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The Prince of Wales: a royally green influence

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Diamond Jubilee celebrations are in full swing, with eruptions of red, white and blue inspiring the nation to cast their thoughts back to that momentous day in February, 1952. But today, we turn our attention to the future, and consider how things might look from the back garden of a new, environmentalist monarch: Prince Charles.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is a prominent figure in the green industry, seen visibly to invest much time and attention in environmental issues, organic farming and sustainable development – or as he once described it, “Considering what we do, not only in terms of ourselves and today, but also of others and tomorrow”.

The prince’s attention to organic farming was a principle attribute that culminated in the 1990 launch of his own organic brand, Duchy Originals. Before its inception over 20 years ago, concern for the origin of one’s food may have been considered an eccentric and old-fashioned trait. Today, however, organic charters mark not only a prized achievement in sustainability but also meet a growing customer concern for what he calls a “virtuous cycle”.

“I wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to produce food of the highest quality”, he explained at the company’s 10 year anniversary, “working in harmony with the environment and nature, using the best ingredients and adding value through expert production.

“I also wanted to engender increasing funds for my charitable foundation, which receives all the profits through which I can then support and increasing number of worthwhile projects.”

Along with his own brand which now sells more than 200 different sustainably produced products, the prince’s commitment to various campaigns and movements, such as the Mutton Renaissance Campaign and the Prince’s May Day Network, coincide to promote the future of the sustainable business model .

But what would a greener monarchy mean for the general public? Despite the Queen’s Speech on May 9 outlining plans for water and energy bills to be introduced, the current government is seen to be some way off its target of being the “greenest government ever”.

The Queen’s assurance of progression, in terms of an energy bill, conveyed hopes that the “government will propose a reform of the electricity market; to deliver secure, clean and affordable electricity and to ensure prices are fair.”

Being arguably one of the most influential and entrepreneurial nations in the world, we should certainly be seen to harness the clean energy sector for its potential for fast-growing, responsible results.

The prospect of a truly environmentalist monarch is an exciting one. We are filled also with hopes that the new King’s first speech should reflect a successful energy bill that has seen a reform of the electricity market and introduced an emissions performance standard.

With the prince depicted as the enforcing figurehead for a greener Britain, will our governments produce faster, efficient and prosperous results?

Certainly a more compelling image for the UK would be one where influential and governmental figures exploit the bounteous supplies of renewable energy sources available to us, and distribute them across the country. Investment in responsible projects must be a crucial element in maintaining a stable economy.

Further reading:

“It’s the ecology, stupid”: a response to the Queen’s Speech 

The Queen goes green

Government takes small but positive steps in Queen’s Speech

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands

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Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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