Ethical consumerism

Being an ethical consumer means buying products which were ethically produced and/or which are not harmful to the environment and society. This can be as simple as buying free-range eggs or as complex as boycotting goods produced by child labour…

…Being an ethical consumer can also involve watching your food miles: how much energy was used getting the product to you. For this reason, ethical consumers are encouraged to buy products which were produced locally. Find out if there is a farmers’ market, or an allotment society near you where you can purchase products.

Ethical consumption can be a powerful tool for change, with the recent success of the anti-GM lobby being a case in point. However, there is still a long way to go. A recent report from the Co-operative Bank showed a third of UK consumers claiming to be concerned about ethical consumption, while only 3% of the UK market is devoted to the production of ethical goods.

Further information can be obtained from organisations such Get Ethical and Ethical Junction.  from #theguardian

a long read about the English language

Within the anglophone world, that English should be the key to all the world’s knowledge and all the world’s places is rarely questioned. The hegemony of English is so natural as to be invisible. Protesting it feels like yelling at the moon. Outside the anglophone world, living with English is like drifting into the proximity of a supermassive black hole, whose gravity warps everything in its reach. Every day English spreads, the world becomes a little more homogenous and a little more bland. #theguardian