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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 23rd November 2017

Welcome to this weeks Crowdleaf Newsletter. Our aim at Crowdleaf is to try and make a positive impact on people, to give the facts about the current state of the climate, environment, wildlife and conservation and about sustainability. We also aim to be able to find different ways to become greener.

Climate Change

Norweigan Central Bank has told it’s government to ‘dump it’s shares’ in oil and gas companies.

 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/16/oil-and-gas-shares-dip-as-norways-central-bank-advises-oslo-to-divest

After all of the extreme weather America has experienced recently, more Americans are worried about the effects of climate change. With only 54% of American’s understanding that climate change is caused by human beings, it just goes to show how important it is to making the message clear about how and why the climate is changing.

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/20/battered-by-extreme-weather-americans-are-more-worried-about-climate-change

Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

With an estimated 12,000 tonnes of plastic being dumped into the sea each year, a tax on single use plastics could be a good start to tackling the ocean pollution.

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/18/uk-considers-tax-on-single-use-plastics-to-tackle-ocean-pollution

This is a similar article to above but tells more about the impact on the sealife. Whales dying from our plastic pollution – David Attenborough’s hard hitting message from the Blue Planet 2 episode on Sunday 19th November.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/whales-dying-plastic-pollution-ingest-toxic-environment-blue-planet-ii-a8063576.html

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Whale mother can’t let go of dead calf likely poisoned by plastic …

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Sir David Attenborough’s New Series to Show ‘Heartbreaking …

With the pollution in our oceans becoming so serious and the amount of harm it’s causing to our sealife etc, we all really need to start taking responsibility and doing every little thing we can to reduce this. In the case of take away coffee cups – there are reusable ones! – just take them home and wash up ready for the next takeaway drink. Again, straws – invest in reusable ones, you can also get handy little tiny brushes to help clean them properly. Every little really does help and if everyone would follow suit things could start to really change.

 Greenpeace has given 9 good easy tips on how to reduce plastic use in the link below.

 https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/9-ways-reduce-plastic-use/

The Keystone Pipeline leakes 210,000 gallons of oil right before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is due to make a final decision on whether to allow an extension called the Keystone XL which will link Canada’s Alberta Oil to big refineries in the U.S. This is what locals to the pipeline have been fearing to happen and have been resisting the extension due to the impact such a leak can have to loacal water supply, to the environment and wildlife.

A new study has showed that there has been a sharp drop in male fertility and poor sperm quality. The high levels of air-pollution could be the cause of this.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/air-pollution-linked-to-poor-sperm-quality

Sustainability

One of the UK’s nurseries ban the use of glitter to help the environment. The common arts and craft accessory is a micro plastic that has been found in foods and is poisonous for humans, can cause fertility problems and affect the immune system.

In the film industry there are ways to try and cut waste and pollution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/action-film-and-tv-hiring-sustainability-directors_uk_59e86a4ce4b0d0e4fe6d52ef?utm_hp_ref=uk-sustainability

Recycleable coffee cups! Fantastic news and more good news the scientists behind this also have sandwich wrappers that can be recycled too. We hope to see these being used soon which could help reduce our waste in to the environment.Thumbnail for Meet The Scientists Who Have Made Coffee Cups Recyclable ...

Meet The Scientists Who Have Made Coffee Cups Recyclable …

 This is an article about ‘Rasa’ – a car that runs on hydrogen and emits water. It’s compact, lightweight and environmentally friendly could this be the car for a cleaner future?

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greenmatters.com%2Fnews%2F2017%2F11%2F15%2Fst3dD%2Fwales-hydrogen-car&h=ATMKSSgPFns11_YriGZHwQ8Nl5dA4mi_APV2dDZ2Fj1fZeMsk6BUEYp2Qf-mGwuEjoi-PCGvYieTGZCtyK123AJnJGSOFmvJzTMJzgqixf2TmwByB1CVz9vrTfhNQJ9oT6mlDQpfsMgjuvEoLA&s=1&enc=AZNqL-iJ97lE9uVYG9LlxnkN8Jk6xBNpBu05kyf6UboZplaElN9DIc0rJ0R9Nr3DQrgnqXtt8W85bJLu4-FbcIYs_YJ5Rqrf9dCe9WCpzXaERg

Below is a Youtube video of Rasa which is very interesting to watch. It does actually look like a very fun car to drive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utmkddBFUg0

An inspirational artist – Artur Bordalo – who collects his own materials from rubbish to create large scale animals who are the victims from our waste. Bodalo uses the waste for his projects to bring about social awareness for the ecological and sustainable environment.

http://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2017/11/20/kcfLU/trash-artist-murals

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1005 best Art images on Pinterest | James d’arcy, Built ins and …

Buses in London to use coffee grounds as fuel! This looks great and as they don’t need to be modified to use this fuel – even better.

http://www.greenmatters.com/news/2017/11/22/1TEtt8/london-buses-coffee-grounds

A disappointing blow to green power projects as government decline subsidies before 2015.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/no-subsidies-for-green-power-projects-before-2025-says-uk-treasury

Events

 

Film Screening – Before the Flood

Thursday 23rd November  18:30 – 21:00

The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester

http://www.winacc.org.uk/events/2017-11-23/film-screening-flood-0

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/the-wave-of-plastic-pollution-is-a-problem-adammanning-of-greenhampshire-rwscarter-of-crowdleaf/

National Tree week with the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales.

Saturday 2nd December 13:00 – 15:30

Join in for family friendly activities including tree decorating, Sapling planting, tree trail and tree story telling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/777916475742152/

National tree week 25th November – 3rd November

Take part or find an event near you via the website to celebrate National Tree Week.

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Take-Part/National-Tree-Week

Handy Websites:

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 another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.”

https://www.loopster.co.uk/

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The Green Shoots of Crowdfunding by @rwscarter

There is a beautiful bottom-up revolution underway in the energy market, but like all revolutions there is hurdles the question is can the state facilitate the green revolution, I think it should. This requires putting into reverse how the state has been seen in market interventions as a monolithic agent ‘crowding-out’ competition. I believe that the state can and should act smart and counter to popular opinion ‘crowd-in’ the market, breaking the hegemonic cartel of the ‘Big Six’. As of 2013 renewable energy provides a mere 21.7% of all electricity generated across the globe, so it is time to harness the ‘green revolution’ going on in the energy market and push for a sustainable future not turn our backs on it.

Despite government attacks on ‘Feed in tariffs’ there is still a green light on sustainable energy solutions in this race against time and despite being the new tool in the arsenal crowdfunding seems to be meeting the demand for these solutions. Crowdfunding allows substantial sums to be made up from small contributions. Now with a boom in crowdfunding it is time the new far lower barriers to participation so everyone can make a difference no matter how large or small their contribution. The most significant barrier to participation to-date has been regulation and patents, but ideas do not need the support of the ‘Big Six’ to make it to market any longer as the crowd can facilitate the struggle towards a democratic and dynamic market model.

In the past, we have seen a number of promising ideas surrounding tackling the energy crisis being bought by large multinational corporations and never seen again such as the original design for electric car batteries. This cycle cannot be allowed to continue. Crowdfunding has the potential to empower groups of people who feel a responsibility towards the planet and allows them collectively wield their power, to take a moral stance fostering a sustainable difference. The short-term or short-sighted moves on energy pursued by governments and corporations, such as the controversial plans for fracking, or rip off nuclear plants run by China, can, if we want it to be a part of the past not the future. For this and many other reasons, green crowdfunding and a municipalisation and publicity owned and conscious energy market is not going anywhere but up. Evidence suggests that the really big challenges facing society, such as energy and climate change, cannot be met by the state, large companies, well-intentioned individuals or any other agent acting alone, so putting the values of co-operation into our heads, hearts and policy is now surely non-negotiable.

There is serious scope for intervention and municipalisation in the energy market, councils have socialised consumers to bargain a better price going someway towards helping ease fuel poverty. This proves that when society pulls together then there can be a real drive towards significant change. Crowdfunding, community funds and co-operative solutions offer the possibility of a seismic change; this is never truer than in sectors of strategic and societal significance such as renewable energy and financing innovative solutions. Large scale ‘crowd-led’ projects have taken place in Norway and Denmark for example which has contributed towards reducing carbon emissions while this stronger form of energy security has allowed these countries to continue without worry to expanding their business and industrial bases. Cooperatives and collaborative finance tend to play a much larger role in the energy markets of these countries; one of the largest wind turbine Cooperatives in the world is in Denmark, where 50% is owned by a ‘crowd’ of 10,000 investors and 50% by a municipal utility company.

Co-operatives across the country following examples of other co-operatives across Europe have begun issuing community-based shares a form of online crowdfunding with voting rights to tackle this sort of problem. There have also been Housing Association schemes aiming to tackle fuel poverty by installing solar cells on residents’ roofs to lower the cost of energy this had success with Leeds Housing Association using Abundance a green energy crowdfunding platform. There is no reason as to why the councils could not build their own solar farms, wind turbines or perhaps invest in any other form of clean or renewable energy independently using their pension funds or council budget. Nottingham Council have done just that setting up Robin Hood Energy as a municipal not-for-profit enterprise.

Going forward these green shoots from the crowd, municipal authorities and cooperatives will be put under real strain, but together tackling fuel poverty, sustainability and an un-equitable market will be enough to ride the wave. This hegemony will not last forever in its place will be a truly public interest, democratic and dynamic energy market with people not profits at its core. There is many ways to get involved in crowdfunding for renewable energy and local community cooperatives, you won’t be alone in doing so.

Oringally published on : https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/the-green-shoots-of-crowdfunding/11/11/ it is an older piece and all facts were acurate at the time.