Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -man - acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. ” - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring I'm (finally!) starting my book discussion series with the book that effectively set me on the path of environmentalism... Silent Spring by the … Continue reading Book Discussion Series #1: Silent Spring
Palm oil has been back in the news recently, specifically Iceland (the supermarket not the country) banning its use. This has proven a very difficult one for me to reconcile, I feel very strongly about the situation, which is not as clear-cut (excuse the pun) as it might seem. On one hand I completely see … Continue reading Ditching Unsustainable Palm Oil: Should We Avoid It Altogether?
Despite how the title might seem, I don't actually like the term "greenwash". There are various levels of green-washing (a superficial or insincere display of concern for the environment that is shown by an organization) from exaggeration to the downright nefarious. Plus I'm a glass half-full kind of person and without a doubt most companies … Continue reading Greenwash Here, Greenwash There, Greenwash Greenwash Everywhere
Palm oil... you've probably all heard of it, that magic, odourless, vegetable oil that we use in, well... pretty much everything. Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) cultivation often results in large swathes of land being deforested for plantations, resulting in habitat destruction and displacement of both animals and people. The poster-child for palm oil related … Continue reading Ditching Unsustainable Palm Oil: The Treat Lover’s Challenge
There is barely a scrap of dirt on our little rock untouched by the hand of man, centuries of farming, hunting and deforestation have left our environment battered and scarred. Beautiful scars yes, but not natural places.