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Royal Society’s report asks right questions about consumption

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

PIRC working on animation about our carbon omissions

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

Bristol workshop on the ethics of advertising

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

Spot the difference

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.

Media round-up: ECC demand coalition tackle outsourced emissions

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

PIRC Radio 5 Live interview

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

Select committee calls on coalition to tackle Britain’s outsourced emissions

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

Marketing and advertising that respects children’s rights

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

IPA host debate on ethics of advertising

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

Advertising is everywhere – and greens need to take it seriously

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

Advertisers and activists respond to Think Of Me As Evil?

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