One handy web service I've been using for the past seven months or so is Dopplr. Dopplr lets you share your travel plans with others you know. The service then lets you know if any of your friends will be where you'll be when you travel, and vice versa. I've found Dopplr a pleasure to use because it's simple to use and it gives me depth of information that suits me without requiring an awful lot of interaction. It's an evolving service with quite a few additions to functionality since it came … [Read more...] about Plot your carbon footprint with Dopplr
Last week while on a guilt-free shopping trip, I bought a pair of Timberland loafers. Factory outlet pricing (about a third less than you'd normally pay), so I was quite pleased with my bargain. What intrigued me, though, was a large label on the box, pictured above, with information about the environmental and community impacts involved in manufacturing these shoes, with a link to Timberland's corporate social responsibility reports on their website. This is the first time I've seen such a … [Read more...] about Evidence of Timberland’s social responsibility
In The Economist this week, there's a fascinating feature about China and the country's development of its infrastructure - roads, railways, airports, etc. As with much of the writing in The Economist, it's a well-written and compelling piece that draws you into the story. And what a story. With almost every paragraph, I felt bombarded, smacked in the face with fact after fact of which many are real eye openers. For instance: Beijing's new airport terminal - the world's largest - was … [Read more...] about Ten Chinese superlatives
Did you have a great Christmas? We did in our family, a time of year when everyone gets together - parents, children, siblings, cousins - to simply enjoy each others' company in a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty to eat and drink, lots of great conversations, and the pleasure of giving and receiving gifts. There is a dark side, though - packaging and waste. We're probably typical among many families in the UK in that we now have a few boxes and bags full of the packaging left over after you unwrap … [Read more...] about The ugly face of conspicuous consumption
An interesting discovery: Phil Woolas, the Minister for Climate Change - I never knew we had someone with this portfolio - writes a blog called Bali Diary. He started it in mid November. Woolas works at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the same government department where Foreign Secretary David Milliband started blogging. (Milliband's blog is still up. More than just still up, in fact: check it out. And take a look at eight other blogs from people in the … [Read more...] about Does the government really want to hear what you think about climate change?
Going in to Marks and Spencers' store in Sandhurst on Sunday, I couldn't help but see this large wall poster at the store entrance: It wasn't so much the statement that caught my attention but more the web address - www.marksandspencer.com/PlanA. I like a company who says they have a Plan A for any purpose. It brings to mind a sense of connection with the way people tend to see things, plus a bit of humour. So a visit to Plan A at the M&S website brings up a wide range of information, rich … [Read more...] about Marks and Spencer on climate change
The City of Manchester football stadium - home to Manchester City FC - will soon be the first football ground in the world to be powered by sustainable energy when an 85-metre-high 3-megawatt wind turbine comes online next year. When it's fully operational, it will supply enough energy to meet the stadium's power needs as well as thousands of nearby homes. According to Pete Bradshaw, Social Responsibility Manager for Manchester City FC, the wind turbine is one of many steps the football club is … [Read more...] about Manchester City goes green
One public affairs campaign that I've been paying attention to for the past year is willyoujoinus.com, the campaign sponsored by Chevron Oil that's about drawing attention to energy conservation and climate change and which I first heard about in February 2006. Much of what I see about this campaign is advertising in business journals. Now that I think about it, I've seen very little other than advertising. No editorial commentary, few blog posts. But the advertising is there so I guess that's … [Read more...] about Playing the energy game