One Bonkers May Day Tradition That Needs To Stop

Oxford May Day has several traditions associated with it, one of which is Oxford people gathering around the Great Tower of Magdalen College at 6am to listen to the choir sing and then proceeding to Magdalen Bridge where they jump off into the River Cherwell – only 2 feet deep! Needless to say there have…

St George’s Day – The Reputation of Dragons

Dragons have historically been the personification of evil. In the story of St. George the dragon is the representation of the devil; dragons do not have a good reputation. Fast forward to today and to mention the word dragon conjures up images of a line of five stern faced millionaire entrepreneurs whose reputations are very…

Running A Marathon – Do You Just Turn Up & Run Or Do You Prepare?

Prepare to win So it’s the London Marathon on Sunday and my fitter colleagues inform me that you can’t just enter these things without some preparation. Anything in life is like this especially if you run a business. You’ve done your market research, you have a product or service people want, at a price they’re…

We are here because of a resurrection….well nearly.

There is a period in the earth’s history that is very pertinent to us today: the Palaeocene Eocene boundary.  Fifty five million years ago the earth witnessed temperatures 8⁰C warmer than today’s average. The Palaeocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), as it is known, lasted 200,000 years and was preceded by 20,000 years of rising carbon…

Money, Money, Money….. Tallow vs Palm Oil VS Animals vs Environment

The new £5 notes were launched last year and the paper note will be withdrawn 5th May this year. The plastic note provides lots of new benefits; they are durable, washable and are more difficult to rip it can therefore be assumed that they will last longer (that’s the idea anyway). However, has this been…

Do Not Be Fooled

What is truth? It is easy in these post truth days to become confused by the conflicting messages portrayed in the media, many of which are centred on climate change and sustainability. Michael Gove during the run up to the UK EU referendum said that we “have had enough with experts.” In the interests of…

What Have Mothering Sunday and Earth Hour Got In Common?

This weekend we have Earth Hour on Saturday at 8.30 – 9.30pm and Mothering Sunday. And I think I have found the link between the two… Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent, not to be confused with the American festival Mothers’ Day. Historically it was expected in the middle of Lent that people…

3 leaves of ‘Green’ for your St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is well celebrated across the UK with the consumption of Guinness, lots of singing and partying into the earlier hours of the morning. The streets become a sea of green with flags, hats and banners (Green is our favourite colour too) – in celebration of a missionary from the 5th Century in…

Women & Climate Change – Sisters are doing too much for themselves

  Today, Wednesday 8th March 2017, is International Women’s Day and I thought it would be appropriate to think about women around the world whose lives are impacted by our changing climate. Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change mostly because they make up the majority of the world’s poorest population and…

Sustainable Palm Oil – does it do what it says on the tin?

The other day I came across a RSPO accreditation on a jar of chocolate spread  for sustainable palm oil which got me thinking if this actually does on the ground what they say they are doing? Food and other products will have both direct and indirect impacts on climate change due to the land use…