WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 5th JUNE, 2021…

World Environment Day is taking place on 5th June, 2021.

From 4-5 June 2021, the World Environment Day website will broadcast the Virtual Launch Gala welcoming the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration comprising of inspiring messages from world leaders, activists, celebrities, and musical performances as well as Pakistan’s host country programme. The page will be updated as each event takes place with videos and information.

Join the conversation online on all social platforms using the hashtag #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay. All times are listed in Eastern African Time, which is (GMT+3).

Watch the broadcast on this page or here (starting June 4, 16:00 EAT)

Moderated by Saima Mohsin, international TV journalist and correspondent.

REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE.

This is our moment.

We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature.

Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid. 

Join #GenerationRestoration

SOME NEW CYLING SAFETY GADGETS…

With more and more of us cycling now, it is important that we look at the safety side of this.

Be safe and be seen is something you need to remember and we need bike lights not just for the shorter days but for the rainy and dull ones. Bookman’s Scandinavian visibility devices are a beautifully designed and sustainable solution.

The lithium ION batteries give lengthy run times and a quick charge via a micro USB cable.

Rechargeable and powerful wearable light clip for visibility and safety in traffic during urban outdoor activities such as running, cycling, walking or other. 

Clips on securely to any bag or garment. Every light is equipped with both white and red LEDs so you can switch between white light for front mount and red light for rear mount. Compact and lightweight size.

Another great find for your bike is the nifty accessory from Kikkerland what will help to keep you safe on the roads. It is essentially a rear-view mirror, which you wear on your wrist and allows you to keep tabs on vehicles and other hazards without having to turn around and look.

The velcro strap makes it easy to pop on and off, and it is also reflective for safer cycling in the dark. Eliminate those Blind Spots! Available from Stanfords.

See Sense Blog wrote about the difference between cycling in the UK to cycling in Denmark which has been par for the core for many years.

Denmark (and more specifically, the two-wheeled loving city of Copenhagen) will always come up trumps as the most bike-friendly region in the world (Wired). 

We think that the main difference between cycling in the UK and in Denmark really comes down to attitudes and culture – the fact that the Danish see cycling in a completely different way than we do here in the UK.

They see it as a means of transport, a human-powered vehicle that can easily take you to work, take the kids to school, to the shops – almost ALL of your day to day journeys. People in Copenhagen live their lives in the saddle.  Cycle superhighways have been a reality for a while now, leading cyclists in and out of the city for miles! It’s totally normal to ride your bike to get around in Denmark. Here in the UK – we just aren’t there yet, are we?

But was Copenhagen always this way? Actually, no! (This is often a very common misconception). The cycling nation of Denmark was due to HUGE investments in cycling, and more importantly, investing and campaigning for cycling to become a means of transport. So lots of hard work really! But we can tend to take it as a given.

Here in the UK, we can tend to think of cycling as more of a sport or competitive activity than thinking of it as a means of transportation. Getting a sweat on, building up those miles, burning off loads of calories (which is still all amazing stuff, by the way!). There is no denying that the car is king here in the UK. However, the good news is that people are actively working to help transform the state of cycling in the UK.

Safety comes first so before you embark on your daily use of your bike make sure you have all the right products to be 100% safe.

Cycle bells do not seem to around as much as they used to but this can be frustrating to a walker on a public path as more often than not they will not hear the cyclist coming along. A great cycle bell from Knog and available on Amazon, Knog’s 01 Classic Bike Bell is as streamlined and minimal as bike bells get, wrapping around the handlebar without protruding or taking up much space at all. Fits bars 22.2mm diameter

Nylon clamp with hex screw to secure bell to your bike. Just pop it over, give it a quick tighten up, and you’re good to go. No sliding down the handlebars, no dismantling and re-assembling. 

5 OF THE BEST SUSTAINABLE CUTLERY SETS FOR EATING INDOORS AND OUTDOORS…

We are all looking more into sustainable products but it’s easy to forget about something you use on a daily basis like cutlery. Changing to a sustainable product which can be used while camping outdoors as well as dining indoors has to be a good move.

1.Jungle Culture make cutlery from scraps from a local furniture maker. These are zero-waste utensils, including a bamboo straw and cleaning brush, which can be used time and time again. The eco friendly utensils are completely handmade and organic, and each flatware piece is hand carved by skilled artisans who take incredible pride in their craft. Their cutlery set is £11.69

2. Hawwl.store have this great compact set of stainless steel silverware from W&P keeps a slim profile, while the silicone carrying case helps things stay clean in transit. Say goodbye to single-use plastic and invest in this W&P Porter Utensil Set. It contains 1 x Fork, 1 x Knife, 1 x Spoon, BPA Free for £17.50

3. Friendly Turtle have a stacking cutlery set by Black & Blum which is the perfect companion for those who are looking to live more sustainably. Completely avoid single-use cutlery while eating out simply by throwing this compact set in your bag before you leave home each day. High-quality stainless steel that will not rust and will age beautifully. A snap closing case makes it easy and convenient to carry cutlery with you. It will make sure there is no danger of dirty cutlery coming into contact with your bag and everything is easy to clean. Reuse every day and avoid single-use cutlery once and for all, for £11.95

4. Scandiborn have a kids cutlery set which they will love. This stylish kids cutlery set in cool black stainless steel is perfect for little diners. With it’s simple, modern and functional design, this set features a knife, fork and spoon and comes presented in a cotton drawstring bag, ideal for eating inside or out for £24.85

5. Joseph Joseph compact stainless-steel cutlery set which means you don’t need to compromise on quality over convenience when eating on the move. Consisting of a knife with a magnetic handle, a fork and a spoon, the set fits beautifully together and comes with its own silicone carry case to keep everything clean before and after use. Silicone storage case keeps cutlery clean for £15.00