May: The Month of Global Demonstrations Against Climate Change

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made 2016 the hottest year since records began. Scientists have warned that the exploitation of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) is primarily responsible for carbon dioxide emissions and we need to reduce the production of these fuels. Ecological movements worldwide have begun to tackle this problem by showing that we can all take action to help the situation. In this primer, we present the background knowledge and explain how you can get involved.  

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Why Trump’s Vow to Kill Obama’s Sustainability Agenda will Lead Business to Step in and Save it

After Donald Trump’s victory in the recent United States elections, the future of the country’s sustainability agenda seems uncertain. Trump has denounced climate change as a hoax and has stated, among many other things, that he will dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency. But can Trump slow global progress toward a more sustainable society? In this article, originally published in The Conversation, Joe Arvai, Professor of Business Sustainability at the University of Michigan, discusses the possible consequences of Trump’s election on the global environmental agenda.

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Brexit and the Uncertainty of the Environmental Agenda in the UK

The disconnection process of the United Kingdom of the European Union (EU) has unleashed uncertainties in many areas and sectors of the country. Some experts are wondering how it will affect the exit of the EU to the environmental agenda and how they will respect the different regulations reached during the country’s membership of the European Union. In this article, Sara Rayo gathers some of the opinions published in the British mainstream about this new scenario.

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To beat the ‘throwaway’ waste crisis, we must design loveable objects – that last

In this world of disposable products and programmed obsolescence, achieving the goal of Zero Waste goal seems like an unattainable dream. Is it possible to change our entrenched tendencies to consume and possess more and more things? Jonathan Chapman, professor of Sustainable Design and Director of Design Research Initiatives at the University of Brighton, suggests a solution: to design long-lasting objects with which we can establish an emotional connection. This article was originally published in The Conversation.

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‘Plantas en la ciudad’: Las plantas se liberan en las vacaciones

Este año, el período estival en Escocia está siendo bastante veraniego y las plantas por su puesto, no se quejan. Cada día que pasa, las plantas del eco balcón de Cosmopolita Scotland trepan más y más por la pared. ¡Están creciendo a un ritmo mayor del tiempo que tenemos para poder construir nuevos sitios donde transplantarlas! Este mes, a su vuelta de vacaciones, Jackie se ha encontrado con un ejército de malas hierbas en Tiphereth.
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Plants in the City: Plants Go Wild on Holiday

The weather has been quite summery here in Scotland, and the plants certainly aren’t complaining. Every day, the plants in Cosmopolita Scotland’s eco-balcony are growing up the wall, literally. They are growing faster than we can build places to transplant them! This month, Jackie comes back from a summer holiday to an army of overgrown weeds at Tiphereth.

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Plants in the City: The Good Thing About Bad Weather

When the world around us seems uncertain and confusing, there is one thing we can say for sure – plants keep growing. They carry on regardless of human society, pushing forward with their natural desire to maintain life. The Eco Balcony has come on a lot since our previous installment of Plants in the City. Here’s Jackie Bruce to tell us how it’s going.

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Plants in the City: How To Grow an Eco Balcony in a Small Space

It’s time for the next instalment of Plants in the City from Jackie Bruce! This month, we’ve got a very exciting project starting for the team at Cosmopolita Scotland. Jackie has agreed to help me (English editor Alex Owen­-Hill) and my partner to design a space-­friendly “Eco Balcony” in the balcony of our flat. It’s a challenge, but I’m sure it’s going to look great!

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Plants in the City: Weeds Are Great and Micro-Veg is Easy

Jackie Bruce is back with her March column for Plants in the City. This month, she tells us how we can get started growing some veg, before the busy season starts. One thing you absolutely have to try from this post – growing micro-veg! At your local supermarket, it’s almost £2 for a bag of pea-shoots. With Jackie’s method you could grow a whole tray of them, practically for free, by the end of the month!

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