Incredible, this poignant documentary “I am Greta”, is compelling and an often moving insight into the life of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Sharing ‘behind the scenes’ footage, showing both Greta’s drive and frustrations. This responsibility as a thought-leader that she carries stoically on her shoulders, is revealed here as often too much for her to cope with. Yet she continues to inspire those around her to fight for climate justice. A fascinating, unmissable film.
As a parent, and social activist myself – I have encouraged And accompanied my own sons to join the school strikes – Click here for RESOURCES – FREE DOWNLOADS FOR SCHOOL STRIKE RESOURCES AND TEMPLATES.
The “I am Greta” movie offers a glimpse behind the scenes of what it has been like for teenage activist Greta Thunberg as she intensified her efforts to bring attention to the looming clilmate crisis.
A moving portrait that reveals the isolation and desperation of a young girl lost in an adult world as she fights for the planet.
We follow Greta, chaperoned by a weary, yet supportive father, to event after event, where crowds are waiting to cheer her on, however there is little evidence of significant Worldwide change.
Political and religious leaders all make efforts to be seen with Greta in public but this does not translate to the action she wants to see.
Juxtaposed with her emotional public appearances are moments of quiet where we can see Greta as an innocent young girl, isolated from what should be a normal teenage life.
Greta is an inspirational figure that with conviction and determination has become an enviromental hero to millions. Watching her despair at the lack of significant action, we gain a sense of the enormous burden that has found its way onto her shoulders. Shame on us.
Nathan Grossman’s critically acclaimed @GretaThunberg documentary #IAmGreta will open in cinemas in the UK, Germany, Benelux, Australia, Canada & more from October 16th 2020. More territories here: iamgretafilm.com
Another brilliant book celebrating amazing dyslexics, from my dear super star friends Kate and Kathy.
Launching during Lockdown was never going to be easy; fortunately their book “The Bigger Picture Book of Amazing #Dyslexics and The Jobs They Do” is jampacked with Amazing Dyslexics who like a challenge.
Working on the promotion of the new book with Kate and Kathy, I suggested launching with a video, something along the lines of “pass the brush” which had recently been popular on TikTok – where a selection of those included in the book each made a short video, and Kate and Kathy seamlessly connected the snippets to create a video which looks as if they are passing the book to each other – this is my “snippet” https://lnkd.in/gg8Yp7N.
And you can see the full video on the @amazingdyslexic Instagram page here:
The book contains many an #amazingdyslexic including The Dots founder Pip Jamieson, NOTHS founder Holly Tucker, Social Worker Obi Ohaka Daniel, and friends Lauren McCrostie and Fritha Quinn.
And the amazingdyslexic.com book is now available at Blackwells, Holly Tucker’s store, and other independent retailers.
Read about their first book here:
Following the successful launch of the Anna Steinhouse Art Awards during lockdown in London, I’m delighted to have been invited back to be a guest judge, and we are moving into July with a new discipline: This month we will be launching a Photography Award!
We have gathered together an inspiring judging panel (links below) who will be assessing your photographic submissions.
Introducing our judges:
Nia Ravichandran @butfirstsalt a biophysicist and food photographer
Supermarket Free Range Eggs
With news that Morrisons has become the first of the six biggest UK supermarkets to go free range with their eggs, we asked young activist Lucy Gavaghan to tell us more in this guest post.
Since the age of twelve, Lucy Gavaghan has been campaigning to change the way people treat animals and the world that they rely upon.
“Never have we been more engaged by the world around us, nor more enraged by what humans have done to destroy it.”Lucy Gavaghan
This recent move by Morrisons, means that all of their eggs will now be from hens that have outdoor access for at least eight hours each day, as well as nest boxes with wide perches and spaces for dust bathing.
In 2016, at just 14, young activist Lucy launched a campaign to stop supermarkets selling eggs from caged hens. The supermarket previously committed to moving away from selling caged eggs by 2025 following Lucy Gavaghan‘s campaign.
Young activist Lucy:
“After years of writing letters, I turned to online petitions to stop supermarkets selling eggs from caged hens. They have since committed to doing exactly that. The compassion shown by all who supported the campaign was overwhelming, and I’ve met some wonderful people as a result.
Since my first big campaign as a young activist, I’ve continued to push for a more compassionate world for wildlife and domestic animals alike. Now, I’m delighted to be an ambassador of IAPWA and the RSPCA. Fundraising campaigns have also been a massive part of my actions in the last few years. Most recently, I’ve been raising money for the beautiful Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia.
For as long as I can remember, I have adored nature in all its forms. Nothing has changed here, I still love the natural world but the ways in which I think about it have shifted massively. Though this will partly be down the sunshine tinted lens of childhood fading, it’s also due to growing ecological and biodiversity crises.
This is a photo from a recent speech I made. Talking about the struggle faced by the planet and it’s creatures, I quoted the wonderful Sir David Attenborough. “The Garden of Eden is no more”.
It’s safe to say that, nowadays, fewer of us are under the illusion of a stable planet. If you’re engaged with environmental issues or interested in sustainability (which may well be how you found this lovely blog!) it’s tough to avoid frightening facts – and rightfully so. Climatic breakdown is a terrifying prospect, and one that we cannot ignore. Some of the world’s most vulnerable communities are feeling the jolting shocks of disastrous climate change and we are in the depths of the 6th mass extinction.
Finding hope amongst the chaos
So how can we stay positive? How do we hold onto a sense of optimism when it seems as though the world is falling apart?
Even Leonardo DiCaprio, speaking about his role as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, said “If the UN really knew how I feel, how pessimistic I am about our future, I mean to be honest they may have picked the wrong guy,”.
DiCaprio said this at the start of his moving documentary, Before the Flood. This brings me to the first idea of fighting the activism blues. Whether you’re pushing to make the contents of your shopping basket a little more planet-friendly, or supporting your child in developing as an activist, information is power.
Information is power
The more you understand the threats facing the world, the better equipped you are to take action and the more valuable it will feel. If you can, watch the documentary or read about the state of climate change. See here for how to watch the film.
There are so many uplifting reads for all ages. Greta’s book is a wonderful place for an enthusiast or aspiring young activist to start. I cannot state strongly enough the importance of awareness in sparking the long term changes our world is yearning.
Lots of people are beginning to question the impact individual action can have. The argument goes something like this…What good is zero-waste shopping while industrial scale combustion of fossil fuels persists? This is forcing a false choice between either system wide or individual change – we need both. That basket of zero-waste produce is a message to the system that we want change. When enough people decide to switch, the effect will be incredible. Widespread individual commitments become a backdrop before which we must demand industrial, political and corporate shifts.
What you’re doing might feel small, refusing a disposable coffee cup or opting for palm-oil free products, but it is so important. Make choices that leave you feeling empowered and that leave the natural world that little bit happier! Your consciousness will likely inspire those close to you, multiplying the impact you can have.
Often, it can feel like calls for meaningful protection of nature are side-lined by the very institutions that should be making it their top priority. Maintaining pressure can feel pointless. For myself and many others, incorporating sustainability into daily life is a key source of momentum as an activist. Engaging with the world you’re fighting to protect can also be deeply powerful – seek out whatever nature exists close to you.
Now, myself and my Mum are committing to cutting plastic down… and I’ve fallen in love with a zero-waste shop called Unwrapped in Crookes, Sheffield. The shop is gorgeous, and their ethos even more so. Amongst many other products (food and non-food) they stock the lovely Earth Conscious deodorant. Unwrapped have adapted quickly to our time of social distancing and safety measures. We’re looking forward to reinstating our weekly shopping trip!
A future defined by change
Ultimately, fighting catastrophic climate change, we need every ounce of effort, action and imagination that we can possibly haul together. Nobody will be exempt from the effects of climate change. The movement must elevate all voices and activists, encouraging diversity at every juncture. There’s no doubting the fact that the planet’s future will be defined by change. I recently read The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a stark check-in with the reality of what we’re up against.
That in mind, we do still have so much hope. As much as the world will be altered by a changing climate, it can also take shape according to the compassion we show as a human civilisation. Be as informed as you can be; take every action available to you and please do keep letting the light in. “
See below for my 5 top tips for environmental activism, Lucy Gavaghan:
Instagram – @lucygavaghan
Twitter – @LucyGavaghan
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Calling all Artists for submission to The Anna Steinhouse Award
I am delighted to announce my involvement in the Anna Steinhouse Award project as one of the amazing judging panel; thank you Anna for involving me, for full details, please visit annasteinhouse.com/post/anna-steinhouse-award
Anna is a London based artist, and like many of us, recently became aware of artists around the world finding that their incomes drop as sales have vanished, and exhibitions and gallery spaces have closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In an attempt to help ease some of this stress Anna has launched the #AnnaSteinhouseAward.
Every week until the end of June 2020, Anna will be offering a cash prize of £200 (via Paypal, Transfer or Cheque) to the winning artist.
Submissions of creative artwork, whether painting, drawings, or sculpture that follow a specific theme. Themes will be announced each Friday starting from Friday the 15th of May 2020.
The Theme for Week One is “Portraiture”, which runs the15th-21st of May 2020.
The deadline for the submission is midnight Thursday the 21st of May 2020.
To enter this instagram based award, you need to follow the following steps:
Take a photograph of your artwork (max. one entry is permitted per week)
Please Follow and Tag @Anna.Steinhouse on Instagram
Judging panel will announce the winner each Monday. The Judging panel consists of the following members:
Terms and Conditions If you would like to participate, here are some important things you need to know and agree to: · The Panel of above mentioned Artists will be deciding the winning artist /artwork each week · Accordingly, by submitting your Artworks you irrevocably and unconditionally agree that we: · may use a submitted image your Artworks a on the Social Media (Credited to you) · may identify you by name, your social media name or photo and use these and the Artworks that you submitted in publicity · You must comply with the following: · You must be 18 years old or older; · Your Artworks and/or Videos must be in accordance with the Theme and instructions and sent to us within the timeframe stated; · You confirm that to the best of your knowledge and belief you own and control all the rights in and to the Artwork; · You must not include any third party material in your Artwork unless you have obtained permission from the rights holder for it to be included and for it to be used as set out in these terms; ·You must not include anything defamatory, illegal, infringing, hateful, obscene or offensive in your Artwork.
Another wonderful hashtag challenge over on my #sgiew feature instagram account @SoGoodInEveryWay – this month, the theme is #sgiew_home.
We have a guest judge Phillippa at Duvet Hog.
UPDATE 4 May 2020
Week 7 of lockdown here in the UK and we have a winner (winners x3)
Guest Judge Phillippa at @DuvetHog has spoken.
Like me [ Ali @incredibusy ] she found it incredibly tough to pick a winner, here’s her shortlist – nine wonderful images, all conveying their creators’ vision of ‘home’ during this LOCKDOWN period in our lives.
Grid of nine
The centre three images were of particular appeal to Phillippa, for various reasons – wall art and chalk graffiti taking her back to her own childhood in Cheshire; and the Mother’s Day post in the centre, for the sheer kindness and neighbourly compassion of making up and leaving these boxes of goodies for neighbours using old @thevegankind boxes their mama has been saving.
So step forward centre stage:
@castawayscotland tree painting. Love the repurposed beer can roof of the bird house, swipe on her photo)
@withloveandresa (neighbourly food parcels)
@thisisjules (rainbow cup)
As all THREE of you have won a duvet!! (please DM @incredibusy with your details)
With big thanks and love to all of you who entered, what a wonderful community we are at #sgiew, special mention also goes to
@maithiliguisetucker – family fancy dress
@thepathunseen – graphic art
@denoffoxes – for the view of bedroom (Plants used as screening as no blinds 😂)
@meyouandmagoo – crochet rainbow
@traceyjhunter – garage door art
@michellefd – escaped lockdown in invisible cape and homemade wig
Thank you all, lots of love, and big thanks to this month’s sponsor @DuvetHog – the vegan, eco, recycled duvet of dreams – take care, Ali x
We recently found ourself in the position of having to purchase a new printer for our home office (our dining room!) and of course it needed to be an environmentally-friendly printer if possible.
During this strange time where more of us are working from home, and that includes teenagers allegedly working on their GCSE and A’level studies – the printer has been called upon to work that little harder – and decided enough was enough and gave up on life.
We did try to fix our old printer, however, we took it to pieces and it was sadly beyond help – in fairness, it was over 15 years old, so it had had a good innings as far as home printers go. So – the hunt for environmentally friendly and convenient printers began!
We had a few criteria for our new replacement printer – as well as environmentally friendly, it needed to be cost-effective too. And essentially cartridges needed to be affordable too, and recyclable too.
After extensive research – we eventually went for a Canon Pixma g3501 colour printer and scanner combined, the printer was a lot more expensive than many you can purchase; we paid £220 (usually retails at £250) yet the ink refill in a bottle mean there’s less excessive packaging than on the regular cartridges. And – hopefully this printer being a lot sturdier than more ‘disposable’ £50 printers, will last longer!
Check Cartridge Save here for cartridges, they have a ‘zero landfill’ policy. This means all plastic, metal and other components are fully recycled. No part of any cartridge you send them will be sent to landfill. Read more about that here.
Downtime for the kids here includes downloading free printables (here’s a mandala butterfly from their KidsChaos.com website CLICK HERE) and I’ll confess I rather enjoy colouring in too myself – so you can see WE NEEDED A NEW PRINTER quickly!
This article has been produced in conjunction with Cartridge Save, and if you’d like to download further free printables, we’ve a few!
Try our Rainbow spinner here
Or our fun Star Wars Porg Free printable paperchain here:
And save this one, for your milk cartons – free printables for SKULLS!
Sustainability and London Fashion Week – both subjects close to my heart for many years, however, not obvious bedfellows.
A fashion design team that are doing both, well, are Vin + Omi.
So I was delighted to be invited to their AW20 ‘RESIST’ catwalk show at the Savoy, which kicked off with an exciting party-like atmosphere on Valentine’s night.
Leaders in thought-provoking sustainable design, this season sees the continuing collaboration with Highgrove, Prince Charles’ estate – Vin + Omi have taken a range of waste garden products from Highgrove and recycled them into textiles for the catwalk.
Teamed with my client Po-Zu trainers, the models took to the runway with gusto and aplomb wearing Vin + Omi’s garments made from waste plastic bottles collected during a Brighton beach clean, and upycled materials from Team GB sail boat sails, and Olympic fencing kit. And I was intrigued by the ‘wool’ garments created by using pet animal hair, here clipped from the Highgrove House horses for comfort reasons.
However, how are the rest of London Fashion Week designers doing? Are they too heading in the right direction?
No – Not all of them and No not yet…
The fashion industry is changing but its footprint only grows
Remember how in 2019, Stockholm startled the fashion industry by cancelling their fashion week? Copenhagen Fashion Week introduced environmental and ethical standards for its participating brands, following the lead of Helsinki Fashion Week. 56 companies entered The Fashion Pact, agreeing to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.
Climate action group Extinction Rebellion think London should be acting too, and delivered a letter to the British Fashion Council (BFC) earlier in February demanding the cancellation of September 2020 fashion week and an emergency action plan that supports BFC’s stakeholders through transition into a new format: one that directly addresses the underlying issues of obsolescence, overproduction, and exploitation.
Professor Dilys Williams FRSA, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a research centre based at London College of Fashion, University of The Arts London, joined the campaign, saying: “We ask all involved in fashion to place earth and equality first, to respond to XR demands and to recognise those designers and fashion practitioners who create prosperity in social, ecological, cultural and economic dimensions.” read more here
But whether it is fast fashion on the high-street, or luxury fashion paraded at global fashion weeks, the desire for constant newness that fashion promotes is fundamentally unsustainable.
Government failure to hold the industry to account for its true environmental and humanitarian cost results in ongoing overconsumption and waste.
We need more brands like Vin + Omi to make a statement regarding Sustainability and London Fashion Week – both subjects close to my heart for many years, however, not obvious bedfellows.. Their shows are always incredible spectacles, my client Po-Zu’s shoes have featured previously on their runway (click here to view on The Dots) and gain coverage on platforms such as Vogue, Getty Images, and billboards around London and other major UK cities. (see above – spotted at Westfield shopping centre, sandwiched between ads for Waitrose and the races…)
Read more here on Safia Minney’s website.
And see further photos of the Po-Zu shoes on the runway here
Read about how sustainable fashion brand Palava re-purpose their organic cotton offcuts here.
To kickstart spring and in fact, belatedly, the new century, we are launching a new ‘So Good In Every Way’ #sgiew theme.
A reminder – (in case you are new to this) #sgiew is @incredibusy Ali Clifford’s photo challenge @SoGoodInEveryWay – it’s an acronym! S G I E W
Celebrating the “good” we find in life (and Instagram) when sometimes all we seem to see is bad news…
With over 40,000 participants, #sgiew projects have been running with the support of Gina @willowdaygram, and a guest judge who inspires us all with the theme (see #SGIEW_warmth, and #SGIEW_spring as examples)
For February (and a bit of self-love launching this on Valentine’s Day) we would like you to join in with the new hashtag #sgiew_NOURISH (and there is an EPIC prize for one lucky winner!)
This #sgiew_NOURISH theme for February is in honour of Polly @JollyAllotment our guest judge (pictured above, and previous #sgiew grid winner) – a very talented photographer, and healthy gut expert.
Polly is running a one day retreat on the 27th March 2020 “The Jolly Gutsy Gathering”. And this, my friends, is one of the epic prizes!
Do you want to hear the prizes before I tell you how to enter?
- Gutsy Gathering Feast ticket: tickets include three course feast and all talks and @JollyAllotment workshops. BUY early bird tickets HERE to the event March 27 2020 (worth £98)
- A signed copy of The Gut Feeling by Author, Nutritionist, Chef, Fermenter, Gluten-free Baker Naomi Devlin @naomiannedevlin (worth £22)
- Ki Kefir founder Sam is one of the workshop’s speakers and adding to this month’s prize, 100% organic, traditionally made KEFIR packed with billions of powerful probiotics, delivered to your door x4 750ml bottles of Ki Kefir (worth £45)
- A signed copy of CHARRED by @Bristol_Fire_School founder Genevieve Taylor
- Two pack set of bamboo straws from @theotherstraw (we have five sets of these straws can be posted internationally so do still join in with the #sgiew_NOURISH theme, for a chance to bag some bamboo straws)
Ts and Cs
1) Add the #sgiew and #sgiew_NOURISH hashtags to your newest Instagram post that best illustrates the verb ‘nourish’ – whether that be something creative, a beautiful walk on the beach, a craft, your latest ‘make’, a floral treat to yourself, your favourite houseplant – or indeed – the gut-friendly food on your plate that nourishes you from the inside.
3) Tag a friend to spread the word, and share on stories for a bit of extra fun if you fancy it x
Let’s run this for a month shall we? So ends 14 March 2020 (day after my birthday! Ali x) Have fun, big love x #sgiew_NOURISH