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Working the Planet to Death

Working the Planet to Death

I recently went to a discussion with an intriguing topic – the intersection between workers’ rights and climate change. On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection. But dig a little deeper and it starts to make sense. Climate change is happening because we’re consuming too many resources – … Read More

Why is Homelessness Still a Problem in the UK?

Why is Homelessness Still a Problem in the UK?

Growing up, I got used to being ushered past homeless people and Big Issue sellers. “Don’t make eye contact,” people would say. And so I didn’t. A few years back, not long after I met my boyfriend, we were walking down the street and there was a homeless man sitting in a doorway. I think … Read More

Why the Education System is Failing

Why the Education System is Failing

The success of an education system is generally measured by the grades pupils achieve. If the grades are good, its mission is seen to be accomplished. The important thing is that pupils get high enough grades to be accepted into good universities. But what if we were to measure things differently? What if we considered … Read More

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

I just finished reading “Affluenza” by Oliver James, a book which very much resonated with me. In it, James theorises that most people in developed countries are suffering from an infection called the “affluenza virus”. By this, he means that we’re all excessively preoccupied by money and the pursuit thereof. He places the blame on … Read More