carbon Luton newsletter went out on Friday, with articles on Luton’s net zero roadmap, Easyjet’s latest climate plan, a Luton-based activist who’s just been jailed with Just Stop Oil, and more besides. Wouldn’t want you to miss it.

One for those keeping an eye on stories about eating bugs, an article in the Guardian this week about an ice cream parlour in South Africa investigating new and distinctive local flavours.

This week’s highlights:

Interview: Raj Patel on The Ants and the Grasshopper

Raj Patel is an author, academic and activist, best known for books such as Stuffed and Starved, The Value of Nothing, or A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. He is also a film-maker, and the director of The Ants and the Grasshopper, reviewed here and currently in cinemas. JW: You’ve been an…

Manchester’s vibrant new electric buses

Electric vehicles tend to get more attention, but at the top of the sustainable transport hierarchy sits the humble bus. If the active transport options of walking and cycling aren’t available, then the bus is the greenest form of transport there is. And so today I wanted to draw your attention to a place that…

How river plastics feed ocean plastics

It’s been a while since I checked in on The Ocean Cleanup, the ambitious not-for-profit that is working on solutions to remove plastic from the oceans. They’ve made some very big strides, and the world’s biggest cleanup has begun in earnest. Their prototype machines are at work on the seas, but they’re also moving towards…

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  1. Greta and Kevin gradually moved into the global democracy/world parliament arena during their discussion. Work still needs to be done on how we get from here to there! I wonder will Paul Kingsnorth address this issue on Friday 7/10/22 at Birmingham zoom. I have my question ready!

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