Recently more and more people are realising the destructive effects of consumerism, and seeking a way out of the materialistic lifestyle that defines modern industrialised societies. So what alternatives are there for those that want to fight back against consumerism and its negative effects? Breaking away from a materialistic way of living is not easy. … Continue reading The case against consumerism: Part 2.1 – Alternatives: Conscious consumerism
By Paul Collinson Radical Landscapes is an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool. In the foreword to the exhibition catalogue the Tate Liverpool Director describes the exhibition as ‘an exhibition that explores our individual and collective connection to the rural landscape.’ (page 9 Radical Landscapes Tate Publishing 2022). The rural has been a valid … Continue reading Radical or not? Artists on the rural
This is your chance to respond to the new Hull Transport Plan consultation  (deadline 30th May), and having submitted my own response here are my thoughts: What do we want for our city? This? Or this? We are becoming increasingly car dependent but it is not being tackled by the new plan. I was … Continue reading 39% increase in car mileage, 16% increase in transport related Co2 emissions: does the new local transport plan do enough?
By Rohan Lewis The government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme, or BUS, was launched on 1st April, and applications will be accepted from May 23rd. It provides a grant of £5000 towards the cost of removing your gas boiler, and plumbing an electric air-source heat pump (ASHP), sited just outside your house, into the central heating system … Continue reading Considering a Heat Pump? – Don’t miss the BUS
The 20th century saw the rise of modern day consumerism. Originating from the US, it quickly spread throughout the industrialised world. Essentially consumerism is a theory, which assumes that constantly increasing consumption of goods and services is a key condition for achieving growing levels of welfare (through economic growth). The more we spend, the bigger … Continue reading The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases
In the last few decades the issue of climate change has become a central socio-political issue across the globe, and more and more people are realising the weight and urgency of the crisis that we are facing. Yet, a small percentage of people still regard climate change as something that is not real. Arguments range … Continue reading How to talk about climate change to sceptics
By Paul Collinson For many the Royal Horticulture Society is epitomized by the annual flower shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. However, behind the perfection there is serious horticulture research being undertaken at the RHS HQ at Wisley in Surrey. I joined with various Hull and East Riding environment, business and community … Continue reading Twenty degrees at RHS Wisley….in mid-March.
I attended a workshop on 23rd March as the representative of Hull Friends of the Earth at the Aura Innovation centre on the Humber Energy Cluster plans. This workshop was one of multiple streams, with this one focussing on the socio-cultural perspective and how the community could be effectively engaged and consulted. Various groups attended … Continue reading Reflections on Humber Cluster Workshop
The time for seed sowing is upon us! Why not try Lunar Planting this year? Lunar Planting, or Moon Gardening, is a agricultural schedule that uses the phase of the moon to determine when the best time to sow, transplant, cultivate and harvest plants, and has been practiced across generations throughout the world. There is … Continue reading Lunar Planting
By Emily When I first joined Hull Friends of the Earth last year, I had just picked up a wonderful copy of ECO and was inspired by the contents. It was amazing to find a local group building awareness of environmental issues and campaigning in support of them. After attending my first meeting I was … Continue reading Writing to your local representatives