This is a guest post by environmental campaigner Alex Randall. What responsibility should rich countries take for their historical carbon emissions? Should consumption by the wealthy have to be curbed to accommodate the growing consumption of the world”s poorest billion people? These are questions that are not quite answered by the Royal Society”s recent People and the PlanetRead more
Working with leading animator Leo Murray and acclaimed journalist George Monbiot, PIRC is putting together a short, snappy animation to explain the scandal of the UK”s outsourced emissions. The animation forms part of an ongoing project by PIRC to ensure the UK’s outsourced emissions are properly tackled by the Government. Leo Murray is a leading BritishRead more
THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED As part of Bristol Big Green Week, PIRC are co-organising a workshop on The Ethics of Advertising. Date & time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm, 13th June 2012 Venue: Arnolfini, Light Studio – Bristol Advertising is everywhere, yet few questions are asked about its effects on our consumption, our freedom of choice,Read more
Defra’s website shows that UK emissions have gone up over the past twenty years. DECC’s website shows that UK emissions have gone down over the past twenty years. Hmm.
The report of the Energy & Climate Change select committee – whose findings we’ve summarised here – has been receiving some good media coverage: MPs warn UK pollution outsourcing – BBC news UK pollution ‘outsourced overseas’ – Independent Britain merely ‘outsourcing’ carbon emissions to China, say MPs – Guardian Climate change targets should include emissionsRead more
Insomniac followers of PIRC may have already caught this, but at around 3am last night Radio 5 live’s programme ‘Up All Night’ featured a slot on the topic of outsourced carbon emissions by Julian O’Hallaran – including some (fortunately pre-recorded) comments by PIRC’s Guy Shrubsole. You can listen again here (relevant programme is 2 hrs 5Read more
This piece originally appeared on Left Foot Forward. The influential Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Parliamentary select committee have today demanded the government take responsibility for the UK’s still-rising emissions, stating Britain “has to address its consumption if it is to make an effective contribution to a global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions”. Whilst on paper, Britain’sRead more
Our friends over at WasteWatch have produced a new report examining the impacts of advertising and marketing on children – from dietary effects to implications for children’s values.
This piece by Guy Shrubsole originally appeared on the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Blog. “Every day… some businesses are dumping a waste that is toxic on our children. Products and marketing that can warp their minds and their bodies and harm their future.” Not the words of some zealous activist, but those of David Cameron, justRead more
A good piece today by Ros Donald over at Carbon Brief examines the Government’s latest emissions figures. PIRC spoke to Carbon Brief, commenting on the new figures: “It seems like a cop-out on the part of the government given that this research is being done but not publicised or used to drive policy.”
The IPA’s 44 Club are hosting a debate tonight entitled ‘Is advertising out of control?’, sparked by the questions raised in our report Think Of Me As Evil?. Does advertising fuel consumerism or is consumerism just evolution? Join us on 20th February for a lively debate surrounding the social and cultural impacts of advertising onRead more
PIRC’s Co-Director Guy Shrubsole has given evidence before a Parliamentary Select Committee on the subject of outsourced emissions. A video of the session held by the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Committee can be viewed here. A transcript of the session can be read here.
This piece by Guy Shrubsole was originally published on Green Alliance’s Greener Living Blog. What did you watch over Christmas? Sky’s new production of Treasure Island? A catch-up of season two of The Killing? Or… lots of adverts? Whatever you watched, it’s very likely that you got treated to a high volume of advertisements. TheRead more
PIRC attended a workshop on the Future of Advertising on 12th January 2012 organised by industry-funded think tank Credos and the Futures Company. We look forward to seeing the finished report in March this year.
A round-up of various responses to our report from advertisers and activists – some enthusiastic endorsements, some, er, less so… ‘Advertising: getting past good and evil’ by Jon Miller, formerly of Ogilvy and Mother, 30th October 2011 ENDS Report coverage of the report, 1st November 2011 ‘How the Guardian helped make Tim Lefroy’s case forRead more