Look I get it. You might not like the idea of veganism much. I honestly used to feel the same way but once you start to looking at the evidence that is supporting a societal shift towards veganism it is hard to look away.
Lettuce rationing probably wasn't in most pundits' predictions for 2017. But this winter our supermarket shelves have been emptying of the green vegetables we take for granted.
The clock is ticking for elephants. In the time it takes MPs to debate the issue in Westminster Hall, we could have lost another six elephants to poaching. Now is the time for bold and decisive action to close down the UK ivory market and ensure other nations make similar commitments.
One thing I learnt this month is that being vegan doesn't mean being perfect. Just because you gave into temptation and ordered a hungover Dominos, or had a bit of your friend's chocolate birthday cake, doesn't mean you aren't a vegan. And in terms of caring for the planet and the animals that live on it, being vegan most of the time - even just some of the time - is far better than not doing it at all.
It can be daunting to know where to start when it comes to making more sustainable fashion choices. And in case you're about to write this article off as frivolous, let me quickly tell you why this is such an important topic.
It was the first, but not the last time I was asked that question. That day at Dutch Design Week, I was also asked, "Do your artisans work in good conditions?" "Have you visited your suppliers?" "Are the people you work with being exploited" and even, "do you make your products in sweatshops."
Trump cannot carry out his sweeping 'America first' promise and make trade deals work. May visiting now, before we understand the degree to which he plans on seeing this promise through, is very poor judgement.
This week will see the launch of an unusual new communications initiative on climate change. Led by none other than His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, it comes in the form of a new Ladybird Book on the subject. It's for adult readers and couldn't be more timely.
The African Union Commission will be electing its next Chairperson at the end of January. This is an influential position, and whoever assumes it will play a major role in the direction the continent takes in the coming years - and in selecting which issues to prioritize.
One of the key words on the global agenda for 2017 (and necessarily beyond) is sustainability. After all, 2016 has just been declared the hottest year on record and human activity is to blame.
Imagine a future where your furnishings and clothes are made locally by artisans and makers who live on your street. Your food is grown a rooftop away...
Today we will make a step-change as a business. We will use our voice to put a spotlight on the dangers to the health of our oceans, helping to drive change starting with our 30,000 employees across Sky, to our customers in the UK and Europe.
What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.
Now we know that Brexit means Brexit, even if parliament votes against the deal negotiated by the Prime Minister. The stark truth which has emerged over the last 24 hours highlights clear evidence that we should all be worried about the future of the UK's parliamentary sovereignty, which many are so keen to wrestle back from Brussels. And that matters hugely for the future of the UK's environment.
The scenario which now looks plausible is this: the UK heads for a hard Brexit completely cutting ties with the EU, and turns itself into a low-tax, low-standards economy, destroying decades of law building up environmental protection. This is done by a deregulatory government unhindered by Parliament, yet without a mandate from either a General Election or, in any meaningful way, the EU referendum. There was a clear 'leave' vote on 23 June, but it's also clear people weren't voting in favour of diluted environmental standards. Theresa May called for Britain to 'come together' to make a success of Brexit. But that would mean supporting a process that, in its most extreme version, would require degrading and debasing environmental standards
"Where there is unity there is always victory," wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC. So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn't mean we are losing. It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.