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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

Whale mother can't let go of dead calf likely poisoned by plastic ...

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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SDG´s 12+14= the panoptic for plastic waste by @MarIntroini

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When Foucault creates the concept of a panoptic for the criminal system he didn’t realized its real potential and that it could be applied for other areas in which there is danger for our societies, in this case for our oceans.

If there were a constant surveillance and a rational and responsible consumption maybe plastics would not represent a threat, however under current circumstances without a proper waste management and recycling process it becomes a real challenge.

Millions of plastic bottles finish in the ocean, which means that there is a terrible lack of awareness from individuals that goes beyond the own negative impact in the environment. Is an endemic problem that starts with indifference and misbehaving and end on lack of Education. Indeed, about 8m tones of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year, more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic float in the world’s oceans, breaking into smaller pieces*.

U.N. goals 12+ 14 may be the clue for addressing this relentless path towards contamination; Responsible Consumption and Production and Life below waterare the two main goals to search for resilience in terms of plastic waste management and preservation of oceans. But how could we plan our response effectively?

Is estimated that by 2050 it will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, coincidentally by the same year, there is another forecast establishing that the entire SDG´s will not be achieved. Which is the real burden? Lack of information seems to be the answer, at least right now. Sadly instead of being focused on strategic planning we are still delivering basic info.

 But let´s be positive and focusing in those actions that are succeeding and delivering solutions in the short-term: Projects Faro 360 in Kaolack, Senegal a “waste tolerance” city exposure the fact that individual action + innovation makes possible a recycling process of plastics and minds.

Commitment from corporations: the road ahead. Changing cultural business codes is the clue and could only be achieved working on the following roads:

1) Cleaning –literally- oceans from plastic waste

2) Innovative forms of packaging

3) Education process at all levels to get commitment from the people: responsible consumption and waste management.

In the end Education becomes another key element and a sort kind of “panoptic” from which we could control corporation’s work, public policies and individual action.

Control, supervision, regulation, etc., a close look to SDG´s and their ambitious targets make us conclude that without pressure there is no results. We need to build new innovative structures through raise awareness and strong legislation based on creativity and capacity to influence people effectively. It is proven that information is currently the main challenge, a fact that transforms any effort for success useful if there is not a solid political will to address it.

Financial aspects seems to be a controversial point; SDG´s supposes an investment of 5 to 7 trillions and even if the world has never been wealthier as now is it also true that there are big troubles in terms of distribution. It´s important to highlight that this is not an ideological matter, the equal distribution is much more than a political position but a reality that is driven the world into stagnation. If there are still countries submitted into poverty means the total failure of a goal on sustainability There is not a possibility to get to successful goals if parts of the planet are still under basic standards for accessing to clean water or safe environments, that is so that the “plastic issue” become and universal issue and also an universal responsibility.

 

Tolerance 0 to plastic waste! 12 + 14= sustainable oceans.