Meeting ‘Show Your Stripes’ Creator, Professor Ed Hawkins MBE…

The ‘Show Your Stripes’ graphics have quickly become iconic and an internationally-recognised visualisation of the climate emergency facing us. The research and graphics are the brainchild of the University of Reading’s Professor Ed Hawkins MBE, a co-author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth Assessment Report, published in 2021. A few months ago …

Why Our Family Holidays Are a No Fly Zone…

As young adults, like many, Mr and Mrs PFH both travelled. Unfortunately, those fond memories are now tinged with a growing sense of guilt, having watched the climate crisis continue to escalate. Growing up, things were very different. Our family holidays were largely spent in South Wales, separated by the occasional trip to Scotland or …

The Climate Emergency – It’s Time to Stop Hitting Snooze and Wake Up

Something struck me for the umpteenth time when watching the BBC’s News at Ten a few nights ago. Tennis star (we are using that term reluctantly) and vaccine hesitant Novak Djokovic’s one-man battle against the Australian Government was the top story brought to us by Huw Edwards. The evening saw a piece on how the …

Ten Reasons the Earthshot Prize Missed Its Target

It has taken us a little over a month to get around to writing this, perhaps because we have only just finished digesting the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony, which aired in the UK on the BBC on Sunday, 17 October 2021. According to its website: “Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October …

Sir David Attenborough Gives Impassioned Speech at COP26

Back in 2018, Sir David Attenborough’s speech at COP24, held in Katowice, Poland, was one of the final triggers that led us to establishing Plastic Free Home. Speaking then, Sir David warned: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.” He went on …

30 of Greta Thunberg’s Best Quotes on Climate Change and the Climate Emergency

Who is Greta Thunberg? If you don’t know the answer, where have you been? 18 year old Greta Thunberg is a climate change activist from Sweden. Greta is now so well known globally that simply “Greta” is enough to know who is being talked about. As a young child, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s (a …

Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Last week, I read a piece in The Telegraph by TV personality and writer Victoria Coren Mitchell, on “the joy of proper British holidays,” and it got me thinking. In the same way that last year it felt so good to watch more and more people rediscovering and embracing nature, this year it has been …

Climate Change is Turning up the Heat

We recently read a BBC News article with the headline: ‘Met Office Issues First UK Extreme Heat Warning’. For a moment, it felt a little like one of those turning points in a Hollywood disaster movie, shortly before everything hits the fan. Unfortunately, that is a feeling we have been having more and more often …

15 Must Watch Films and TV Documentaries on Climate Change and Sustainability

If you fancy taking a break from binge-watching the latest series on Netflix (other streaming services are available – it’s arguably just the best one), here’s our simple list of 15 films and TV documentaries on climate change and sustainability that are well worth a watch. You might just learn something… (you will, guaranteed). 2. …

20 of the Best Books to Read on Climate Change, the Plastic Problem and Other Environmental Issues

With a growing range of books on climate change, the plastic problem and other environmental issues (some good, some not so) hitting the shelves, here’s our helpful guide to 20 of the best reads to get you started. And, if you’re after suggestions for children, check out our blog here. A Life on Our Planet: …