Can we be green AND clean in Covid-19?

In a bid to reduce my environmental impact on the planet, I have been re-assessing the more mundane parts of my life. Now it’s the turn of my dirty washing. Sorry, readers, forget about not airing it in public. But does going green mean compromising on being clean? And does it still count for anythingContinue reading “Can we be green AND clean in Covid-19?”

Let’s not squander this opportunity to re-think our public spaces

An Open Letter to my Councillors, 21 July 2020 A strange thing has happened recently. There has been an outbreak of consensus between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and Fife Council about the need to create space for people to cycle and walk more. We always knew it was good for the nation’s well-beingContinue reading “Let’s not squander this opportunity to re-think our public spaces”

Remote working – being everywhere, going nowhere (and reducing carbon)

Like many of you, since lockdown, I’ve spent a lot more of my time at home and online. A recent report by Ofcom shows that in April, UK adults spent on average just over 4 hours online every day. It was 3.5 just 6 months ago. Many workplaces (those who can) have transformed their workingContinue reading “Remote working – being everywhere, going nowhere (and reducing carbon)”

Appreciating nature around you – through cuckoo spit

Earlier this month, I took part in a local ‘bioblitz’. A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Anyone could take part. All I had to do was download an app, take pictures of everything I saw and that stayed stillContinue reading “Appreciating nature around you – through cuckoo spit”

We’ve just used our last cloth nappy – it was hard work, but worth it

Lockdown seemed to be the right time to ‘encourage’ my three year old to stop using nappies for good. It presented us with the right circumstances – being at home lots, having plenty of time in the garden, consistent routines, fewer distractions and generally less rushing around between social events or childcare. My three yearContinue reading “We’ve just used our last cloth nappy – it was hard work, but worth it”

Quiet roads – a temporary blip before we jam them all up again?

Has anyone noticed more cyclists riding on the streets during lockdown? More children cycling with their parents? More adults giving it a go, previously too scared to venture out on the roads? Fewer cars and less congestion? This is echoed by the Government’s Coronavirus press briefings that show the staggering downwards curve of transport useContinue reading “Quiet roads – a temporary blip before we jam them all up again?”

My post-COVID wishlist will NOT be business as usual …

We’ve been in lockdown in the UK since March 23rd, and already I’m longing for a return to normality. In my head, I’m already creating a list of things I’d like to do (or buy) once the lockdown is over and the crisis has passed: have a holiday (our Easter break was cancelled) eat outContinue reading “My post-COVID wishlist will NOT be business as usual …”

How I’m re-assessing the value of ‘local’

I wrote a blog in February the year about re-thinking the need for travel, when Storm Ciara hit the UK. Little did I know then that just over a month later, we would be facing such massive state-imposed restrictions on travel, where we are being asked to stay at home and only take essential journeys.Continue reading “How I’m re-assessing the value of ‘local’”

The environmental reasons to be a more ‘responsible’ shopper

We’ve heard a lot lately about how we should be shopping ‘responsibly’. For me, shopping responsibly is about thinking about others when we shop – not only other customers, but also shop and farm workers, food producers, the environment. It’s about acting in a way that serves the collective good of people (and the planet)Continue reading “The environmental reasons to be a more ‘responsible’ shopper”