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Bristol, your climate needs you.

  • Posted by howies
  • 20 October 2009


On Saturday 24th October Bristol is doing it's bit to get the momentum moving faster on climate change issues.

The Climate Countdown event at the Millennium Square includes bands, stalls, games, activities and inspiring speakers. From 14:30 till 21:00 there will be lots going on to rouse Bristolians into action and get our voices heard by the people representing us at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December.

To start the day off at noon you are invited to 'shout till you are blue in the face '- literally, to demand action on climate change. Dress in all your blue finery, even get your face painted blue by Oxfam and join others to create a human wave at the Ferry Boat, opposite the Watershed. Full details here http://www.bristol.anglican.org/wordpress/?p=956

If all that has fired your belly for further action, join the bike ride from Bristol to London for The Wave on December 5th. For information in taking part in the bike ride to London, go here http://www.bristol.anglican.org/churches/bristolbluewave/

Deadly Rubbish

  • Posted by ruben
  • 19 October 2009

This is not for the faint hearted.

Photographer Chris Jordan has posted a disturbing gallery of photos depicting  the effects of litter in the oceans on baby albatross.


Message from the Gyre

These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~cj, October 2009

See the rest of the gallery here


Since I last blogged about our Rainforest Foundation Wee Do event, one week ago, over 140,000 acres of rainforest has either been burned or cut down. 

The numbers are staggering - to help gain perspective why not find out a little more about the work of the Rainforest Foundation.   We are literally destroying this planet's lungs on a daily basis - help by coming along and learning how we can kick the habit.

Tuesday 20th October - 7.30pm.  Tickets (which are free) are running low but we still have a few left.  We will have free organic beer and juice available.

Save Our Seeds

  • Posted by howies
  • 15 October 2009

seed bank

"We cannot sit back and watch plant species disappear like so many lights going off in the darkness"

- Paul Smith, Millennium Seed Bank

The wild banana seed (Musa itinerans) marks the 10% mark for Kew's Millennium Seed Bank - a project which aims to collect and conserve seeds from 25% of the world's flowering plants by 2020.

The seed bank partnership, which involves more than 120 organisations in 54 countries, stores the seeds under conditions that will allow them to be regrown should the need arise.  All samples are kept at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, where they are stored in temperature controlled underground vaults. 

Over the next ten years the aim is to secure a further 15% of the world's seeds - with a focus on bio-diversity, food security, and climate change. 

As exciting, and scientifically significant, as I think the project is - I hope that we never get to the point where we have to turn to the seed bank, beyond reinstating what are already seriously endangered species.  However, unless we put a halt to climate change, redress our intensive agricultural methods, and slow the destruction of our natural habitat we may not need to test the longevity of the storage process much beyond fifty years. 

What seed would you want to see saved?  It is hard to decide.  I think that my choice would be an acorn from the English Oak.  Obviously, I would be relying on other people to save seeds from plants that I could actually eat.......

I love Fridays

  • Posted by howies
  • 9 October 2009

Fridays are great at howies

I get in oh a bit late, naughty 

Do some design stuff

Go to pilates with Clare at the theatre down the road

Have lunch

Do more design stuff

Chat about stuff you don't get time to talk about monday to thursday

Tea and Friday cake

And then off home for the weekend.


Happy Friday to everyone.

are you the big mac?

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 October 2009

Some friends of mine are in a band called King Porter Stomp.  They are an 8 piece band "with massive horns, heavy bass and deeply socially aware lyrics."

The past two years they have been performing on the UK festival tour, and received great reviews!

They are going to be making their first music video this weekend, and are calling for people to join in.  From their latest album Poison the Beat, they will be filming their track "Big Mac" at the McDonalds on London Road in Brighton.

Their invitation:
OK ALL YOU NON LOVERS OF FAST FOOD PLEASE COME JOIN US IN MAKING OUR BIG MAC VIDEO. WE WILL BE MARCHING FROM THE LEVEL AT 3.30PM TO RONALD McDONALDS HOUSE ON LONDON RD.  Bring ya dancing shoes, video cams and phones, any anti fast food clothes or fancy dress.  Bring one bring all.  SEE YA SUNDAY.
I have heard rumours of Tim dressing up as an angry farmer and there is going to be a pantomime cow in the mix!?

the london paper library

  • Posted by howies
  • 3 October 2009

On the 21st of September a very resourceful group decided to set up thelondonpaperlibrary on the London Underground circle line.   As the London Paper free newspaper was forced to close on the 18th, the organisers saw this as an opportunity to inject another free choice for the London commuter to read. 

It was a mobile library- set up by the organisers and volunteer librarians.  Books were proped up along the windows; each with a library card inside, which read:

Welcome to thelondonpaperlibrary

Now that you have a book in your hands, it's yours to enjoy on your commute from work or wherever.

Read it till the next stop.  Take it with you till the last page.  Return it so we can all do this again.

To continue enjoying free libraries and a different commute:


The cards also had a list of links to websites for community events and other mobile libraries.  It was slightly tongue in cheek concept by the performer Shane Solanki, but It's a great idea and hopefully there will be another event soon!

my new wheels

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 September 2009

Since starting work here I have talked a lot about getting a bike for commuting around London.  It's a big decision, as there's so much choice out there.  I have finally decided on the one.  I've back ordered, and will have it in a month, when they are launched...she's worth the wait!!!

Mark's been telling me, cycling around London is going to change my life.  It's going to be a totally different way to take in London, and good riddens to stuffy public transport in the morning!  I'm going to be saving an hour each day on the commute- oh the things I'll get up to!

Charge are bringing out 5 new urban bikes for the 2010 range.  So excited!!! :)

Charge- Lazy Susan


on toilet paper

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 September 2009

Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution.

via Guardian.co.uk

It’s pretty bad really.

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