Bleed Greener: Heritage and the Climate Crisis

When people pause to consider the implications of the climate crisis, generally only a select few images and ideas spring to mind. The term ‘climate’ may evoke thoughts of sweltering hot summers and icy winters, sudden deluges and other extreme climatic events. It may also elicit questions about rising sea levels, such as what this process will mean for low-lying countries. The idea of ‘crisis’ could be linked, in some people’s minds, with the various economic crises that have occurred over the past several decades. It is also a term that has often been used to describe the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now been causing global disorder for over a year. While these are all valid connections to make, the reach of the climate crisis is much broader: in fact, in some way or other, it affects every aspect of modern life and culture. Heritage is one of the most notable industries that is threatened by the climate crisis, and our failure to acknowledge and act upon this fact may have devastating consequences. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Heritage and the Climate Crisis

Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

The 1st to the 5th March is this year’s Sustainability Week, an annual event that emphasises the importance of making sustainable choices. However, there is one thing that sets this year’s Sustainability Week apart from similar efforts that have been made in previous years: the Societies Sustainability Alliance. At present, this Alliance is comprised of 17 different societies which, collectively and in collaboration with university staff, aim to “improve representation from societies and groups in discussion and decision-making regarding sustainability at the University of Exeter” (Societies Sustainability Alliance Terms of Reference). The member societies range from those that already have a distinct environmental focus, such as Be The Change, to those that have a more academic focus, such as the Exeter Law Society. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Faye and her husband own two zero-waste stores in the south-west: Zero Exeter, which can be found on Fore Street, and Zero Exmouth, located on Chapel Street in Exmouth. Faye kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to RAZZ about the philosophy behind her stores, what it’s been like running the business during the pandemic, and the best ways for people to cut down on their waste. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Bleed Greener: How to Make Your Plate More Sustainable

There has been a surge in the number of people becoming vegetarian or vegan in recent years, with many of them citing a desire to reduce their carbon footprint as a principal motivator. In fact, the two concepts of meat-reduction and environmental sustainability have become so intertwined that you would be hard-pressed to find a vegetarian or vegan who isn’t conscious of their impact on the natural environment. Similarly, it would be odd to meet an environmental campaigner who doesn’t limit the amount of meat in their diet. Continue reading Bleed Greener: How to Make Your Plate More Sustainable

Bleed Greener: Is Individualised Climate Responsibility an Environmental Threat in Disguise?

From a very young age, we are taught to recycle, to switch off lights when we leave a room, and to turn off the tap when we brush our teeth. As young adults, we are encouraged to take a reusable cup when we purchase take-out coffee, to consume less meat, and to cycle instead of driving short distances. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Is Individualised Climate Responsibility an Environmental Threat in Disguise?

Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

With the nights getting darker and term one at its end, it is inevitable that people’s thoughts are turning towards Christmas – the food, the presents, and the celebrations. But have you ever stopped to consider the environmental impact of this widely celebrated holiday? From the perspective of sustainability, the real cost of Christmas stretches far beyond the financial implications of the day, and translates into increasing amounts of plastic waste, uneaten food, and energy consumption. While businesses and manufacturers need to accept the burden of responsibility and develop more sustainable products and packaging, there are also several things that you can do at home to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas. Continue reading Bleed Greener: A Very Sustainable Christmas

Bleed Greener: Eco-Anxiety or Eco-Empathy? The Climate Crisis and Mental Health

It is undeniable that the pandemic has had a severe impact upon many people’s mental health. Invariably, people are spending less time interacting with other human beings in social situations and work environments, and more time in isolation with only their thoughts for company. This has caused the worsening of pre-existing mental health issues such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with the rise of anxiety and loneliness amidst the general population. Furthermore, the ways in which Covid-19 has shifted the nation’s focus away from crucial, time-sensitive efforts to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis have also had a particularly negative impact upon those individuals suffering from a chronic fear of the consequences of environmental damage. In the past few years, this state of heightened concern for the future of the planet has been termed ‘eco-anxiety’. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Eco-Anxiety or Eco-Empathy? The Climate Crisis and Mental Health

Bleed Greener: Greening the Arts, Sustainable Theatre at the University and Beyond

Katie Wood is a fourth-year Drama student at the University of Exeter who has a particular interest in creating sustainable theatre at the production level. In this interview, we discuss barriers to sustainable theatre, as well as what steps have been made within the university to mitigate student theatre’s impact upon the environment. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Greening the Arts, Sustainable Theatre at the University and Beyond

Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis

Introducing the topic of climate crisis into conversation is a risky game. Not uncommonly, the phrase will elicit a raised eyebrow, a smirk, or even a derisive comment. Similar to the way in which some people shy away from discissions about feminism and veganism, climate change is often considered an improper topic of conversation, and one that is taboo within polite company. Despite the fact that the environmental crisis is worsening at a greatly troubling rate, many people recoil from verbal announcements of its existence. In modern society, no-one invites climate change to a dinner party. Continue reading Bleed Greener: How to Talk about the Environmental Crisis