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 →
‘Women Are Always Right’, But Is The Right Feminist? – Female Representation within Swiss Politics
By GLOBUS correspondent, Ilaria Ravazzolo The common perception of Switzerland is that it’s a ‘good’ country which is doing well economically and never seems to have any serious problems. What most people probably think of right away is chocolate, money, and banks (not necessarily in that order). It’s true that people in Switzerland enjoy a... 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 →
COP26 and the dubious promise of climate change relief for developing countries ￼
By GLOBUS Correspondent Ezster Vlasits and Perspectives Correspondent Jazir Mohammad In this exciting collaboration, GLOBUS correspondent Ezster Vlasits and Jazir Mohammad from Perspectives combine their environmental and political lenses to explore the issues behind COP26 and the promise of relief for developing countries who are facing the worst of climate change. Are we looking at a more equal world... 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 →
COP Successes and Criticisms: The Kyoto Protocol (Part 2)
By Katy Greco, Deputy Editor So now we know all about the UNFCCC and what the COP actually is, you might be wondering what, if anything, does it all achieve? The truth is, like many (multinational) relationships, it’s complicated. The purpose of the UNFCCC was to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the... 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 →
Understanding COP26: What is COP26 and why does our future depend on it? (Part 1)
By Katy Greco, Deputy Editor No doubt you’ve seen the phrase “COP26” plastered all over the place recently – you know it’s a big deal and you know it’s unlikely to be the latest addition to the RoboCop franchise because it’s happening in Glasgow… But other than that, it all seems a bit mysterious… So,... Continue Reading →
Climate Denialism in the Age of Populism
By Todd Olive, GLOBUS Editor in Chief Populism is a fact of life in our world today; back in 2017, it was even named Word of the Year by Cambridge Dictionary. The Donald, as near to a human embodiment of the word as is possible, is likely to shortly be exonerated by the US Senate... Continue Reading →
The 2019 General Election: Heads in the Sand?
By Todd Olive, Editor-In-Chief And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. Extract from ‘Ozymandias’, by Percy Bysshe Shelley For some, Brexit represents the most significant event... Continue Reading →
The Truths We Tell: Politics and Performance at Warwick
By (L-R) Rory Meade, Guest Contributor; Ellie Church, GLOBUS Correspondent; and Gerardo Cuestas, Guest Contributor “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II, vii Although it may not seem so at first glance, politics and performance – as areas of both social activity... Continue Reading →
Indigenous People at the Forefront of Environmental Destruction
A Look at the Arctic Sami By Aada Orava, GLOBUS correspondent 'I don’t think that there has been a single time in the history of this country when a Sami was given a microphone in front of such a big crowd, so here it comes’. With this powerful remark, the Sami activist Ásllat-Mihku Ilmára Mika... Continue Reading →
Liberals, Conservatives, and the Climate Change Conundrum
Why are Liberals more concerned about Climate Change than Conservatives? By Benedikt Loula, GLOBUS Correspondent The central issue for the environmental movement has always been the inability to reach a political consensus. In recent decades, we have seen liberals trying to position themselves as guardians of the environment, whilst conservatives tend to be reluctant or,... Continue Reading →
1.5 to Stay Alive: Can We Prevent Damaging Climate Change?
Freddie Seagrave Many countries have recently pledged to reduce their emissions in order to stay within a 1.5°C rise in global warming. Is this target achievable? The following piece was a highly commended entry to the Warwick Global Sustainable Development Year 12 Essay Competition 2019. Over past millennia, global temperatures have been cyclical and affected by... Continue Reading →
SB50: The Climate without Science
By Lucy Jordan, Deputy Editor We have now set a worrying precedent for scientific reports to come, sending the clear message that ‘science is negotiable, and only exists so long as we grant its existence’.Lucy Jordan Scorched by rising temperatures and oppressive humidity over the past few weeks, Europe has been plunged into a state... Continue Reading →
Behavioural Nudging and Meat-Heavy Diets
Using behavioral nudges (labeling) in order to shift UK consumer preferences away from ruminant-heavy diets By Joel Ramlill This piece is the first of a series of assessment submissions from Warwick Economics' Introduction to Environmental Economics module for first-year students. Executive Summary Food production is a major factor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with just... Continue Reading →
Come Together: Future Building in a Divided World
Why is the incorporation of economic theory into the climate action movement important? By Todd Olive, GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief As this correspondent has, so far this series, intended to demonstrate, economics is a fundamentally flawed – even failing – discipline, that nevertheless can be co-opted to understand, encourage and deploy positive solutions for combatting the climate... Continue Reading →
Will young people change the fate of humanity?
Young people are uniting in response to the the climate crisis. Will politicians listen? From GLOBUS Correspondent Aada Orava on the Youth Strike for Climate movement.
The Irony of the Melting Arctic
In the fifth piece of our “Energy Trilemma” series, Nicola Blasetti examines the economic opportunities and consequent threats to habitat integrity and climate change posed by the melting of the Arctic.
Our Climate Emergency: COP24 – Power vs Progress
GLOBUS' Assistant Editor Lucy Jordan debuts with a frank first-hand account of last December's COP24 negotiations - and their shortcomings.