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“Going vegan or vegetarian WON’T affect climate change!”

Veganism. Vegetarianism. Flexitarianism. Pescatarianism. There’s lots of different terms when it comes to diets – especially those that involve limiting animal products. Some people love these terms and use them to describe their identity. Some people find them preachy. Food is an important, substantial (and often enjoyable!) part of our lives, so our diets haveContinue reading ““Going vegan or vegetarian WON’T affect climate change!””

“Carry on flying – it’s not that bad for the environment anyway”

“Carry on flying” – a headline hitting the media as the UK Government publish their transport decarbonisation plan. Not a statement you usually hear when people are talking about reducing GHG emissions. It contrasts staggeringly with the voices of environmentalists, with the rise of Swedish ‘flygskam’ (flight-shaming) and Flight Free campaigns. So is flying reallyContinue reading ““Carry on flying – it’s not that bad for the environment anyway””

“I’m getting artificial grass – it’s sooooo much better than normal grass”

People get very excited about their artificial grass and praise it for all of the benefits it has over normal grass. It stops the kids from getting muddy; doesn’t go bare when people are moving over it all the time; doesn’t need cutting and isn’t full of those ‘pesky’ weeds. Although fake grass can beContinue reading ““I’m getting artificial grass – it’s sooooo much better than normal grass””

“Renewables couldn’t generate enough power for everyone… and they’re bad for the environment!”

What are renewables? A renewable energy source is an energy source that doesn’t run out. Fossil fuels, like coal, oil and gas, are finite, meaning that we will run out of them eventually. When fossil fuels are burnt to create energy, they produce greenhouse gases. Renewable sources of energy, however, are more sustainable and environmentallyContinue reading ““Renewables couldn’t generate enough power for everyone… and they’re bad for the environment!””

“Don’t get a smart meter – they’ll just turn your energy off when they want and steal your data”

Hmmm. that doesn’t sound quite right. What’s a smart meter? And how are they connected to the environment? A smart meter is a new(ish) type of energy meter being installed in the UK and many other countries. They allow you to be more aware of your energy usage, helping you reduce your emissions, whilst alsoContinue reading ““Don’t get a smart meter – they’ll just turn your energy off when they want and steal your data””

“Electric cars are worse for the environment than normal cars”

The short answer is no, no they’re not. There’s been a LOT of misinformation about electric vehicles, with sceptics making all sorts of claims about their environmental values. In 2019, reports in the Guardian amongst other newspapers (based on research by Hans-Werner Simm) came out claiming electric vehicles (EVs) were actually worse for the environmentContinue reading ““Electric cars are worse for the environment than normal cars””

“Stop causing a panic, it’s only natural change. Been happening since the world began”

So the climate has always been changing – why make such a fuss about what’s happening now? It’s all a question of timescale! The climate of the Earth is (and has always been) naturally fluctuating. Ice ages caused glaciers to cover large areas of the Earth, and many millennia before that temperatures were so warmContinue reading ““Stop causing a panic, it’s only natural change. Been happening since the world began””

“It’s been a really cold winter, there is no global warming. Climate change doesn’t exist”

Just because it’s been a really cold summer or we’ve had loads of snow or storms, doesn’t mean that climate change isn’t happening. Actually, it can be signs of the opposite. The differences between climate and weather: “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get”. Climate and weather are two separate beings, althoughContinue reading ““It’s been a really cold winter, there is no global warming. Climate change doesn’t exist””

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