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CrowdLeaf Newsletter – Clean Air Day – 21st June 2018

Welcome to this weeks CrowdLeaf newsletter. Which falls on Clean Air Day the 21st of June.

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This week we want to look at our Air Quality and how we can work on improving this.

We have two new and fantastic Guest articles and one from a few weeks back on the theme of Air Pollution.

Guest Articles

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

Poor Air Quality Is a Huge Issue – By Alexa Gill and Anna Koor of Let Pompey Breathe

Combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan

Climate Change and pollution

Children Exposed To 30% More Pollution Than Adults On Walk To School Due To Proximity To Exhaust Fumes, Study Says

Cross-Party Say Government Is Dragging Feet On Air Pollution

Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Then Ever

UK Pension Funds Get Green Light To Dump Fossil Fuel Investments

Paper Straw Factory To Open In Britain As Restaurants Ditch Plastic

Wildlife and Conservation News

David Attenborough Launches Wildlife Fund For Advertisers

Elephant Calf Born At Western Plains Zoo

A World Without Puffins? The Uncertain Fate Of The Much Loved Seabirds

Flying Ant Day 2018 – What, When, Why?

Recycling and Sustainability

How to Cook For Maximum Taste, Using Minimum Energy

European Countries Urged To Introduce Separate Food Waste Collections

How You Smartphone Can Make your Home More Eco Friendly

Events

Research Cafe 35: Air Pollution And Our Health

Volunteering Day 24th June

Bitterne Litter Team – 1 Hour Litter Pick 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Air Quality Monitoring Workshop 28th June 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘On Tour’ Artist Special, Part 1 11th July

South sea Wildlife Watch 21st 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

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!

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.

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 15th June 2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter!

If you want to be added to our newsletter mailing list please feel free to contact us via Facebook or email us using the email addresses in the Contacts section.

Here are some great tips on what to recycle from the bathroom – always check the label and don’t just throw them away!

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Keep a lookout as CrowdLeaf will be organising a litter pick and a beach clean over the next few months so if you want to do your bit please contact us and let us know.

Do you have an event or article you would like to see published on our newsletter? Just ask us here at CrowdLeaf and we can see if we can help!

Climate Change and Pollution

Climate Change Can Be Reversed By Turning Air Into Gasoline

Climate Change Is Wiping out The Baobab, Africa’s ‘tree of life’

Antarctic Melting Faster Than Ever Before Posing Significant Threat To Coastal Cities, According To Studies

People In Manchester ‘Exposed To Dangerous Levels Of Air Pollution’

Delhi Air Quality: Under A Thick Haze Of Dust

Sir David Attenborough: ‘The Human Race Will Regret It If We Don’t Act On Plastic Now’

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Energy

The Government Is About To Cancel A Billion-Pound Energy Project In Wales

It seemed to many people in Swansea that the Lagoon project was guaranteed

Samsung Commits To 100% Renewables Energy After Global Protests

Wildlife and Conservation

Coral Reef Growth ‘Already Failing To Keep Pace With Sea Level Rise’ Study Says

Chris Packham Warns Of ‘Ecological Apocalypes’ In Britain

Fifth Of Britain’s Mammals ‘At High Risk Of Extinction’

Recycling and Sustainability

Ecobricks.org – Plastic, solved

Tokyo Announces Plan To Install Solar Roads In Time For 2020 Olympics

Machines Offering money For Plastic Arriving In More Iceland Stores

Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre And Craft 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Research Cafe 35: Air Pollution And Our Health

Volunteering Day 24th June

Bitterne Litter Team – 1 Hour Litter Pick 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Air Quality Monitoring Workshop 28th June 2018

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

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 7th June 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list please feel free to email myself (Vicky) or Ryan and we will carry on sending you awesome things like these two beatboxing starlings as well as keeping you all up to date with news about the current state of the environment:)

I thought this little guy was pretty cool and deserved a place in the intro too – what a world of amazing creatures we have and need to protect.

Will you take the pledge to reduce plastic pollution? Such an important issue for the whole world to fix lets keep on reminding everyone!

Do you have an article or an event you would like to share? Please contact us and let us know and we can see if we can help.

The War On Plastic

Antarctic No Longer ‘Pristine Wilderness’ After Plastic Pollution Is Found

Antarctic no longer ‘pristine wilderness’ after plastic pollution is found

The Hidden Truth Of Plastic Pollution

50 Nations ‘Curbing Plastic Pollution’

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Families Around The World Join War On Plastic – In Pictures

Climate Change and Pollution

‘Impossible To Cheat’ Desiel Emissions Tests Show Almost All New Desiels Still Dirty

‘Carbon Bubble’ Could Sparke Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

What Is The Carbon Bubble And What Will Happen If It Bursts

Each Car In London Costs NHS And Society £8,000 Due To Air Pollution, Report Finds

Energy

Waste Heat: Innovators Turn To An Overlooked Renewable Resource

Data centers, such as Google's facility in Dalles, Oregon, generate huge amounts of waste heat.

Netherlands To Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants In Blow To RWE

Pioneering ‘Liquid Air’ Project Can Help Store Excess Electricity

Wildlife and Conservation

Amazing Whale Picture Capture By Wildlife Fan From Cornwall

Deadly Toxic Toad Invasion Putting Madagascar Wildlife At Risk

Eerie Silence Falls On Shetland Cliffs That Once EchoedTo Seabirds’ Cries

Swan Shown Desperately Trying To Save Companion In Filthy, Mud Filled River

Recycling and Sustainability

Are You Eating A ‘Reducetarian’ Diet Without Even Realising It?

Blogging By The River Foyle Tackles Derry’s Litter Problem

Seánna Gillespie plogging with her son Shéa

Rubbish Firm Amey ‘Lost’ 2,000 Tonnes Of Gloucester Recycling

Paper Cup Alliance Welcomes Network Rail Recycling Plans

Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre And Craft 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Volunteering Day 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

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

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!

 

 

 

 

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 23rd May 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf’s newsletter.

As you may have heard data protection laws are changing on 25th May so you will need to let us know if you would like to continue receiving our weekly newsletters. Some of you will have received an email from us but if you haven’t and you would like to, please drop us an email or message. Thank you all for your support for our shared and joint cause! 🙂

Ryan has been spending some time in Amsterdam, this is what he had to say:

‘It’s great to see all the great advances so obviously unique but so startlingly obvious. Everywhere you turn there is Tesla taxis, solar boats on their pristine rivers. In shops and hotels there arr environmentally aware products, CO2 aware menus and the very unique situation of bicycles peppered in every road and corner. It’s been hearenting to see the novel idea of car share schemes just popping up all over the City. What more can I say, it’s so green and clean here, frankly the UK could learn a lot’

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Some great conservation success stories – always good to see some of the good we can do!

Do you have an event or an article you would like to see published on our newsletter? Please contact myself (Vicky) or Ryan to see if we can help!

Climate Change and Pollution

Connected Communities For Clean Air – The Southampton Collective

Portsmouth Set To Be Given £500,000 To Combat Dangerous Air Pollution

Portsmouth has been cash to go towards reducing air pollution

Shell Investors Revolt Over Pay And Maintain Pressure Over Climate Change

Risk Of Water Shortages For England Warns Environment Agency

Air Pollution Plans To Tackle Wood Burners

Wood burning stove

UK’S New Air Pollution Strategy ‘Hugely Disappointing’, Says Labour

UK’s Clean Car Goal ‘Not Ambitious Enough’

Energy

Draw Power Station To Lead Fresh Carbon Capture Trial

Wildlife and conservation

Congratulations to Chester Zoo for this gorgeous baby!

Call To Curb Water Use And Leaks To Prevent Water Shortages And Wildlife Damage

‘Living Fossil’ Giant Salamander Heading For Extinction

Giant salamander

Hundreds Of Fish Species Will Be Forced To Migrate North To Escape Effects Of Climate Change

Great British Bee Count 2018

Humans Just 0.01% Of All Life But Have Destroyed 83% Of Wild Animals- Study

Illegal Online Sales Of Endangered Wildlife Rife In Europe

Sustainability and Recycling

How To Reduce Waste At Home

France Is About To Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing

Iceland Trials Reverse Vending Machine Which Pays You To Recycle

Iceland trials reverse vending machine which pays you to recycle

Rubbish Rage: Officers Protect Collector In Dutch Recycling Wars

Tesco Removes Best Before Dates On Fruit And Veg In Bid To Reduce Food Waste

The labels will be removed from several popular fruit and veg items

Princes Sets 50% Recycling Target For Plastic Bottles

Events

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

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Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Volunteering Day 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

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

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 17th May 2018

Hello and Welcome to CrowdLeaf’s Newsletter!

A big thank you to Ryan who took over for last weeks newsletter while I was on holiday! 🙂

While away, we went to Paignton Zoo and was so pleased to see them providing biodegradable and compostable take away coffee cups – there really should be more of a push for other coffee and take away chains to provide these!

I also wanted to share this beauty who lived outside our from door for a couple of days – it looks like a male Lime Hawk Moth. I’m no expert on moths or their biggest fans but not even I can deny how handsome he is! (Please feel free to correct me if I have identified him wrong.)

If anyone would like their articles or events published on our weekly newsletter then please email us and let us know!

Guest Piece

We have a great guest piece by Eco Collective – a vegan supermarket for good that has a great range and price for their products.

Another great guest piece regarding the pressing issue of Air Pollution and Clean Air Day 2018 by Larissa Lockwood, Head Of Health at Action Global Plan:

Combination of Cold Starts And Short Journeys Are A major Barrier To Air Pollution Improvements.

We also have a great charity event – Brave New Southampton: Variety Show Shindig! on Friday 18th May for anyone interested in a better, cleaner and greener Southampton. So come and join in!

The War On Plastic

Facts About Plastic Pollution

The Plastic Plague – Are We Really Managing It?

New Labelling Helps UK Shoppers Avoid Plastic Packaging

UK Parliament To Remove Single Use Plastics From Westminster

Bardem Wants More Action On Plastic Pollution

Plastic Bag Among 3,500 Pieces Of Debris Found At The Deepest Point In The Ocean

Climate Change and Pollution

UK Must Secure Billions In Investment To Meet Climate Targets, MP Warns

Pollution watch: Do Face Masks Really Prevent The Ill Effects Of Pollution?

‘Impossible To Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting A Plan To Fight Climate Change

South Koreans More Worried About Air Pollution Than Kim’s Nukes

London Considering Car-Free Days In Bid To Tackle Air Pollution

Exposure To Air Pollution In The Womb Triggers High Blood Pressure In Children, Study Finds

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Wildlife Poachers In Kenya ‘To Face Death Penalty’

Palm Oil Producers Are Wiping Out Orangutans – Despite Multinationals Promises

Leaked Report Warns Cambodia’s Biggest Dam Could ‘Literally Kill’ Mekong River

Energy

Wind Power Overtakes Nuclear Energy In UK For First Time Over Last Three Months

Almost half of Australian Big Business Moving To Renewables

Investors Urge Fossil Fuel Firms To Shun Trumps Arctic Drilling Plans

Recycling and sustainability

Christopher Raeburn Launches Collaboration With Palladium Boots

Surrey Creates ‘Super Group’ To Investigate Whether The Greening Of Cities Helps Mental Health

Almost 4 Tonnes Of Extra Plastic Recycled Since New Recycling Bin Banks Introduced

Events

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Brave New World Variety Show Shindig in Southampton – 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Final Straw Solent Beach Clean – Southsea Seafront 20th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

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Clean Air Day 21st June

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!

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Combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan

Here we are again with another guest piece, they are coming thick and fast at the moment, if you want to feature on Crowdleaf.org.uk too, please do contact us!

This time we talk about the pressing issue of Air Pollution and Clean Air Day 2018, with a guest piece by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan.

A combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements :

More than half of car trips nationally are under 5 miles. In urban areas such as inner London, a third of car trips are just under 2 miles.

Double the amount of pollution emitted from cars in first 5 minutes of journeys compared to the rest of the journey.

Clean Air Day 2018 calls on UK residents to leave their cars at home on 21 June and walk or cycle instead.

The combination of the pollution burst that is being created as cars warm up in the first 5 minutes of journeys, together with the large proportion of  journeys being short ones, is making a significant contribution to the UK’s air pollution challenge. Drivers are suffering the worst effects of this pollution burst as there can be up to double the amount of pollution inside vehicles.

Latest analysis of the EQUA Index data shows that the average daily distance driven in passenger cars in urban areas is not sufficient for a vehicle’s pollution control system to warm up and become fully functional. For the majority of vehicles tested by Emissions Analytics, it can take more than five minutes for pollution control systems to reach operating temperature.

Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, said, “Taking collective action to tackle air pollution every day can make a massive difference, particularly if we cut down on using the car for these short, polluting journeys, many of which can be walked or cycled instead.

“Imagine if more people left the car at home every day, particularly for these short journeys. We could achieve similar levels of clean air on a daily basis as we did when the roads closed during the London Marathon which led a massive 89% drop in air pollution. We would suffer far fewer health problems from air pollution and we would also reduce levels of congestion and free up our streets, making them safer.

“Let’s take action together on Clean Air Day, 21 June, to make a real difference to the air we breathe. Clean Air Day has developed a range of advice, top tips, and information on the actions that everyone can take to protect themselves from pollution and reduce their impact.”

Small steps can mean major change.  Global Action Plan, the organisers of Clean Air Day, suggests that if we all commit to just one of the following, regularly, the differences will be great:
Use your feet, take to the street and get active – Walk, cycle, bus, tube, tram, boat, however you like to travel, leave your car at home and take to the streets. As well as cutting down the amount of pollution you make, you’ll increase your daily exercise.
Drive in to the future – Cars may not fly or run on trash yet but when you upgrade your car, explore an electric, hybrid or LPG model (to save on your road tax too)
Give your car a holiday – There are some easy ways to use your car less; car-sharing or working from home if possible.  And they quickly become part of your routine.
Get out of your car – Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist.  So, avoid sitting in your car in heavy traffic where pollution can build up and walk or cycle instead
Keep your car tyres inflated – Having well-inflated tyres means your car will be more efficient and use less fuel. Great for the environment and great for your pocket too.

Air pollution causes heart disease and worsens asthma in adults and children. It is damaging the health of all of us, but particularly young children and those with heart and lung problems. Every year in the UK 29,000 people die prematurely from air pollution – that’s about 80 people every day.

Research has shown that there are still significant gaps in public understanding of air pollution and we urgently need to impress upon people the need for them to get involved and how they can make a difference.

2018’s Clean Air Day on 21 June will create a groundswell of action bringing thousands of people together to make UK cities cleaner and healthier. It will provide guidance on the actions people can take today to reduce the air pollution they create and advice on what they can do to protect themselves and their families in the future.

Brave New Southampton: Variety Show Shindig!

This is an environmental variety show charity event occurring in Southampton at The 1865 on Friday 18th May.
This is for anyone who wants to get involved in the City’s sustainable transition to a greener, cleaner, braver space. It’s a completely non-profit event to raise money for Transition Southampton (a local community led organisation that aim to transform the city into a more sustainable place via local projects such as the Repair Cafe) and other environmental projects. We’ve got a great line-up and a 750 people capacity venue, with the possibility of raising £6000 by just throwing a kick-ass party.

We have three aims:

  1. Increase networking of environmentally-minded people in the City
  2. Raise money for Transition Southampton and other like-minded projects.
  3. Have a kick-ass party

What you can do, you ask? We’d love your support and your help! Buy a ticket, email all your members, say ‘going’ on our Facebook event and tell all of your friends – that simple! Any questions and give me a shout.

Facebook event by clicking on the attached photo: