This week has been very depressing regarding the environment. The EU and UK are suspending the ban on neonics, the pesticides that kill bees. Why are they taking a step back and listening to farmers’ short term thinking? Amber Rudd’s climate change speech essentially said the government’s plans for dealing with climate change is to follow business as usual economically (!!!). Badger culling is to be extended to new regions in the UK. And more renewables subsidies are being cut. *climbs under duvet to hide from evil world*
So here’s some interesting eco reads and links to distract ourselves from these setbacks and some ways we can fight back:
- Last couple of days to help protect key EU Nature laws. There’s been a phenomenal uplifting response to this huge threat (reached half a million responses!), so join in whilst you still can. Find out more in my blog here.
- Wonderful insight into the EU and these nature laws from Monbiot. They are not perfect but we still need them.
- Labour leader elections are coming up and the right leader could make all the difference standing up to damaging Tory policies. You can temporarily join Labour for only £3 to vote. Jeremy Corbyn looks like our best shot for real change we need.
- On a more positive note, Rewilding Britian is now live! Time to make a wilder, more interesting UK, with a more positive form of environmentalism.
- Take some time to relax by being a blackbird! A lovely interactive story.
- Reasons why you prioritise nature over human relationships. Some of this is certainly true for me, being a nature lover and introvert.
- Really interesting, although long, read about the myth of the ethical shopper. I learnt so much about the complexities of the industry and it emphasises to me that buying less (rather than trying to be picky) is a likely better solution. Or just use Etsy!
- In contrast to that article, here are some tips on trying to be a more eco-friendly shopper.
Have a great weekend! Any interesting reads or links you’ve come across this week?