Black Gold

For many people who care about issues of injustice in the world and how this connects with lifestyle, long ago settled the issue of what sort of coffee to buy. The only allowable answer is Fair trade coffee. However despite the remarkable growth of fair trade coffee (and other products) the debate is not yet won and many more need convincing. Black Gold seeks to add another weapon to the arsenal and so if you can see it. It’s not out in Shrewsbury until July but I’ll try and get…

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Wikipedia explains

A day rarely goes by where I don’t find myself on Wikipedia for some reason or other and it occurred to me that I’d never read the article on consumerism and then one thing of course leads to another and you’re reading an article on Simple Living. From there you journey to Affluenza and I love the definitions here…although it makes me realise how many people are infected. My last stop before I had to get on do other things was Frugality which sounds terrible but isn’t as bad as…

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Cuba, Carbon and the Sunday Papers

I haven’t written anything for what seems ages, and the busier I get the easier it is for the day to day ethical living habits to slip. Why is that? Is it because ethical doesn’t equal easy?Anyway, the wife and I are planning our holidays and we haven’t given up on air travel yet. Given the grief ethical man endured for flying to Jamaica, then going on holiday to Cuba seems a distinctly unethical thing to do. Should we, for the sake of the planet, give up flying? The Environmental…

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Another piece in the puzzle

Finally we’re getting our church account switched from one High Street Lender to a more ethical alternative. For the co-op’s ethical policy read this. It feels good to keep slotting pieces of the puzzle into place, it’s like having an ethical infrastructure to your life. Then I just don’t need to worry about it and can focus on living a life which has some depth to it. I think too much of western society is just so shallow. Agree?

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What else to do?

Had a conversation with a friend of mine, Dave, today and we wandered into ethical living territory and it seems him and his wife Esther have made huge strides in making their lifestyle more sustainable. I wondered aloud about the options available to me – the basic stuff, the structural stuff has mostly been done, so where do we go from here? Our lightbulbs are low energy, we recycle, compost, have a water meter, only one car (oh ok and a motorbike), we bank with an ethical bank, we try…

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Learning to Breathe

I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up so I’m going to keep the posts short (he says!). Anyway we all need a purpose right, to many people are just drifting through life and that’s just not me. Having spent most of twenties moaning about the fact that the great battles have been fought (Have you ever seen the film Pump Up the Volume? If you have you’ll know what I mean) but I’ve chosen my battleground, decided to make my stand. Well sort of, in a not sure…

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