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What is Climate Change & How might we stop it with Environmental Advanced Sciences

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What is Climate Change?

limate Change is the largest, most challenging moral crisis in the history of mankind. This is a fact supported by science and scientists the world over; the facts on climate change are haunting and the body-politics needs to catch up with the population at large.

In 2008, the United Nations Development Program characterized climate change as “the defining human development challenge of the 21st century.”

So knowing what we know, where do we go from here? Let’s start with the problem itself, the year is 2019; we need more than the “who what when where and why” we need a realistic “how”? We need to consider this without a human based agenda or ego, without inconvenience and self-pity. We need leaders and to be leaders, we need to challenge the world views that are holding us Eco-Warriors back.

We challenge those who are blind to the fact that humans are not superior to this planet, we live on this planet and need it to live. Even if we could leave, it should be cherished. The planet is not an inanimate object for us to just lay roads and place houses on, but a living breathing biodiverse entity with many species and ecosystems. This used to be known and has only recently dropped from the human psyche. The various natural systems work in an intertwined way, relying and thriving in a circular motion as they fulfill their place in the circle of life here on Earth. Mankind was the only species who diverted from the plan and we are seeing the damage that has caused, daily. With evolution inhibiting almost every other part from doing its job as well.

Stewardship (or the lack thereof) related to the human species has resulted in runaway Climate Change. The direct driver of climate change is the issue of today’s atmosphere having an abundance of carbon dioxide and methane which are but two examples of greenhouse gases that are caused both directly and indirectly by our human actions daily. These gases allow visible light to pass through while absorbing the infrared light (the hot light not the visible light) and that in turn heats up the planet (hence the name global warming). The more the atmosphere heats up, it in turn emits even more infrared (hot) light and re-absorbs it. The energy coming from the sun has always measured the same, however what’s leaving the atmosphere has decreased drastically over time. The planet has been running a fever for a while, changing the overall climate, creating changing weather systems, bringing both extreme heat and cold to places in the world where their presence ruins ecosystems. Hence the name ‘Climate Change’.

Vocabulary/Words:

Climate Change: Largest moral crisis in the history of mankind; we have 10 years to get the planets fever under control.

Climate Scientist: Most reliable source to date in climate knowledge and education; most reliable source in the world. (Ivy league schools across the U.S. like Cornell Institute are expanding their climate education systems everyday. Cornell established its Institute for Climate Smart Solutions in 2013. “The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.”

UNEP or United Nations Environment Programme: is an agency of the United Nations, coordinates the organization’s environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.

IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

UNFCC or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: is an international environmental treaty with an objective to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

Moral Crisis: Moral Crisis is a situation where you are definite about being forced to think of doing something which you believed as wrong. Moral crisis is not reconcilable and shall keep reappearing in your thoughts like a haunt.

Ecosocialism: Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, and the development of practices that can attain it. It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia and the fossil-fuel based economy.

There are also two redefined Vocabulary/Words that have evolved through Climate Change

As we before had the “terrorist”, we now have the “Eco-Terrorist”: Eco-terrorism attacks people or things that threaten the environment or the wildlife it supports.

As we before had the “refugee”, we now have the “Climate Change Refugee”: A refugee that flees their home not because of famine, death or disease or a corrupt governmental system but a person that flees their home due to an unlivable climate condition.

Unrealistic Structural Plan

90% of the human population would be eliminated immediately while the remaining 10% follow this “Realistic Structural Plan” below. This is what will happen itself we do not follow the plan below by default.

Realistic Structural Plan

1. Majority of the Human population go vegan and Vegetarian

During the Poland & Germany U.N. Climate Summit, 300 of the world’s top climate scientists concluded that the majority of the world’s carbon emissions are coming from ‘factory farming’. The IPCC report from 2017 stated that factory farming made up for 15% of the worlds emissions. While transportation (including motor vehicles, planes and trains) accounted for 7% placing as our number two contributor. Seems pretty clear that if we wanted to slash emissions drastically we would all go vegan.

2. ELIMINATE Carbon Waste (which will produce alcohol fuel that can potentially phase out fossil fuels QUICK)

Most don’t realize that landfills an biowaste (from the earth, overgrown forests, algae etc) cannot be reused or recycled and reducing is not ELIMINATING what is already here. Which we all know is already TOO MUCH an the landfills are continuously growing an spilling into the oceans. Eliminating carbon waste/pollution while simultaneously cutting factory farming emissions and having a tool that can be utilised to phase out the fossil fuel industry without billionaires jobs lost in one day and barrels of gasoline(oil) sitting all over the place with all forms of transportation and shipping at a halt.

A phase out using alcohol based fuel produced from eliminating carbon waste coupled with a time limit an carbon tax (that I use to oppose back when I didn’t fully understand all aspects of our realistic options) will forcefully push us to surpass our emissions goal and even reverse the damage we’ve already done. Carbon waste to alcohol fuel breeds global methodology and realism vs. rioting and hysteria as if one day everyone’s going to stop disrespecting the environment an all will be better.

Couple 1&2; successfully win the fight on Climate Change. We’re fighting ourselves and this should not be that hard. We’re also fighting something that we did and are still currently doing be wise facts were ignored over decades.

We set our own house on fire. We need to act accordingly.

MISSY MUSGROVE

ECOSOCIALIST, ECOACTIVST

EDITOR & CONTENT WRITER

WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANCED SCIENCES

With support by Crowdleaf.org.uk

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 3rd December 2018

Welcome all to the CrowdLeaf newsletter where we bring up to date and relevant news, articles and events about the environment and our planet.

We are really excited here at CrowdLeaf at this festive time of year but also feel strongly about making it as sustainable as possible. Here are a few ideas in making your christmas more eco friendly.

If you have any other thoughts or ideas about achieving a sustainable christmas why not join us on Facebook and let us know.

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Climate Change and Pollution

Climate Change: Where are we in seven charts and what you can do to help

“We are the last generation that can stop climate change” – UN summit

A 'stop global warning' sign

Climate Change: Last four years are ‘worlds hottest’

Cow burps, food miles and climate change

Air Pollution: Madrid bans old cars to reduce emissions

Road markings show the controlled traffic zone in central Madrid, Spain, 30 November 2018

Total ban on plastics ‘could damage environment’

Would you pledge not to fly for a year?

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Welsh firms to be discouraged from ‘non-ethical’ palm oil use

Palm oil

Reclassifying remaining 4,000 Tigers in world could help save them from extinction, research says

Latest analysis confirms six living species of tiger, with three additional species lost to extinction since 1930s

Developers may have to enhance wildlife habitats, says Gove

Trump to allow seismic blasting harmful to marine creatures

Scientists discover spider species that feeds its young milk

Queensland fox decimated by record heatwave

Spectacled flying fox

Microplastic toxins leave shellfish at mercy of predators

Recycling and Sustainability

Ecological Footprint Calculator – What is your ecological footprint?

We label fridges to show their environmental impact – why not food?

 

Confidential documents made into toilet paper at recycling plant

Events

Palm oil petitioning on Southampton Common 8th December

Southampton Vegan Xmas Vegan Fair 15th December

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 15th December

Clothes Swap and Xmas Party at Boulder Shack 15th December

Southampton Greenpeace Monthly Meeting 18th December

Handy Websites

Ecological Footprint Calculator – How ecological are you? Find out here

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

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Poor air quality is a huge issue – by Alexa Gill & Anna Koor of Let Pompey Breathe #letpompeybreathe

Let Pompey Breathe is back again to talk about air pollution. You can read all about our campaign to reduce air pollution in Portsmouth and find more information on the petition we are currently collecting signatures for here. Today (21st of June) is Clear Air Day and we want to talk about ways you can protect yourself from air pollutants and how to join in the fight for clean air.

Communication is key

Poor air quality is a huge issue, and it can seem overwhelming to think about how we can tackle it, as individuals. Dealing with this growing problem requires a joint effort, we need councils, local business and residents to work together. Education and engagement is critical, there still seems to be a disconnect between people’s understanding of the consequences of dirty air and its impact on our health. With an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year across the country due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians, it’s become a national health crisis. So we need to build awareness of the problem. Some suggestions are:

  • Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about air pollution and what they can do to help reduce it and to protect themselves from it, particularly the vulnerable including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.
  • Approach your employer about how they plan to address poor air quality. Could they set up a cycle to work scheme, update their transport policy or change suppliers?
  • If you’re a parent, speak to other parents and school teachers about starting a ‘walk to school’ campaign (a ‘walking bus’), or setting up a car share scheme.
  • Use social media platforms to spread the word and pass on useful information. Make sure to use hashtag #LetPompeyBreathe
  • Contact your local councillors to tell them you care about this problem and urge them to press for improvements in your neighbourhood and places in the city you visit regularly. One simple but effective step would be to erect signage alerting drivers not to idle their engines illegally, particularly in busy public places or where there are young children such as outside schools, at taxi ranks, bus and train stations.

Dirty Air isn’t just outside

In addition to the estimated 40,000 deaths a year due to outdoor air pollution there’s also the yet unquantified effects of indoor pollutants, which include radon, biological materials, particulates and nitrogen dioxide. This needs serious consideration as we spend the majority of our time inside. But there are some measures that can be taken to lower the risk:

  • Ensure you open windows when cooking.
  • Dry your washing outside whenever possible. It’s important to have good ventilation to reduce your exposure and these steps will also help reduce the accumulation of moulds which are air pollutants.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, consider replacing it with a natural gas version. Not only will you reduce the emissions going outside, but the air quality should improve in your home.
  • Candles are another cause of air pollution so limit your use of these where possible.
  • By using less gas and electricity, you’ll reduce the air pollution you are creating. Simple steps like switching off lights when not in use, only running the washing machine/dishwasher when there’s a full load and filling the kettle with only the water you need, can reduce your energy consumption and save you some money in the process!
  • A report by Nasa revealed that there are some plants which are known for cleaning the air and are mostly easy to look after. These include Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, Ficus Alii, Spider Plant, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, several species of Palm, and different varieties of Philodendron.

 

Reducing air pollution would not only protect our health but also slow down climate change. There is still hope if we work together and act quickly.

Combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan

Here we are again with another guest piece, they are coming thick and fast at the moment, if you want to feature on Crowdleaf.org.uk too, please do contact us!

This time we talk about the pressing issue of Air Pollution and Clean Air Day 2018, with a guest piece by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan.

A combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements :

More than half of car trips nationally are under 5 miles. In urban areas such as inner London, a third of car trips are just under 2 miles.

Double the amount of pollution emitted from cars in first 5 minutes of journeys compared to the rest of the journey.

Clean Air Day 2018 calls on UK residents to leave their cars at home on 21 June and walk or cycle instead.

The combination of the pollution burst that is being created as cars warm up in the first 5 minutes of journeys, together with the large proportion of  journeys being short ones, is making a significant contribution to the UK’s air pollution challenge. Drivers are suffering the worst effects of this pollution burst as there can be up to double the amount of pollution inside vehicles.

Latest analysis of the EQUA Index data shows that the average daily distance driven in passenger cars in urban areas is not sufficient for a vehicle’s pollution control system to warm up and become fully functional. For the majority of vehicles tested by Emissions Analytics, it can take more than five minutes for pollution control systems to reach operating temperature.

Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, said, “Taking collective action to tackle air pollution every day can make a massive difference, particularly if we cut down on using the car for these short, polluting journeys, many of which can be walked or cycled instead.

“Imagine if more people left the car at home every day, particularly for these short journeys. We could achieve similar levels of clean air on a daily basis as we did when the roads closed during the London Marathon which led a massive 89% drop in air pollution. We would suffer far fewer health problems from air pollution and we would also reduce levels of congestion and free up our streets, making them safer.

“Let’s take action together on Clean Air Day, 21 June, to make a real difference to the air we breathe. Clean Air Day has developed a range of advice, top tips, and information on the actions that everyone can take to protect themselves from pollution and reduce their impact.”

Small steps can mean major change.  Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, suggests that if we all commit to just one of the following, regularly, the differences will be great:
Use your feet, take to the street and get active – Walk, cycle, bus, tube, tram, boat, however you like to travel, leave your car at home and take to the streets. As well as cutting down the amount of pollution you make, you’ll increase your daily exercise.
Drive in to the future – Cars may not fly or run on trash yet but when you upgrade your car, explore an electric, hybrid or LPG model (to save on your road tax too)
Give your car a holiday – There are some easy ways to use your car less; car-sharing or working from home if possible.  And they quickly become part of your routine.
Get out of your car – Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist.  So, avoid sitting in your car in heavy traffic where pollution can build up and walk or cycle instead
Keep your car tyres inflated – Having well-inflated tyres means your car will be more efficient and use less fuel. Great for the environment and great for your pocket too.

Air pollution causes heart disease and worsens asthma in adults and children. It is damaging the health of all of us, but particularly young children and those with heart and lung problems. Every year in the UK 29,000 people die prematurely from air pollution – that’s about 80 people every day.

Research has shown that there are still significant gaps in public understanding of air pollution and we urgently need to impress upon people the need for them to get involved and how they can make a difference.

2018’s Clean Air Day on 21 June will create a groundswell of action bringing thousands of people together to make UK cities cleaner and healthier. It will provide guidance on the actions people can take today to reduce the air pollution they create and advice on what they can do to protect themselves and their families in the future.