This week: the latest eco calendar, red noses, and nature documentaries
Welcome to the second Rethink Convenience newsletter. Each week I summarise what’s been published in Rethink Convenience, highlight some of the interesting things I’ve encountered in the last week, and give a preview of what’s coming up.
It’s cold again this week, but spring is definitely in the air. Flowers are blooming everywhere and the birdsong seems louder than ever. This week we celebrated World Wildlife Day, and it’s the perfect holiday for the start of spring. Wildlife is always around us of course, but it’s unashamedly in our faces at the start of spring.
Published this week
My main story this week was the latest overview of my sustainability calendar. I’m three months into this experiment, and I think the overview gets better and better. It helps that the calendar gets busier as we progress towards the summer, but I’ve also received a number of recommendations from readers. If you know of any events or holidays coming up please let me know either in the comments or through social media.
Looking at whether we should continue to allow coal mining in order to support the heritage railway and steam engine sector.
Arguing the case for retiring the symbol of Red Nose Day.
In honour of World Wildlife Day this week, here are three things you can do to protect wildlife:
- Change your food: Think about where your food comes from, and what may have been lost to grow or produce it. Eat less meat, and know where it has come from. Buy food locally where possible, as you’re likely to have a better understanding of its impact on the local environment.
- Consume less: Try to buy fewer things. Consuming less requires less to be shipped, which leads to less pollution and less disturbance of natural environments.
- Less palm oil: It may seem impossible to avoid, but be aware of what is in the products you’re buying. Avoid palm oil where you can. Look for the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil mark (or other accreditation) on products you do buy.
These tips were taken from the article Protecting Wildlife — After “Extinction: The Facts”. For these and five more actions that you can take to promote biodiversity, head over to the article.
What I’ve consumed this week
I wrote about the first episode last week, and Animal Einsteins continued with a look at animal communication. From sparrows having a fledgling password to help protect against cuckoo invasion to the commonalities in gestural communication between chimps and bonobos and human babies, this episode was fascinating.
There was some overlap with another great show this week, David Attenborough’s Life in Colour. This looked at some of the ways the animal kingdom uses colour and light to survive, many of which are completely invisible to humans. Both shows continue tonight.
100 (Short) Rules for a Better Life — as you might imagine this is quite a long list, but there’s a lot of gold contained within, and a lot of them made me think about the rules that are important in my life. From a sustainability perspective, check out numbers 76 (“Animals make life better”), 78 (“See the beauty in the mundane”) and 84 (“Go into the wilderness”)
Monday, 8 March: International Women’s Day
Sunday, 14 March:
- International Day of Action for Rivers
- The fourth episode of Animal Einsteins, on social intelligence
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