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Is environmentalism dying?

20th May 2024

Will the decline in environmental protests kill the planet? 2019 and 2020 saw mass protests in support of climate action. Movements such as Fridays for Future and the Youth Climate Strike captured the public eye through international media. However, it now seems, from a national to local level, there is far less environmental protesting.  The ...


The 1.5 Paris Agreement target is not enough

18th May 2024

The 1.5°C target is failing to stop global warming – the Paris Agreement has failed us November 30th 2015, Paris, France. 196 parties gathered for negotiations  with the aim of creating an international treaty on climate change. Two weeks later, on December 12th, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) concluded, with the announcement of the ...


The basics of the environment 

18th May 2024

A deeper look into the basic concepts of environmentalism In recent years, discussions surrounding climate change have escalated from murmurs to urgent calls for action. The impacts of a warming planet are becoming increasingly evident, from rising temperatures to extreme weather events, yet with such a pressing and complex issue, the basics are often misunderstood ...


The Anthropocene: the age of human destruction

18th May 2024

The Anthropocene is the age where humanity is Earth’s greatest geological agent – so why is it always left out of environmental discourse?  The Earth is four and a half billion years old; but modern humans have only been here for 200,000 years. In the geological sense of time, human presence on this planet seems ...


We need ‘extreme’ environmentalism

18th May 2024

Environmental activists are dubbed by right-wing media as ‘extreme’ – as governments fail the planet, we should encourage this ‘extreme’ activism The risks associated with climate change are undeniable. According to the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ report from 2023 emissions need to be cut by almost half before 2030.  The UK Government has promised to ...


Taylor Swift and the environment: You Need to Calm Down

18th May 2024

Hate directed towards Taylor Swift is misogyny disguised as environmentalism  Taylor Swift is undoubtedly the biggest name in pop culture right now. Currently a year into her 152 show global showcase The Eras Tour, set to conclude at the end of 2024, Swift has stayed firmly in the spotlight, supported by her immense fanbase; 53% ...


Will the world vote to save the planet?

18th May 2024

In a crucial year of elections, the economy is set to kill the environment. This year is hugely important in determining the fate of both global politics and the environment. The people of both established and emerging geopolitical powers will have the chance to vote on their future, and their choices will impact the generations ...


 My year as Environment Editor

22nd April 2024

A year’s research has taught me that we should all be environmentalists Last August, I had a regular level of concern for the environment. Headlines of global warming and rising sea levels worried me, and I knew climate change was a major problem, but I would never have considered myself an environmentalist. Retrospectively, I was ...


UofG’s very own climate activist: In conversation with Dana Ahmed

15th February 2024

Law and Politics student Dana Ahmed has set up two charities to combat climate change. On the coast of Abu Dhabi, a fourteen year old girl speaks to the sea, unburdening herself about her school bullies. The sea provides a listening ear. Dana Ahmed is now a young climate activist, in her second year studying ...


We must decolonise the environment

15th February 2024

Colonialism shifts the blame for global warming – the West must take responsibility for destroying the planet. The Global South is responsible for climate change. Or, at least, that is today’s environmental narrative. At a glance, this notion could be true. China is famously the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases today, with India, Indonesia, and ...