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Category: Inspiration

Mental Health Awareness Week – Connecting to Nature through Writing

This blog has been written by the leader of our Creative Writing course, Emma Mckenzie. The creative writing course is one of the ways our Ecotherapy project may help those suffering from mental ill health. Ecotherapy recognises that being in green spaces and connecting to nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing. […]

Posted 11 May 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Uncategorized

Zero Plastic Fantastic – An update

Here Sam Taylor, our Recycling Coordinator (and driving force behind the challenge), discusses the highs and lows of the first month of Zero Plastic Fantastic with the team. Living plastic free, even if the only plastics you are realistically cutting out are “single use”, is hard. I don’t think any of us had expected or […]

Posted 28 April 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece, Recycling | Tags: challenge, PALL, plastic, plastic free, recycle, Reduce, reuse, zero plastic fantastic

Depression: let’s talk

In honour of today’s World Health Day on the theme of Depression, our Volunteer Co-ordinator Maria Gill has put together this blog. Maria works closely with our Ecotherapy project manager Kathy. We hope you find the information useful. What is depression? Depression can feel differently depending on who is experiencing it; generally it is thought of […]

Posted 7 April 2017 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: depression, ecotherapy, mental health, wellbeing, world mental health day

Food: 600,000+ choices that make a difference every day

A report on 8th March 2017 One Planet York Mingle, by Ivana Jakubkova (St Nicks Events Officer who co-organised the event.) Food is something that we all need and it has big impacts far beyond our plates. With around 200,000 residents in York, we are talking at least 600,000+ food choices every day. These choices […]

Posted 21 March 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: apples for eggs, big lunch, edible york, food, food assembly, food miles, food not bombs, one planet living, sustainable food city, wwoof, york bike belles, yourcafe, Zero Carbon Britain

Making Waves: an introduction to renewable energy

This week our Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor has swapped one resource for another in order to give us a quick and simple explanation of energy sources and renewables for British Science Week. If you are interested in physics (or even if you’re not), you may know that energy cannot be made or destroyed but is […]

Posted 15 March 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: anaerobic digestion, biomass, energy, renewable energy, solar, tidal, turbine, waves, wind

Recycling – Our most frequently asked questions

St Nicks Recycling Coordinator Sam Taylor held a Recycling Q&A session and this is what happened. Join us for our next Q&A on the 19th October 2016 on Twitter and Facebook. On 21st September we held our first ever Twitter Question and Answer session on my favourite topic… Recycling! I thought I’d share the most […]

Posted 10 October 2016 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece, Recycling | Tags: Christmas, City of York Council, Craft and Jumble, honesty, Information, Q&A, Questions, recycling, Research, reuse, terracycle, Twitter

NO dig for victory!

Ivana Jakubkova, Events Officer at St Nicks, has a go at the ‘No Dig’ gardening method and explores its many benefits. Thanks to Audrey Miller for demonstrating her skills and Greenfields School & Community Garden for hosting the course. If you’d love to grow your own organic fruit and veg but digging really isn’t your […]

Posted 30 September 2016 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: food, gardening, one planet living

Could hipsters be good for the environment?

After the success of our Gillian Clifton Guest Blogs (catch up here if you missed it!) the team here at St Nicks have decided to feature regular “opinion pieces” from staff and volunteers. They are intended to be a bit lighthearted and raise issues and conversations you might not have thought about before. We hope […]

Posted 27 July 2016 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: chocolate, circular economy, custard, fun, hipsters, opinion, recycle, reuse, sink, sustainability, upcycle

What’s the link between Paris and York? People & climate

This post was written by Ivana Jakubkova and expresses her personal opinions. You can find more pictures from Paris on Ivana’s Flickr. I was amongst a group of people from York who went to Paris last December to attend the People’s Climate Summit and other events running alongside the global Conference Of the Parties (COP21) […]

Posted 22 January 2016 | Categories: Inspiration

Urgent call to support renewables

As early adopters of renewable energy we are alarmed by the recent government proposals to cut subsidies to the sector by drastically reducing Feed in Tariffs and through other counterproductive measures. It was recently revealed just how much we all effectively subsidise fossil fuels, which have harmful effects on both human health and climate, through […]

Posted 25 September 2015 | Categories: Inspiration