Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Before travelling down to the amazing Kendal Mountain Festival last weekend, Alex and Roddy (aka Mr FINDRA) headed to Glasgow for the VIBES Awards ceremony. Our marin was nominated for the Product Scotland Award which recognises a product which brings both environmental and business benefits. So how did it go?
VIBES Awards Win
The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are held each year to recognise and showcase the businesses in Scotland that are taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.
So last Friday, Alex and Roddy made their way to Glasgow for the VIBES lunch and awards ceremony. While we didn’t win the Product Scotland Award, all small businesses of under 50 employees were considered for the Small Business Scotland category and we won! Read more about the day over on our dedicated blog!
This win is testament to the small steps you can take as an individual to make a difference in this world. Every single one of us can do something to make a positive impact on this beautiful planet we live on. If you’re feeling inspired, but not sure where to start, then have a think about these 6 things you can do to help the environment today:
1/. Pick public transport or your bike to get around, or offer friends a car share
2/. Take a reusable bottle with you everywhere. There are plenty of places to get water straight from the tap, and coffee shops often give you a wee discount if you bring your own bottle.
3/. Reduce your food waste. It’s estimated that a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Do your bit by eating up leftovers and use any ingredients you have spare to make interesting meals, or donate to food banks.
4/. Plant a tree. on 30 November, The Woodland Trust will begin its mass tree planting effort to fight back against climate change. They’ve requested people to pledge to plant one tree, and by 2025 they aim to have planted a tree for every single person in the UK. Head over to the Woodland Trust website to find out more.
5/. Find your local community garden and get involved! There are community gardens all over the UK where everyone works together to cultivate fresh produce and keep the neighbourhood green. Visit this website to start your journey.
6/. Stop buying fast fashion. 10,000 items of clothing are sent to landfill every five minutes due to the fast fashion trend. Look for sustainable companies using natural fibres for a longer lasting, less wasteful wardrobe.
If all of us change 6 things we do, then it will all add up to make bigger changes. Let us know if you’ve made any conscious life changes, we’d love to hear!
Book of the Week
This book by George Marshall isn’t new – it’s already 5 years old. Before its launch in 2014, he wrote a piece in the Guardian discussing the cognitive dissonance which happens around the discussion of climate change, especially in politics.
“I can safely predict that the leaders gathering in New York [for the UN Climate Change Summit] will stress the urgent need to control greenhouse gases but remain mute about the $1tn a year spent bringing yet more fossil fuel reserves into production.”
Most of us recognise that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake.
This book is as important now as it was five years ago, perhaps even more so. We can all individually make a difference to the world, we just have to understand that it’s down to us, not everyone else.
Quote of the Week
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
Joni Mitchell wrote this classic hit when she travelled to Hawaii and was devastated at how much of the island had been cemented over. “when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise”. Such a great song with a really important message!
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x