Academia and the moral duty of activism: Some causes are more equal than others

I wrote this essay for the Grantham Centre for Sustainable futures and it was originally published here. This year the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Future is funding my activism initiative to organise a delegation of Grantham Scholars and local Sheffield Animal Rights activists to join the annual animal rights march in London. In preparation for… Continue reading Academia and the moral duty of activism: Some causes are more equal than others

Should people in the UK have fewer children to save the world?

On behalf of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures we, a team of 1st year PhD students including Emma K. Smith (her blog) Florentine Weber and myself organised and hosted a debate on 1 May, 2018 as part of the exciting yearly Sheffield Festival of Debate focusing on the urgent and often not discussed issue of overpopulation. At the… Continue reading Should people in the UK have fewer children to save the world?

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism #VegAPPG: Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18 July 2018 Yesterday I had the excellent opportunity to attend my first APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) meeting at the Houses of Parliament. I’m embarrassed to disclose that I’ve never been to the Houses of Parliament. Of course, working and studying in London for four years made sure I walked past the impressive Georgian building… Continue reading All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism #VegAPPG: Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

Some thoughts on cat cafes

(all photos in this post are courtesy of other people’s cats I’ve befriended on the street, and the lovely cats at the wonderful Sheffield Cat Shelter, where I am lucky to be a volunteer)  While this is not a linguistic post as such, it does address the issue of pets and animal rights, which I… Continue reading Some thoughts on cat cafes

The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

1 June 2017 I had the greatest opportunity to present a recent small-scale project at the 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.  You can read my presentation slides: The Esther Effect- Conference ppt, read the full paper, or watch the presentation video here. “ There… Continue reading The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

Specialinguini: Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

On behalf of Hillside, the Linguini spent last Sunday fundraising in the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre. While the event is a consumerist activity (the stalls all offer items for sale), it is primarily an event that brings like-minded people together. Contrary to VegFest, the Animal Aid Christmas fayre hosts mostly animal rights and animal charity… Continue reading Specialinguini: Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)

In New Scientist, 3 December 2016 and Metro, 6 December 2016 New Scientist boasts that, “after years of public health messaging and a tightening of the advice on safe limits, the UK public finally seems to be reading the warning signs”.  Additionally, it is claimed that alcohol consumption is decreasing especially among young people, which is… Continue reading I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)