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Where does the 1.5 °C come from?: A summary of the IPCC special report (SR-1.5)

If some of these terms are new to you, open this article up side by side – we’ve tried to explain some climate jargon! *** The publishing of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR-1.5) on the 8th of October 2018 stands out as a notable watershed moment for climate action: geopolitically and on the grassroots level. It brought the realities of the Climate and Ecological Emergency into clear focus, laying out the consequences of limiting global heating to 1.5°C as opposed to 2.0°C, and prescribed the scale of action necessary to limit […]

Climate jargon: (in progress)

Here’s a list of technical terms related to the climate crisis! They might be of use when referring to Scott’s article on the IPCC report! Let us know if there are other terms you’d like to be defined! Overton window –Here’s a quick video explaining the idea! First developed in the mid-1990s, the Overton Window is a model for understanding how social norms change throughout time and affect politics and can be defined as “the range of ideas the public is willing to consider and accept”. [1] The concept is rooted in the idea that politicians are likely to only […]

What’s the point of protesting? (Part 1 of 2)

For these 2 EXCHANGE articles, we reached out to people to ask what they thought about protesting – did they think there was a point? Do they think it achieves anything? Is it right? We reached out to Ewan after an interesting conversation a few weeks back on the HS2 protests that were taking place, and whether protestors are right to protest, considering decisions are made by a council that has been voted in and represent a majority view. *** People protest against newly elected Conservative governments, arms deals, trees getting cut down, wars, meat consumption (the list goes on […]

How this started: A Conversation with my Right-wing flatmate

This site is the result of a lot I’ve learnt over the past 2 years but started with a 5am conversation with my flatmate in the first year of university. On paper, we were completely different: he is a white, straight, cis male who identified as Right wing at the time, and I am the complete opposite. I’d never really left my bubble before, of people who thought similarly to me. Most people I knew had had similar experiences and saw the world in a similar way. I thought I knew how to interact with the world and had created […]