'Climate strike' has been named the Word of the Year for 2019 by the Collins Dictionary. It topped a shortlist of new and notable words that reflected the events of the last 12 months. Interestingly, it is the second year in a row that en environmentally themed word has been chosen. The Word of the Year for 2018 was 'single-use', marking a massive increase in public awareness of plastic pollution.
Talking of single use, Dutch brewing company Heineken has today announced that it will be replacing single use plastic can toppers used on its multipacks with cardboard. This will lead to 517 tonnes less plastic being used by Heineken's various brands by the end of 2021 in the UK alone.
Meanwhile, with a general election coming up in a few weeks, a new poll by YouGov has found that 56% of people surveyed would support the decarbonisation of the UK economy by 2030, some 20 years earlier than the current 2050 target set by the government.