The Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK’s sustainability and energy sectors.
The world is slowly getting greener. Electric cars are on the uptake, solar panels are becoming the norm, and wind power has taken off (becoming 10% of UK renewable energy source). When it comes to being conscious about our clothes, there seems to be a sense of sustainability. Which leads to the question, what constitutes an item of sustainable clothing? Who is trying to recycle?
Boris Johnson has been accused of having ‘completely lost the plastic plot’ after telling schoolchildren that recycling ‘doesn’t work’ as a means to ease the climate crisis. The Recycling Association reacted with astonishment at the Prime Minister’s remarks during a Downing Street press conference for pupils, saying they were ‘very disappointing’. Number 10 had to tell the public to continue recycling after Mr Johnson said ‘recycling isn’t the answer’ and stressed the need to reduce the amount of plastic that is used. The PM said: ‘It doesn’t begin to address the problem. You can only recycle plastic a couple of times, really. What you’ve got to do is stop the production of plastic.’
Israeli Space Week, held over the past week, brought together private and public entities who discussed the booming industry at the Ramon Space Conference, sponsored by the Ramon Foundation and the Israel Space Agency, with this year’s theme focusing on searching for sustainable solutions to resolve climate change. Dual-usage technologies may help curb greenhouse emissions, ensure food security, predict weather patterns, and help protect the environment, while allowing the commercial sector to flourish. According to research by Morgan Stanley, the global space industry could generate revenue of over $1 trillion or more by 2040, up from $350 billion.