We are a happy and simple people, that's all we wish for. I've never been to your lands, but I can feel what you are doing. It feels like a very grim, unhappy place where you live. You must only ever talk about death.' The Eastern European shaman was talking about the Western European culture.
We are all very aware of the problems that climate change and deforestation have on the sustainability of our planet. Food waste however is an enormous growing issue affecting our resources that seems to go under looked or thought of as less significant.
How can we intervene in this process to create moments of change? We might consider two ways of promoting habit formation within such 'moments'. First, we are all attuned to the environment around us and there is clear evidence that getting the 'choice architecture' right is critical.
The National Health Service has been criticised after it admitted wasting £3.8 million on property taxes for the 122 empty
Whilst still a little way off, these technologies are already becoming a reality: challenging the prevailing perception that an environmentally friendly lifestyle can't go hand in hand with comfort and convenience.
Kanchi Tamang is a waste-picker in Nepal. A mother and a grandmother, she works long hours in unsafe and unclean conditions for a pittance. After contracting Hepatitis C, then developing painful gallstones, she faces the prospect of medical treatment that will require her to be absent from work and hospital bills that, together with the loss of work income, might mean that she loses her home and cannot support her family. Yet if she does not receive treatment, she might lose her life, not just her livelihood.
The plastic peril inflicting our oceans is now so severe humans are ingesting particles of litter, a leading marine expert
More than two years after the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster, the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl, the repercussions continue in Europe. Inevitably, the episode has prompted renewed debate in Brussels and EU countries about nuclear power.
Reducing plastic bag usage was just one of the things people around the world pledged as their Ocean Promise last World Oceans Day, and is part of addressing a larger need to prevent excessive environmental waste. It is one of the easier and simpler actions each of us can take to help reduce our individual impact.
Waste plastic has become a massive concern, not only in the UK, but globally. Worldwide production and consumption of plastics has increased by 10% year on year from 5 million tonnes in 1950 to 245 million tonnes in 2006, and since then this figure has been increasing.