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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 18th April 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

 

How cute is this little bee tucking in to a flower! So nice to see the sunshine finally!

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First of all, we want to thank everyone who joined us last week for CrowdLeaf’s Litter pick walk! The turn out was a great success and although we couldn’t clean the whole of the Common in the time we were out we managed to clear a huge amount of rubbish – almost half of which could have easily been recycled!

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This month there is so many great events to get involved in so take a look at the Events section to find out what you can get involved in to help the environment!

There is a great event this Friday 20th April – Sustainability Mic Night  – so come and join in!

 

Climate Change and Pollution News

UK Drives Into E-Vehicle Fast Lane With 11% Rise

Climate change Latest UK Becomes First Developed Economy to Examine Paris Agreement Commitments

Grant cash to make city’s buses greener

More Than 95% of Earth’s Population Breathing Dangerously Polluted Air, Finds Study

 

Wildlife and Conservation News

Amazon Coral Reef would Be Ruined By Planned Oil Drilling

Iceland Sets Target Of 191 Kills As Country Resumes Whaling

Destroying The Worlds Natural Heritage: ‘Komodo Is Reaching A Tipping Point’

Green-haired turtle that breathes through it’s genitals added to endangered list

Recycling and Sustainability News

Costa Coffee Vows ‘Cup Recycling Revolution’

Aldi Tops List Of Supermarkets Stocking Most Sustainable Seafood

Aluminium Recycling Rate Improves

Regain App For Recycling Unwanted Clothing Launches In UK

Recycling hope for plastic hungry enzyme

 Events

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 21st April

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

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

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 4th April 2018

Welcome to this weeks Crowdleaf  Newsletter!

Lets start with the depressing same old line we at Crowdleaf hear all too often.

‘unless everyone thinks or acts responsibly with what they do with their waste, whats the point as there will always be a problem?’ (honestly I have heard this). My reply is: ‘Think of it like a ripple effect, once one makes a change and sets a good example, others start to think then act. This is thinking about our children too and setting good life lessons for them to follow’.

 

Will you be an a person to follow or a person who follows?

If everyone had this attitude, not only will the ocean be empty of sea life replaced by pollution, we will be swimming in our own rubbish in no time so a big massive thank you goes out to all who are working so hard for the welfare of the planet because it does go a long way to make it a better place.

In 1 week, we have our CrowdLeaf Litter Picking event at Southampton Common so please keep a space in the diary and meets us down there!

We have a great guest article and infographic about why straws are bad for the environment so a big thank you Hugh for taking the time to create this piece.

We are still looking to organise a regular Plogging event so anyone who is interested please contact us and we will arrange a date for this to start.

Also listen out for CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter on Voice FM Radio 103.9 on Thursday 6th April.

For anyone who would like their event or article on our weekly newsletter please contact us.

Hope you all have a great week!

Ps. Lots of events happening this month so please check them out in the Events section! 🙂

Guest Article

By Hugh at Get Green Now

Plastic straws are everywhere. They come with soft drinks, juice boxes, and are even available at many restaurants. Each day, we use straws, largely without even noticing them. It is for this reason that seemingly small and negligible plastic straws have become so damaging to the environment.

This infographic by Get Green Now helps to illustrate the damaging effects of a single plastic straw on the environment. It also displays interesting facts to help make it easier to understand the sheer severity of the global plastic problem.

Why Are Straws Bad For The Environment, (Facts, Statistics and Infographic)

The War On Plastic

‘Largest’ Plastics Haul In Cardiff River Bank Clean-Up

Co-op To Switch Own-Brand Water To 50% Recycled Plastic Bottles

Bottle And Can Deposit Return Scheme Gets Green Light In England

Government Considering Plastic Bottle Deposit Scheme To increase Recycling And Reduce Litter

First Of London’s New Drinking Fountain Locations Revealed

‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ Sprawing With Far More Debris Than Thought

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Fiji PM: Climate Change Threatens Our Survival

‘Extreme’ Fossil Fuel Investments Have Surged Under Donald Trump, Reports Reveal

Climate Change Soon To Move 140m People, World Bank Warns

Destruction Of Nature As Dangerous Climate Change, Scientists Warn

European Cities Consider Making Public Transport Free To Tackle Air Pollution

Pollution Experts Quit Clean Air Group

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

UK To Tighten Laws On ‘Abhorrent’ Ivory Trade

Underwater Melting Of Antarctic Ice Is Far Greater Than Thought, Study Finds

A Week In Wildlife – Stunning Images

3 Million Mice And Voles Die Trapped In Bottles

Sadiq Khan Accuses Ministers Of Stalling Over Post-Brexit Environment Watchdog

Bulgarians Rush To Save A Phalanx Of Distressed Frozen Storks

Hoe IVF And Stem Cell Science Could Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Australian’s Birds Are Not Being Protected By Environment Laws, Report Says

Sustainability and Recycling

2,000 People Took This Recycling Test – And None Of Them Scored 100%

This College Wants To Be The First 100% Renewable Campus In The World

Leather made From Pineapple Leaves

Portland Pub Replaces Beef With Vegan ‘Impossible’ Burgers

Events

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk 10th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 11th April 

Greenpeace April Social and Meeting 17th April

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

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

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 13th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf’s Newsletter.

We are passionate about keeping our planet as green and pollution free as much as we possibly can so we have organised our own CrowdLeaf’ Litter Picking Walk on 10th April 17:00-18:30 at Southampton Common. We will be meeting at Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre so please feel free to join us as everyone is welcome.

We would like to know about everyones efforts on how you are keeping your area litter free on this Great British Spring Clean. Just drop us an email and let us know what you have arranged or have achieved already and we can publish this great news on our newsletter to show the wider community what we can all do for our environment!

A massive well done to Bitterne Litter Team for their efforts for the British Spring Clean on 10th March! So much rubbish was collected on this litter pick!

The War On Plastic

The UK Needs A Deposit Return Scheme For Plastic Bottles

Aldi Unveils Sweeping Measures To Slash Plastic Waste

Krill Found To Break Down Micro-Plastics – But it Won’t Save The Oceans

Five Ways To Break Up Plastic

Climate Change and Pollution

Germany’s New Government Deal Fails The paris Climate Accord Test

British River Has The Worst Recorded Microplastic Pollution In The World

UN Urges Global Move To Meat And Dairy-Free Diet

Burning Coal may Have Caused Earth’s Worst mass Extinction

Southampton Council Bosses Take To The The Streets To Tackle Drivers Sat Idling In Cars

Wildlife and Conservation

Krill Fishing Poses Serious Threat To Antarctic Ecosystem

Return of Pine Martens Could Save Britain’s Red Squirrels, Say Scientists

Mass Die-Off Of Sea Creatures Follows Freezing UK Weather

Sustainability and Recycling

EAC Accuses Government Of Lack Of Action Over Coffee Cup Recycling

Lidl Vows To Crack Down On Plastic Waste By Eliminating 5p Bags

Gum-Drop Recycles Used Chewing Gum Into New Useful Products

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 14th March

Sea Palling Beach Clean 18th March

2018 Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

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

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

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

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 – The Importance Of Water – 6th February 2018

 This week we are looking at the importance of water.

With unusual seasonal patterns for 3 consecutive years due to climate change, the people of Cape Town are facing severe water shortages.

Lakes are drying up, the environment is struggling and peoples businesses are under threat due to the drought. It is only a matter of time before people’s health is affected if not already.

How much more of a wake up call to people need to face the effects climate change and see that it is really happening?

If you are interested to know the air quality around your area check out the Pollution Tracking Tools at the bottom of the newsletter.

There are some brilliant events coming up such as Moonlight Owl Prowl in Bordon, Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz – so come a long and put your knowledge to the test! Community litter picking and beach cleans are also coming up too.

If you missed out on our previous newsletters you can find them on our Forum Posts. Alternatively, if you would rather have them sent to your email please contact us and we will be happy to do that like many other regular readers – Do not miss out on a green story event or

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

 

The Importance Of Water –

Day Zero Cape Town Turns Off Taps?

Drinking Water From The Air

Let Cape Town Revolutionise The Way We Think About Water

 

And lets not forget the great article by our regular contributor from Spain Mar Introini who wrote about water equality for us a little while ago. You can read her piece here.

Climate Change And Pollution

Pollution From UK Shipping Is Four Times Higher Than Previously Thought

How Bill Gates Aims To Clean Up The Planet

Green Brexit Is Impossible To Guarantee Say Tory Mep’s

Energy

TFL To Make Bus Stations And Offices More Energy Efficient With Solar Power

Blackcraig Windfarm Set To Go Live

Wildlife and conservation

Whale and Shark Species At Increasing Risk From Microplastic Pollution

‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab Of Public Lands

Nigel – The Lonely New Zealand Gannet – Dies 

 

Events

“What About Clean Growth” – Dr Alan Whitehead 13th Februray

CleanAir Network Launch 7th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 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

 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

 

 

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

Life’s Evils & The Damage of Climate Change

There is an exponential global risk of growing poverty and displaced people induced by extreme weather, political turbulence and environmental damage many of which are events beyond our imagination. Global warming is taken scientifically as a given, with nearly all scientists agreeing that climate change would happen with or without people’s interference, though to a lesser degree and slower pace. It is therefore safe to say that the climate is not helped by the human populace. The collective lack of preparations to mitigate the effects of global warming are bordering on self-induced mass harm, while the switch to more environmentally friendly policies and clean and sustainable energy is nowhere near fast nor bold enough to provide the alternative. Surely these perpetrators are aware that we are all on the same planet and so far nobody can get off. As of 2013 renewable energy provides 21.7% of all electricity generated across the globe, not enough. This is heading in the right direction but with oil licenses still being given and mines still opening for coal and other fossil fuels the percentage change is demeaned by the negative impact of continued bad practice.
Since the beginning of time civilisations have fought and changed, almost evolved as a society often with its back to the wall. A classic example is to think of when man used to live in caves during an ice age, to when societies were formed and measures to stop us killing each other were implemented. Laws that govern societies and progress towards a better level of health and the tackling of the evils of life such as poverty, were met with ambitious targets to alleviate these plights. The issues are now more of regulatory capture of states such as those with powerful fossil fuel lobbies, or an.over reliance on fossil fuels such as OPEC countries. OPEC countries such as Venezuela rely on oil revenues to sustain a response to the other often immediate issues such as poverty or political stability. There are also those who refuse to switch to sustainable energy based on perceptions of how they work, how much they cost and for the classic problem of ‘range rage’ for electric vehicles which is slowly falling due to an increase in battery performance and more super fast charging stations being installed. The relative price of solar or wind is now so good that it is more than competing against alternative or what we have come to call traditional or conventional fuel sources.

So I implore you to take one simple message, we can’t carry on like this and if you personally take a stance and take the plunge towards a greener more sustainable world, others will follow. Switch energy provider, divest from fossil fuels and invest in community owned sustainable forms of energy, plant a tree, drive less and walk more. Need I go on? We all know that there is no time to lose, so go green.
If your looking for an alternative way to fill a Christmas Stocking or spend money on Black Friday or Cyber Monday try our shop and support the forum as we try to grow and support the green community. CrowdLeaf Store we are doing our own version of Black Friday here early CrowdLeaf, Green Friday and Cyber Monday for us is Clean Monday. Keep an eye on our store for sone pretty amazing world friendly products with discounts for the weekend only.




Man-Made Earthquakes ?! What & How on BBCRadio4

Fellow readers – I stumbled across this rather daunting piece of information while looking for a possible man-made disaster for an upcoming ‘Climate Mitigation Game’ that is currently in the early formation phases. I continue to be hocked by the size, scale and scope of human and human made climate change or disasters we collectively are responsible for.

This is worth listening to in its entirety – Man-made Earthquakes are rarely explained but here they are and it is done so very concisely in this BBC Radio 4 snippet.

 

Horror stories from mining that upset the balance of the earths crust, to damns in China causing magnitude 8 quakes. This just further emphasizes how much of an impact we as human are having on earth.

While I have your attention  – Crowdleaf’s store is doing Black Friday & Cyber Monday a bit differently (would you expect anything else) were offering 10% discount between the 24th and 27th of March by using the code Green&Clean10 .