By GLOBUS Assistant Editor and Campaigns Manager, Isabel Govier What is the Rwanda Plan? It consists of a 5-year agreement established in April of 2022 between the British and Rwandan governments, which allows the UK Home Office to send people who would otherwise claim asylum in the UK to Rwanda. Once there, the Rwandan government... Continue Reading →
Earthquake in Turkey: Refugees’ Blood on the EU’s Hands
By Oliver Hembury-Gunn Refugees are treated as political objects by governments worldwide as part of official migration policies. As part of their border defence policies, rich democracies pay huge sums to convince refugee and migrant ‘sender countries’ to block refugees’ onward travel into their borders. Often, governments make no distinction between refugees and labour migrants,... Continue Reading →
Is the UK ‘Anti-Immigration’?
by Lianna Ng, GSD Correspondent Back in June last year, when it was announced that the first group of asylum seekers would be ‘relocated’ to Rwanda on the 14th of June, reports of suicide attempts among those facing this prospect began emerging. This arrangement, officially known as the ‘UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership’, was... Continue Reading →
Effective Activism: A Hopeful Step Towards a Sustainable Future
By Isabel Govier, Assistant Editor and Campaigns Manager of GLOBUS Over recent years the world has been met with ever-increasing waves of activism, with over a third of all human rights climate cases being filed between 2020 and 2021. At the University of Warwick there are 42 charity and campaigning societies, striving to increase sustainability via... Continue Reading →
Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Complex Relationship
By Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS Correspondent Most people are familiar with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (also known by its acronym SDGs) or have at least heard of them. Similarly, I assume that most people have heard of human rights – also a concept supported and ratified by the UN. Even if you don’t know... Continue Reading →
Protection From The Virus: At The Price Of Modern Slavery?
by Sakeena Rajpal, GLOBUS Correspondent "It is awful to think that PPE we have been wearing through this pandemic may have been made by Uyghur forced labour”. Nus Ghani, Conservative MP We are all only too familiar with the devastating consequences caused by Covid-19, the disease that has led to a global pandemic with unprecedented... Continue Reading →
Myanmar’s First Anniversary Since The Failed Military Coup – A Passage Far From Celebration
By Sakeena Rajpal, GLOBUS Correspondent It has been just over a year since the military took over control in Myanmar on the 1st February 2021, denying their people of democracy and freedom. Over this time, the destructive impact of the military coups’ brutal and terrorising power on the country is evident. According to the IRC (International Rescue Committee)... Continue Reading →
Can A Doughnut Save The Planet?
by Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS Correspondent When you think of a doughnut you usually think of a tasty, sweet ring of dough pumped full of sugar and topped with even more sugary icing – it’s somewhat of a guilty pleasure. What does this delicious pastry have to do with saving the planet though? Well, the doughnut... Continue Reading →
Can Fashion Save the Planet? The Importance of Regenerative Fashion
By Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS correspondant Inspired by Safia Minney's talk entitled 'Regenerative Fashion: Pathways in the Climate Emergency', delivered at the TED Countdown event organised by TEDxWarwick and GLOBUS. What does fashion have to do with climate change? How does fashion relate to ecosystems? What do we mean by ‘regenerative fashion’? Becoming more aware of how we... Continue Reading →
The Shades of Grey in Wildlife Conservation
– With Aaron Gekoski, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 – by Sara Azeem, Editor-in-Chief Pen and camera are weapons against oblivion, they can create awareness for that which may soon be lost forever. It was towards the end of the interview that Aaron quoted these words of the legendary conservationist George Schaller, but... Continue Reading →
Green Words and their Impact: The Role of Language in Greenwashing￼
By Ilaria Ravazzolo, GLOBUS Correspondent Anyone who has read up on greenwashing will know that the topic is highly complex. It’s being increasingly considered by companies, investors, governments, and NGOs because of how big of an effect it can have on everyone involved. The Volkswagen scandal in 2015 is only one example of how greenwashing can have... 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 →
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 →
The Webs We Weave
By Sara Azeem, Editor-in-Chief of GLOBUS Lin Chen, China Mainland, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards I came across this photograph a while ago and was immediately struck by the intensity of the colours and the surreal energy it exuded. It took me a while to wrap my head around what it was – a boat... 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 →
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 →
Treading the murky waters of fast fashion
By Naomi Carter, GLOBUS Correspondent Boohoo have been getting a lot of press recently, and not only because they have just signed a £55 million deal to buy Debenhams. Since lockdown 1.0, shocking conditions in their Leicester factories have been revealed - failure to pay minimum wages, inadequate fire protection, lack of social distancing, unpaid overtime, and... Continue Reading →
Electric Cars, as sustainable as they seem?
by Amy Denton, GLOBUS Correspondent Electric cars are the future, are they not? We have been told that they are more efficient and produce fewer emissions than traditional vehicles. An EU study in 2020 found that an electric car running on electricity generated solely by an oil-fired power station would use only two-thirds of the... Continue Reading →