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Talking about climate change, staring into the face of death and 1970’s inspirational posters. And how I’m finally going to ‘do something’.

 

People don’t always want to hear about climate breakdown. The exceptions are neurotic types like me who are driven more by fear than reward. Thankfully, ‘they’ have given me a platform from which to speak to the happy others. Fun times head. More

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I think I’m doing something but am I? Corporate activism, ‘conscious’ consuming, smoke and mirrors

“I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…”
Coca-Cola, 1971
It’s a wonderful time to be a consumer. With my Kenco morning coffee, I’m helping gang members give up a life of crime. By choosing Ecofemme reusable sanitary pads, I am helping a young girl in India continue her education beyond her first period. My evening Heineken is perhaps less tangible but more influential, as I’m sponsoring all kinds of slightly woozy but educational conversations about feminism, transphobia and climate changeMore

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Back to the Futurism: jump on board the unstoppable climate change train

The coming crisis turns everything on its head. What feels right can be so wrong. Love nature? Want to protect it? Forget country life. Show your love by living in a city. So much is counterintuitive. Let’s look at one big black hole of a paradox. But first some literary digressions… More

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The eco-thrifty family Christmas

For the ecologically mind, the modern Christmas is, of course, a horror show. It’s a whole season of death and destruction. Think floor-to-ceiling packaged plastic death at the toy store; death as glittering centrepiece in the form of a Christmas tree, plastic or real; death in the form of air miles, and of course good old-fashioned, bloody turkey death. more!

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A search for Hope in a time of Trump

So it’s now a week past Trumpageddon. What a shock. What an outrage. Like a violent fall into a deep dark pothole. Actually let’s make that a rabbit hole, leading to a Mad Hatter’s teabagging party, featuring Sarah Palin, Steve Bannon, Newt Gingrich and more – a whole cast of cartoon baddies that we all assumed had been walloped into history already. But no, they’re back, only now with ultimate power. read more

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Eco-thrift #1: The €1 handbag that other handbags want to be… and an open letter to Oxfam Ireland

Soft wine leather. All satchel, no statement. This is the handbag Coco Chanel foretold when she said elegance is refusal. This is simplicity on a strap and it can take you anywhere. read more