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2, 4, 6, 8: Save Our Planet, It’s Not Too Late

Friday, 29th November, 11am, Bedford Square. The honey pot for the environmental warriors of Exeter. The difference? These warriors came in pushchairs and from school playgrounds. They came in families with toddlers dancing and darting between placards. Fridays for Future along with Extinction rebellion dominated this corner of Exeter, and their army were predominately teenagers. Continue reading 2, 4, 6, 8: Save Our Planet, It’s Not Too Late

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Eco Activism on Campus

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll recognise the name Extinction Rebellion. Since the beginning of their ‘International Rebellion’ they’ve become renowned for their civil disobedience, unlawful reputation and disruption of cities. Whilst many may not agree with their methods, this kind of radical activism is vital for creating the real change we urgently need to see in policy and legislation. The sad truth is there is only so much we as individuals can do. In becoming vegan, I was able to singlehandedly reduce my individual carbon footprint by up to 73%. Yet, this is not enough when 20 companies are responsible for a third of the carbon emissions of the world. “If we’re not tackling that then we’re not going to get the drastic reductions we need” according to Skye Frewin, XR Exeter University’s group representative. Continue reading Eco Activism on Campus

Apathetic Environmentalism: An Epidemic

In recent years, it has become more apparent that society is fatally harming the environment. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) we must cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 to avoid a climate catastrophe. Despite the mounting evidence, changes in environmental policy and consumerist habits seem reluctant and tentative. Roughly three-quarters of Europeans say they see climate change as a threat, yet less than a third would accept higher taxes on fossil fuels to cut emissions. This inconsistency of rhetoric versus action is apathetic environmentalism; when someone exhibits genuine concern for the environment but makes little to no effort to make any real, fundamental change. The epitome of this was a photo of an overflowing bin uploaded to ExeHonestly after the recent climate strikes. The discrepancy between protesting the government’s handling of the climate crisis and literally littering on the street highlights an inconsistency between rhetoric and action that is becoming increasingly prevalent. So, where does this apathy come from? Continue reading Apathetic Environmentalism: An Epidemic

ZERO: Exeter’s Progress Towards Zero-Waste

Although we as a planet have always been aware of our waste output, in recent years the crippling truth and responsibility have become a reality for individuals. Consumers are becoming more educated about what products are made from and their impacts. In the media we are quick to highlight the high quantity of plastic items used at home, single-use plastic packaging in stores and the waste produced by fast fashion. Yet, because these things are such a regular part of our lives, it seems almost alien to consider a life without them. Continue reading ZERO: Exeter’s Progress Towards Zero-Waste

Putting your best foot forward or faking it: are we too critical of Instagram’s glamorization of summer?

Social media has become a performative space. It presents a platform that allows us to display a photogenic version of our lives to the world. This perpetuates in the summer as our news feeds become crammed with everyone’s holiday shots, rather than the grim summer jobs that help us afford them. But should we be ashamed of this? Or is it just a natural human … Continue reading Putting your best foot forward or faking it: are we too critical of Instagram’s glamorization of summer?

The Accessibility of Veganism

In 2016, the vegan society estimated that there were over 540,000 vegans in Britain and going vegan was one of the biggest food trends in 2018. Having tried (and failed) at being a vegan myself, I understand the desire to reduce your impact on the planet and make a contribution to improving the treatment of factory farmed animals in this country. However, there are questions around its accessibility. Often dubbed as a food trend popularised by bloggers and influencers and associated with a moralistic middle class who can afford alternative milks and meat substitutes, it is important to ask how accessible veganism is and whether the movement alienates certain people. Continue reading The Accessibility of Veganism