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The irony of being “environmentally friendly”

The irony of being “environmentally friendly”

Environment, Investigations, Specials
Plastic straws are so last year. As more and more companies input a ban on plastic straws in their businesses to reduce plastic waste and “help save the planet”, climate change seems to remain unaffected. Since 2002, carbon dioxide levels have increased more than 50 parts per million (ppm) according to NASA, and 17 of the 18 recorded warmest years have occurred since 2001, the warmest on record being just two years ago. The population seems to be jumping on trends here and there to ban this and that, yet it’s not helping global warming, not even in the slightest. Look at the ongoing California fires that began on November 8. The cause, although unknown and still a very long way away from reaching a conclusion, is suspected to be because of the changing climate in Camp Fire’s stor
Faces of discrimination: “They assume because I’m black, I can’t be in a senior role”

Faces of discrimination: “They assume because I’m black, I can’t be in a senior role”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials
A melting pot of cultures with more than 300 languages spoken and 200 different countries represented, a population of nearly nine million inhabitants, London is a city of everyone, for everyone. Or so we'd like to think.  A recent report conducted by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) looked at the state of equality and human rights in Britain analysing multiple areas such as education, work, health and living standards. Voice of London made a summary below with the key findings: There are constant efforts of bringing racial inequality to the lowest stage possible, however, at the moment, data show a disappointing reality that Black, Asian and minority ethnic citizens across the UK have to face every day. This is the reason why we came up with the idea of creating
“Rebellion Day”: climate change activists take over five London bridges

“Rebellion Day”: climate change activists take over five London bridges

Activism, Environment, Featured, Investigations, Specials
Thousands of protesters blocked several bridges in London and more than 80 were arrested in a "day of rebellion" for climate change.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP3gzjTIYqM Demonstrations started at 10am on Saturday and followed a series of non-violent direct actions by the Extinction Rebellion campaign that began on 31 October. The campaign calls for the UK Government to take greater action against the “Ecological crisis caused by climate change, pollution and habitat destruction”. More than 6,000 people blocked Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars and Southwark bridges this morning and then moved on to gather altogether in Parliament Square, where the original demonstration was planned to take place. They had a 'Citizens Assembly' and a closing ceremony where they pl
My Blackness is not for sale: ‘Blackfishing’ another form of cultural appropriation

My Blackness is not for sale: ‘Blackfishing’ another form of cultural appropriation

Beauty, culture, Investigations, Specials
The social media phenomenon of white people posing as black, shows how the culture and look of people of colour are seen as a commodity. It has some people on Twitter in an uproar - some calling it “blackfishing”. A Twitter thread was created calling out Instagram influencers who are allegedly blackfishing. https://twitter.com/WannasWorld/status/1059989829486690304 https://twitter.com/WannasWorld/status/1060189184202235905 The tweets highlight the frustration people have with these influencers - they are capitalising on black features when in fact, they are white. But it’s disheartening for Black women, such as model and blogger Lauren Campbell who competes with white counterparts. “As someone who’s in the industry, it’s frustrating because those girls tend to have thous
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