Spend enough time on social media in the "cycling" space and it won't be long before someone mentions the "T-word". "You don't pay tax" they'll say. Of course, most of us know that the "road tax" they allude to was abolished in the 1930s by Winston Churchill. What we have now is an emissions tax,... Continue Reading →
Poking fun at car ads…
Whilst we've talked about the sheer amount of money that is spent each year marketing cars to people, not to mention the realities those ads tend to gloss over, the ads themselves are often designed to sell a lifestyle or to prey on our insecurities. I recently came across a couple of spoof ads that... Continue Reading →
Cars are not assets…
Some time ago we talked about how the average car payment in the UK was £388 per month. This is a sizeable chunk of cash to spend on a device that spends 97% of its time parked and 100% of its time depreciating. What if you could put that money towards something that will be... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: Extinction – The Facts
If you do nothing else, please watch this. With a million species at risk of extinction, David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, including putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.BBC iPlayer - Extinction: The Facts In the midst of a pandemic it's quite sobering to see how... Continue Reading →
A fork in the road…
There's something I've been trying to wrap my head around for some time now. I guess the horror show of 2020 has given me time to reflect on a few things. In a world that is in some parts on fire, some parts facing the resurgence of fascism and with many of the world's economies... Continue Reading →
So, what happens next?
I've been racking my brain trying to make sense of everything. One day in the spring of 2020 the world unilaterally decided to stop everything --everything that was previously seen as so precious that nothing should be allowed to stand in its way. But what happens next? When the lockdown ends, will people return to... Continue Reading →
What is ‘Greenwashing’?
Being green is hot right now. Nobody really wants to be seen as the harbinger of death; the company that is bringing about the destruction of the ecosystem we depend upon, just to make a quick buck.
“Business as usual”
Whilst our 9-minute opus on Ethical Investing may have landed like a balloon made from almonds, it seems as though Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank Of England; François Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of Banque de France; and Frank Elderson, the chair of the Network for Greening the Financial System, were of the same mind.
A little while ago we talked about why nothing seems to change, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to do so. Whilst human behaviour plays a large part in our collective inertia, money arguably makes up much of the rest. Where our money goes inevitably reinforces the direction we take.
Something to read: Money Guru’s #1 Tip For Health, Wealth and Happiness: Drive Less
Pete Adeney, also known as Mr Money Mustache retired at 30, mostly through a combination of living frugally and by saving money where he could.