Amid the gloom, much good news

Monthly challenge In 2015 all countries in the United Nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 goals which, if diligently pursued by all nations, would greatly improve peace and prosperity around the world. We are almost a third of the way through that time period. So how is the world going? Well, we allContinue reading “Amid the gloom, much good news”

Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry

Monthly challenge December challenge It should be no news to anyone that the clothing industry has a sad history of paying meagre wages and offering unhealthy working conditions to workers in poor countries, all to reduce the price of the clothing in richer countries by a few cents. Not so long ago, it was estimatedContinue reading “Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry”

Buy only “good” chocolate for a month

Monthly challenge November challenge It’s not such a hard challenge, really. Eating chocolate I mean. But the good news is that it’s also not so hard to eat “good” (i.e. ethical) chocolate these days. If you don’t want to be complicit in slavery, child labour, poor working conditions for poor workers or unsustainable practices (andContinue reading “Buy only “good” chocolate for a month”

Start using re-usable produce bags

Monthly challenge. October challenge We all know that plastic has got out of control. I can remember when I was a boy and plastics became more readily available and it was great! Suddenly cups were almost unbreakable. But now plastics are littering land and sea, killing animals and fish that swallow them or get tangledContinue reading “Start using re-usable produce bags”

Make your own lunch for a week

Monthly challenge. September challenge Don’t buy lunch for a week, but make it and take it from home. Our parents or grandparents rarely ate out, except at friends’ homes, but takeaway and fast food, and restaurant dining, have become a major part of modern diets. This has many advantages, but a few drawbacks too: itContinue reading “Make your own lunch for a week”

Do a personal clean-up

Monthly challenge: August. The monthly challenge Do you want to make a difference in the world, but don’t have time and energy for something big? There are small things we can all do each week to live more sustainably, more justly and more equitably. In the monthly challenge I will offer suggestions for small thingsContinue reading “Do a personal clean-up”