We have spent 1 minute and 17 seconds on the Earth according to the geological clock (British Geological Survey, n.d.), and yet we managed to achieve so much. Around 1.5 million years ago, we were a ‘fire planet’ and a ‘fire species’ (Pyne, 1994). Later on in the Holocene, more precisely 12.000 years ago, the…

The current data shows that humanity is facing an unprecedented economic shock. It is 3-4 times larger than the financial crisis from 2008 and approximately 27% of the economic activity of the whole world has been reduced in activity. The longer the lockdown lasts, the faster the financial fluctuations occur and lead to increased governmental…

The Power of Language

We live in such a culturally diverse world which keeps under its umbrella almost 7.8 billion human beings, speaking approximately 6500 distinct languages. We are so different from one another and yet, since the first phases of developing communication systems, we managed to find convenient ways of transmitting information between each other. For instance, the…

Art is a form of expressing emotions and getting closer to people’s hearts. The artists play an essential role in the society, as it has been proved recently by the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides people working in the healthcare system, the authorities and the low-class workers who are currently sustaining the social and economic welfare of…

What does doomsday look like?

Recently, I’ve been watching the Netflix show “Doomsday Preppers” – where participants show their preparations for a wide range of chaotic doomsday scenarios. After two weeks of UK quarantine I was inspired to start thinking about other worst-case scenarios- particularly climate change, and the kinds of apocalyptic scenes which experts predict will occurs unless our…

Impact or Image? Motivations behind Corporate Social Responsibility

Many companies of all sizes are making a shift towards giving back to society, alongside their daily activities. However, the motivation behind this is frequently being questioned by the general public – is it because they want to make an impact or feel they have to meet expectations?

Social Sustainability: Recycled Festival Tents to Help the Homeless?

Last Tuesday, I volunteered at Coventry’s Winter Night Shelter. There was a rather melancholy atmosphere due to the early closure of the shelter in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Understandably this news caused distress amongst the group who would now find themselves back on the streets knowing this virus was circulating and they could fall victim…

More Than Just the Blue Box?

Tiffany and Co, one of the world’s most luxurious jewellers, home of the famous blue box people across the world dream about opening and also the 4th most sustainable company in the US. Unexpected right? Most associate Tiffany’s with the shockingly rich upper east siders that frequent the store clad head to toe in designer…

Single-use Plastics, Single-use Planet?

Our oceans are not the exception, and just like we have done with the land and the atmosphere, no part of the global ocean is without human influence, being almost entirely (97.7%) affected by multiple stressors such as sea surface temperature anomalies and ocean acidification. The vast majority of the litter that ends up in oceans is plastic. This…

Freyja’s Introduction

“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” – Sir David Attenborough