You will no doubt be aware that we are facing an environmental disaster from the widespread presence of plastic debris in every corner of our world.
More than eight million tons of plastic is dumped in our oceans every year. Half of it comes from disposable plastics that are only used once before being thrown away. At this rate we could see more plastics in the oceans than fish by weight by 2050.
FGR was recently described by FIFA as the greenest football club in the world, and in 2017 was officially recognised as the world’s first vegan football club. Now they’ve gained another global accolade – the world’s first United Nations certified carbon neutral football club. They’ve signed up to the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now initiative, which aims to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
WOMAD’s nearly here and we’re super excited to be going. There’s amazing music from around the world, fantastic activities and events, and a whole host of cultural experiences to be enjoyed. And on top of all that, there’s great food available too. We caught up with Helen from Simply Vegan, who’ll be providing some awesome vegan food at the festival. She told us about the successes and challenges she’s experienced when delivering the vegan message to a hungry audience.
It’s not just music from around the world at WOMAD, there’s also food from every corner of the globe. A whole host of food vendors will be offering a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. And while there are too many to list them all, here’s a taste of what you can expect.
Ecotricity people love to deliver our green message every day. And we love that so many of them have rich and varied skills and talents. Phoebe works in our Home Moves department and has been with us for nearly two years. In that time, she’s also been running a fantastic face painting business which, luckily for us, means we get her great skills at a number of our events. We chatted with Phoebe recently to find out more.
We love partnering with the Field Studies Council (FSC), as they do some amazing work to bring the environment to life. Through their Bursary Fund they offer experiences in the natural world to those who may otherwise not get the chance - encouraging more people to look after the environment, as they gain a better understanding of how their actions have an impact on it.
The Field Studies Council (FSC) has switched its electricity supply to Britain’s greenest energy company, Ecotricity, and is planning to invest in renewables to help inspire the next generation of environmentalists.
The fashion industry isn’t well known for being green. Just last year, Stella McCartney condemned it as “incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment”. So it’s good to know that there are businesses out there producing original clothes that don’t cost the earth. We spoke to Rosie from t-shirt printing business, Giant Triplets, as they prepare to take their sustainable fashion to Larmer Tree festival.
We’ve worked with the Field Studies Council (FSC) for almost a year now, sharing a vision for a greener Britain. They believe, much as we do, that the more we understand about the world around us, the more we’re inclined to protect its diversity and beauty. As our partner of the month, we asked them about their work to inspire people’s interest in the world we inhabit.