Earth Day: Why It’s All Just More Fake News
Written by: Sophie Taylor
It is a bright cold day in April, and the clocks are striking thirteen. Someone on a flickering TV screen challenges Scott Pruitt, the new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about global warming. The interviewer is confident and pushy, as though he believes in climate change.
We all know the very concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
But no, apparently ‘carbon dioxide endangers public health by causing global warming’.
Tee hee. Silly researchers. Silly Environmental Protection Agency. Silly scientists. Even oil companies, with so much to lose from these false claims, are accepting this crazy fake news as ‘science’. Looks like you’ve got some more apologies to make, BP!
In 1970 some hippy came up with the idea of Earth Day – presumably involving kissing tree bark and shoving weeds down your underpants – which is, hilariously, still being encouraged and promoted to this day. It’s just another excuse for greetings card companies to make money if you ask me.
Yes, Earth Day exists: a day to ‘celebrate the planet and encourage people to think consciously about the environment’. Well that’s exactly what the Chinese would want you to think isn’t it. While my mind begins to ache from bearing two such opposing opinions at once, I scribble out a simple sum to clear my thoughts. 2 + 2 = 5 I write, repeating it, saying it aloud to calm myself. I FaceTime my older brother, he always helps me feel better, who draws on his victory e-Cig and tells me not to worry – he can see me, he can always see me. I pour myself a G n T and breathe.
But everywhere I look Earth Day shouts at me, from my screen, via hashtags, even megaphones. Stand up! Join up! Take action!
The annual event appears to have grown into a global movement, encouraging people to ‘save the Earth’ with fanciful notions like recycling and planting yet more trees. ‘Why not cycle into work to reduce your carbon emission?’ they say, ‘try picking up litter in your local park’ or, ‘use a Bag for Life when shopping!’ While avoiding paying plastic bag taxes like the rest of us? Sure…
Cutting down on meat consumption is one of the most hilarious suggestions, imagining us all becoming sickly skinny vegans and caring about lowly beasts created solely for our every need.
It’s laughable. For more amusement, visit earthday.org and troll their efforts on Twitter like the good great US President would.
Joginder's Supperclub is a North Indian Punjabi supper party founded in 2009 by mother and daughter team, Rani & Saira. Based in their home in Tufnell Park, North London, 12 guests enjoy a nine course punjabi feast around the big library table while Rani & Saira cook up each course in the kitchen. Joginder was Rani's mother to whom the supperclub is inspired by and memory of. They have held their supperclub once a month for the last 8 years with many returning guests over the years. Catering for both meat eaters and vegetarian the evening is meant to be enjoyed in the spirit of good hospitality, good food and enjoyable company.
Have we told you lately how much we love Helena the Allotment Florist? For the non affiliated, she is a multifaceted Wood Green based bespoke florist with an eye for detail and a passion for ethical practice. Having studied floristry at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Helena worked in various florists around London before deciding to venture out on her own. She saw a worrying amount of flower deliveries flown in from all over the world, coated in preservative chemicals complete with a healthy carbon footprint. The Allotment Florist is a fresh alternative to the unethical companies, with an organic approach to floristry, growing as many flowers as possible in her allotment. “I absolutely love growing flowers, arranging them and just being on my plot surrounded by them.”
It is a bright cold day in April, and the clocks are striking thirteen. Someone on a flickering TV screen challenges Scott Pruitt, the new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about climate change. The interviewer is confident, as thought he believes, when we all know now that the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
We spoke with Sarah and Charlie Almond, a design-geek power duo with two lively young children keeping them on their toes in the heart of buzzing Stroud Green. Their apartment on Cornwall Road, Finsbury Park is glistening with minimalist Scandi design and carefully curated Soho House Group style lighting. We chat design inspiration, lighting squabbles and where to get the best Eggs Benedict in the area.
We were lucky enough to sample the mighty food collaboration between Yard Sale and Rola Wala who one fine night joined heart and body to create a pulled lamb, vindaloo inspired double-fermented dough sensation: the Naga Warrior. Though once we cried from charred scorpion chilli, now must we weep in mourning of the beautiful pizza that has finished it’s mighty residency.
Next week the Unrestricted View Film Festival is back for it’s second year. Find the very best in indie cinema and filmmaking at The Hen and Chickens, Islington from the 24th - 30th April 2017. Unrestricted View became the resident theatre company at The Hen and Chickens back in 1999, dedicating themselves to giving up-and-coming theatre companies, writers, actors and comedians a platform to showcase their talents.
So (hopefully) you’ve found yourself with four days off work. Charlotte from accounts has been banging on about her shit plans all week and Pete's brutal description of his abhorrent weekend agenda has made you vom more times than you’d care to remember. If most of the usuals are off home for Easter, what are you going to do with yourself? Hide away in your man/she cave scrolling through pictures of the ex and accidentally liking a photo from 153 weeks ago? None of that. Here’s some last minute suggestions for the less organised and non trogladitey among us.
Picture this. It's Friday. It's the end of the month, you're skint and you've just battled the throngs of Facetiming sociopaths on the overground. You need a drink, but you live on Caledonian Road. Nearby you've got that e-sports bar where there's regular Xbox tournaments. You could buy a £6 bottle of Black Tower, but you remember drinking alone isn't socially acceptable (for now). Until you see it: 'Taproom open!' That fabled blackboard perched in a hidden alleyway by Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station. Situated sneakily off Offord Street between Japanese knotweed and an old paint centre - blink and you miss it. Still thirsty.
Sapphire, a 1959 British crime drama, was filmed on the streets of Tufnell Park. The BAFTA winning film highlights racism in London towards immigrants from the West Indies and although dated in style, was ahead of it's time in topic and deemed a progressive movie for 1959.
Dust off your knee socks and rubbery bats: it’s time for a ping pong resurgence. From 7 - 9pm this Friday 14th you are invited to Clissold Leisure Centre to the Table Tennis Club. Meeting every Friday, all players are welcome of varying abilities and depending on numbers, they play relaxed games of Round Robin, doubles, around the world and more.
Fancy a silver ring workshop? Because let’s face it, if no-one’s giving you one you need to make your own. Alternatively you could make it for someone special and take a step towards restoring your karmic balance. But remember to measure their fingers as subtly and awkwardly as possible (or borrow one of their rings for reference).
The National Youth Theatre are currently touring 50 plays in a day across the UK. to celebrate 50 years of the NYT commissioning new work for young people. The locations of all 50 plays have been kept top secret and only released this morning. One particular play will be performed at our very own MoseyHome on Stroud Green Road TONIGHT. We are giving away one guest list ticket via our Facebook and Twitter so get in touch and keep your eyes peeled for a shiny ticket confirmation. All shows will be streamed online live should you miss out
Hands up, who watched The Great Pottery Throwdown? Didn’t you love it when Ryan kept smashing his final show piece and barely even reacted? Did you also think it was mildly inappropriate when Sara Cox kept asking Richard if he wanted to touch the model’s bare torso? Also, also, how lovely was it when Keith the judge got teary about Richard’s lamp?
Hold the actual phone. Donald Trump’s planned state visit to the UK could be set to occur earlier this year, “as early as May”, London police chief Sir Brian Hogarth says. What joy… But that’s not all. Despite mass protest and UK wide opposition to this visit, the President’s potential visit to the UK, which will include an audience with the Queen, is still to go ahead. In Finsbury Park. Nearly two million people signed a petition calling on Theresa May to cancel the visit, but new information points to a North London based welcome as Trump has stated his fear of Central London based meetings and any travel near Westminster.
Vegans! Don’t go compromising. If you’re the kind of vegan that misses dairy and has daily meat cravings, Essential Vegan have your skinny back. Get stuck in to ‘cheese’ balls, ‘chicken’ strips and some brand new burger options at their current residency in Haunt, Stoke Newington. The Essential Jack burger is gluten free and made with pulled slow cooked jackfruit with their homemade red onion and gherkin mayo. Ingenious vegan cuisine awaits!
We want to know what the difference is between the online or offline approach when it comes to finding ‘a mate’. I am currently embarking on a series of test dates to compare digital vs real world dating approaches. Because it’s 2017, Spring has us all randy like March hares and we will never get enough of reading potential cringe material.