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Carnaby Wee Do: BioRegional

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 September 2009

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BioRegional is an entrepreneurial charity which initiates and delivers practical solutions that help us to live within a fair share of the earth’s resources – their vision is of thriving regional economies where we meet more of our needs from local, renewable and waste resources, enabling people to enjoy a high quality of life - what they call one planet living. 

The Wee Do will take place this Tuesday (22nd Sep) evening at 7.30pm.  As usual we will have organic beer and juice for general consumption - free of charge of course!

Places are limited so please contact us via phone (0207 287 2345) or email (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) to secure a free ticket!

Environmentalism and Climbing

  • Posted by mark
  • 23 August 2009

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I found this article on UKclimbing.com by keen climber, runner and environmental consultant Es Tresidder on the relationship between Climate change and Mountain sports.

Also tonight on Countryfile, BBC1, 7pm, John Craven is reporting on how eating less meat can contribute to saving our planet!

Ethics of eating meat byCaroline Stacey

''if the average UK household bought half as much meat, according to CIWF's calculations, carbon emissions would be cut by more than if we used our cars half as much. Is it really such a sacrifice to cut out a chop or a chicken breast here and there to decrease our animal intake to 500g of meat and 1 litre of milk or 100g of cheese per week, if it means, in the words of CIWF's D'Silva, "healthier people, happier animals and a healthier planet"?

Both articles make for very interesting reading.

Last chance for Golden Ticket.

  • Posted by howies
  • 11 August 2009

Tomorrow at midday we close the Do Lectures Golden Ticket.

So if you have been thinking about it, now is the time to buy one.

One of you is going to win a Free Do Lectures Ticket.

It could be you.

It might be.

Think positive.

See you at the Do lectures.

maybe. just maybe.

Airplot!

  • Posted by howies
  • 6 August 2009

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How do you fancy becoming a beneficial owner of a nice plot of land just outside of London, whilst also putting a stop to a third runway being built at Heathrow Airport?  Airplot is free and part of a Greenpeace initiative to save the village of Sipson, prevent a significant increase in carbon emissions, and protect the local flora and fauna.

You can download the Greenpeace briefing on The Case Against Heathrow Expansion here

It is a fantastic initiative and it just shows what we can achieve when thousands of people come together - the hope is to get 100,000 individuals signed up onto the land deed, which will delay the planning process to such a degree that the plans for expansion will be dropped. 

The aim is to get every howies staff member signed up - why not take the time to do it too!

Rebel Cell

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 August 2009

Last night I went to a theatre night of sorts, at Stoke Newington International Airport.  A friend of mine is in a production called Rebel Cell.  Rap theatre from Baba Brinkman, Dizareli and Jamie Simmonds (on the beats and scratches). 

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The year is 2013 and England is a totalitarian state.  The BBC has merged with the BNP, Tesco are forming alliances with the government and taking over industry, and Glastonbury is a prison camp (England's Guantanamo).  The leader of the revolution is being seen as a terrorist, and has been detained in prison before going on trail.  He has one last chance to tell his story. 

In life, Baba and Dizareli both believe that our government needs a massive shake up- but have very different views on how we need to get there.  Democratic action within the official channels -vs- direct activism.  The show displays their political views to the nth degree, making it a really entertaining show.

They are en route to Edinburgh, as I type this.  If you get a chance to see them perform I would strongly recommend it!  They had rave reviews from the press at last years Endinburgh festival, and this year looks set to be even bigger and better.

T-shirt of the Week

  • Posted by ruben
  • 30 July 2009

This week’s T-shirt of the Week is ‘Formula for Change’.

I admit it, I am a geek.

I like finding out things.

So when I saw this formula for change, I liked it.

I like the notion of change, especially if it makes things better.

I also like knowing stuff that other people don't.

So praise be to the boffins of the world who sit down and work out all sorts of formulas for change, including this one.

The design fee of £2.50 will go to The Do Lectures.

A set of Lectures to help make positive change.

An Explanation of The Formula.

C=Co(SQ)>R(C).

Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.

David Hieatt

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This week’s T-shirt of the Week is ‘Formula for Change’.

I admit it, I am a geek.

I like finding out things.

So when I saw this formula for change, I liked it.

I like the notion of change, especially if it makes things better.

I also like knowing stuff that other people don't.

So praise be to the boffins of the world who sit down and work out all sorts of formulas for change, including this one.

The design fee of £2.50 will go to The Do Lectures.

A set of Lectures to help make positive change.


An Explanation of The Formula.

C=Co(SQ)>R(C).

Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change. The way to win the debate on health care reform is to drive up the perceived cost of the status quo.

Soho and climate change

  • Posted by howies
  • 27 July 2009

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The howies shop on Carnaby Street has recently got involved with the Soho Community Environment Fund.  A study has been released, involving Westminster City Council, the Soho Community Environment Fund, The Crown Estate, English Heritage, and Shaftesbury PLC.  The project - Retrofitting Soho, Improving the Sustainability of Historic Core Areas - aims to address the sustainability challenges of historic, mixed-use, and urban areas, in particluar that of Soho.  The aim is to reduce local carbon emissions and improve resouce use efficiency.  This project would be used to demonstrate how greater sustainability can be achieved in the Soho area, and then used as a test case in other cities around the world. 

As a company, howies already does a great deal to ensure that we are as sustainable as possible.  However, there is always more that can be done.  I was hoping that you would help us in providing suggestions as to how the London store, and Soho in general, could make greater strides towards total sustainability.  Any suggestions would be gratefully recieved. 

If you are interested here is the link to the Retrofitting Soho report - it is well worth a read.

What a Do!

  • Posted by howies
  • 27 July 2009

Richard SpinkWe would like to say a massive thanks to Richard Spink from Carbon Neutral Expeditions, to Bristol Beer Factory, and to all of you who attended Friday night's Wee Do. We had an amazing time, and reckon that the turn-out we had was the best yet!

Not only was Richard's talk engaging and informative, but he also managed to create an almost-continuous hum of laughter from his audience - a rare talent indeed.

We learnt about the educational aims of CNE, their rigorous training schedule, the planned trip to Greenland, and finally the catastrophic storm that forced them to quit their expedition and almost cost them their lives. The audience was even treated to some previously unseen footage of their rescue by a passing oil-tanker.

All this excitement was washed down with plenty of Bristol Beer Factory's Sunrise Pale Ale. It was the ideal antidote to the sticky evening heat that pervaded the air in Bristol after a day of freaky hail storms and glorious sunshine. August's Wee Do will see Chris from BBF telling us how they make their beer so yummy - more on that in the coming weeks.

Real Time Carbon

  • Posted by howies
  • 24 July 2009

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Real Time Carbon is a really useful website, which approximates how the carbon footprint of a unit of energy changes depending on the time of day.  It allows us to ascertain the best times to run our dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances.  I was amazed that, according to the website, you can reduce your emissions by as much as 40% depending on when you choose to use energy.

At the time of posting (10.39am), each unit of electricity I am using causes 405 grams of CO2.  However, if I had chosen to post this blog at 5am I would have only caused approximately 286 grams of CO2 per unit .  That would have mean't a pretty early start, but it does make you think about what you can run when the impact is reduced.

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