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THIS IS WHY I REBEL

James ‘Iggy’ Fox died on 6 February. He was 25, had given up a career in science to join XR and fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights. Iggy was a burning bright soul and he will be deeply missed by us all. Here is the article he wrote for issue 3 of The Hourglass newspaper. Science alone is silence. For people to act on science’s warnings and apply its solutions, its message needs shouting from the rooftops. Scientists are getting on the streets, refusing to be scribes of the apocalypse. After seven years studying, researching and…

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HOW I USE ART AS A FORM OF ACTIVISM

I am a full time student and I am not specialised in anything yet, I feel like I am always learning but am still trying to work out what I could ever teach beyond the obvious impacts and causes of climate change. I know I love crafts and so I recently began a type of embroidery called punch needling. My materials were funded by a charity called the Mark Evison Foundation who give grants to students looking to learn something new or go on an expedition planned by themselves, but most of it was made with reused materials that…

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Comment is priceless

CYCLING IS CORE TO CLIMATE CAMPAIGNING Transport emissions are the largest source of UK direct emissions, at 33%. They have remained stubbornly high since 1990, while emissions from electricity dropped 60%. Parallel to the climate and ecological emergencies the UK is also has diabetes, obesity and asthma crises. All three conditions have transport related contributory factors. The loudly trumpeted switch to electric vehicles (EVs) is not the solution to these crises. The embodied carbon of the manufacture of both EV and fossil fuelled cars is equal to the average annual electricity emissions from a UK household for seven to…

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Michael Eavis – The Man Who Built A World

As action heroes go, Michael Eavis is one of the most amiable, non-threatening, well- loved you could find. The Somerset dairy farmer who went to Bath Blues Festival in 1970 and loved the music so much he decided to set up his own festival on his family farm in Glastonbury, has created something so big, so special, and so well-loved, that even 49 years later he still seems surprised. This year, a quarter of a million people made the journey to Worthy Farm to enjoy a vast array of music, performances, talks and creativity at Glastonbury Festival. Covering Stormzy…

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FASHION SPECIAL What’s wrong with our clothes?

We are drowning in clothes, producing more than ever and using them for much shorter amounts of time. While fashion companies send ‘surplus’ garments to incineration and consumers send tonnes of discarded clothes to landfill every year, most of us still do not consider the land, water, pesticides, chemicals, emissions and human labour required to make our clothes. ‘The current fashion system is, at large, the embodiment of consumerism and built on the same grounds of exploitation ’ Built-in-obsolescence is at the core of the fashion industry, when the clothes are made less robustly so that they…

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KEYSTONE PIPELINE OIL LEAK IS WORSE THAN FEARED

In October 2019 a major oil pipeline suffered a leak that covered half an acre of wetland in North Dakota, USA, in crude oil. The pipeline carries oil from Alberta, Canada, to southern Texas. This is its second largest spill in two years. Latest news indicates that the amount of land impacted by the oil spill is almost 10 times larger than initially reported, which has not been acknowledged by TC Energy, the company that runs the Keystone network. Under their website FAQs the company states that the original estimate of leakage is correct. The incident began on…

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IN OTHER NEWS

Venice has experienced its second-highest levels of flooding since records began. Two people have died, with an elderly man struck by lightning as he operated an electric water pump. Bolivia’s new interim president has pledged to hold fresh elections after taking the place of socialist Eco Morales, who resigned his post after 14 years and took refuge in Mexico following protests over alleged election rigging. Hubert Howard, a Windrush generation immigrant who arrived in the UK 59 years ago, has died only three weeks after finally being granted British citizenship. Hubert, who was three when…

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OVER 11,000 SCIENTISTS DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

A team of scientists led by Professor William Ripple of Oregon State University have authored a letter relaying the moral obligation of scientists to ‘warn humanity of any catastrophic threat’. The letter has been signed by 11,258 scientists from 153 countries. It declares ‘clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency’. The letter lays out the key factors contributing to the climate crisis and criticises global society’s failure to address them, calling for the replacement of fossil fuels, cutting pollutants, conservation measures to protect ecosystems, plant-based diets, and converting the economy to one that is carbon-free.

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ITALIAN SCHOOLS LEAD THE WAY WITH NEW CLIMATE CHANGE CURRICULUM

Children in Italian schools are set to take compulsory lessons on climate change. Education minister Lorenzo Fioramonti announced on 11 November that children at all state schools in Italy will take part in 33 hours of lessons dedicated to climate change-related issues, equating to almost one hour per week, from the start of the next academic year in September 2020. Other subjects such as geography, mathematics and physics will also be taught with a perspective of sustainable development. “The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,” Fioramonti told…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Dear Readers, Here at The Hourglass we are feeling reflective, as this will be the final issue of the newspaper for 2019. It’s been a spectacular year in many ways; although there has been a lot of bad news, there have also been real shifts of positive change. Environment has become a top issue for the British public, and climate change is finally being discussed widely. These shifts have occurred over the course of a year, which shows how quickly things can progress when we push for them to. 2019 had many losses, but also many victories. Still,…

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