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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th December 2017

Welcome to this weeks newsletter.

At CrowdLeaf we share with you various articles and news which can help us understand the current state of the world and Climate and how we can begin to reverse or mitigate some of the damage that has been done.

A hot topic these past couple of weeks has been Blue Planet II and how damaging humans have been to the planet. Let’s make our pledges and get involved in cleaning up our waste and become more sustainable and take responsibility for our actions by making the world a much cleaner place to live.

With Christmas just around the corner, check out the great articles in ‘Sustainability  news’ for an eco-friendly Christmas and some plastic free tips.

There are also some great events coming up including Keep Britain Tidy Campaign so have a look and get involved.

Climate Change and Pollution News

100 MP’s Agree We Need A Fossil Fuel Free Future And Have Pledged To Divest Their Pensions From Fossil Fuels

 Ask Your MP To Join The Pledge!

 

4 Signs of Progress On Climate Change – Bill Gates

 

Air Pollution Harmful To Unborn Babies

 

Unicef: Air Pollution Damaging Babies Brains

 

Permafrost Melting At A Fastest Pace In 1,500 Years

 

Four UN Countries Join the Plastic Clean Up

 

Coffee Chain Cracks Down On Plastic Coffee Cups

 

Swiss Company Begins Sucking Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere

 

Major Pipeline To Be Shut Down To Fix Crack In The North Sea Pipeline

 

Coca-Cola’s Ambition For A sustainable Future

 

7 Air Pollution Hacks To Help Protect Your Family

 

Taking Climate Change Seriously

 

Wildlife, Environment and Conservation

How To Sustain Our Biggest Eco-System

 

Orangutang Selfies!

 

The Repercussions of Climate Change For Polar Bears

 

Urban Tree’s Growing Faster Worldwide

 

Crows To Discard Some Of Our Litter 

 

‘Mars’ Wants To Cut Deforestation From Supply Chain

 

Can Soil Help Stop Climate Change?

 

Mud That Could Change The World

 

E-Waste – Each U.S Family Trashes 400 i-Phones Worth A year

Sustainability News

Celtic Renewables To Build Whiskey Residue Biofuel

Abundance who are the green Crowdfunding platform of choice here, have many different Crowdfunding offers and now offer pensions and ISA’s. Remember that there are risks when investing, please only invest what you can afford.

 

Itches Bridge Toll Could Be Scrapped For Electric Vehicles

 

Eco-Friendly Christmas Ideas

 

China Launches The Worlds First Fully Electric Cargo Ship

 

Fashion Revolution – Repair, Reinvent And Consume Less

 

Motorbike Which Runs Off Algae

 

12 Plastic Free Christmas Tips

 

Farming For The Landless

 

Paper Note Books Made Out Of Stone

 

London’s Black Cabs Go Electric

Recycling News

9 genius Hack to Recycle Food Scraps

 

Hampshire Recycling

 

Events

Keep Britain Tidy Campaign – Great British Spring Clean

Mundesley Beach Clean

Southend Beach Clean

December Greenpeace Meeting – Southampton

Showing Valley’s New Year’s Day Conservation Work Day

Zero Waste Portswood Monthly Meeting

Handy Websites

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

 

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,

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 7th December 2017

Welcome to 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 and bring those ideas to the public.

This week we have two brilliant feature articles, one by Mar Introit and another by Laura Jackson raising valid and important issues the world today need to acknowledge address.

Also, don’t miss our very own CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter on Voice FM on 7th December 2017 at 7pm to discuss all thing green with friend Xan Phillips.

 

Feature Articles

Water equality: challenging the global balance? by @MarIntroini

Tusks, Trophy Hunting and Trump by @laura_wildlife

Climate Change and Pollution

Actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau otherwise known as Jaime Lannister from the Game Of Thrones shows his home land – Greenland – and how it’s changing due to climate change and why we need to protect it.

Greenland Climate TimeLapse

 

UN Commits to stop Ocean Plastic Waste

 

These start ups aim to make our planet greener and more sustainable

 

New study uncover’s ‘keystone dominos’ Strategy of climate denial

 

Shell Doubles Up On Green Spending And Vows Halve Carbon Footprint

 

Climate Change is Radically Reshuffling UK Bird Species Report Find

 

Sadiq Khan Plans Network Of London Water Fountains To Reduce Plastic Waste

 

New Sentinel Satellite Tracks Dirty Air

 

Japan Has Reached Impasse Over Million Tons Radioactive Water

 

Chile Is Banning Plastic Bags to Save Our Oceans

 

Footage Of A Cow Chewing On A Plastic Bag

This could have been a heart breaking situation and just shows how far the plastic pollution problem goes for animals on land as well as in the sea.

Worldwide Air Quality – Realtime Air Pollution Map

Just click on the link and enter your local city to find out what the air quality in your area is.

 

Carlsberg Officially Carbon Neutral In Sweden

 

David Attenborough Offers Stark Warning Against Climate Change

 

Wildlife and conservation

Mexico Creates Vast New Ocean Reserve To Protect ‘Galapagos Of North America’

 

Britains Coral Reefs And Marine Wildlife Are Equal To Anything On Blue Planet II

 

This Common Pesticide Can Make Migrating Birds Lose Their Way

 

Jersey Wetlands Park

“New Jersey may turn their wetlands park into a ‘Climate Change’ National Park”

 

Sumatran Tigers Fall 17% And Have Just Two Strongholds

 

Sustainability

BMW  Electric ‘Mini’

 

Should We Rent Our Christmas Tree?

 

Co-op Sell ‘ Past It’s Sell By Date’ Food At Discount Rate

 

Neal’s Yard Remedies Sustainable Gift Wrapping

 

Compost heap Video

 

Shell To Open Electric Vehicle Charging Points At UK Petrol Stations

 

Roof Top Panels Which Makes Drinking Water From Thin Air

 

German Alternative To Disposable Cups

 

Recycling

This Company Is Making Shoes Out Of Used Airbags And Tires

 

New Blaenau Gwent Recycling Centre Planned To Avoid Fines

 

Great Recycling Website For Tips On How And Where To Recycle

This is a nice easy to use website for children to look up why it is important to recycle and how with it’s easy to follow guides.

Events

Join CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter and his friend Xan Phillips on Voice FM for CrowdLeaf Hour
on Thursday 7th December to discuss all things green!

 

Southend Beach Clean 17th December 2017

 

Greenpeace Coca-Cola Campaign 10th december On The Common

 

Greenpeace Monthly Meeting And Social 19th December
Art House Southampton

 

Sholing Valley’s New Years Eve (Morning) Conservation Work Day 31st December 2017

 

Handy Websites

The Ethical Superstore is a great place to find eco-friendly products from cleaning to furniture.

 

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.’

www.loopster.co.uk

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 so please contact us if you would like us to do this for you. We can also help advertise any campaigns and fundraising events on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

If you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local 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 with one of our newsletters or Facebook page.

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

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

https://shop.crowdleaf.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 30th November 2017

Welcome to this weeks newsletter, giving you your weekly updates on climate change, environment, sustainability and all things green.

This weeks articles range between how Richard Branson is getting involved with clean energy for the Caribbean to Bearded Dragons becoming dummer due to the effects of Climate Change to some great news about some rare seahorse sightings in the River Thames. There are also some great video’s to watch and learn about recycling.

With Christmas just around the corner, there are some eco-friendly tips from Friends Of the Earth on how to choose a sustainable Christmas Tree, Christmas gift ideas instead of going straight to the shops and food ideas.

In the events, there  are some great opportunities to get involved with a beach clean in Southsea, an annual meeting with Friends Of Weston Shore. Also, not forgetting it is still National Tree Week and The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth have a great event which includes tree decorating, sapling planting and tree story telling – perfect for getting the kids involved!

Climate Change and Pollution

Richard Brandson Wants To Power The Caribbean With Clean Energy

After experiencing the effects of Hurricane Irma on his private island, Necker, Richard Branson wants to power the Caribbean with clean energy and is working to encourage other leaders in the caribbean to also use renewable energy.

From Another Perspective, This Is How Climate Change Is Affecting Lives And Resulting in A Generation of Child Brides In Africa

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/26/climate-change-creating-generation-of-child-brides-in-africa

Amazon are recycling excess energy from Data Centres to heat their Seattle Headquarter offices.

 http://www.greenmatters.com/news/2017/11/22/Z2tmzwQ/amazon-seattle-data-center-heat

Images From A Warming Planet – UK Pictures

Greenpeace Christmas Ad

This is a strong message to what is happening to our beautiful ocean from Greenpeace.

Lobster Found With Pepsi Logo Tattooed Fuels Fear Over Ocean Litter

 

 

Dirty Air Is Killing Our Children

An important reason why we should be encouraged to walk or cycle as much as possible. Not only would it reduce emissions to protect our children from future health issue’s it is beneficial for the whole world.

Conservation and Wildlife

Stop Hating On Vultures – Vultures can get a lot of bad press and are often depicted as villains so this is a video to show how important Vultures are to the ecosystem.

Albatross’s Hit By Climate Change

Rare Seahorses Found In The Thames

Seahorses are known to be ‘sticklers’ for clean water so this is amazing news to hear there are more frequent sightings in the river Thames.

Bearded Dragons getting Dimmer Due To Climate Change

Warmer temperatures maybe affecting these lizards eggs in the nest, a new study suggests, which could be causing Bearded Dragons to grow up dimmer as they learn slower as adults.

‘Record Numbers Of Rare Migrant Dragonflies Spotted In The Uk’

Environment

London Mayor Calls For Ban On Fracking And Wants To Focus On clean And Renewable Energy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42128672

How To Catch Wind Turbine Syndrome – By Hearing About It Then Worrying’

Minister Urges People To Dump Packaging At Shop Check  Outs.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2006/nov/14/supermarkets.ethicalliving

Companies Are Still Destroying Rainforests To Make Household Products Despite Promises To Stop By 2020.


Sustainability

Costa Rica Runs on Green Energy For a record breaking 300 days.

http://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2017/11/22/1gvVf2/costa-rica-300-green

Elon Musk – The Worlds Biggest Battery Built In 100 Days.

Friends Of the Earth Eco-tips

https://www.foe.co.uk/natural-resources/21-ecofriendly-christmas-tips

Edible Coffee Cup – Biodegradable Completely Natural Ingredient

New Giant Offshore Wind Farm In Norfolk

 Eco Light Powered By Plants

 

 

Wineries To Go Green To Meet Consumer Interest In Organic Products

 

A Bottle That Biodegrades As soon As It Is Empty

 

The UK’s Only Organic Pub

This is a fantastic place that aims to be fully sustainable. Not only is the food and drink organic, the furniture is second hand, all glass, cardboard and tins are recycled, even the pubs food waste is collected and used to generate energy.

Recycling

Two Supermarkets Have Backed A Bottle Deposit Scheme And Urge Other Supermarkets To Do The Same In A bid To Reduce Plastic Pollution

https://www.mcsuk.org/news/icelandcoop-DRS

‘What Happens To Our Recycling?’

 

Norway’s Brilliant Recycling Idea

 

Events

Friends of Weston Shore host their Annual General Meeting in Woolston Community Centre

Thursday 30th November 2017 19:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/478695582529969/

National Tree Week at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth in Wales

Saturday 2nd December 2017 13:00 – 15:30

National Tree Week Event – Machynlleth

Southsea Beach Clean

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Coffee Cup, Eastney 10am-12pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/154033675331375/

Sea-Bin Change

Friday 1st December 2017 17.00 – 20.30

Portsmouth

http://uopnews.port.ac.uk/events_main/see-bin-sea-change/

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/

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 so please contact us if you would like us to do this for you. We can also help advertise any campaigns and fundraising events on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

If you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local 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 with one of our newsletters or Facebook page.

Contact us via our website:

Home Page

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk
ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

https://shop.crowdleaf.org.uk/

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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 …

Sir David Attenborough's New Series to Show 'Heartbreaking ...

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

1005 best Art images on Pinterest | James d'arcy, Built ins and ...

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/

Contact Us!

Please contact us via our website: http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Or email us:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan @crowdleaf.org.uk

On Behalf of Crowdleaf – happy reading!

Vicky

Visit our Crowdleaf Store to help support our cause and green community!

https://shop.crowdleaf.org.uk/

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 16th November 2017

 
 






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

Arch2O-Whilwind-01

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.







10th year of the pioneering SuperHomes Open Days

This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. SuperHome owners will open their doors this September as part of our Open House events, and there is a record 100 free events occurring this year across the UK. 

SuperHomes is a project managed by the National Energy Foundation, an independent charity that aims to reduce the use of energy in buildings.
The Open Days are a great opportunity for visitors to see for themselves both the challenges and benefits associated with making older homes more energy efficient, and view retrofit technologies in action. The free Open House events occur every September where the SuperHome owners provide honest and detailed accounts of their renovation stories and offer invaluable advice and guidance.
Since 2007 SuperHomes has been at the forefront of domestic eco-retrofit and the network continues to lead the way in carbon conscious renovation. To date, 222 homeowners have all transformed their properties through environmentally minded renovation resulting in lower energy bills, smaller carbon footprints and a huge increase in comfort levels.
SuperHomes include all types of houses, ranging from Grade II listed 16th Century ironstone properties to 1990’s build ex-council houses; from 6 bed Victorian mansions to 1940 terraces; from idyllic ecolodge retreats in rural Snowdonia to single story flats in the heart of London.

The technology found within and around the properties is innovative and market leading, and our SuperHomes offer exceptional, and often unique, examples of green technologies.

In addition to the more mature aspects of green renovation such as external wall insulation, solar PV panels and heat pumps, our houses boast a variety of cutting edge technologies such as Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems, green roofs, biomass boilers, and even whole house airtight membranes.

SuperHomes are pioneers in renewable technology and energy efficiency.






We have a number of SuperHomes opening for the first time this year. This includes our most recent addition Pamela whose 1920s ex-Council house in North London is carbon neutral! She achieved this by installing many technologies, including Solar Water Heating, Solar PV Panels and Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery. Visit Pamela on 16th/17th September on a free tour. Another interesting first time opener is Paul from Flintshire who retrofitted his 1960s home for under £10,000, and still managed to achieve a carbon saving of 64%! Visit Paul for a tour on the 9th September to learn about how to keep eco-retrofit affordable. To find an Open Day near you please visit http://www.superhomes.org.uk/get-inspired/events/.

Energy used in the home accounts for more than a quarter of total energy use and carbon emissions in the UK. Houses in the UK are some of the least energy efficient in Europe, and the majority of the housing stock is made up of older homes which are typically very energy inefficient. Without tackling this problem and improving the energy efficiency of homes we will not be able to meet our emissions target of an 80% cut in emissions by 2050 to meet the requirements of the legally binding Climate Change Act. Open House events like SuperHomes are great ways to distribute knowledge and passion about retrofit, and persuade people to take the carbon conscious decision to reduce energy use in their home.

The current, post-Green Deal (the Coalition Government’s flagship energy efficiency policy that was scrapped in 2015), climate, with lowered green incentives and a distinct lack of interest from subsequent governments has seen the focus on eco-retrofit waver. Yet the refurbishment of our homes and buildings is one of the greatest challenges we face to reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. SuperHomes harnesses the enthusiasm of our energy saving pioneers to stimulate community-led renovation.
SuperHome Open Days occur throughout the year with a co-ordinated national event throughout September. Most of our openings coincide with Heritage Open Days (7-10th September) and London Open House (16/17th September). To find out more visit www.superhomes.org.uk
To help SuperHomes celebrate this anniversary we’ve partnered with the Ecology Building Society who are supporting this year’s September openings.

SuperHome owner #59, Mark Brown stands in front of his 1980’s detached house. The High Wycombe property has achieved 90% carbon savings. Visit on 9th/10th September.

The Wave of Plastic Pollution is a problem – @AdamManning of @GreenHampshire & @rwscarter of @CrowdLeaf

Plastic in our natural environment has become an urgent issue that our society needs to address and Ryan recently focused on this in his once a month CrowdLeaf radio slot with Xan Phillips on VoiceFM 103.9. (This is on from 8pm on the first Thursday of the month.) Plastic in the form of nurdles and plastic products are a serious problem for marine life, beach life and for the food system.
Many people who believe they are being as good to the environment as they can be do not knowingly pollute the seas with plastic or other products. However, plastic fibres from polyester and acrylic clothing are polluting the seas on an industrial scale. One 6kg wash produces 140,000 fibres from polyester-cotton blend, half a million polyester fibres and nearly 3/4 of a million acrylic fibres.
If each and every house is doing this just once a week that is an awfully large quantity and the rate at which people throw away clothes is pandemic. It is worse to throw these away than it is to wash them and the onus should be on the producers of such items to change the material to stop the pollution at source.
There are alternatives that companies can and should be looking at such as natural products, lyocell made from trees, leather made from Pineapple and more… and we as consumers need to demand these.

One important way forward is to take advantage of producers who are using alternative products to traditional plastics.
These scary numbers are just the beginning. Micro fibres from soaps, body wash and cosmetic products are also washing down our drains into the seas. Recently a plastic soup of millions of pieces of plastic was discovered in our oceans. Earlier this year, 38 million pieces of plastic were found on Henderson Island. What is this doing to our natural habitats? Our animal welfare laws wouldn’t allow this for pets but for wildlife, sadly we have different standards.

The problem of plastic pollution often becomes clear during the course of a litter pick. Litter picking as a form of environmental activism has grown markedly in popularity in recent years. Individuals are taking the initiative to clear up rubbish, as are groups of many different sizes. This includes volunteer groups who look after particular areas, such as Friends of Weston Shore, larger and more established organisations such as the Keep Britain Tidy or the Marine Conservation Society and now new, online initiatives, such as #2minutebeachclean and Litterati.

Keen litter pickers will spend a lot of time picking up plastic items in an event of this sort. Their work is vital in clearing up our natural environment as plastic will, if not removed, last effectively forever.
At a larger scale than plastic fibres, this includes plastic bottles, for water or soft drinks. As well as spoiling the natural beauty of an area, they can be a danger to wildlife. Mice and shrews can climb into them, perhaps spotting a mouthful of water to drink inside, and then be unable to climb up out again, leaving them trapped. Other animals, similarly looking for a drink, can trap their snouts or beaks in a plastic bottle, making them unable to shake them off.

Plastic ring binders are another serious problem. These are the loops of plastic that are typically used to keep groups of four or six beer cans together. They can snare both land living animals like foxes, birds and even snakes but also, if they are caught by the tide, turtles, dolphins and other sea life. There is a famous case of a young turtle entwined in a twisted six pack ring whose body deformed as it grew, until its body ultimately became a figure of eight, the ring still stuck around its unnaturally narrow waist. If they are not removed from the environment, they pose a danger to wildlife.

Cotton buds are another persistent problem. These small lengths of plastic tubing are all over our beaches, washed up by the tide. People use cotton buds to clean their ears and noses or for arts and crafts, household cleaning and other uses round the house. It seems that after they have been used, some people throw them down the toilet to dispose of them. The cotton buds then go through our sewage system, which is not designed for such products. Later, they are flushed out to sea only to ultimately end up washed up on our shores, without the fluffy cotton bits at either end, which will have disintegrated in the sewage system. Surveys by the Marine Conservation Society indicate that 60% of sewage related beach litter is from cotton buds. Just don’t throw them down the toilet!

Nurdles are another form of plastic pollution, especially on our beaches. These are tiny beads of plastic, about the size of lentils, used in the creation of plastic products. They end up in our natural areas, including our shores, from spills or accidents while they are being shipped from place to place in the production process. Nurdles, like the plastic fibres we are learning about, represent a serious pollution problem, both in the water and on land. They attract and concentrate other pollutants to them. Like all plastic, they can fragment and breakdown into smaller pieces, becoming harder to handle and remove. Animals of all sorts can mistake nurdles for food like fish eggs or seeds, especially in the water, and this can make them sick or kill them.

Part of the problem with nurdles in our natural environment is that their small size makes them difficult to remove. An average litter picker will be unable to pick them up. Chesil Bay in Southampton, a beautiful part of the shore in the city, has a particular nurdle pollution problem. In some patches this is so bad, there seems to be more nurdles than soil.

Nurdles and other plastic debris often ends up in being deposited in natural areas because human created parts of the environment, such as sea walls, docks or piers are hard surfaces. When the plastic debris comes into contact with these, the nurdles, cotton buds and so forth, are deflected away. As a result, when they come to rest in a natural area, this will be where they stay. So, nurdles and other plastic debris tend to build up on a natural area of shoreline.

There is an urgent need to take action at each stage of the plastic production process so that our natural environment is not ruined in the way that has been building up for years.






How to Start a Sustainability Movement in Your Organization: Part 3 Scale by Wendy Firlotte @EngageIntl

The Challenge: Since the path to sustainability is rooted in local context, creating an overarching corporate program that is also relevant to numerous departments and locations may seem counter-intuitive. How do we create an overarching corporate sustainability program that is relevant to every employee and is implementable across an entire organization, especially those with diverse departments, services and geographic locations? How could we implement programming that would be relevant to office, laboratory, retail and field-based settings or perhaps in operations located in New York City, New Delhi and in a small rural town in northern Canada?

Another key consideration when we are thinking through the scope of corporate vs. local, is that the reverse also needs to be considered. How does the program engage employees to directly understand their impact locally on organizational performance? For example, would employees be able to read a sustainability report and relate their everyday actions to the outcomes that the organization reports on? Do employees feel that their daily actions make a difference toward organizational goals?

An Effective Approach: “Strategic Flexibility”: I encourage an approach that I like to call “Strategic Flexibility”. This approach is about finding an effective balance with aligned action between corporate level targets and locally organized events and activities.

What does this mean in action? Companies focus program efforts on their overarching sustainability targets, but provide local autonomy by working with all locations to plan how they will meet the company targets in a way that is relevant to their specific context.

Strategic flexibility is where the “top down” big picture planning, meets the “bottom up” operational insights and practicality. Each approach has advantages, but reliance on only one restricts the potential effectiveness and success of your strategic goals. It combines the strategic alignment of efforts with the business vision, while leveraging local experience, operational knowledge and momentum of existing initiatives. Creating efforts that are strategically flexible builds trust, commitment, enthusiasm, buy-in at every level, and company resilience by creating the space to be responsive to internal and external influences.

How it Works: Whether your program focuses on individuals or teams, create an overarching framework around your organization’s sustainability targets that is clear and relatable to your sustainability reporting. Using the focused framework you have created for guidance, allow local offices to develop their own plans to address each target. Local offices may or may not be implementing the same activities, but they will all be working towards overarching sustainability targets.

Some key elements for implementation:

Local Planning – Encourage the development of a local sustainability plan by involving the entire office/location. Sustainability/Green Teams often only look within their limited group for ideas, champions and resources. Developing a local sustainability plan by involving all employees will open up avenues for participation, discussion, ideas, solutions, collaboration and resources.

Encourage involvement in the process by providing various approaches that appeal to employees’ interests and time commitments. This is an amazing opportunity to build on the momentum of existing local activities, previous success and identify local champions. When it’s time to prioritize and decide on action plans, create space for productive discussion; for example host solution lunches, where you can bring into the fold anyone interested in a specific issue or initiative by discussing solutions to a particular challenge.

Local Support – This sort of “bottom coming up to meet top” approach will be a new concept to many people, so providing ongoing support for planning and implementation for local offices is important and necessary. Having a strong support network for them to move forward will be key. In addition to corporate assistance, creating a community support network of local champions/mentors is also effective.

Networking and Knowledge Sharing – Providing an avenue for discussion, sharing ideas, success stories and advice on lessons learned is an effective way to make offices feel supported and ultimately more successful. Learning from each other and feeling connected as a community working toward a common goal greatly increases enthusiasm and momentum.

Want to learn more?

Watch for the next installment of our 6-part “Start a Sustainability Movement in Your Organization: Part 4 – How to Systemize “ series. We will focus on how to systemize your program, no matter the size, function or structure of your organization or program.

Start a Sustainability Movement Series:

· Part 1: Steps to follow

· Part 2: Building buy-in at every level

· Part 3: How to scale

· Part 4: How to systemize

· Part 5: All in for sustainability

· Part 6: Fostering culture & embedding sustainability

Connect with Wendy om the links below.

Twitter: @EngageIntl https://twitter.com/EngageIntl

LinkedIn: Wendy Firlotte https://uk.linkedin.com/in/wendyfirlotte

Wendy is a Corporate Sustainability Employee Engagement Strategist. She specializes in translating high-level strategy and purpose into aligned and embedded employee action.







#Green issues are also a diplomacy issue: towards a #Green #Global #Diplomacy… by @MarIntroini

The digital sculpture “Mother morning” shows the hidden treasure of climate change action: the strength of diplomacy. A pillar that is within activists, environmental organizations and leaders however, is not being used in its full potential and there is not a consolidated green diplomacy. Traditional channels of diplomacy are not enough and even COP21 shows that its possible we urgently need to rebuild a diplomatic sense of global green joint action.



Green issues needs “power of influence” that takes shape with a solid structure around diplomacy. Commitment from civil society is important but could easily be transformed in a useless resource if is not focused in a strategy encompassing global leaders and institutions.

Under current crisis of leadership and institutions particularly at global level, is very difficult to build a sphere of influence. Global institutions are not reliable to assure the sustainability of green initiatives and work as a defense against financial private interests. Current trend from US of destroying a “green vision” are making universal attempts very challenging for building a green diplomacy. The threat to abandon COP21 is a tangible expression of its boycott.

Is it clear that a weak leadership leads to a diplomacy failure hence reducing the levels of influence below minimum standards. Making of the political stage the only way-out to achieve results. For getting to a green culture is paramount to build around several pillars do not just rely on politics. That’s one of the main factors to support the development of a “green diplomacy” as there is not a tangible link private-civil-society-financial world-politicians and citizens interests. There are common interests but not a good and strong diplomacy able to link all this pillars around a common goal. Is it so, that political decisions like climate change denier Donald Trump are more harmful that ever and it looks closer to a dictatorship decision rather to a democratic elected leader. Erasing past ideological Administration focus constitutes a different nature from denial what the majority of the citizens are demanding. Indeed, 7 of 10 Americans want to emphasize alternative energy (not oil, gas and coal). That means democracy. There is no room for debate when there are authoritarian political decisions that undermine citizenship majority will.

If the argumentation is that there are also financial interests around clean energies there is also better and worse interests around remain in the same stage of contamination that is killing the planet. Scientifically and by common sense climate change devastating impact is being proven along the last 50 years.

Becoming sustainable shouldn’t remain just a political decision above citizenship´s interests. Mass ignorance and short termism is not an excuse for not proceeding. Even with a different focus but without erasing all green strategies without giving an alternative model for current climate threats.

In a surprisingly political momentum of climate change denial, an intense work of influence becomes paramount to overcome this overwhelming tendency to destroy global initiatives and it is the development of a global green diplomacy that could rescue us from this chaotic and threatening momentum for climate change action.

The only way to become resilient is to gather together around a global green diplomacy more than a green agreement. In which, leaders, institutions and civil societies participate in a permanent basis of joint action and a structure –not necessary formal- in which commitment with green becomes influence. Green political parties are a good expression of this attempt, although it needs to move one step further and become real experts in diplomacy to become real influencers. Building a global diplomacy on green issues from the election of strong and trained leaders able to be resilient by themselves towards a system that tends to absorb them.

Global green diplomacy: a new challenging ground that needs to give birth to a new generation of leaders able to grow strongly and steady to reshape global institutions and growth towards a new recycled life.