This originated with me sending regular emails to my close friends and family on environmental issues and changes which could ‘green’ their lifestyle. The group has unintentionally grown quickly as friends of friends ask to join. The EcoEmails don’t always give people an easy solution to a problem but try to make them aware that every decision they make has environmental and sustainability consequences. If you would like to join pls email me at

Too scared to cycle? June 5, 2010

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If you live in London you can book a free two-hour personal training session near you (normally £70) by calling 020 7231 6005 or email (mention ‘London Cycle Challenge’ when booking).

There are also a series of guided cycle rides for businesses. These rides will help you feel more confident about cycling to work. Email for more details.


Skiing in the Desert July 8, 2009

Filed under: climate change,Energy,Peak Oil,Travel — ecoemails @ 5:32 pm

If you go skiing in the Skiing in the Desert….


One day spent on the artificial slopes at Ski Dubai eats up as much oil as the average American driver burns in their gas tank in 1 month. The ski dome in Dubai uses the energy equivalent of 3,500 barrels of oil a day. Around the same number of people visit the complex every day. So the energy use is around 1 barrel per visitor per day. A standard barrel of oil should power the average vehicle for around 1,000 miles of driving.

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Coral January 23, 2009

Filed under: Travel — ecoemails @ 11:58 am

Coral reefs are among the most biologically productive and diverse of ecosystems, and directly sustain half a billion people. But some 60 percent of these reef systems are threatened by a deadly combination of climate change, industrial pollution and excess UV radiation.

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Coral is extreamly fragile and takes decdes to grow…

Try not to step on or remove any coral when swimming or diving and avoid kicking up sand

as it can suffocate the coral polyps.

Chemical compounds in sunscreen and other personal skin care products accumulate in aquatic animals, and biodegrade into toxic by-products and stimulates latent viral infections in coral.

An estimated 4,000 tonnes of sunscreen are released annually in reef areas.

So best to cover up by swimming witha a T shirt on….



Souvenirs January 16, 2009

When on holiday don’t buy products made from endangered plants or wild animals: including
hardwoods, corals, shells, starfish, ivory, fur, skins, teeth, reptiles and turtles.

Below is a list of top destinations and what to avoid buying

* Greece: Tortoiseshell, ivory, coats made from spotted cat furs and other wildlife trinkets
* Turkey: Stuffed native birds, corals, sponges and shells
* Spain: On Spanish beaches, there are often opportunities to have photos taken with baby chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are an endangered species and paying to have your picture taken with them means that you are supporting their illegal capture for this trade
* USA: Native wild birds are protected in the US and even possessing a feather is illegal. Walruses and other marine mammals, as well as products derived from American black bears and polar bears have import and export restrictions. Reptile skin products may also need a permit
* Kenya: Shells, corals and orchids have import and export restrictions. These are to be avoided, as are products made from lizards, tortoises, birds of prey, ivory and crocodile skin. Carvings made from native timber make excellent souvenirs as they support the local economy. Just ensure that they are not carved from overexploited timbers. ‘Good woods’ to buy include neem, jacaranda, mango and grevillea
* Mexico: Cacti and native birds such as parrots are illegal to import into the UK, unless you have the correct permit. Also ensure that any leather products you purchase are not made from endangered species
* Thailand: Some species of orchids growing in tropical rainforests are so rare, they are protected by international law. Orchids taken from the wild are likely to require permits
* Australia: Most of Australia’s wildlife is protected and violators of the law can expect heavy penalties. Avoid purchasing live native animals, insects and marine shells
* Hong Kong: Ivory is widely available but is illegal to import into the UK. Some Chinese medicines are manufactured from endangered species, such as turtle, bear, rhino and tiger, and their purchase should also be avoided
* The Carribean: The rich marine environment here is tempting to many souvenir hunters. Tortoiseshell jewellery, turtle oil, black coral jewellery and other products made from marine species are for sale, but due to their protected status you risk paying heavy fines if you try to import them into the UK


Heathrow January 15, 2009

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The government decided today to build a 3rd runway at Heathrow (Hoon what a Goon!)

This means that 700 homes will have to be demolished to make way for the runway,
And the number of flights using Heathrow from about 480,000 a year now to 702,000 by 2030

Making Heathrow the single largest emitter of CO2 in the UK

The UK government has committed to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 (including air travel)
This is unattainable with such a colossal increase in flights

Thought some of you might like to know the contact details of the

Geoff Hoon (Secretary of State for Transport)

Or the head of Future Heathrow
(The Pro-Heathrow group)

Future Heathrow

Clive Soley
The Campaign Director
Future Heathrow
Room 1042
Queens Building
Heathrow Airport

I am sure both would love to get an email or post card from you all.


Dinner at Depatures January 12, 2009

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Climate Rush at Heathrow to protest the Third Runway.

Picnic in terminal 5 Departures lounge – today 7pm.



Green Places to Stay December 15, 2008

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Nick’s lovely sister Cla got me a book called Green Places to Stay and it has most countries.
So if anyone is going on holiday and wants a green place to stay just tell me where you are going and I’l send you some links…
They all look amazing!!!!

Below are some on Costa Rica for Tom and Cassan as you are both going there (sorry Heather):
Goa for Annie:

Kenya for Adam and Fizzy:

Egypt for Adam and Fizzy:
Italy for Manu: