Friday, 21 November 2014

A New Developers' Charter


There's an interesting and worrying article in Green World (Autumn 2014): A New Developers' Charter by Jenny Jones (p. 13). It's relevant in relation to fracking and general planning issues.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Stop Circus Suffering


Animal Defenders International has spent years exposing the horrific suffering behind the scenes at circuses in the UK - from the brutal beatings of Anne the elephant, to the suffering of tigers currently living on the back of a lorry at Peter Jolly's Circus. The evidence gathered by ADI has led the government to promise to ban wild animal acts, but they are yet to deliver! This is why the new Bill is so important – it is our last chance to ensure the ban goes through before the general election. If it fails, we could be back to square one.

Luckily, a ban on wild animals in circuses is supported by an overwhelming majority of the public, by politicians, celebrities and animals organisations. But we really need to get the word out there to get the government to finally act. To help:

1. Urge your MP to support the bill
2. Sign this petition

You can find out all about the latest news on the campaign here.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Wasted Car Seats Cost Our Planet Dearly

[Guest post by Liftshare]

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If you’ve ever wondered how many empty car seats travel around Britain’s roads every day the shocking answer is 38 million. The untold damage this is doing to our environment seems to go largely unnoticed, except by a movement lead by Ali Clabburn who founded the UK’s sharing economy 16 years ago when he launched Liftshare.

Liftshare is the UK’s largest ride-sharing community with around 200,000 active users and growing at a phenomenal rate. The main motivating factor for people joining is the average saving of around £1,000 a year but the environmental benefits are also significant. One happy member, John from Essex, estimates he save around 4,000 fuel miles and another enthusiastic advocate, Emma from Swindon, did an online calculation that sharing her journey is the equivalent to planting 90 trees.

Collectively Liftshare members will share an estimated 507 million miles over the next 12 months, saving approximately 167,000 tonnes of CO2. With around 4 million seats available to share each week through the site, Liftshare offers the greatest chance of finding a match and they promise to make travel simple and help members to make amazing connections. Definitely worth a try!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Colour of Money

[Guest post by Triodos Bank]

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For most of us, our pension is by far and away our most significant investment. Collectively, the UK’s pension pot is worth a whopping £200 trillion. However, despite the relative significance of this pot of money, how many of us actually stop to think about what our pension providers are doing with it? What it is being used for? If you’re unsure about what your pension is investing in, you are not alone.

We recently did some polling for Good Money Week and found that almost two thirds of UK investors don’t know what their pensions and other investments are financing; if you’re one of them, the chances are you could be financing something that doesn’t match your personal ethical preferences.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Ethical Wares

[Guest post by Ethical Wares - image above shows some of their products visiting New Quay]

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Ceredigion-based vegan mail order company Ethical Wares are celebrating our 21st anniversary of ethical trading. We sell a wide range of vegan footwear, leather-free belts, guitar straps and more, as well as fair trade goods, Tibetan handicrafts and music from animal-friendly musicians.

It’s been a long haul from fairly modest beginnings to today’s leading e-commerce website supplying vegan products to compassionate consumers all over the world. Recognised by Sublime Magazine as their ‘Best Online Store’ from 2013 and by Ethical Consumer Magazine as one of their select ‘Best Buy Label’ companies, the only footwear company to have been accredited as such – Poet/author/ actor and musician Benjamin Zephaniah even said he would have no problem with Ethical Wares taking over the world!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Great Vegan Challenge

[Guest post by Animal Aid]

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For all you would-be vegans out there, here’s the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and give the plant-based diet a go.

This November, Animal Aid is running the Great Vegan Challenge and the idea behind it is simple: you pledge to go vegan for the month and they aim to make it as easy, fun and engaging as possible. Plus it’s free to sign up and open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

When you register to take part, you’ll get:
- Advice on nutrition and vegan products
- Recipes and motivational tips sent regularly
- Access to an internet forum for swapping tips and stories
- A telephone hotline for any burning questions
- Information on exclusive events, offers and product give-aways

Around 900 people took part last year from all over the world and the response from them was overwhelmingly positive.

‘So glad I gave the Great Vegan Challenge a go! It’s been fantastic and made a big change in my lifestyle for the better! Everyone should try it!’ – Katrina Powis

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Dr Hadwen Trust

[Guest post by the Dr Hadwen Trust]

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Millions of animals are used each year for research into human conditions.  In 2013 in the UK alone there were 4.12 million scientific procedures conducted using 4.02 million animals, the vast majority (82%) being on rodents but the figures also include 3,554 dogs, 109 cats, 2,468 primates, 138,287 birds, and 330 horses.

Despite the huge number of animals used and the millions of pounds  spent studying conditions such as cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease, we are still looking for cures for these and many other illnesses.

Alongside the ethical considerations of animal experimentation, there is also growing evidence, as highlighted in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) in May 2014, that when animals are used for medical research purposes, including drug development, they often yield results that do not translate to the human condition.