Tuesday, December 11News For London

Environment

Youth participation in #PacketInWalkers Campaign: Promotion or not?

Youth participation in #PacketInWalkers Campaign: Promotion or not?

Environment, Fitness, Food, London, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
Crisps company Walkers is under the radar by the youth of UK as their #PacketInWalkers recycling campaign was earlier criticized as a publicity stunt. In defence of the company, Executive Director, David Babbs told The Guardian: “The public will be watching to make sure the new recycling scheme isn’t just a PR stunt.” However, some youngsters criticized the movement for limiting it to just the Walkers brand, while some others also showed scepticism about the effectiveness of the campaign. Why are we only targeting Walkers and not all the other crisp companies who use plastic?! #PacketInWalkers — Leah Benthin (@leahbenthin) September 26, 2018 Don’t really get this protest. Surely not buying their product would make far more sense? — Jon Liversedge (@JLiversedge) September 25, 2018
How veganism is redefining the restaurant scene in London

How veganism is redefining the restaurant scene in London

Animal Rights, Animals, Breaking News, Environment, trends
Veganism has made quite an impact on restaurants in the past few years, but how far-reaching are the effects truly? Every few years there comes a minor revolution which impacts the restaurant industry in ways that force food outlets to make changes and adapt in a bid to stay relevant. The latest of these? The vegan revolution. In the surprisingly familiar way that halal meat has found its way into most outlets in the UK due to demand, the constant rise in the number of vegans has restaurants attempting to continuously revise their plans according to customers. Interest in veganism has especially boomed in the last years. According to The Vegan Society data, in 2014 there were 150,000 vegans in the UK and that figure has risen by 400 per cent since then, rising up to 600,000 across th
Climate Change: Are the UK’s youth ready?

Climate Change: Are the UK’s youth ready?

Breaking News, Climate, Environment, London, protest, ReportingWeek2, Science
‘We are the last generation that can stop climate change’ - UN Summit, 2018 According to Kristalina Georgieva, the CEO of the World Bank, the younger generation must step up and combat climate change. While world leaders meet at the UN summit in Poland, young activists in the UK are working hard and taking significant steps in dealing with the issue. What is the problem? The UN Summit on climate change began Monday, December 3 and will continue until December 14 in Katowice, Poland. The summit, made up of 200 nations, seeks to find viable solutions for cutting emissions and combating climate change. In the UK, the Committee of Climate Change published its 2017 assessment report, stating the gravity of the situation. The report said: “Climate change is not only a challenge o
Ice Watch London: Confronting climate change with melting icebergs

Ice Watch London: Confronting climate change with melting icebergs

Art, Climate, Culture, Environment, London, News, ReportingWeek1, ReportingWeek2, Science, Travel, trends
London to get colder as huge blocks of glacial ice arrives along the bank side as a part of an art installation to display the effects of climate change.  Olafur Eliasson confronts Londoner's with the reality of climate change > https://t.co/o6Uh1uTjDz pic.twitter.com/VdYsGNK2Ui — It's Nice That (@itsnicethat) 9 December 2018 Olafur Eliasson, Icelandic-Danish artist known for his sculptures and large-scale art installations along with leading geologist Minik Rosing, is bringing 24 giant blocks of ice as a part of an ice-watch installation at Tate Modern, London. The installation, which follows its iterations in Copenhagen and Paris, will serve as a primary reminder of the impact of climate change on the world at large. Glacial ice astray - why are these blocks of ice appeari
UN Climate Change Conference: What do young Londoners think about it?

UN Climate Change Conference: What do young Londoners think about it?

Climate, Environment, International, London, News, Poland, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Science
In Poland’s coal capital, Katowice, experts, environmentalists, scientists, politicians, journalists and leaders from all around the world converge together for the biggest climate change event of the year - COP 24 Katowice, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Poland 2018. Climate change is inevitable and we can see it happening around us. The world is getting hotter, glaciers are melting and a recent study, as mentioned in the BBC report, suggests that CO2 emissions are on the rise owing to economic growth. Representatives from around 200 countries have gathered for this two-week conference to discuss the rules and finalize guidelines that will help countries implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris climate agreement, which was adopted at the Conference of Parties (COP) in
ICAN bags the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

ICAN bags the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Business, economy, Environment, EU investment, EU talents, International
A civil society network ICAN representing of over 450 organisations in one hundred countries, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. ICAN ,Co-Chair ,Rebecca Johnson, said:“Our international network has worked so hard to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.   The nuclear threats being issued by President Trump and North Korea remind us that nuclear sabre rattling can lead to nuclear war through arrogance or miscalculation”. “ICAN collaboration with the British civil society for nuclear disarmament for many years had brought in to limelight that the Nobel Award encourages efforts to persuade the British government to sign the UN Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, cancel Trident and take the lead to eliminate all of these abhorrent weapons of mass destruction,"said Johnson. The global tr
Young Londoners lead movement to stop fossil fuel investment

Young Londoners lead movement to stop fossil fuel investment

Environment, London, News
Young people in London are leading a movement to stop universities investing in fossil fuel industries. The campaign is known as the divestment movement, which essentially means getting rid of business investments or interests. The movement has been gaining traction, particularly as projections of global carbon emissions grew by a two per cent in 2017, sparking a worldwide sense of urgency to address climate change. Beth Parkin, a member of the divestment movement, explained the importance of ending investments in fossil fuels in light of recent projections on the rise of carbon emissions. Student campaigns have been instrumental in forcing universities to get rid of their fossil fuel investments. In London, the London School of Economics, King's College London, and Golds...
Minimalistic Christmas: Value over Materialism

Minimalistic Christmas: Value over Materialism

Audio, Environment, Experience, LifeStyle, London, Opinion
With Christmas around the corner, there are a lot bargains to be taken advantage of. It all started in the beginning of the season, which escalated with Black Friday and now everyone is impatiently waiting for the Boxing Day sales.  From food to home decor, from electronics to beauty products, everything costs less and people are rushing to the stores, frantically to fill their carts with the discounted stock. Photo credits: Lia Chabane It is evident that one's bank account will be left empty, and materialistic gifts like these cannot satisfy anyone. Christmas is exactly two weeks from now and this is the time to reconsider do we really need all of these purchases. Can we enjoy the winter holidays without getting bankrupted? Is it necessary to bear the weight of Christmas shopping
Don’t be a binner, have it for dinner: millenials targeted over food waste

Don’t be a binner, have it for dinner: millenials targeted over food waste

Business, Environment, Food, News, Tech
Waste reduction charity Wrap is poised to launch an anti-food waste campaign focused on 18-34 year olds living in urban areas. Research shows that millennials are the generation that throws away most food. In the UK more than £13bn of edible food was thrown out in 2015 Photo: Wrap A Wrap spokesperson told Westminster World: "We will be using a targeted approach to reach the right people using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram – all channels we know are popular with our target audience. We’re advertising our content to ensure we really reach the right people and not just our existing fans and followers." Food waste is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. Take #ClimateActio
Water fountains to decrease bottle waste

Water fountains to decrease bottle waste

DontUse, Environment
Drinking water fountains are to be installed in London in a bid to reduce water-bottle waste. This is a part of the New London Plan to develop the public realm in London. “The provision of free drinking water fountains helps improve public health, reduces waste from single-use plastic bottles and supports the circular economy through the use of reusable water bottles,” the plan states. A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said that this is a bid to “reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cups across the capital.” One million plastic bottles of water are consumed every minute worldwide, and nearly half of them are being added up to the waste because they are not being recycled. The draft London Environment Strategy encourages campaigns and initiatives to reduce s