The tragedy of climate related story telling

   By Šimon Michalčík, GLOBUS Correspondent Devastating hurricane kills thousands.  Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes enter Europe.  The Netherlands completely sunk by rising sea levels.  You may have seen similar headlines to the ones above. Some are yet to be seen, but climate change is increasing the likelihood that one day you will, whether that is on the... Continue Reading →

Degrowth: letting go of our desire for development

By Eszter Vlasits, GLOBUS Correspondent The ideas of mainstream sustainable development question several fundamental things about our world: the uneven distribution of wealth and opportunities, the way we exploit our environment, and the unsustainable structures of industry and society. But they leave one thing unquestioned: the absolute necessity and prioritization of development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)... Continue Reading →

Jeff Bezos’ Earth Fund: a viable solution to climate change or mere hypocrisy?

By Silia Tsigka, GLOBUS Correspondent In February 2020 Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos announced the commencement of the “Earth Fund”, to which he intended to donate an initial amount of 10 billion dollars, dedicated to causes relevant to combating climate change. In mid-November 2020, he announced the first beneficiaries of this fund, which include scientists, activists, and other institutions and organisations, making Bezos the biggest contributor to... Continue Reading →

How Podcasts Can Help Our Mental Health

By Virginia Thomas-Pickles, GLOBUS Correspondent 2020 was a difficult year, taking a huge toll on the mental health of so many people. Data published by the Office of National Statistics shows the British population felt increased anxiousness, reduced life satisfaction, and reduced happiness since the beginning of the pandemic when compared to pre-pandemic data.   This is especially true... Continue Reading →

The free-riders

by Catriona Heyworth, GLOBUS Correspondent Tax evasion, while prevalent in today’s society, is hugely unpopular among the general public (Scott 2014). The ethics of tax evasion is not particularly controversial, as most would agree that tax evasion is economically regressive, contributes to inequality by pulling needed funds out of government coffers, and creates other adverse... Continue Reading →

COVID debt – a Sustainable debt?

By Rex Chiu, GLOBUS Correspondent Since SARs-CoV-2 struck the UK in late February/ early March of 2020, the UK government has been forecasted to spend £280 billion pounds to support the nation’s businesses, jobs and the wider economy. While the furlough scheme in this spending package has won major applause for maintaining employment levels and has been adopted globally, the implications of this... Continue Reading →

The E-Waste Problem: A Case Study of Apple

by Finn Beckett-Hester, GLOBUS Correspondent According to a UN report, electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing form of domestic waste globally, with around 50 million metric tonnes being produced in 2019 alone, of which only 20% was recycled. This is environmentally and socially problematic. E-waste contains an array of toxic substances including lead, mercury,... Continue Reading →

A Guide To Sustainable Food Shopping

By Natalia Tronina, our GLOBUS Correspondent There were many things I was concerned about when coming to the University. Homesickness, work overload and shared bathroom - are just a few to mention. Never would I expect them to be overshadowed by the abundance of British plastics.  Now, I wonder what picture I brought in front of you. We hear every day about the bottles... Continue Reading →

Lies, sex and sustainability

By Francesca Killen, GLOBUS Correspondent A growing trend for Gen Z is sustainability. The food, energy, and overall lifestyles are increasingly sustainability focused . After eating avocado on toast and shopping for clothes in charity shops, it may seem as if we have done our bit – but what about porn? In 2019 alone, PornHub... Continue Reading →

Covid-19 and the digital divide

Written by Ubayd Khan, GLOBUS Correspondent The coronavirus pandemic has perpetuated a digital boom, especially in education. With the government previously encouraging people to work from home, students have had to learn from home as not to fall behind in their studies. However, with many educational institutions moving to teach online for the foreseeable future, what does this mean for people with an unstable internet... Continue Reading →

Murders of social activists in Colombia: a violation of human rights and a threat to sustainable development

By Silia Tsigka, GLOBUS Correspondent At the beginning of October, there were 263 confirmed murder cases this year of humanitarian, environmental and social activists, by Colombian death squads. Such a violation of human rights reached its peak during the outbreak of the coronavirus in March; however, the situation did not improve, and the mainstream media found themselves covering the issue once more in October. Nevertheless, the murdering of innocent activists and protesters is not something new and in order to... Continue Reading →

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