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We take a look at what impact Stag and Hen Dos have on the planet while learning more about what's going on at big banks like JP Morgan.

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Climate Change

The STAGgering truth about Stag and Hen Dos

by Fran Haddock

What's Going On Here?
New research has found that stag and hen dos account for a huge proportion of flights for young people in the UK!

What Does This Mean?
Research carried out by the environmental charity Hubbub that surveyed of 2,000 people found that half of all flights taken by men aged 20-45 were for stag-dos, and a third for women of the same age were for hen-dos. 

Hubbub partnered with Carbon Credit Capital to help quantify these emissions and relate them to everyday life. They found that if a group of 10 people chose Brighton over Barcelona they would reduce their carbon emissions by 98%, equivalent to one person in the group stopping driving for 1.4 years or going vegan for 2.2 years!

Why Should We Care?

We’ve already written about  how getting on a plane is one of the most carbon intensive things you can do and Brits are known to fly more than any other nation, and the aviation industry is set to be the UK’s biggest emitter by 2050. Does this really align with the urgency to meet net zero? With stag and hen events accounting for such a large proportion of flights for people in this age group it is clearly an important area to address. 

We get it. You will (hopefully) only have one stag/hen do in your lifetime and you want it to be special, so this isn’t meant to be a guilt trip (excuse the pun). But there are great options that don’t mean getting on a plane; most people surveyed agreed that there were good destinations in the UK, and all that really mattered was spending time with friends and trying something new. Research also found that stag-dos were on average £160 more expensive when travelling abroad, and 60% of people would prefer a UK based stag/hen-do due to cost and ease of location. So maybe there are additional benefits to staying on the ground!

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Climate Change

Fuelling the climate crisis

by Tom Brook

What's Going On Here?

Sometimes good news comes from the most unexpected of places. So it was this week with a report leaked from JP Morgan that acknowledged, in no uncertain terms, the threat posed by climate change: "we cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened” JPM’s economists warned their shareholders.

What Does This Mean?

Feel like you’ve heard it all before? Like us, you’re probably a quivering, petrified mess from a seemingly endless stream of such headlines backed up by not-very-much-actual-action. It can feel like watching a disaster movie - one in which you’re waiting for the turning point, except the protagonist is locked in a store cupboard and the disaster goes on unabated. We feel ya. 

But is this news different? Dare I say it, more hopeful?

This isn’t from Greta Thunberg or ‘alarmist, communist, crusty-hippie, conspiracist’ Extinction Rebellion; it’s from economists at the heart of the planet’s biggest fossil fuel funder. The bank that wrecked the planet is saying: ‘OK, someone wrecked the planet’. Thanks?

But what's more, the bank that stands to gain - and lose, to be fair - the most from its fossil fuel investments is screaming out a warning, in secret, to its shareholders. No bluff, no greenwashing, no ‘net-zero’ bluster. You could even say it’s telling the truth.

Why Should We Care?

However vague and distant this kind of news sounds (‘distant corporation sends warning of climate change, something might happen’ ) this will have real-life repercussions. What will they be? We’d be lying if we said we knew. But change - in the context of global financial behemoths at least - starts with the sort of shareholder anxiety that forced BP to announce its intention to go net-zero by 2050. The sort of commentary that leads analysts like Jim Cramer to assert that “fossil fuel stocks are like tobacco stocks, and we don’t want to own them”. And the sort of reports that are distributed on the hush to people with billions of pounds invested in increasingly vulnerable stocks.

And what is clear is, as the report states, “the earth is on an unsustainable trajectory. Something will have to change at some point if the human race is going to survive”. That ‘something’ actually being everything, starting with the way the world’s biggest banks fund the world’s biggest polluters.

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Other news we found curious...

Jokes are a surprisingly effective way to talk about climate change - Changing America 
Coronavirus cuts China’s greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter - The Independent 
Environmental Terrorism - Business Matters
Mental health study reveals the unexpected importance of sustainable habits - Inverse 
Want to save the world? Start with your own neighbourhood - Treehugger
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