Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

Climate Change – UN Sustainability Goal 13

UN Sustainability Goal 13 - Climate Action

“[The unchecked burning of fossil fuels] would have a sort of greenhouse effect”, and “The net result is the greenhouse becomes a sort of hot-house.” Alexander Graham Bell, 1917 Bell went on to also advocate the use of alternate energy sources, such as solar energy. Climate change is really the trigger that got me personally […]

UN Sustainability Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption – Water

Un Sustainability Goal 12

I have to admit it’s not often that i’m pleased when the water bill drops through the door. However today was an exception, for with a few not overly complicated changes to our workplace we managed to reduce our water consumption to just 37% compared with the same period a year ago (despite slightly increased […]

Impact Founders – Fast Forward 2030 – University College London

Impact Founders Fast Forward 2030 University College London

Earlier this we were invited to join the Impact Founders group, a network of small organisations working towards a big change through the United Nations 2030 Sustainability goals. Fast Forward 2030 (1) was launched in 2015 by Professor Dame Henrietta Moore, Director of University College London’s Institute for Global Prosperity, and Arthur Kay, Chief Executive […]

Should we put a price on ecosystems? – The REDD+ project Madagasacar

UN REDD+ Program Madagascar

Over the last two weeks i’ve been studying the concept of valuing ecosystems with the University of Exeter (1). It may seem something of a strange concept that we should try and assign a monetary value to an ecosystem, yet we spend money on flood defences, water filtration, preserving biodiversity in national parks, and even […]

Life Below Water Part 2 – Ocean Acidification and Warming

Ocean acidification is often referred to as the evil twin of Climate change. But what is it, why should we worry, and what can we do about it? Nature has a natural buffer for the excess hydrogen ions in terms of Carbonate buffering. Carbonate ions enter sea water through the natural weathering of rocks such […]

Life Below Water Part 1 – Plastic Pollution

Sustainable Development GoalsCover

United Nations Sustainability goal 14 looks at life below the water (1). The UN goals says… As much as 8 million tonnes of plastic is entering the oceans every year. That’s a rubbish truck a minute dumped into the ocean somewhere in the world. The micro-plastics overlap with the food prey of many marine animals, […]

What is Sustainability?

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. – Naturalist Sir David Attenborough speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored […]

Future Climate Change in Madagascar – how gender equality can help

Akany Avoko Faravohitra

Chocolat Madagascar is one of our key suppliers of chocolate. Grown in the North-West of the island in the Sambirano valley region Madagascan Cacao is renowned for its fine fruity flavour notes and has won many International awards. Whilst many small artisans source beans direct from farmers in this region, we prefer the Raisetrade (1) […]

Sustainable Colombian Chocolate

Sustainable Colombian Chocolate

I was delighted to meet Sergio Restrepo of Casa Luker chocolate at the London Chocolate Forum last week. Casa Luker supply us with their wonderful dark chocolate, which together with Chocolat Madagscar forms the cornerstone upon which our dark chocolates are made. Like Chocolat Madagscar Casa Luker make all of their chocolate in Colombia keeping […]