Royal Holloway on Ecosia: Campaign Success!

Back at the end of 2019 we highlighted a new campaign at Royal Holloway, University of London. Royal Holloway on Ecosia aimed to make the carbon-friendly search engine, Ecosia, the default search engine on all university computers. We’re thrilled that after a year of campaigning by Rhiannon and the Royal Holloway on Ecosia team, Royal…

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Dreaming as a Toolkit

This post originally appeared on Medium, and is by Josi Karle-Bhat and Elise Dally of Planetary Health Berlin. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. John Lennon We — Elise, with a background in Religious Studies and Anthropology, and Josi, an Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect…

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Single-use plastics in the age of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has been a blow to efforts in reducing the consumption of single-use plastics. The lockdown saw consumers, warned they may need to self-isolate for 14 days if symptoms developed, stocking up on long-life foods packaged in plastic. Many companies banned reusable products from their stores, forcing people to revert to single-use plastic…

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Is COVID-19 a call for humanity to evolve?

This is the second article from PlaHNet YP on humanity’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the first, Reducing the Mental Health Burden of COVID-19, here. This piece was authored by Pearl Anne Ante-Testard, Kurt M. Mamisao, and Janice N. Averilla. Charles Darwin was the first to postulate the theory of evolution persuasively.…

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Reducing the mental health burden of COVID-19: Is it possible?

This is a guest post from the Planetary Health Network of Young Professionals, written by Katharine Palmer, MPH. KP has studied Psychology and Public Health, and is currently working as a Research Assistant. The article has been edited by Janice N. Averilla. For more posts on managing your mental health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, see…

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Monitor coral reef health from home

The world’s coral reefs are dying. Increasing ocean temperatures and rising pollution levels are causing mass bleaching events, where stressed corals eject the symbiotic algae that keeps them alive. Scientists have been monitoring coral reef health for years, and the prognosis is not looking good. In order to solve a problem, we need to understand…

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Survey: Health and Wellbeing Under Lockdown

The after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to be felt for years to come. Some of these may be positive – for example global lockdowns have helped to (temporarily) improve air quality in cities. But what impact has restricting people’s movements had on individuals and their health and mental wellbeing? And how much are…

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COVID-19: Risk Communication is Key

Umar Ibrahim, PhD, is the Chairman/Director of Health for Abubuwa Societal Development Initiative, Nigeria. In this post he discusses the importance of accurate and tailored risk communication in the context of COVID-19 management and control in Nigeria. The outbreak of COVID-19 affects the global population in an unprecedented way. It affects both wealthy and poor…

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Emotional Wellbeing: 9 Ways to Get Your Happiness Locked Down on Lockdown

With the UK Prime Minister announcing a nation-wide lockdown earlier this week after several days of social distancing, it’s safe to say that the Covid-19 outbreak is having a major impact on everyone’s lives. It’s easy to get overwhelmed – especially as the virus is the only topic on the news right now. We’re all…

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Pandemic COVID-19: What do we have to fear?

This post is by Jennifer Cole PhD, a full-time Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Institute for Defence and Security Studies, a UK-based policy think tank, where she ran the Resilience and Emergency Planning programme until 2018. She has also worked with UK and…

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Make 2020 Your Year for Low-Impact Living

We’re in a climate emergency. The Earth is dangerously close to its tipping point in terms of being able to come back from the damage humans are causing to our ecosystems. The devastating bushfires in Australia are merely a taste of what countries may face in the coming decades if we don’t take steps to…

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Event: Taking Action

When: 7-8.30pm, Wednesday 12 February 2020 Where: Boilerhouse Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London The second of RHUL Climate Action’s seminars on the climate emergency, this one focuses on the practicalities of tackling climate change. From grassroots direct action to academic and institutional transformation – what is required to transition to a sustainable world? With…

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Event: Climate Crisis 101

When: 7-8.30pm, Wednesday 5 February 2020 Where: Boilerhouse Auditorium, Royal Holloway University of London RHUL Climate Action are holding the first of their seminar sessions on the climate emergency. An introduction to the issue, it’s everything you need to know about the biggest threat of the 21st Century. Reserve your seat here – tickets are…

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Searching on Ecosia Today Will Plant Trees in Australia

The world has been devastated by the news of the recent Australian wildfires. The fires this year are much, much worse than in previous years and this is due to human-induced climate change. Ecosia are using revenue from 100% of searches made on their engine today to go towards reforestation of an area in New…

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InVIVO Planetary Health Meeting 2020

How does a low-carbon trip to Amsterdam to get involved with all things Planetary Health sound? The 9th annual InVIVO Planetary Health Meeting will take place in Amsterdam from 18-20 June 2020. Pre-conference workshops will run from the 17th, and the Meeting is followed by a Public Planetary Health Festival from 19-21 June. As the…

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Announcing the Launch of the Planetary Health Alliance Regional Hubs: Northern Europe

This week at Royal Holloway is packed with activities and talks focused around sustainability (you can find them on our Events page). As part of the College’s commitment to improving sustainability and reducing its impact on the environment, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Planetary Health Alliance North European Hub. The hub is…

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Event: Bringing Ecosia to Royal Holloway

When: 6 – 7pm, Friday 24 January 2020 Where: Founders Lecture Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London Fred Henderson, Ecosia employee and co-founder of Ecosia on Campus is coming to Royal Holloway! He’ll be providing an overview of the company’s purpose-driven business model and case studies from Ecosia’s tree-planting projects.

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Event: Social Science for Planetary Health

Interested in this event but can’t attend in person? Watch the livestream here. The session will begin at 14.00 GMT, Wednesday 29 January 2020. The second in our series of panel discussions to launch the Planetary Health Alliance’s new Regional Hubs is taking place on Wednesday 29th January 2020, hosted by Royal Holloway. The theme is Social…

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Event: Thinking Bigly

Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 Time: 2pm – 3.30pm Thinking Bigly: A Guide to Saving the World is a theatre performance-talk about sustainability. This event is part of the Framing the Future series, involving external speakers who bring a range of perspectives to encourage us all to think about, in the context of the creation…

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Ecosia: Save the Planet While You Search

This article is a guest post written by Rhiannon Morey, founder of Royal Holloway on Ecosia. Download Ecosia using this link to support the Royal Holloway on Ecosia campaign. In case you haven’t heard of Royal Holloway on Ecosia… We are a group of five first year students aiming to promote Ecosia – a search…

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Event: Social Science for Planetary Health

Interested in this event but can’t attend in person? Watch the livestream here. The session will begin at 15.00 GMT, Friday 24 January 2020. To launch the Planetary Health Alliance’s new Regional Hubs there will be a panel discussion on Friday 24th January 2020, hosted by Royal Holloway. The theme is Social Action for Planetary…

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