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George Wyeth
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Yesterday, July 29th 2021, marked World Overshoot Day. You may be familiar with the concept from previous years, but if not let me explain:

World Overshoot Day marks the day in the calendar each year in which as a global population we have used up as much natural resource as the Earth can regenerate in one year. In essence, it’s the point at which we are now taking resources from the future. The exact date is calculated by the Global Footprint Network by evaluating the planet’s Biocapacity and dividing it by humanity’s Ecological Footprint, then multiplying it by 365. …


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It’s forever a mental challenge to stay positive about our fight against climate change, the odds seem to shift out of our favour every day. Yet yesterday May 26th, turned out to be one of the most pivotal days in a long time, which reminds us all why we fight — we can win no matter the odds.

So, what happened yesterday?

Well, where to begin. The first breakthrough news came courtesy of a Dutch court. In a groundbreaking case won by activists from Milieudefensie, which is the Dutch brand of Friends of the Earth, Shell were ordered to reduce…


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Here in the UK, we recently had country-wide elections for local authorities and other elected roles. I sat down that morning to research the candidates. Admittedly, that’s often a challenge with local elections as manifestos are sometimes hard to find or non-existent; But after 45 mins of reading and research I headed off, wandering up to the quiet church in my quaint little village to cast my votes.

Now anyone who follows me on Instagram may have already gathered but, I wasn’t overly enthused by the result. For much of the UK it’s just more of the same. …


Imagine walking through an English woodland. The gentle breeze rustling through the oak trees above your head. The alarmed squark of a blackbird as it flits across the path ahead of you and the cra-cra-craaawww of a grey squirrel perched on a branch way up. You round the corner of the lane and emerge onto the edge of a field. Flocks of sheep grazing, with the coloured splodges on their backs marked by their farmer. Ah isn’t this peaceful, an escape from the hustle of life into the tranquility of unfiltered nature.

Now imagine I offer you a shimmering portal…


Close up of my Gaming Keyboard

For many in my generation, video games have always been part of our lives. Growing up with early Nintendo consoles, Gameboys, Playstation 1, 2, 3 and Xbox 360s has left many of us with fond memories of thrashing our siblings at Mario Kart. I’ve been what could be described as ‘a bit of a gamer’ since I was probably around 12 yrs old. Yet I’ve often had a bit of an odd relationship with gaming, it’s easy to sink more time than you really should into it and it’s long held a bit of a stigma as a lazy, anti-social…


A photo taken by Perseverance’s landing jetpack as it lowers the rover onto the Martian surface.
A photo taken by Perseverance’s landing jetpack as it lowers the rover onto the Martian surface.
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Last Thursday evening millions of us around Planet Earth sat and watched with bated breath as NASA landed their latest technological marvel on the surface of Mars. There has been a rover on the surface of Mars since before I was born, so to me seeing images of the surface of the Red Planet has almost become normal; but it’s watching moments like this that I remember quite how extraordinary the achievement is. Simply put, the images we have since seen from Perseverance are breathtaking. Those sights have never been seen by any humans before us, no rover has ever…


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Welcome back to the World Wide Web! I’m sure you’re familiar with the way it works around here, you have to visit because of the dependance of our society on it’s services but we will take your data and use it against you — thanks, enjoy your stay!

30 years ago Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web for free saying “this is for everyone”. It was and still is revolutionary. However, as with many innocent innovations, it’s been misused. Today we work on what is known as Web 2.0 — characterised by invasive data harvesting and monopolised by a…


I’ve talked a lot in recent posts about how the way our economy and society is structured is flawed due to many overlapping reasons. However, it’s a little abstract to simply state that there are problems on such a grand scale without data or a plan to solve it. Luckily there are some extremely devoted and intelligent minds at work on turning these problems and concepts into more of a detailed roadmap to the regenerative, circular future we aspire to. The folks at Circle Economy in the Netherlands analyse every detail of our material economy each year to determine the…


A man basks in the light of a mountain sunrise with a difference, the sun is instead a shining glazed doughnut.
A man basks in the light of a mountain sunrise with a difference, the sun is instead a shining glazed doughnut.

If like me you’ve been watching Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC show A Perfect Planet recently, you’re likely feeling a little disappointed in us for making poor David keep having to say stuff like ‘unfortunately these [insert cute animals] are suffering through a changing climate that has thrown their stability into jeopardy’. It is a lovely programme, as all his shows are, but it does leave you with a tinge of sadness. However, that sadness doesn’t have to be a bad thing; It shows that we all care about our planet and therefore we want to do better! You’re probably…


A Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the Year 2021; Or if we’re really looking at the true span of human civilisation, welcome to the Year 12,021! I like to use that number on occasion, not for any real reason other than as a reminder of how long ago our ancestors first began to explode into a civilisation of agriculture and trade — approximately 10,000 years before our AD count began. Yet that huge number of years is still a mere blip in the history of humans as a species, and an even smaller blip in the…

George Wyeth

A 2020 product design graduate from the University of Sussex, UK who loves sharing discussions, stories, music, and puns with anyone who wants to listen.

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