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 …

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 …

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: …

“What happens next is up to every one of us,” Warns Attenborough

It’s been a busy week or two in the world of Plastic Free Home. Last week we co-hosted a live Q&A session with zero waste business founder Kate Cottrell, who runs the fantastic Scoop in nearby Fleet. Well worth a visit if and when you get time. We weren’t sure how long it would last or whether …

Climate Change is Here. Now.

Back in 2006, we remember watching former United States’ Vice President Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, about what we then commonly referred to as “global warming”. At the time he said, “What we take for granted might not be here for our children,” a sobering thought and a message that the likes of Sir …

COVID-19 and Climate Change – What Can We Learn?

“There has never been a time when more people are out of touch with the natural world than now,” said Sir David Attenborough in January 2019. Just 18 months later, look where we are. In the midst of a global pandemic that many experts have attributed in part to our “lack of respect for nature” …

The Science of Climate Change – Our Exclusive Interview With Professor Sir Brian Hoskins

“The continued success of our species and of many others on our planet is in doubt.” Professor Sir Brian Hoskins was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London and has been a Professor in Meteorology at the University of Reading for 38 years. He has held national and international posts …