Considering Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

By Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS correspondant Why is sustainability in the fashion industry important to consider?   The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world – its contribution to climate change is greater than that of the shipping and aviation industries combined. The environmental issues associated with textile production range from the pollution of rivers with chemicals used in... Continue Reading →

The Rubbish System Of Our Rubbish System

by Caitlin Hoyland, GLOBUS Correspondent It is comforting to know that, according to the UK government’s records, just under half of our plastic waste is recycled, almost matching Germany, the world’s recycling champion. This means that only 0.8% of the UK’s waste can be attributed to plastic waste, an especially impressive statistic when compared to... Continue Reading →

My Problem with ‘Productivity Culture’

By Virginia Thomas-Pickles, GLOBUS Correspondent We live in a society constantly talking about productivity: the need to ‘hustle’, accomplishing tasks on your endless to-do lists. But is this really how it should be?  Let me start this article by saying I am a self-confessed workaholic. I love my degree in Global Sustainable Development and enjoy the breadth and depth of topics... Continue Reading →

THE HYPERLOOP

By Julian Jaggs, GLOBUS Correspondent We now traverse the seven seas, soar through the skies, and touch even the stars. What could possibly be next for human transport is a bit of a head-scratcher – it’s all been done, right…? Well, one new form of transportation is currently being developed, and it’s been described by... Continue Reading →

THE VOICE OF THE YOUTH

by Šimon Michalčík, GLOBUS Correspondent Roughly a year ago, all of us were probably experiencing difficult times. One day, when the gravity of self-isolation (both physical, and consequently, social) laid on me, I wrote a poem. I thought about how the pandemic was most likely just a mere glimpse into the uncertainties and falls of... Continue Reading →

The Capitalist Curse

By Clint Broadway, guest writer from this year's GSD competition Our interactions with each other and the world around us have always been governed by currency. Whether it be the Mesopotamian shekel, used to pay mercenaries in the 6th century B.C, or computerized dollars, which have erected immense corporations more influential than most countries, currency has been idolized... Continue Reading →

Cotton- The Most Unsustainable Fibre?

By Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS Correspondent When talking about fashion, which materials would you name as being the most sustainable? There’s a good chance that the answer to this question is ‘cotton’. Cotton seems to be the perfect fibre because it’s cheap, natural and plentiful. However, what most of us don’t realise is that the production... Continue Reading →

Change

by Prabhas Vedagiri The following are a series of poems submitted to the GSD Competition this year. Prabhas takes the reader on a journey that explores nature in its various dimensions and man's role in this experience. As we perilously move towards a point of no return, the consquences of our actions more visible everyday.... Continue Reading →

The UK’s ‘neo-colonial’ Nationality and Borders Bill: devoid of dignity, morality, and compassion  

By Caitlin Hoyland, GLOBUS correspondant In June of this year, the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, proposed the Nationality and Borders Bill.   This bill aims in part to implement new legislature as part of Patel’s ambition to create a ‘fair, humane, compassionate, and outward-looking Home Office’. Yet the UK Government isn’t planning on investigating the... Continue Reading →

Resisting HS2: THE Welsh Road Protection Camp

by Alexandros Kassapis, GLOBUS Correspondent Cutting through 108 ancient woodlands, 693 local wildlife sites, 18 Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves, and many more protected areas, the UK’s current largest construction project, the High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2), has triggered a massive natural disaster. Since the construction of HS2 began in 2020, a long belt of resistance camps... Continue Reading →

Broken Blue

By M. L. Lee, Guest Writer Broken Blue Cover me in blue, Like you used to, Life abundant, no corner unreached, Each light ray streaming through, Illuminating corals: Bright. Unbleached. Plankton fill my lungs, Like you used to, With oxygen, Drifting through, life-givers, not one, But thousands rise and fall, fall, with the sun. Swim... Continue Reading →

Geo-engineering: The Next Step?

By GLOBUS Correspondent Vlasits Eszter Imagine a movie set sometime during the 21s century, where humanity is on the brink of destruction because of climate related catastrophes. Their last hope was a team of scientists who launched rockets into the atmosphere in the hopes of controlling the weather. But they never expected what happened next.... Continue Reading →

The future of train-bragging in a post-COVID world

By Szebasztián Csernik-Tihn , GLOBUS Correspondent Before COVID-19, travel habits could be described by two Swedish words, ‘flygskam’ (flight-shame) and ‘tagskryt’ (train-bragging). They refer to the widespread phenomenon where more and more people started travelling by train and were not afraid to share this on Instagram. According to Eurostat, in 2019 there were 416 billion train... Continue Reading →

The Dangers of Voluntourism and How To Avoid It

by Faye Palmer, GLOBUS Correspondent What is voluntourism? International volunteering can be an excellent cultural exchange with many positive outcomes for both the host community and the volunteer. However, some profit-driven volunteering companies do not have the intentions of the local community at heart, which can lead to more harmful consequences than good. Voluntourism is... Continue Reading →

Can drug decriminalization be socially sustainable?

By Silia Tsigka, GLOBUS Correspondent In November 2020, the possession of hard drugs, like heroin and cocaine, as well as the medicinal use of hallucinogens, like mushrooms, was decriminalized in Oregon. Oregon became the first US state to adopt this policy through a democratic vote and, soon after, other states moved towards a looser drug policy... Continue Reading →

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