Seaspiracy: fact or just fishy?

Image Description: A dolphin upright underwater, its head pointing towards the surface, just above the seafloor. Netflix’s Seaspiracy has reached millions of viewers worldwide and remains in the Netflix top 10 most-watched even now. The documentary, which reported on the wide-ranging scandals surrounding commercial fishing and the apparently devastating impacts the practice is having on […]

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Cautious optimism over new Sustainability Strategy

Image Description: A black and white picture of the roof of the Radcliffe Camera.  Student campaigners including the Oxford SU, Oxford Climate Society, Oxford Climate Justice Campaign and Oxford Nature Conservation Society have joined forces to welcome the University of Oxford’s new ambitious Environmental Sustainability Strategy. The strategy became University policy after being approved in […]

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Artists and Activists: In conversation with Peace Silly on fighting period poverty

Image Description: Graphic of students protesting with Peace Silly pictured. Reads ‘Artists and Activists featuring Peace Silly’  As part of our Artists and Activists series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peace Silly, one of the founders of the youth-led non-profit organisation, PeriodLink. Since 2019, PeriodLink has worked to keep young people in the Volta […]

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Dutch doughnuts: How Amsterdam’s recovery plan threatens Capitalism as we know it.

Image description: Doughnuts on a light blue background. The coronavirus pandemic has destroyed our economies, decimated industries, and cost millions their jobs. While this was taking place, our skies got clearer, our carbon footprints diminished, dolphins returned to the waters of Venice, and we took time to appreciate nature around us – after all, exercise […]

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Fast fashion: a sustainable future?

Image description: a shopfront with ‘sale’ in large lettering Recently, reports emerged showing that Boohoo’s suppliers had kept factories open during the lockdown without adequate social distancing and with workers reporting symptoms. It was also revealed that some suppliers to Boohoo were paying workers as little as £3.50, far below the legal minimum wage. This […]

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Fashion after corona

Image Description: A sustainable clothes shop  Summer sales, holiday clothes, new-season equals new wardrobe. Normally, at this time of year, many of us would be taking advantage of student discounts to get that perfect fit for the sunny weather. Instead, clothing sales sunk by 34% in March – a drop easily associated with the lockdown […]

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We consider the impact of our journey, but why not destination?

Molly Archer-Zeff questions Airbnb’s sustainability Central location, great atmosphere, bustling nightlife. These were among the attractive list of offerings an Airbnb in Athens lured me with. What the description perhaps conveniently forgot to include was the ideal location to witness the tensions that were sizzling between the citizens of Athens and Airbnb. The first thing […]

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Oxford academics call for more research into the effectiveness of meat-consumption intervention schemes 

Image Credit: Cowles Communications, Inc. (Public Domain) Despite recognising that, due to the perceived normality of its place in our diet, the choice to eat meat goes largely unexamined, environmental researchers at Oxford University have stressed that ‘social norms can and do change’, and ought to be ‘aided by coordinated efforts of civil society, health […]

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The run down on fast fashion

Fast fashion. An industry now intrinsic to the high street, earning the name through its fast process from design to mass production as much as its brief shelf-life. In a consumer culture where trends last as long as a Twitter hash-tag, how can retailers keep up the pace without social and environmental consequences? Short answer: they can’t. The challenge has moved beyond slowing […]

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Fewer bags and better people

As I scanned my trusty £3 Sainsbury’s meal deal at the counter last Friday I realised the fateful day had come. No longer could I rely on glorious plastic bag to carry my every whim, at no extra charge. No more could I walk blindly on by whilst costlessly packaging my almost edible food within […]

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