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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 15th October 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

A big thank you to all who joined Southampton common forum and CrowdLeaf on Friday for the evening litter pick. Although it got dark very quickly a lot of rubbish was still collected.

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The week in the wildlife is a stunning reminder of why we set out to protect our environment.

If you have an event or article you would like to share on our newsletter please let us know and we will see if we can help! 🙂

Climate Change and Pollution

Is meats climate impact too hot for politicians?

Climate change apathy, not denial, is the biggest threat to our planet

UK steps toward zero-carbon economy

Power station chimney

Climate change experts to advise on net zero emissions target

Trump: Climate change scientists have ‘political agenda’

Emergency pollution plan starts in Delhi. Here are things that are banned from today

Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown

Steak and a healthy vegetarian meal with pulses.

Never exercise at rush hour: six ways to avoid air pollution

How 1.5 degree could change the world

Wildlife and Conservation

Exmouth split over pipeline factory proposed for gulf that supports Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef, near, Exmouth, Western Australia

Army, royalty and presidents intensify the war on poachers at illegal wildlife trade summit

Praying mantis seen hunting fish in the wild for the first time ever

Praying mantises can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan surroundings

Wildlife official grins next to dead ‘family of baboons’ after slaughtering them

New Zealand bird of the year: ‘drunk, gluttonous ‘ kereru pigeon wins

The Kereru, New Zealand Native Wood Pigeon.

Recycling and Sustainability

How to live plastic free: Some tips that might help

PepsiCo inks deal for 100 per cent recycled plastic packaging

PepsiCo

Fashions dirty secret

Meet the female farmer who has launched a “farm to arm” fashion business

Events

Accelerating the Clean Economy in the South – Tickets

Green drinks – Portsmouth 18th October

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 20th October

Handy Websites

Here is an great article with some great tips on living plastic free.

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 2nd September 2018

Hello! Welcome to this weeks newsletter.

What a week it has been in the world of green and sustainable news.

There has been plenty to talk about and were actively encouraging you to write a post for us that will feature on our next Newsletter and as a stand alone piece on the forum.

A beautiful photo taken by Ryan Carter looking into the tree tops.

Do you have some great pictures you have either taken by chance or take professionally? We would love to see them!

Climate Change and Pollution

To Confront Climate Change, The Modern Automobile Must Die

Nearly 80% Of New Diesel Cars Still Pollute Beyond Legal Limits, Tests Reveal

Half Of Smokers Throw Cigarette Ends Down The Drain Despite Pollution Fears

(Jonathan Brady/PA)

New Multimillion Pound Fleet Of Unlink Buses Set To Hit The Streets Of Southampton

No Clear Solution For Disposing Of Sludge Produced By Scrubbers

Air Pollution Killed My Daughter – And Now I Can Prove It

The Secret Life Of Landfill: A Rubbish History

Wildlife and Conservation

Fears Over protected Wildlife Disturbed By Drones

Celtic Rainforest In Wales To Be Restored With Help From EU

The Celtic rainforest in Wales

Endangered Green And Loggerhead Turtles Make Major Come Back

Goats ‘Drawn To Happy Faces’

Goat

Recycling and Sustainability

Rubbish Job: Why Don’t We Just Pick Up Litter?

Litter in Jesmond

Enjoy Your Summer Barbecue Without Hurting The Planet

Inside Europes Most Sustainable Cities: What We Could Learn From Berlin And Malmo

Events

Drop In Beach Cleans – Goatee Beach 2nd September

Why Do We Need A Strong Clean Air Zone? 6th September

Portsmouth Green Drinks On Tour – Artist Special part 2 12th September

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 15th September

Eastley Big Beach Clean In Association With MCS 15th September

Southsea Wildlife Watch 29th September

Showing Volunteer Day 30th September

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 16th August 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of CrowdLeaf’s newsletter bringing you up to date and relevant news regarding our environment.

Don’t forget our litter pick event on Friday 17th with Southampton Common Forum. If you would like to join us we are meeting up at the Hawthorns Cafe at 18:30 so please feel free to come along and help out.

Also if anyone can help out by taking some of the litter to dispose of this would be great.

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Some great bee images were taken by CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter:

What amazing creatures they are which play such an important role for our environment. If you would like to join us and purchase some bee friendly seeds to turn your garden into a bee sanctuary, we are planning to get a massive order together. If so drop us an email and we will see what we can do.

Climate Change and Pollution

REVEALED: Southampton’s Most Polluted Areas – But Which One Finishes Top?

Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant Mud Monitoring Plan Backed

HSBC Warns That Earth Is Running Out Of Resources To Sustain Life

Beijing smog

Study Highlights Air Pollution Risk To Children In Prams

Britain’s Most Beautiful Beaches Drowning In 14,000 Polystyrene Body Boards Dumped By Tourists Flocking To Devon And Cornwall For The Summer

Discarded bodyboards piled up on a Cornish beach. Campaigners think 14,000 of them are being abandoned on beaches each year

Wildlife and Conservation

Badger Campaigners Lose High Court Battle To Limit Cull

Animal Cruelty Maximum Sentences Will Be Increased Government Confirms

Pine Marten Spotted In Kielder Forest For First Time In 90 Years

A rare daytime sighting of a pine marten in Argyl, Scotland.

Beautiful new Species Of Tiny, Colourful Pygmy Seahorse Discovered In Japan

Toxic ‘Red Tide’ Algae Bloom Is Killing Florida Wildlife And Menacing Tourism

Recycling and Sustainability

Organic Slar Cells Set ‘Remarkable’ Energy Record

Sharing A Bar Of Soap Cannot Make You Sick And Is Way Better For The Environment

Events

CrowdLeaf Clean Southampton With Southampton Common Forum 17th August

Walk In The Woods With Animals Asia 18th August

August Clothes Swap At Bysea 18th August

Handy Websites

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

Green Community Action: The Need For Innovation. Take The Risk! By Mar Introini

 

 

 

The SDG´s approach demands a new approach at global system level and a systemic action at individual and community level. Innovation, even its part of SDG 9 “industry, innovation and infrastructure” represents one of those challenges to take into account on a daily and personal basis.

Communities as a difference from corporations do not see the need for innovation but of small changes that make their daily life easier. This attitude may prevent them from a real revolutionary change especially for those who considered themselves as “stable and safe societies”. A personal change represents a much more important step to get through this situation than for other challenges.

Until there is not a real sense of the need for a change that fixes current green global crisis, we will not being able to become sustainable. Eventually there are just communities that introduce technology for their own particular benefit and innovation but for specific goals based on local profitability.

Getting into a sense of empowerment is a must. We need to Educate and re-Educate adults and future generations on the power of Advocacy and the own responsibility of getting the tools. Is it simply a democracy pattern in which citizens engage with the community and lead their destiny.

It’s surprising to see that even if global corporations has very strong interests there are committed to the global goals and aware of a change. Most of the multinationals has made important steps towards a green investment leaving the public sector behind and not updated to the new challenges. Also on this aspect coordination and the power of partnerships its extremely needed. In which local communities play a paramount role, changing their own daily habits and taking the principle of “think global, act local” into extremes.

The tools are there to be used: social media, associations, debate, etc. through reshaping the Education system. Traditional tools (as association and debate) need to be reshaped  and find a new concept in which there are not just “green associations/debates” but a cross-cutting union of people, thoughts and ideas towards a common goal on sustainability. That is the key to enter in new roads of resilience: the use of the same tools from a different focus.

A holistic approach is what we need for getting into the goals successfully  and on a “relaxing mood”. The so-called “safe societies” must be aware of the need to reshape their goals and business as usual for addressing crises effectively. Moving through green debates, green associations and green campaigns is not the correct strategy and global goals demand that green goals are just one more part of a systemic strategy.That´s the reason for building awareness towards uncertainty and the need for being resilience by an in depth change on structures and personal attitudes.

New and innovative green communities: a personal attitude that doesn’t represent financial investment but capitalization of human resources, re-Education and innovative structures that delivers a new sense of living.

As the picture, the logs represent the citizens: strong and resilient but without awareness of the need for innovation and change. There will not fall down but they need stronger support to become sustainable. Take the risk!

*The Green Axis of SDG´s

https://thesustainabilityreader.com/2018/06/06/the-green-axis-of-sdgs/

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 21st July 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the CrowdLeaf newsletter.

These beautiful images were taken by Ann-Marie Britton Photography so a big thank you for allowing CrowdLeaf to share these!

We hope everyone is enjoying yet another week of this beautiful weather although it’s not without it’s downfall. Britain has been pretty scorched by the heatwave so we are hoping some rain will be on it’s way soon.

Consultation which could pave the way to removing a local say in fracking announced by the Government – put your thoughts down and them off to them here.

We are working towards arranging a beach clean and litter pick so watch this space for further details on this. In the mean time check out our events section to see what is going on near you. 🙂

Guest Article

We have a great guest piece from Free Books Southampton who provide a place for donated unwanted books to be redistributed for others to love again.

Climate Change and Pollution

Great Barrier Reef ‘Now Close To Collapse’ Thanks To Climate Change

Vast regions of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral have been bleached by warming water

Climate Change Responsible For These Rare High Latitude Clouds

Climate Change Already Affecting German Farmers

Pivot Power Planning To Build The Worlds First Integrated System Of Batteries And Charging Stations By M27 At Nursling

How Penzance Became Britains First Ever Plastic Free Town

“It isn’t just a coastal issue – it’s everywhere …’ Is Penzance showing the way?

Wildlife and Conservation

Ibis That Was Extinct In The Wild Taught To Migrate By Following Aircraft

Northern Bald Ibis fly with their human foster parent who is teaching them how to migrate

Cris Packham Warns Of ‘Enormous Volume’ Of Pesticides Harming Wildlife

Common Cranes ‘Here To Stay’ After Recolonising Eastern England

Sir David Attenborough Backs Worlds Biggest Butterfly Count

David Attenborough

Ten Species Of Shark Coming To The UK As Waters Warm

Recycling and Sustainability

UN Environment And Yale Debut Stunning Sustainable Tiny Home Collaboration

One-Third Of Supermarket Plastic Is Not easily Recyclable, Analysis Shows

The report called for clear and simple recycling labelling on all plastic packaging.

Waste Incineration Set To Overtake Recycling In England, Green Warns

Events

Fight For Clean Air In Southampton And New Forest 17th July

Beach Clean 22nd July

East Runton Beach Clean 22nd July

Southsea Wildlife Watch 21st July

New Forest Festival 27th July

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th July 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

It’s the third week of this beautiful weather but I have to say I am looking forward to a bit of rain just to see the environment get a bit of watering!

This heatwave has been setting record high temperatures not only in Europe but around the world this week.

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Stunning sculpture installed by Greenpeace Italy.

CrowdLeaf are organising another litter pick so watch this space for date and location!

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Permafrost And Wetland Emissions Could Cut 1.5 C Carbon Budget By ‘By Five Years’

UK Passes 1,000 Without Coal As Energy Shift Accelerates

A coal fired plant generating power

New UK Renewables ‘Could Be Cheaper Than Existing Gas Plants By 2030’

Call To Turn Oil Rigs Into Nature Reserves

Oil rig

Costa Rica Has Run On 100% Renewable Energy For 300 Days

UK Schools Banning School Run To Protect Pupils From Air Pollution

Analysis: ‘Global’ Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live

Wildlife and Conservation

Inside The Grisly Colorado Warehouse Full Of Black Market Wildlife Contraband

Eight Of 14 Rhinos Dies After Move To Kenyan National Park

A female black rhino is transported during a translocation exercise in the Nairobi national park.

Stunning Coral Forests Discovered Around Sicily’s Deep Sea Volcanoes

Threatened Species: Nine Mammals And Mountain Mistfrog Could Join Extinction List

Sunscreen For Cows: UK Farmers Struggle To Cope With The Heatwave

Cattle and ducks keep cool in the River Stour, Suffolk

Recycling and Sustainability

Starbucks Is Eliminating Plastic Straws From All Stores

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These Farmers Are Turning Extra Milk Into Yoghurt And Cheese For Those In Need

Can Norway Help Us Solve The Plastic Crisis, One Bottle At A Time?

Events

Fight For Clean Air In Southampton And New Forest 17th July

Southsea Wildlife Watch 21st July

New Forest Festival 27th July

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

 

Not just a “war against plastic”, but a reshape of the sector/people is needed, a piece by by @MarIntoini

Flow-Bondi-upperside-people
“A world made of plastics” ….. a sad way to visualize the future of the planet -and our animals- if there is not a real global culture around protection of the environment.

The first step to be taken is to raise awareness that there is a problem and that it has not been necessary created by the plastics industry but from a no responsible use and disposal.

This sculpture shows the need to “place” plastics and ourselves in the correct position to being able to respect one of the most important resources of the planet: the sea and the wildlife. Unfortunately represents one of the most important focus of contamination and devastation of wildlife. This is not a matter of the own nature of plastics but of an aggressive and irresponsible attitude from people. In which an important lack of Education and empathy towards a green culture build a decontrol system without taking individual responsibility. Is it clear for me that at this level of “nature devastation”, penalizations and consequences for individual/companies unethical behavior should be taken very seriously to the point to ban their activities if there are not under certain minimum standards of sustainability.

Ethics has become the only path towards sustainability and not just a matter of good intentions or individual idealism but of a normal practice responsive to a new normal of increasing harm into the environment.

Is estimated that 12 million tones of plastic are in our oceans, killing up to 1 million marine birds and 100.000 marine animals each year*.

For the 30 million plastic bags used in the United States per year alone, 12 million barrels of oil are required. And for all of the water bottles manufactures in the United States each year, roughly 17 million barrels of oil are needed. The drilling, transportation and processing of this oil into plastic materials is an energy intensive process that involves burning fossil fuels.*

There are 50 billion water bottles consumed every year, about 30 billion in the US.*

Its an imperative to “reshape” people´s attitudes and the own plastic industry without the emotional aspects of being in “war” but of a steady action of changing habits and ways of producing. All the devastation linked to disposal is not a matter of responsibility of the plastics industry in itself but of practices that must be condemned by strong sanctions.

The fact that plastics come from burning fossil fuels doesn’t mean that must be completely eradicated but that innovation should lead the path towards a new production system. The smart investment on research and development will definitely lead to an innovative relation between producing plastics and protecting the environment.

“Killing the plastic industry” is not the answer, but a reshape of the sector by a strong boost of their capacities for innovation and reconversion towards a brand new industry. In addition, a strong framework of ethical codes (and sanctions) and a solid Education within their citizens.

In the end, it means a cultural change at all levels –individual and business-.

As the sculpture: plastics, sea and people, could live happily in a harmonious relationship in which Education and a dramatic change of culture towards sustainability and empathy would build the roots for a new green world.

*www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-plastic-is-harming-animals-the-planet-and-us/

*www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/post_5218_b_3613577.html

*Sculpture by Alison Mc. Donald

For a plastic free revolution we need new lenses by @MarIntroini

A simple question – one in which Mar asked me (@rwscarter- Ryan) about recently while I was on the radio, what is more important? Education or Innovation?

Well here is her answer.

 

A matter of Education or Innovation: which “lenses” come first? For a real plastic free revolution we need a solid educational framework that shapes habits and attitudes for finally building a new green culture. Parallel to this process is Innovation on technology, an essential element and an ally for green goals.

We need to be educated to adapt effectively to the new challenges by changing habits and at the same time innovate and make this process easy and sustainable within a world that moves through digitalization. A green future should be based on Education and Innovation and also through an innovative educational framework that delivers values around protection to the environment.

Let´s have a look at some data to wake up to a devastating reality around the environment and in particularly in relation to plastics:

An estimated of 12 million barrels of oil is required to produce the plastic bags used in US each year.

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021*

Around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away*

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year*

Alarming figures that wake up our society to a new sensible issue that demands action not only in terms of business options but also on a complete reshape of our lifestyle and system. A revolution….

Now, the system moves through a legal framework, is it possible to make a revolution against plastics without a complete reform of the legal system? Even if private initiatives are dominating the stage of the green market is it not enough and we need a full commitment from the public sector and definitely a new ambitious legal status.

Is precisely legislation that boosts a green way of doing business although always with the support of bottom up initiatives. Which is clear is that we cannot rely only on the latest and the progress would come from top down strategies that display commitment and structure for a system change.

We need leaders with vision, -not necessary visionary- but with the political will to make a change. Not only for cancelling the “plastic industry” but to give alternatives that reconvert the sector into a new and productive industry able to reinvent themselves with innovation and creativity. Is it here that the political support becomes paramount in terms of investment on innovation. From the side of the plastic misuse and irresponsible consumption we must be focused on educating individuals and change their lifestyle no matter the influence of the public sector. The private sector could play a very important role on changing cultural habits by using the speed of social media and the powerful influence of a global structure. Multinationals are key actors to implement new practices and develop new individual habits on an equal impact around the world. In which cultures are not a burden but the necessary complementary element.

Even if political support is a very important factor to take into account, U.S. is a good example that is not necessary essential, which is definitely very important is a legal framework that allows the continuity of pursuing Green goals. The focused policies from Mr. Trump against the own existence of climate change and the investment on clean energies have exposure the power of individual action from millions of citizens in America that want to fight back and are achieving green results with or without public support. This rebellion from the citizenship (coming from all the Political parties) gives the green revolution a new boost and a new vision in which the center of the initiatives are not public. That is precisely what we need for a results-driven strategy against plastics: the determination and awareness from the citizens to make a change of their traditional lifestyle on an almost anarchic basis.

Despite the traditional standardization of concepts, habits and business we must make the effort of “seeing green” where others are not able to do so. The environment depends on this individual option of delivering clean practices. Is our responsibility and empower us to become active agents for change.

Vision it´s important to see the devastating impact of plastics in oceans and in our lifestyle, however there is an even more important element that is awareness and information. Both are missing and clearly the data is not coming from the pubic sector but from an active and engage civil society.

Its ‘a historical momentum for a radical change of the “lenses” of mistaken traditions and move towards a new vision on green, with or without public support.

*http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/iceland-plastic-free-packaging-own-brand-products-recycling-pollution-environment-a8161081.html

* SDG´s 12+14= the panoptic for plastic waste

*https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

*https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging

This is a guest piece by an active campaigner on plastic pollution and one who is pushing, as we are, for action from above.

The person behind the petition that asks for the CEO’s of all major UK super markets to drop or change the use of plastic for food wrapping, to no wrapping where it not needed, compostable if it is possible and as minimum recyclable. CrowdLeaf.org.uk are fully behind this and we offer a range of green and environmentally responsible products in the CrowdLeaf Store.

The petition can be found at : https://www.change.org/p/stop-supermarkets-using-unrecyclable-food-packaging

My name is Simon Goldsmith, I started a petition to ‘Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging’ because l got so annoyed when trying to recycle and reading on most of the plastic packaging ‘This plastic is not currently recycled’.

This made me think how much of our supermarket food packing is not currently recyclable. I found a large majority of it is the fruit and veg and to be honest 90% of this does not need any sort of packaging.

This made us change the way we shop, to finding a farm shop and buying all our fruit and veg from there. I appreciate this is not achievable for everyone, as some farm shops can be considerably more expensive and not convenient.

The final push for me was on our family holiday to Porthtowan in Cornwall. We were shocked by the micro-plastics on the beach.

As a consumer, we can’t choose how our food is packaged, the Supermarkets have an environmental obligation to make the packaging environmentally friendly. A consumer needs to be able to trust and respect the corporation they are buying from.

I understand the Supermarkets don’t package the food themselves but they have the power to make the producers comply.

Hopefully my petition will raise awareness and put pressure on the Supermarkets to change.

The more single-use plastic that is produced means it will eventually end up in landfills in developed countries and rivers and oceans in developing countries, then getting moved around the world’s oceans.
I believe the plastic problem needs to be tackled at both ends, one to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and two to clean up the current plastic in circulation in the oceans.

Currently in the UK there is no service industry cleaning our beaches, only volunteer organisations like Surfers Against Sewage.
I would like to setup a service industry which cleans our beaches in the UK and provides a use for the plastics. The only way the plastics are removed from the ocean is if the beaches are cleaned on a regular basis, currently the plastics get washed up and then moved again by the tides.

This is a serious problem as the fish are eating the plastics and we are eating the fish, the whole food chain is being affected. The effect the plastics are having on the wildlife is detrimental, and this is only getting worse.

I would like to be able to do more and the petition is just a starting point.

CrowdLeaf Newsletter – The War On Plastic and Recycling News – 29th January 2018

Welcome to the first edition of our bi-weekly newsletters.

In this first edition, there’s great articles on how people around the world and the UK are recycling and reducing plastic pollution by making kayaks, Co-op group are producing fully biodegradable tea bags and an eco-friendly company producing plastic free packaging made from mushrooms.

In our Wildlife and Conservation news, the UK’s bat species are ‘recovering or stable’ and take a look at the rare Red Sandfish that was found in Tasmania.

If you feel like joining in the cause to help the environment check out our events section for talks on Marine Life, beach cleans and volunteer days.

Please give your views for this consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. There is a deadline ending 31st January 2018. ‘The Bill reflects the principle of animal sentience in domestic law and increases the maximum sentences for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years in England and Wales.’ – Consultation On The Animal Welfare Bill

Please join us in signing the petition to help the WWF Stop Ivory Trade in the UK.

The War On Plastic and Recycling News

Plastic Sea Pollution To Be Recycled Into Kayaks

Plastic Pollution Is ‘Killing Corals’ By Increasing Risk Of Disease In Reefs

Local Tackle Tide Of Beach Plastic In Mumbai

Southampton Restaurant Owner Run By Master Chef Winner Will Ban Plastic Straw

Free Water Refill Points Rolled Out To Cut Waste

UK Opposes Strong EU Recycling Targets Despite Plastics Pledge

Sustainability News

Co-op Eco Friendly Plastic Free Teabags

Teaching Sustainability In Schools Through The Arts

Mexico Solar Justice

Plastic Free Mushroom Packaging

Wildlife And Conservation News

Rare Red Sandfish Found In Tasmania

Most UK Bat Species ‘Recovering Or Stable’ – BBC News

Shock As Rare ‘Male’ Vulture Lays An Egg At Wildlife Sanctuary

Protest For Texas Wildlife Refuge At Ground Zero Of Trumps Border Wall

Police Under Fire For Suggesting Suspension Of Badger Welfare Law

Paris Zoo Shut As 50 Baboons Escape

Events

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Marine Life Talk Southampton 1st February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Showing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

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