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Anna Cotton

16th March 2018

Ten Key Environmental Issues – a Beginner’s Guide

At Save the Earth, we believe it’s high time that environmental issues receive the attention they deserve. Our planet is on the brink of a severe environmental crisis. If ignored today, these problems will threaten human existence for the generations to come. Earth has a natural environment, known as an ecosystem, which includes all humans, plant life, the atmosphere, mountains, glaciers, oceans and seas. It also includes natural resources such as water, fire, air, magnetism, electric charge and climate. In recent decades, modern technologies used in the engineering and manufacturing industries have caused dramatic resource depletion and environmental destruction. Many of us…
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27th February 2018

Off-Grid Living 101

"Escaping the rat race" is an ideal harboured by many and a phrase uttered repeatedly by myriad individuals. Perhaps you feel like a rat, stuck in a maze, racing around, hunting for sustenance and hungry for change? Life is too precious to waste feeling trapped, which drives us to consider ways of breaking free. For a growing number of citizens, off-grid living is proving a feasible solution.   The Appeal of Off-Grid Living Living off-grid has seen a rapid resurgence in recent years, with consulting company Accenture forecasting that 12% of US households and 11% of European households will be off-grid by 2035.…
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14th February 2018

Universal Basic Income – An Invaluable Benefit?

Imagine living in a society where each and every citizen receives a monthly payment from the government which meets their "basic necessities" regardless of their circumstances. The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained considerable popularity of late – not just among leftists but also with right-wing pro-capital proponents.  What if it were possible to adopt an ideology which utilised both socialism to get people what they need and capitalism to give people what they want? What is Universal Basic Income? In his recent book Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom, Daniel Raventós defines basic income as, "an income paid by the state…
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11th November 2017

Ten Top Tips to Reduce Water Pollution

Do you want to help reduce water pollution? John Hawthorne at MoBox Marine has ten top tips.    “If I don't drink water, I’m going to die.” - desperate Puerto Rican trying to survive. The fact of the matter is that we can’t live off of beer and energy drinks. H2O is a precious commodity that we simply can’t overlook, period. And, like all commodities - and their value - it might have an expiration date. Pollution, global warming, overpopulation, collapsing ecosystems, el Niño weather system, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch  and hundreds of other threats are taking a crowbar to the knees of our…
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21st October 2017

Newsletter October 2017 – Save the Earth

Newsletter October 2017 The seasons are changing and there some big changes underway in the natural world. With plants and animals alike putting on a final show before the cold winter months, it's a great time to enjoy the beauty of the earth.  Do you have any photos of the stunning autumn / fall season that you would care to share? If so, why not post them on Save the Earth's Facebook Group with the hashtag #ChangingSeasons. We'd love to see them! Van Life - Trend or Necessity? Have you ever wondered what life might be like living out of the back of…
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26th July 2017

Newsletter July 17 – Save the Earth

Newsletter July 2017 Summer is here and this month Save the Earth have been ablaze with ideas for our very first community initiative. Consider a future where cities can feed their inhabitants independently, slashing food miles and creating direct links with consumers. We believe that this future is a tangible one and that is why we have founded The UrbanLeaf™ to supply urban communities with nutritious, organic produce, fresh from the harvest to the plate within hours. To discover more, read on ... Introducing The UrbanLeaf™ The UrbanLeaf™ is Save the Earth's very first community initiative, as voted for by the co-operative's management board.…
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25th July 2017

Introducing The UrbanLeaf™ – Save the Earth’s First Community Initiative

Did you realise that on average, our food journeys 1,500 miles to make it to our plates? We all know that food travels as well as a fractious toddler on a plane! It’s packed, repacked, refrigerated and resold many times over and by the time it makes it to the consumer it has been stripped of much of its taste, texture and aroma, not to mention its nutrients.  One third of the world's population currently work in agriculture, producing food not only for themselves but for the 54% of the Earth's inhabitants who live in urban areas. The vast majority…
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9th June 2017

Ask Koko the Gorilla a Question – Crowdfunder Competition Results

Ask Koko Koko is one of the most talked about gorillas alive today, most notably because of her ability to communicate through a form of sign language. Read on to discover more about Koko and what happened when Save the Earth teamed up with The Gorilla Foundation to #AskKoko a question as part of our crowdfunding campaign. Courtesy of The Gorilla Foundation/ Koko and the Gorilla Foundation Koko's caregiver and instructor, animal psychologist Francine "Penny" Patterson, reports that Koko is able to understand more than 1,000 signs of Gorilla Sign Language, comprehend 2,000 words of spoken English and communicate complex thoughts and…
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8th June 2017

Newsletter June 2017 – Save the Earth

Newsletter June 2017 Have you ever wished you could talk to animals? Do you dream about living amid nature, free of the rat face? This June at Save the Earth, we've been busy exploring off-grid living ideas and we even got a gorilla to speak to us! For this and more, read on ...  Off-Grid Living 101 "Escaping the rat race" is an ideal harboured by many and a phrase uttered repeatedly by myriad individuals. Perhaps you feel like a rat, stuck in a maze, racing around, hunting for sustenance and hungry for change? Life is too precious to waste feeling trapped,…
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26th May 2017

Newsletter May 2017 – Save the Earth

Another month has flown by and it's time for our latest edition of the Save the Earth Newsletter. If you've been following our blog this May, you'll know that our article on Universal Basic Income has kindled a hot debate – what's your standpoint on the subject? For this, plus the latest on our Ethical Business Network and much more, read on ... Universal Basic Income - An Invaluable Benefit?  This month, our feature on Universal Basic Income sparked quite a debate. It's received 2700 shares across social media so far, with our audience declaring their broad spectrum of opinions on the…
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