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Leaving a Green Legacy: Having a Natural Burial

I’m not a funeral director, but I’ve wrapped dozens of people in a funeral shroud. It was the same shroud every time; my shroud, and the people I’ve wrapped in it were very much alive. After a demonstration of shroud wrapping, I ask people how it feels. ‘Peaceful,’ they usually tell me. ‘Like being tucked into bed.’ In the UK over 75% of us choose cremation after death. This high rate may stem from the fact that it’s the norm, or from a fear of burial, or the incorrect assumption that it might be the cheapest option. According to the…

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PEAKE ACTIVISM

Jessica Townsend meets Maxine Peake, an actress keen to talk about the climate and ecological emergency When Maxine Peake enters the small back room at the National Theatre for our interview, she is tall and glamorous: so far so showbiz. But it’s only when she begins to speak that I’m smitten: this woman is smart, hilarious and speaks with a distinctive Bolton accent. Proudly working class, Maxine Peake got by on pure talent. Thankfully she has plenty to spare and as a result has been cast in many fantastic roles. In theatre, she’s played Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named…

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The climate, my family and me

Big people helping little people with big climate thoughts and feelings How do we explain the climate and ecological crisis to children when we have challenging feelings of our own to manage? In the second part of this series SARA MAE suggests more ways to tackle this difficult topic. Taking the leap Perhaps you’ve been reading this but haven’t started having climate conversations at home yet. That’s okay – and understandable. Just be aware that it’s never too late to start exploring this crucial topic. Simple suggestions for taking the leap include making comments like: ‘Lots of adults, young people…

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As the world watches, Australia burns… coal

In June last year Australia gave final approval for the Adani Carmichael coal mine. It will be the largest coal mine in the country and one of the biggest in the world, producing 2.3 billion tonnes of coal over its lifetime and 130 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. The Carmichael mine is controlled by the Adani Group, an Indian corporate behemoth headed by billionaire Gautam Adani. The group has spent vast amounts promoting the benefits of coal mining to rural Queenslanders. Adani is the most controversial energy project in Australian history. The mine is located in the Galilee…

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In other news…

Researchers have found that consuming a western-style diet can damage brain function. Healthy volunteers in their 20s spent a week eating foods that were high in fat and added sugars, such as processed foods and ready meals. Volunteers scored worse on memory tests after the week-long diet. Coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is a new illness that can affect your lungs. Symptoms are similar to cold or flu symptoms and include a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms is asked to self-isolate, which means staying at home for 14 days, to stop the virus from spreading…

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WET’SUWET’EN NATION PIPELINE PROTEST GOES GLOBAL

Protestors in the UK have thrown their weight behind the plight of Indigenous peoples in Canada who are under threat of losing their land to the development of oil pipelines. Young Indigenous people recently occupied the office of Winnipeg-based Liberal MP Dan Vandal’s office to call on the Canadian government to take action against the proposed Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline on the lands of the Wet’suwet’en nation in British Columbia. The young activists, acting in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, ended their 11-day demonstration on 17 February and, a week earlier, UK activists took part in peaceful solidarity demonstrations in London…

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LEAKED JP MORGAN REPORT LEAVES INVESTORS IN NO DOUBT

An internal report by the world’s number one investor in fossil fuels, JP Morgan, titled Risky business: the climate and macroeconomy, detailsthe ‘potentially catastrophic outcomes’ of ongoing fossil fuel extraction – and investments therein – ‘which might be impossible to reverse’ and ‘where human life as we know it is threatened’. The report warns that CO2 emissions are currently on an unsustainable trajectory: ‘If no steps are taken to change the path of emissions, the global temperature will rise, rainfall patterns will change creating both droughts and floods, wildfires will become more frequent and more intense, sea levels will rise,…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Dear Readers, Here at The Hourglass we receive some interesting letters. Recently, we received 3 emails asking why veganism was being ‘excluded’ from the newspaper (these were the words of one writer). Had they sent in articles on veganism that had been excluded? No. I replied that I have been vegan since 2003. This caused a sudden change of tone. The idea of us having an ‘agenda’ to exclude content on veganism was now clearly not true. It’s understandable that this paranoia about content exists, because of the way that the mainstream media works, and how propaganda-heavy it has become.

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BRITAIN RETURNS TO DEEP COAL MINING

Formal planning approval for the development of the Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project, also known as the Woodhouse Colliery, was given in March 2019 by the Development Control Committee of Cumbria County Council. The decision was ratified in October despite warnings by environmentalists that the authorities had failed to consider the greenhouse gas emissions of the mining operation. The £165 million colliery which is expected to go through the construction phase in 2020, with deep coal mining starting 24 months later, will be the UK’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years. The government’s go-ahead lead to protests from environmentalists…

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Extinction Rebellion UK: Remembering Iggy (Raphaël Coleman) who died on 6 Feb 2020.

Iggy Fox, you will be missed and remembered. It has been an honour and a privilege to have known you, even if it was all too brief.  You were a true warrior, who tirelessly worked on behalf of others, on behalf of all life. You had the fire of youth and a wisdom that belied your age. The world has lost one of its fiercest and most dedicated defenders.  Our thoughts are with Iggy’s family and friends at this time. Iggy died as he lived: trying to make the world a better place, training to stop poachers in Africa…

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