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"YOU DON'T HAVE TO BURN BOOKS TO DESTROY A CULTURE. JUST GET PEOPLE TO STOP READING THEM." - Ray Bradbury

We aim to report on the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. The Culture Sector encourages intercultural dialogue and promotes cultural pluralism within humanity.

The pollution debate and how your business can contribute

The debate on pollution is ever-raging, and it’s not just a concern on the world stage – it affects all business owners, too.

 

While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that averting environmental catastrophe is “affordable”, fossil fuel providers and climate change sceptics are still causing a flood of argument and resistance to almost any kind of reform.

Closer to home, a study from UK government body Public Health England (PHE) has found that one in 12 deaths in London can be partly attributed to the effects of particle air pollution, while the same pollution on a national level shaves six months off the average British life expectancy.

They’re startling figures and, if you’ve got an environmental conscience, they might lead you to want to change the way your business operates to create a greener working environment.

So, if you want to be a pioneer and turn your business into an eco-paradise, follow a few of these tips.

Fill your office with plant life

The first tip on this list is by far the easiest: get some plants in your office.

Office plants, through the process of photosynthesis, have the ability to oxygenate your office and, in turn, offset your carbon footprint. More than this, The University of Vermont’s Department of Plant and Soil Science found that plants reduce employee absenteeism by up to 14 per cent.

Numerous plant display businesses are available to allow you to fill your office with enough flora to make your workspace a perfect place to breathe in clean air.

Connect with renewable energy

The view that renewable energy is too expensive for most businesses is being increasingly challenged, with the aforementioned report from the IPCC stating that sustainable fuel sources actually won’t dent your budget.

In an interview with The Guardian, Kaisa Kosonen of Greenpeace International said, “Renewable energy is unstoppable. It’s becoming bigger, better and cheaper every day. Dirty energy industries are sure to put up a fight but it’s only a question of time before public pressure and economics dictate that they either change or go out of business.”

Indeed, the more the public interest keys into clean energy, the more your business will have to shape up if they want to retain their profits. So, get ahead of the pack by investing in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.

Recycle

According to the UK site Recycling Guide, up to 60 per cent of rubbish that we throw away could be recycled. In addition to this, paper, which businesses get through like it was going out of fashion, produces 73 per cent less air pollution when recycled compared to when it’s made from raw materials.

The government has a number of recycling programmes set up for big business, so take part and incorporate a few of your own to reduce your carbon footprint and give your company an extra injection of good PR for its eco-outlook.

 

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Making the World Cup interesting for football-haters

The World Cup is almost upon us and you just know it’s going to be even more all embracing than it always is anyway.

 

So what’s a thinking person to do? There are a few basic options here. One is to try and avoid all contact with anyone with the vaguest interest in football; but this isn’t easy. So the next thing is to take a haughty disregard for the competition in its entirety and pretend you’re vaguely aware of its existence but have no interest whatsoever. This option can be quite good fun, but lacks credibility – particularly as the tournament wears on.

 

The third possibility is based on the premise if “if you can’t beat ‘em, you may as well join ‘em”. This involves “forcing” one’s interest in the World Cup – in any way you can given that you simply will not be able to avoid the wall-to-wall media coverage and continual chatter in all public places for a solid month!

 

So if you decide to take the latter course - how do you proceed exactly? Well one way is by making each game a lot more interesting through the judicious application of a small wager on the matches. Having a bet on the World Cup matches or the overall winner can make an otherwise dull event very exciting.

 

What’s more, if you register to bet with Betfair, you can lay bets back at a profit even if they don’t actually in. So to explain … let’s say, for example, you thought Italy were great value at 28-1 as they currently are with Betfair, and that they play well in their opening match against England, then go on to the knockout phase. The let’s say they win their next match impressively and are in the quarterfinals (as seems a distinct possibility by the way). Now let’s say Italy’s odds are 7-1 for the tournament. In this case, you could lay back all of your stake and effectively have a free bet at around 20-1.

 

Now that can pique anyone’s interest if they get it right. It certainly will help you get through the latter half of June and first two weeks of July if you don’t think the “beautiful game” really is all that attractive anyway! 

 

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