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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Plastic Pick-up and Promise for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd April and the focus this year is to ‘End Plastic Pollution’.
Earth Day has been running since the 22nd April 1970 and it’s “mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide” with more than a billion people now taking part each year!

I wanted to come up with something that we could all do collectively to really make a difference this Earth Day and after posting in my Facebook group for ideas, this is what I’ve come up with:

It’s super simple:

1) Do a 10 minute litter pick in your local area, on your own or with others
2) Post a picture of what you collect on social media – use the hashtags #EarthDay2018 and #sustlife (so I can find you!)
3) Make a pledge – pick ONE thing you can do reduce your use of single-use plastic.
If you’re struggling for ideas, check out the tips below:

4) Come and share your pick-up picture and your plastic promise in the comments here or in the Facebook group!

With over 20k people following the blog on social media, we really could collectively make a big difference – will you join me?





The Power of Blogging

Some of you will no doubt be aware that in the last week I have launched my first coaching ‘product’. It’s a 10 day live group coaching programme, called the Get Blogging Bootcamp.

I’ve been pushing myself way out of my comfort zone getting this out there – I am the most unsales-y person imaginable. The whole thought of trying to sell something to someone makes me feel hugely uncomfortable and makes my stomach go all churny. Not good.
BUT I’ve been pushing myself to do this, and to promote this course because I really believe in the power of blogging, and I want to be able to help as many people as possible to get their stories and their messages out there.
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Activism, Conscious Consumption, Sustainable Living

Five alternatives to the Black Friday madness

Is there anyone left who actually likes Black Friday?
I freely admit that my Twitter timeline is skewed hopelessly in favour of people who prefer to Make Do and Mend, and who take a much more thoughtful approach to consumerism, but it does seem to full of people fed up of Black Friday and all it stands for.
You may have guessed that I’m not a fan. For me, this one day epitomises all that is wrong with consumerism. It is the exact opposite of conscious consumption, and calls for mindless, thoughtless buying, tempting you to buy stuff you don’t need, just because it’s cheap.
It’s like the Donald Trump of consumption: bold, brash, promising things it can’t deliver, and screwing the planet all at the same time.

I wrote last year about Five Reasons to Screw Black Friday, just in case you are left in any doubt as to why it is a Bad Thing.
But this year, I wanted to showcase some Black Friday alternatives:
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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Seven big things we can ALL do today to fight climate change, or how to be a climate activist without leaving home

Hubby and I watched Before the Flood the other weekend.
It’s a film made by Leonardo DiCaprio about climate change, that aims to bring the truth about climate change to a wider audience.
I was in two minds about watching it, and I saw hubby’s face fall when I suggested it. I knew what he was thinking, and I was worried about it too – he was afraid that I was going to watch it and then get plunged into a very bleak place when confronted with the reality of the challenges we are facing.
But actually, it was ok.
I’m not going to lie, it was scary stuff, but it did also focus on some of the things that we can all do in the fight against climate change, that we don’t have to sit back and feel powerless, and wait for governments and businesses to do the right thing.
As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of the little changes we can all make everyday, that add to make a big difference, but actually there are some things that we can all do, today, that might take a bit of effort, but that could very quickly have a massive impact.
I’m planning to go into much more depth on each of these (and more!) in the New Year, but for now, here’s some ideas that will hopefully get you thinking, and more importantly, taking action!
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