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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 30th October 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

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Happy All Hallows Eve to you all from all of at CrowdLeaf and hope everyone enjoys the festivities.

A few ideas for what you could to do with those carved pumpkins before they go soggy is to compost them, or give them to nature and let the birds and animals take what they need as the weather gets colder. Try not to leave them on the floor however as hedgehogs get an upset tummy from pumpkin as much as they enjoy them.

If you fancy trying some roasted pumpkin seeds, a little suggestion is to try washing and then drying them, cover the seeds in some melted butter with a small amount salt and roast them for around 45mins on a baking tray, gas mark 6/200c!!

Also a reminder to check bonfires before they are lit for sleeping hedgehogs –

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If you have an article or photography you would like to share (some carved pumpkins would be great!) please contact us and we can see if we can share it on our next article.

Climate and Pollution

Air pollution is the new tobacco. Time to tackle this epidemic

Exhaust fumes from a car in Putney High Street in Putney, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

BP, Unilever and volkswagon among firms facing investor challenge over climate change policy

Expanding Bitcoin use will push global warming above 2C in two decades

Air Pollution: Half a million early deaths in Europe despite progress

European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics

Plastic pollution in oceans

Energy

Shell starts rollout of ultrafast electric car chargers in Europe

Electric car charger

Fracking halted in Lancashire after 17th earthquake in 9 days

Clean energy is cheap, surging – and headed for a fall

Wildlife and Conservation

Living Planet 2018: ‘Step up’ call over Welsh wildlife

Wildlife Trade: Why lion cubs are turning up across Europe

Adder extinction fear over ‘image problem’ in the UK

Britain’s busiest Autumn animals

A Red deer stag with a hind during rutting season © Dgwildlife/Getty

Climate change is ‘escalator to extinction’ for mountain birds

‘We’ve never seen this’: Massive glaciers shrinking rapidly

Scientists warn of trawler damage to coastal waters

Recycling and Sustainability

Plastics packaging tax to fund waste management from 2022

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West Mersea childminder turns beach litter into poppies

‘Worst case’ of fly-tipping discovered

Kellogg’s UK announcement new sustainable strategy

Events

Sunny fields Pumpkin Festival 20th – 31st October

Help Clean Southsea Beach 3rd November

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street Southampton 3rd November

Portsmouth Green Drinks 8th November

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 17th November

Southampton Vegan Festival 17th November

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 24th October 2018

Welcome to this weeks edition of the CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

Autumn is now well under way, so get those lovely autumnal photos sent over if you want them in future newsletters.

Please also consider that as the cold is setting in to leave bird feeders with nuts and seeds for those who won’t be hibernating and will still be foraging for food.

Sustainable Societies are running a competition for stories that touch upon a sustainable society and practice. Click here for full details.

Let’s remember to be mindful, there’s always more to do to support our cause and help spread awareness to help save our beautiful planet.

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Climate Change and Pollution

‘Elecrtofuels’ that increase plane ticket price by 60% only way to clean up air travel report finds

Aviation is currently on track to use a quarter of the planet’s annual carbon budget by 2050

Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year

Plastic straws, which could be banned under the proposed legislation.

The UK’s discoveries: plastic-eating enzymes and seawater biofuels

The challenge of recycling waste in Antartica

Energy

Blackpool hit by four earthquakes just days after fracking started again in the area

Scottish power becomes first major UK energy company to generate all electricity from wind

Scottish Power plans to invest £5.2bn over the next four years to more than double its renewable capacity

Coal application set to be rejected by Welsh Government

Exxonmobil reveals £500m upgrade plan for Fawley refinery

Falling Oil Prices Affecting The World's Economy

Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes ‘excessive’ sentences

Wildlife and Conservation

‘Largest living thing’ on Earth is dying after decades of human interference, scientists say

‘They deserve care and compassion’: sanctuary says foxes misunderstood

Two foxes look right at the camera

Beaver reintroduction positive example of ‘rewilding’ says study

Secrets of the Solent

Nellie’s tree wins Englands Tree of the Year

N-shaped tree

Recycling and Sustainability

Council will tell households to bin plastic as recycling goes into reverse

Supermarket sales of organic food and drink continue to rise

Freshly picked carrots covered in soil

Paying for parking with plastic bottles

Recycling options dwindle for councils hit by China ban

Orkney islands could get first electric plane service

Loganair Islander

It’s in the bag! Students team up with residents for recycling project

Events

Sunny fields Pumpkin Festival 20th – 31st October

Help Clean Southsea Beach 3rd November

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street Southampton 3rd November

Portsmouth Green Drinks 8th November

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 17th November

Southampton Vegan Festival 17th November

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 30th September 2018

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

We will be heading out on another litter pick, the last ‘week day’ Southampton Common litter pick of the year. Once again we will be out with Southampton Common forum, in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space, for the date and time!

 

These beautiful images were taken by Ryan Carter of CrowdLeaf from Swallow Falls, North Wales.

Climate Change and Pollution

Outdoor air purifiers and indoor play: Delhi gears up for annual pollution fight

Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

A killer whale at sunrise off the coast of northern Norway.

UK’s first air-filtering bus launches in Southampton

Bluestar bus services in Southampton

London air pollution is poisoning my son, says campaigner

‘Missing emissions’ aren’t counted as pollution but could help kill you

Energy

Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030

Turbines at Green Rigg Windfarm, Northumberland

Increase planned for size of Viking turbines

Wildlife and Conservation

Bovine TB not passed on through direct contact with badgers, research shows

A key element of the government’s TB control programme, England’s badger cull, is set to expand.

‘Biodegradable’ plastic balloons are killing wildlife, campaigners warn

Game shooting ban brought in by environmental chiefs

The great gorilla wipeout

Tiger population nearly doubles in Nepal

The wild tiger population in Nepal was counted as 235 in a survey carried out this year, double that in 2009

Recycling and Sustainability

Tesco to trial paying customers who recycle 10p per plastic bottle

How recycling can help save ratepayers’ money

Sustainability 101: The guide to a greener conference

Apple to invest in Columbian mangrove rainforest

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Events

First Green Society meeting 4th 0ctober – location to be confirmed

Scrap store open day 6th October

Green drinks Portsmouth 18th October

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 20th October

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 8th September 2018

Hello and welcome to the second edition of the CrowdLeaf Newsletter for September.

A great image taken by Ryan Carter of Imber Village, evacuated in 1943 for military training. It is a wildlife conservation area and military training ground now.

Do you have an article or event you would like to share for all to see? Please let either myself (Vicky) or Ryan. Let us know, using the contact us section or look us up on Facebook and send us a message 🙂

Join Southampton Common Forum on 14th September – 18:30-19:30 for their bi-weekly litter pick and our monthly.

Climate Change and Pollution

Scientists get ready to begin Great Pacific Garbage Cleanup

The 600m-long floating barrier, known as System 001

Hundreds of thousands expected to join global climate change marches this weekend

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

Major brewery eradicates six pack rings blamed for wildlife deaths in bid to tackle plastic pollution

‘Major pollution’ kills fish in River Clywedog in Wrexham

Energy

Organic solar cells set’remarkable’ energy record

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Wildlife and Conservation

Most of the countryside devoid of of hedgehogs, study finds

Hedgehog emerging from behind a tree.

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

Tropical sun fish found in Highland waters

Sunfish

Dozens of elephants killed near Botswana wildlife sanctuary

Recycling and Sustainability

While Brits are hyping up plastic bans they have no clue how to recycle at home.

Serena Williams just launched a 100% vegan clothing line

This is how I am raising eco-aware kids

Events

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

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 15th September

Eastney Big Beach Clean In Association With MCS 15th September

Southsea Wildlife Watch 29th September

Showing Volunteer Day 30th September

Testwood Lakes 15th Birthday Fun 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!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 27th July 2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter!

Finally seeing a bit of rain after so much sun – although I don’t think were out of the woods yet. Stay hydrated and keep safe. 🙂

Check out what the UK looks like here with the lack of rain recently.

Here are some more beautiful images taken by Ann-Marie Britton.

Don’t Forget if you have an event of article you would like us to share please get in contact and we will see if we can help!

I (Vicky) am organising a plogging/litter pick on the 12th of August which I would like to make a regular monthly thing- time and destination to be confirmed. Contact either myself or Ryan if you are interested and we can pick our first destination.

Climate Change and Pollution

Climate Change Driven By Humans Made Heatwave ‘Twice As Likely’

Regular heatwaves ‘will kill thousands’

High Pollution Wanted Issued In London Amid Heatwave

Cargo Ship Still Aground Off Caithness

Climate change Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes And Heres The Proof

Recycled Packaging ‘May End Up In Landfill’ Warns Watchdog

Energy

Decision Announced On The Hydraulic Fracturing Consent Application By Cuadrilla Bowland LTD

Wildlife and Conservation

Lions Attack Sole Rhino Survivor Of Bungled Kenyan Park Relocation

Protection For Dolphins And Seabirds ‘Weaker Under Brexit Plans’

7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Garden Wildlife During the heatwave

Recycling and Sustainability

TerraCycle Helps You Recycle Wine Corks, Batteries And other Non-recyclables

Adidas Will Only Use Recycled Plastics By 2024

Bladeless Wind Turbines Could Be The Future Of Wind Energy

This Company Makes Toys Out Of Recycled Plastic

Events

New Forest Festival 27th July

Greenpeace Plastics Campaigning 28th July

South sea Wildlife Watch 4th August

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street 4th August

Walk In The Woods With Animals Asia 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, 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 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

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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

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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.’

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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.

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Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

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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

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Who and What are Let Pompey Breathe? By Alexa Gill & Anna Koor #letpompeybreathe

Let Pompey Breathe is a campaign group made up of several environmental groups and parties concerned about the poor air quality in Portsmouth and the lack of action to date from the council. We believe it is everybody’s right to be able to breathe clean air. The main purpose of the campaign is to reduce air pollution in Portsmouth and bring it down to legal levels. We’re asking the council to commit to reduce air pollution to meet WHO standards as soon as possible.

 

Air Pollution is a problem

Currently Portsmouth’s air quality is among the worst in the UK and it’s widely thought that 95 premature deaths a year in the city are related to air pollution. However, this figure is based on small particulates (PM2.5) such as emitted from diesel vehicles. When taking into account the effect of nitrogen oxide (NOX) and other air pollutants, that figure is worryingly thought to be as much as 6 times that. Furthermore, Portsmouth’s air pollution problem has been identified as roadside NOX pollutants. In February 2018 ClientEarth won a court hearing ruling that 33 authorities were in breach of meeting the government’s targets on legal levels of air pollution. Portsmouth was among those authorities.

 

Strong action is needed

Since the campaign launched, we’ve been out in the local community spreading the word about our concerns. In April we staged a peaceful demonstration outside the city civic offices, using ‘grave stones’ to highlight the number of premature deaths that are caused by air pollution. One of our campaigners delivered a letter to several key members of the City Council, calling for strong action to tackle the problem. Green MEP for the South East, Keith Taylor was in attendance. That evening he, along with 2 speakers from Let Pompey Breathe spoke about the air pollution issues we are facing across the city and why it’s so important we try to tackle this public health crisis.  

Since the beginning of May we’ve been focused on collecting signatures for the petition we’ve got running, asking the council to commit to reducing air pollution in the city. Anyone who lives, works or studies in Portsmouth can sign the petition. We’ve had stalls at a local Green Film Festival and at different points around the city. Residents are receptive and keen to sign. We’ve also had a bit of press, giving an interview on the local radio station. We’ve just reached the required 1000 signatures to ensure the issue is debated at full council. But we still need more! The greater number of people we can reach to sign the Petition, the further we’re able to go in demonstrating to the council that the electorate want action on this matter. If you are not eligible to sign, sharing it with people who are would be a great help.

The first step would be for the Council to publish an Air Quality Action Plan for consultation. It’s important they do this as a collaborative approach to developing robust and sustainable solutions to the problem. Everyone needs to have an input including local businesses, residents and environmental groups.

Get Involved

If you want to participate in tackling this issue, a great way to do so is donate your time and or money to organisations that are working to fight this problem. Some suggestions are ClientEarth, Earth Justice, Friends of the Earth, Green Peace. Or consider the Green Party to help get more councillors elected who will stand up for clean air.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the #letpompeybreathe campaign, and increase our network. Please get in touch if you want to get involved!  

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.