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Been feeling the heat? Insulate!

It’s been an interesting summer, in more ways than one, seesawing between some of the hottest days on record and below average temperatures. MetOffice happened (or chose?) to issue its 2019 State of the Climate report on the hottest day of July. This confirmed the overall warming trend and the role of climate change in […]

Posted 27 August 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: climate, ecohome, Green Homes Grants, insulation, retrofitting

Can £5,000 get you a warmer, better home?

Only around 36% of York homes are classed as well-insulated, according to research by Friends of the Earth. This means that most of us in York (and across the UK) live in houses that are expensive to heat, generate unnecessary carbon emissions and are potentially bad for our health. The recent government’s recent announcement of […]

Posted 24 July 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: airtightness, comfort, draught-proofing, government grant, insulation, retrofitting, wellbeing, zero carbon

What is zero carbon?

I hate to admit that when I first heard the term, I was confused. Carbon is the main building block of life so how could you go to zero? However, I quickly learned that it’s a shorthand for net zero carbon emissions. That may sound straightforward enough but how do you get to zero when […]

Posted 23 July 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, One Planet Living | Tags: climate emergency, energy efficiency, one planet living, retrofitting, UN Paris Agreement, wellbeing, zero carbon, Zero Carbon Britain

Making space for nature

We had planned a Ta(l)king Action workshop on wildlife gardening for 21st March 2020 but, sadly, had to cancel it due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, here are some tips shared by several of the would-be participants. We hope you find them useful and look forward to hearing about your efforts to make […]

Posted 6 April 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, One Planet Living | Tags: climate, ecotherapy, growing, one planet living, pollinators, wildflowers, wildlife gardening

“Housewarming Party” time, or why and how to insulate your floor

Written by St Nicks Outreach Officer and founding member of York Community Energy Ivana Jakubkova who organised a DIY floor insulation workshop, aka a “Housewarming Party”, in April 2019. If you want to know more about the process or have technical queries contact Andy Walker from SURE Insulation who ran the workshop and who has edited this […]

Posted 20 January 2020 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: carbon footprint, DIY, draughts, floor insulation, heat loss, housewarming party, YCE, York Community Energy

Strange times, normal times: climate change at St Nicks

Written by Wildwatch volunteer Sean Garvey in the summer 2019, as an update to our page on climate change at St Nicks This heatwave seems as good a time as any to consider climate change. Extreme weather events of all kinds are set to become more frequent as global warming affects us all. Here in […]

Posted 27 August 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: ash, ash dieback, Bumblebees, butterflies, Chiffchaff, Cinnamon Bug, climate change, climate crisis, damselflies, global warming, green corridors, Grey Squirrel, hedgehog, magpie, mitigation, oak, phenology, Wildwatch, woodland, yew

Zero(ish) Waste Wedding

This blog was written by our Projects Assistant Esther Smith. The average UK wedding produces a third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s a whole extra UK resident’s average carbon footprint for a year and a half, in one day. Probably the most environmentally conscious way to […]

Posted 26 July 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Waste and recycling | Tags: carbon footprint, eco, one planet living, ring, upcycling, waste, wedding, York

Would you like fries with that planet?

This blog was originally written by our Outreach Officer Ivana Jakubkova for Your Local LinkYour Local Link The bad news is, a recent report by the Climate Coalition shows that chips were shorter last year as a result of climate change. This may not sound like a huge deal but it confirms that UK harvests are […]

Posted 22 March 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: #showthelove, carbon emissions, climate action, climate change, diet, food miles, harvest, one planet living, waste, Zero Carbon Britain

In pursuit of an eco home: keeping warm

This post was originally written by our Outreach Officer Ivana Jakubkova for Your Local Link magazine column. It may be getting harder to avoid news about climate change and global warming (should be “weirding” really) but it is easy to feel helpless and underestimate what we as individuals can achieve. What doesn’t get reported enough […]

Posted 19 December 2018 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: air pollution, climate change, energy audit, environmental footprint, EPC, insulation, PassivHaus, reduce bills

Food for thought for World Vegan Month

When looking at ways to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, I have often thought about reducing my drive to work by cycling part of the way. Achieving the same reduction in my carbon footprint through simply cutting animal products out of my diet, even if only a couple of days a week, seems like […]

Posted 10 November 2017 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: carbon footprint, climate change, CO2 emissions, conservation, diet, environmental impacts, food, food security, greenhouse gases, one planet living, plant based diet, vegan, vegetarian, water