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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Daily Carbon Footprint

The planet is burning alive just a little bit isn’t it? Well, it’s more than just a little bit. The UK is declaring a Climate Emergency, and we all are doing our best to play our part in reducing emissions whilst the planet is dying around us. Species are dying out at alarming rates, the water levels are rising, and we’re seeing weather phenomena all over the world. It’s time we all make change, because if we don’t, we won’t have a planet to live on.
Today I’m here to offer a few quick tips on how you can make some easy changes in your daily life to help reduce your carbon footprint and change #HowMuchCO2 we use.
This post was written in collaboration with Viessmann.

Replace Old Boilers

Newer boiler models increase efficiency, and so have a knock on effect on carbon emissions! Less energy needed to heat water means easier access for water of the right temperature for you, and less of an issue for the environment! It seems gas boilers will be replaced by low-carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis! Get ahead of the scheme, save some money in the long run, and reduce your effect on the environment!

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of April 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch March’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Billie Eilish – bad guy

Everyone on the bloody planet has been obsessed with Billie Eilish’ debut album, and for good reason. I gave it a damn fucking good review because it’s one of the best debut albums in recent times, maybe ever. ‘bad guy’ is an eclectic villainous track I can just envisage being played over a montage of the antagonists pulling some shit in a Netflix original. It’s a song that has a beautifully unconventional aesthetic, in it’s attempt to be unappealing, it’s become on of the most popular songs in the world.

Lizzo – Like A Girl

Lizzo’s newest album dropped this month and it’s absolutely amazing. Lizzo is one of those magnetic people, she could do anything and I’d be totally down for it. She’s such a breath of fresh air in pop and she’s dropping hit after hit. Like A Girl is a celebration of black femininity and name drops some badass women in the world. ‘Like A Girl’ is catchy beyond belief and deserves all the recognition in the world. It’s a massive pop banger with real heart behind it.

Circa Waves – Somebody Good

April has been a massive month for albums, Circa Waves dropped their latest one too. I’m bias because they’re Scouse too, but that doesn’t change the fact this album is full of amazing indie rock bangers. ‘Somebody Good’ is a depressingly relatable festival banger that will be roared up and down the country this summer. The whole album is amazing, but ‘Somebody Good’ is a standout and it’s an absolute earworm. The massive breakdown into a slow, dark chorus then exploding back into the huge banger it is, the track is as close to perfect as possible. One of my favourite songs in a long time.

Marina – To Be Human

Marina continues to earn her spot in these posts, as she just keeps dropping tracks after a lengthy hiatus. Marina boldly dropped the first half of her double album LOVE + FEAR a few weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. As a diehard Marina fan, I can say it’s not her best album to date, but it’s still a massively enjoyable and interesting pop album. However, ‘To Be Human’ earns its rightful place as one of her best tracks of all time. It’s slow and sultry, it’ll take you on a journey around the world, and it came alongside a really beautiful video showcasing the best and worst of humanity. Marina is an artist that sees the world completely different to the rest of us mere mortals, and to see the world through her lens is an absolute privilege.

As of writing this, we’re a few days from the second part of her album dropping and I can’t bloody wait, I’m sure you’ll see some tracks from that in the next edition.

Vampire Weekend – This Life

Vampire Weekend are a band I can admit I’ve slept on. I’ve always known I’d love them but just never got around to listening to much of their stuff. ‘This Life’ sold me immediately , the opening lyrics ‘Baby, I know pain is as natural as the rain, I just thought it didn’t rain in California’ instantly became some of my favourite lyrics. It’s a simple song, fullof upbeat riffs, soft vocals and amazing backing from Danielle Haim. Amazing track.

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

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Exploring Nazca Desert’s Ancient History

The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.

And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.

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In My Ears – Top 5 Tracks of March 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch February’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Glass Animals – JDNT

Glass Animals are one of the most refreshing bands to pop up this decade. They’re carefully created a sound that no one else has, a sound that feels like a soundtrack, pop song and an ethereal welcoming to the gates of heaven all at the same time. ‘JDNT’ from the band’s first album is exactly that. Front man Dave Bayley uses incredibly soothing vocals, mixed with some strangely intoxicating lyrics to make ‘JDNT’ a masterpiece.

Sigrid – Never Mine

Sigrid has finally released her debut album and it’s not a surprise in the slightest that it slaps hard. It’s full of pop hits, one of the best being ‘Never Mine’. A bouncy, effortlessly relatable, kinda-love song with catchy choruses and massive backing beats. ‘Never Mine’ is one her best tracks yet and deserves all the praise it’s been getting.

MARINA – Orange Trees

MARINA’s new era has seen us losing the ‘diamonds’ and welcoming in a fresh pop sound. ‘Orange Trees’ is undoubtedly the best of the three tracks released from her upcoming double album ‘LOVE + FEAR’. ‘Orange Trees’ reminisces on Marina’s childhood in Greece, with sprinklings of light pop, a vocal undulation that no one will be able to replicate, and her lush vocals painting a vivid picture of a paradise. ‘Superstar’ wasn’t a great track from Marina, but we’re back to glittery, synth pop drawing inspirations from only sources available to her.

Marshmello + Chvrches – Here With Me

In a Marshmello track you expect larger than life synth and beats. However, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals take the spotlight here, and the track massively benefits from it. Synth band and synth heavy producer came together to produce something that is almost stripped back for the two of them. Unexpected, but totally welcome.

They Might Be Giants – Istanbul

Episode one of The Umbrella Academy really changed me and has had me singing this song every single day. This tune is addictive beyond belief, fun and bouncy, and not at all what you expect to be played during a gunfight in a department scene. I’m head over heels for The Umbrella Academy, this track will keep me going until season two (fingers crossed).

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

 

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Nazca, Peru. You Have To Fly Above the Nazca Lines

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Welcome to Nazca!

We’ve left Lima behind (for now, read the first post on Lima here) and headed south to one of the driest and most interesting regions of Peru. Don’t know why I’ve led with driest, but it is pretty damn dry.

The area is famous for, you guessed it, the Nazca Lines. Though the area boasts a ton of valleys, the Ica Desert (which will be covered in the next post) and is home to around 40,000 people.

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