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Engineer, project manager & sustainability advocate. I blog about how individuals can live a more sustainable life.

A confession, an announcement and a promise

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I have a confession to make.

Over the last year, my sustainability journey stalled. Single-use plastic multiplied, food waste increased. I’ve taken more shortcuts. We’ve eaten more meat and less local produce.

The main reason is that my partner and I underwent IVF treatment. Plastic increased because, as we shielded…


A statement of intent for a publication about life in Devon

I want to explore what it means to be of Devon, whether that’s being born and raised here, moving here, or having family here.

Does being “of Devon” change your outlook, the way you do things? Is the experience much different to that of someone in Cornwall, Dorset or Somerset?


It’s not straightforward

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I took cultural intelligence training yesterday. One of the videos shared tackled an age-old question: “where are you from?” It got me thinking about my own answers to this question, but I’m not sure what it really means anymore¹.

As in the video, I’m a white guy in a country…


Exploring an expert mindset and what a lack of specialism means in my professional career

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During my leadership studies, I learned I have an “expert” mindset. I place a high value on my knowledge, taking pride in what I know and wanting to use it to help others. I value learning and the advancement of knowledge.

The expert mindset also has a negative side; I…


An important first

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“It’s my first day at school!” said the young boy proudly. “He’s very excited,” said his mother. The boy went on to list all of his recent activities, happily and without consideration that he talked to a stranger.

The exchange filled me with joy. Excitement that hadn’t been toned down…


Helping you to plan climate and sustainability action in September

Welcome to my monthly overview of the Sustainability Calendar. The full year-long calendar is here. Scroll down for the full list of events this month.

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Everything happening in September 2021

All month: Organic September in the UK

Wednesday, 1 September: Japan Dolphins Day, to raise awareness of and protest against the Taiji dolphin hunt

Saturday…


Helping you to plan climate and sustainability action in July

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Welcome to my monthly overview of the Sustainability Calendar. The full year-long calendar is here. Scroll down for the full list of events in June.

Summary

July is, of course, Plastic Free July, an international awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of single-use plastics and to help people find alternatives. I’ve…


Thoughts about a milestone unreached

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Yesterday would have been my mum’s 60th birthday. Lately, I visit the cemetery more often, and I’ve thought a lot about mum becoming a grandmother.

Sadly, she never met a grandchild, but I think it’s great that she enabled me to be here now, awaiting my first child.

I’ll admit…


And why is cycling important for sustainability?

Welcome to the Sustainability Calendar blog, aimed at introducing you to events on the calendar, explaining why they are important to sustainability, and giving you resources for further information and how to get involved. Today, Bike Week!

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Introduction

Bike Week highlights the many benefits of cycling, from the obvious health and…


Helping you to plan climate and sustainability action in June

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Welcome to my monthly overview of the Sustainability Calendar. The full year-long calendar is here. Scroll down for the full list of events in June.

Summary

June is the home of a couple of big events: World Environment Day on Saturday, 5th June, followed closely by World Ocean Day on Tuesday…

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