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Stay up to date with the latest news, events and articles about sustainable living that support and inspire real change.

Activism

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day – 22 April – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It continues to grow now inspiring an estimated one billion people globally to take action. Take the opportunity to consider your carbon, ecological and social footprint.

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Fashion

Fashion and Degrowth

REAL Sustainability attended the online event “Fashion and Degrowth” hosted by Extinction Rebellion. Historically wealth has been created in the global North through extraction and exploitation in the South. We need to work collaboratively to imagine solutions to the broken system which will vary between regions and countries. There needs to be a focus on people and the environment.

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Leadership

Is Green Growth the Solution

REAL Sustainability takes a look at green growth. Green growth theory asserts that continued economic expansion is compatible with our planet’s ecology. But empirical evidence on resource use and carbon emissions does not support green growth theory. We need a cross-sector approach looking at ideas such as degrowth and doughnut economics.

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Activism

Right to Roam Campaign 24 April

As part of the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the UK government is planning to restrict public access to the countryside. Extinction Rebellion is supporting the Right to Roam campaign opposing this through a mass trespass on April 24th.

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Fashion

The Future of Fashion

REAL attended the Aspen UK webinar The Future of Fashion. Panelists discussed the social and environmental challenges facing the industry, some encouraging initiatives and how to get stakeholders to support change. The speakers talked about a range of issues including changing public behaviour and the need for new economic models.

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Activism

Purpose Disruptors Initiative: Creating an Alternative Reality

Purpose Disruptors is a network of advertising insiders created in 2018. REAL attended their event launching a new initiative to bring about a sustainable shift in lifestyle by presenting a tangible vision of the future. Involvement of the media and advertising sectors will harness their skills in communicating cultural change. The project will run alongside Race to Zero.

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Leadership

BCorp in Leadership

REAL Sustainability takes a look at BCorporation the organisation building a community of businesses focused on balancing the outdated primacy of shareholder profit with environmental and social impacts. Certification as BCorp requires a company to make appropriate changes to its Articles of Association. BCorporation is seeking changes to the UK Companies Act to make business responsible for their impacts.

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Fashion

Climate Action – The Countdown Continues

REAL reports on the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA) webinar “Climate Action – The Countdown Continues”. The event considers the challenge facing the industry in terms of targets necessary to meet the Paris Agreement. There is a discussion on how to achieve a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and for STICA to lead the way in climate action.

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