How to Be Responsible in a World of Fast Fashion

One important question regarding sustainability and our consumption habits is the one regarding the clothes that we wear. In an area of fast fashion and ever changing trends, the circulation of clothes; especially in the western world and amongst young people, has reached an incredible speed. According to the Worlds Resource Institute we are currently purchasing 60% more clothes than 20 years ago and each garment is worn less before being disposed of. The textile industry produces 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 per year which is more than international flights. In response to the climate agenda, the British fashion council have launched ‘the fashion switch campaign’ which aims for all fashion ret

Observations and reflections of the role of R2P at the UN

I am fortunate enough to be an intern at the United Nations HQ in New York for 5 weeks with The Temple of Understanding: an interfaith NGO which specialises in interfaith education, which acts as a platform for other issues such as human rights, ecological justice and food sovereignty to be discussed and tackled. On a daily basis most of my time is spent observing UN meetings on a range of topics and issues. A General Assembly discussion which has resonated particularly strongly with me, not least because it’s a topic that’s been discussed in my lectures and tutorials at The University of St Andrews, was the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (or R2P), and its importance in giving the UN

Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East: the Creation of a WMDFZ

Former UNHS intern Samantha Ku presents on the state of WMDFZ. The attempt to create, and subsequently enforce, a WMDFZ (Weapons of Mass Destruction free-zone) in the Middle-East, perhaps the geopolitical region of the world with the largest exponential increase in WMD production and utilisation in recent decades, has become one of the foremost objectives of the United Nations in terms of its strategy regarding the future peace, stability and security of the region. On 9 July, UN House Scotland’s recent Resident Intern Samantha Ku, who has gained a lot of expertise on the topic, shared her thoughts on a WMDFZ in the Middle East at a seminar. Here is a summary of what she addressed. Current c

How is the UK Measuring Up to the SDGs?

UKSSD (UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development) has released their latest report, "Measuring up How the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals." The report highlights areas in which the UK is meeting goals and creating policy to work towards achieving new indicators, and also highlights where the UK needs to focus its programmes. Notably, SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 13: Climate Action, are currently some of the areas with the least government action. Download the report above to read more. #sustainabledevelopment #sdgs #ukdfid

Choosing Between Local and Organic

In reducing our own climatic impact, what food we choose to purchase plays a huge role. Ideally, everyone would purchase organic food at their local farmers market and thus promoting sustainable agriculture while simultaneously supporting a thriving local economy. However, often access to farmers markets are limited and the choice between local and organic has to be made at the shops. The challenge is to make the best choice; which can be very tricky to get your head around. What is more sustainable? Organic food that promotes a thriving biodiversity but potentially has more food miles on its account? Or local, non-organic produce which has significantly less food miles, but where organic g

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