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Bleed Greener: Heritage and the Climate Crisis

When people pause to consider the implications of the climate crisis, generally only a select few images and ideas spring to mind. The term ‘climate’ may evoke thoughts of sweltering hot summers and icy winters, sudden deluges and other extreme climatic events. It may also elicit questions about rising sea levels, such as what this process will mean for low-lying countries. The idea of ‘crisis’ could be linked, in some people’s minds, with the various economic crises that have occurred over the past several decades. It is also a term that has often been used to describe the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now been causing global disorder for over a year. While these are all valid connections to make, the reach of the climate crisis is much broader: in fact, in some way or other, it affects every aspect of modern life and culture. Heritage is one of the most notable industries that is threatened by the climate crisis, and our failure to acknowledge and act upon this fact may have devastating consequences. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Heritage and the Climate Crisis

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Bleed Greener: Cli-Fi, a Genre to Save Us All?

This year, I have been thinking a great deal about the role of the arts and humanities in the fight against climate change. While I have heard anecdotes about interdisciplinary projects that aim to tackle the ongoing environmental crisis from a range of different scholarly perspectives, it is troubling that the input of the humanities scholars is often reportedly neglected in favour of the data produced by the scientists and geographers. Undoubtedly, there is a sound rationale behind such a decision: we need data to assess the extent of the problem, and to develop practical recommendations for change. However, I strongly believe that the arts and humanities have serious untapped potential for helping to divert our course away from environmental catastrophe. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Cli-Fi, a Genre to Save Us All?

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Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

The 1st to the 5th March is this year’s Sustainability Week, an annual event that emphasises the importance of making sustainable choices. However, there is one thing that sets this year’s Sustainability Week apart from similar efforts that have been made in previous years: the Societies Sustainability Alliance. At present, this Alliance is comprised of 17 different societies which, collectively and in collaboration with university staff, aim to “improve representation from societies and groups in discussion and decision-making regarding sustainability at the University of Exeter” (Societies Sustainability Alliance Terms of Reference). The member societies range from those that already have a distinct environmental focus, such as Be The Change, to those that have a more academic focus, such as the Exeter Law Society. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

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Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Faye and her husband own two zero-waste stores in the south-west: Zero Exeter, which can be found on Fore Street, and Zero Exmouth, located on Chapel Street in Exmouth. Faye kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to RAZZ about the philosophy behind her stores, what it’s been like running the business during the pandemic, and the best ways for people to cut down on their waste. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Bleed Greener: How to Make Your Plate More Sustainable

There has been a surge in the number of people becoming vegetarian or vegan in recent years, with many of them citing a desire to reduce their carbon footprint as a principal motivator. In fact, the two concepts of meat-reduction and environmental sustainability have become so intertwined that you would be hard-pressed to find a vegetarian or vegan who isn’t conscious of their impact on the natural environment. Similarly, it would be odd to meet an environmental campaigner who doesn’t limit the amount of meat in their diet. Continue reading Bleed Greener: How to Make Your Plate More Sustainable

Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

With the nights getting darker and term one at its end, it is inevitable that people’s thoughts are turning towards Christmas – the food, the presents, and the celebrations. But have you ever stopped to consider the environmental impact of this widely celebrated holiday? From the perspective of sustainability, the real cost of Christmas stretches far beyond the financial implications of the day, and translates into increasing amounts of plastic waste, uneaten food, and energy consumption. While businesses and manufacturers need to accept the burden of responsibility and develop more sustainable products and packaging, there are also several things that you can do at home to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas. Continue reading Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

Bleed Greener: Sustainable Alternatives to Fast Fashion, the World’s Best-Dresser Polluter

In recent years, consumers have demanded more and more from the fashion industry. They clamour for greater quantities of garments to fill their already-bursting wardrobes, to keep up with fleeting TikTok fashion trends and, most importantly, to appear on their well-curated social media accounts. The fashion industry has undergone a significant shift in recent years, rapidly adapting to the purchasing habits of modern consumers. Above all, people are seeking more clothing than ever before, and this sartorial excess comes at the cost of the environment. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Sustainable Alternatives to Fast Fashion, the World’s Best-Dresser Polluter

Review: Re:Claimed Fashion Show

On Saturday night, I walked into Unit 1 at 6:45 (truly the earliest I think I have ever set foot there), excited for a night of fashion. The main dance floor had been filled with chairs, set up to include a runway right through the middle. We took our seats, second row from the front – the front rows were reserved for the designers responsible for the garments we were about to see grace the runway (this was the moment when I felt like I really was at a real fashion show). The Re:Claimed Fashion show, put on by Exeter Fashion Society, aimed to showcase local and student ethical, sustainable brands with a focus on celebrating the diversity and creativity of the sustainable fashion industry. The show promised a celebration of fashion’s creativity, as well as performances from URBN Dance, Pole Fitness, Breakdance, Dance Society and Mishaal Javed. Continue reading Review: Re:Claimed Fashion Show

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

Feature: Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party is Exeter students favourite brunch spot, however it offers so much more than rich coffee roasts and incredible scrambled eggs and avocado. We spoke to the manager of Boston Tea Party in Exeter to find out all about what goes on behind the scenes. Written by Lucy Lincoln and Chrissi Lewes. Continue reading Feature: Boston Tea Party