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Carbon Chronicles

My mission: reduce my carbon impact by 50%.


There isn’t much good news about the climate, but this is still the perfect time to be an optimist because optimism is a way of thinking about life. Optimists believe that things will turn out ok, that there’s always a way to get the job done and that we can improve our lot through effort.

Five reasons to be an optimist

  • Three quarters of adults in Great Britain worry about climate change. Gloomy yes, but people worried about climate change are more likely to make lifestyle changes to improve the long term.  History is full of examples of how we’ve changed our habits against insurmountable odds, and quickly.  Who would have routinely worn a face mask two years ago? 

  • The solutions are here. The ‘technical barriers have been crossed’ and we are beginning to see carbon saving as ‘gain not pain’ – lovely phrase from the Carbon Tracker Initiative (  Renewable energy has the potential to keep the lights on; battery storage works; we can capture carbon through better soil management and agriculture. Now it’s time for us optimists to get on with it and put the effort in. 

  • It’s easier to do the right thing.  Organisations are responding to buying signals. They are producing longer lasting and more efficient machines. Sustainable design is beautiful rather than a compromise. We’re riding a wave of innovation and it keeps getting better and better.

  • Research says that humans prefer simplicity: we naturally prefer no hassle to hassle.  Doing less and keeping it simple simply makes us happier, healthier and wealthier.

Five good reasons to be an optimist in 2022. Happy New Year!


Tue 1 Mar 2022

You Will See The Doctor Now

Star of Social and Mainstream Media, Dr Nighat Arif

When we were brainstorming ground-breaking women to interview for this issue, I knew who was first on my list to approach. Meeting again over Zoom, I start by apologising for the fact that, when we met, I had no idea ‘who she was’ and thankfully, she laughed…  

Mon 2 May 2022

From Seeds to Squirrels

Richard Dawkins’ Flights of Fancy

This year’s instalment of KITE, the Oxford-based festival of music and ideas, will see British evolutionary biologist and prolific author Richard Dawkins take the stage. He will be discussing his latest book, Flights of Fancy, which explores all aspects of flight – human and animal.

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Mon 2 May 2022

Gen Z Frenzy

It’s Not Talking if You’re Laughing

I recently tweeted that I’ve had the kind of year where if you read it in a book, you’d be like ‘Okay, that’s a bit far-fetched.’ and when it got to the stage where my sister’s therapist asked if I was okay, it felt like it might be time to do something about it.  

IMAGE Lean back to float Water Safety
Mon 25 Apr 2022

Water safety advice is being issued by Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service over concerns about the number of people getting into difficulty in the county’s waterways and lakes.