Six Ways Gender Intersects with Environmentalism

Six Ways Gender Intersects with Environmentalism

To celebrate International Women's Day, and all the amazing women campaigning for global environmental justice, we've compiled a list of the six ways that gender intersects with climate change. 

Fossil Fuels: This 'Chokes' Everything

Fossil Fuels: This 'Chokes' Everything

Air quality is said to have caused the deaths of 9,500 people in London each year – that is over five times the number of people that died of road causalities in the entire United Kingdom. Critically, it is caused by burning fossil fuels, particularly diesel vehicle engines and NRMM (machines on building sites) – two things that the city centres have in abundance.

Olly Johnson is Policy Executive at the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), a company that lobbies the government on behalf of the environmental sector. Here, he talks about the palpable effects climate change is having locally, and how its effects are already being felt.

Paris: A Hope for the Future

Paris: A Hope for the Future

We are standing at the threshold of one of the most important negotiations for our future, hoping for renewed international climate governance that could help tackle the impacts of climate change.  There are high expectations: we want all countries to be involved in this new agreement and we hope for an effective global binding treaty that pursues climate justice for all that can set the course towards a more resilient and low carbon economy.

Michelle Arellano is WEN’s new climate change advisor, and was a lead representative for Ecuador at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn in June 2015. Here she outlines her hopes and expectations for the Paris Climate Conference.

Buy Nothing Day: Shop Less, Live More

Buy Nothing Day: Shop Less, Live More

Black Friday is the latest American import that is taking the UK by storm. For those of you who don’t know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving- in America, a national holiday- and the infamous ‘busiest shopping day of the year.’ People flood to get a head start on their Christmas shopping, and stores respond by slashing their prices. Arbitrary though it may seem (the UK doesn’t have a public holiday on the last Friday of November), the frenzied shopping mania of Black Friday has well and truly established itself as a UK tradition, all in the name of uninhibited consumerism.

OCTOBER Seasonal Food- Butternut Squash Pasta

OCTOBER Seasonal Food- Butternut Squash Pasta

There’s nothing more satisfying that eating something delicious that you’ve grown yourself. At WEN, that’s basically our mantra! We believe that growing your own food is a guaranteed way to improve your diet, health and happiness, as well as reducing your expose to harmful chemicals found in pesticides. Eating seasonal, locally grown food also has vast benefits for the environment too, reducing the air miles of your food and decreasing your carbon footprint. Our seasonal food series shows you how to make the most of the fruits of the season in easy and delicious recipes. 

For October we are getting in a pumpkin mood- read on for a delicious and super easy way to use up butternut squash or pumpkins in the ultimate comfort food for cold Autumn evenings. 

THE WASTE MINIMISATION ACT 1998: WEN’S APPROACH TO POLICYMAKING

THE WASTE MINIMISATION ACT 1998: WEN’S APPROACH TO POLICYMAKING

In 1995, WEN spotted a gap in the law: local authorities were in charge of waste management but not empowered to reduce waste at its source through preventive measures.

Thanks to a group of committed WEN activists, a bill made it through Parliament to change this situation: the Waste Minimisation Act 1998 enabled local councils to reward businesses who minimised waste, to set up 'Real Nappy Schemes' in collaboration with local laundry services and to encourage low waste initiatives generally, completely changing the approach to waste management.

From spotting the problem to ensuring the law was implemented to its full potential, the women at WEN demonstrated great ambition and determination, and demonstrated how policy and law can support a campaign in a very effective way.

From Lima to Paris: A new climate agreement

From Lima to Paris: A new climate agreement

In December, over 190 countries from around the world will meet in Paris and try to put together an international agreement on climate change, aiming to keep global warming within the agreed 'safe' limit of 2 degrees.

Michelle Arellano is WEN’s new climate change advisor, and was a lead representative for Ecuador at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn in June 2015. Here she talks about her experience of the UN negotiating process, and what she thinks will really bring about positive solutions to climate change.