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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!

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!

A Vegan Supermarket for Good @EcoCollectiveUK

We at Crowdleaf.org.uk are carrying another fantastic guest piece this week. This article was written for us by Hayley from The Eco Collective and it is a group we are starting to work with who are promoting a more sustainable future and a more sustainable diet.

The Eco Collective is unique as it is a 100% Vegan Supermarket that can more than compete on price and range. It vital we live more sustainably and remember you don’t have to be a vegan to shop with them, but in the quest towards eating more sustainably the world needs less meat and less dairy. For a more sustainable diet try the eco collective it is a great place to start.

A Vegan Supermarket for Good 

 My name is Hayley Guerrier and I am the co-founder of The Eco Collective, a not-for-profit social enterprise created by me and my mum Juliet and launched on 16th January 2018. 

 It is our mission to make it easy and affordable for anyone and everyone to live sustainably by offering ethically sourced, vegan products at the lowest prices possible and we have done this by building both an online vegan supermarket and a platform to purchase goods at wholesale prices. 

Spreading Veganism 

I think you would agree that if people decide they want to improve their lives and the lives of others – including our non-human cousins – they should never have to pay a premium to do so. And I know, beans and rice and fruit and veg is all deliciously affordable but what about when you just don’t have the time to cook from scratch or make your own bicarbonate of soda deodorant or milk the almonds. 

The supermarkets aren’t much help. How does selling vegan cheese/ice cream/ready meals at two or three times the price of non-vegan options help to recruit new vegans? It simply isn’t fair or at all encouraging to make veganism or living sustainably look so unobtainable. Is somebody who drinks cow’s milk really going to look over at a £3 carton of plant milk alternative in Sainsburys and think to themselves, “I think I’ll try that today”, or are they going to opt for low cost and convenience. 

That’s why The Eco Collective exists – to give affordability and convenience back to ethical people and to help to inspire positive change. 

Over the last 3 years, mum and I have spent countless hours sifting through the tens of thousands of food, household and personal care products available, checking each packet for rogue animal ingredients and then cataloguing them onto a website to bring to the UK, the largest range of 100% vegan products anywhere.  

 

The Power of Collective Purchasing 

So, you’re probably wondering how we can possibly beat the supermarkets and offer some 8,500 products at wholesale prices and the answer is – our Members. When you become a Member of our community and donate by way of a subscription to The Collective, those funds are used to increase its buying power – which basically means we buy more and pay less. Those savings are passed directly on to our Members and are reflected in the prices they pay for their shopping. 

 

The more Members in The Collective, the lower the prices get, it really is that simple. 

A lot of people have commented that it’s like Costco… and it is, kind of. Except we only source vegan products, you don’t have to be a Member to shop with us if you don’t want to (you can just shop at retail prices) and we are not-for-profit. Any profits we do make go into increasing our buying power further or is donated to valuable causes and charities. 

The contribution made to The Eco Collective for your membership helps with the running costs of the group as there is little to no mark-up on the products that we source – without it there would be no way of providing this service. It costs less than Netflix (with 20% off for students) and it normally pays for itself in savings from just 3 or 4 items per month. 

 Helping Vegan Businesses Grow 

The Eco Collective is not just another shop, it’s a community of like-minded people all contributing to a better world. It is a platform for bloggers and vloggers to share recipes and videos and to help people who have the planet’s best interests at heart to speak out and tower above “big business”. 

 

It is a place where small producers can showcase their handmade items without having to pay for the privilege of a table top at a fair or sacrificing a large percentage cut. 

 The Future 

Limitless! With hundreds of members we could start buying directly from producers. With thousands, we could offer plant milk at the same price as cow’s milk! We could start to open real physical supermarkets across the country creating fairly-paid jobs, plastic free aisles, and spending extortionate wads of cash on nice long VEGAN TV adverts! 

 We have an opportunity to create something huge and purely for good, but we can’t do it without you. We are at the very start of something great, we only ask that you join us in our adventure and we will change the face of veganism in this country together. 

  Want To Join In? 

 

  • To become a Wholesale Member and part of our community, please email memberships@ecocollective.co.uk. 
  • To try The Eco Collective for free and receive 5-20% off your order, click here. 
  • If you want to have a browse of the items we source at their full retail prices, go straight to the shop. You can click the ‘Get Discounts’ link in the menu bar or email us later to join. 
  • If you still have questions, try checking out our FAQ. 
  • To enquire about selling through The Eco Collective, please email ecotraders@ecocollective.co.uk. 

We are looking for bloggers, YouTubers and web developers to help spread the word. If you would like to volunteer to help promote The Eco Collective, we have an Ambassador scheme. Please email hello@ecocollective.co.uk to find out more. 

 www.ecocollective.co.uk 

www.facebook.com/ecocollectiveuk 

www.twitter.com/ecocollectiveuk 

www.instagram.com/ecocollective.co.uk 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter – World Penguin Day – 25th April 2018

Welcome to CrowdLeaf’s newsletter.

What a great evening and well done to the Sustainability mic night Friday just gone (20th April) where many people came, including CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter, to say their piece about what they are doing to help the environment. A fantastic idea and so many amazing people out there really working hard to improve our planet.

Again, plenty of events to get involved in to help the environment and meet like minded people.

If anyone would like their articles they would like published on CrowdLeaf’s newsletter then please contact us 🙂

Oh and by the way – Happy World Penguin Day!

World Penguin Day: 23 amazing facts about penguins

Guest Piece By Mar Introini

Not Just A ‘War Against Plastic’ But A Reshape Of The Sector/People Is Needed

Climate Change and Pollution

One Of The Most Worrisome Predictions About Climate Change Maybe Coming True

Why Do We Need New Rules On Shipping Emissions? Well,90% Of Global Trade Depends On Ships

Michael Bloomberg Pledges $4.5m to cover US Paris Climate Commitment

UK Breaks Free Energy Record Again But Renewables Still Need More Support

What Steps Can The UK Take To Reach Zero Emissions By 2050?

Speed Limits On 5 Major Roads To Tackle Air Pollution

London Marathon: Figures Show Massive 89% Drop In Air Pollution

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge as temperatures at the 2018 London Marathon hit record heights

Wildlife and Conservation

Great Barrier Reef: 30% Of Coral Died In ‘Catastrophic’ 2016 Heatwave

One In Eight Bird Species Is Threatened With Extinction, Global Study Finds

Climate Change Leaves Birds Hungry As Chicks Hatch Too Late To Eat Caterpillars

‘Magical’ Mushrooms Mix To Boost Regrowth Of Lost Scottish Forests

‘Very Angry Badger’ Causes Part Of Scottish Castle To Be closed

Endangered Gorilla Kisses ‘Very Special And Significant’ Newborn Baby

Sustainability and Recycling

Sustainability Project: Award Winner And Runner Up

This Japanese Pub Is Made Out Of 100% Recycled Materials

Board masters, Download Reveal New Sustainability Plans

Boardmasters 2017

New Designers Pioneering A Sustainable Fashion Revolution

China To Respond ‘Soon’ Over Import Concerns

Events

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 9th May

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

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Handy Websites

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!

Not just a “war against plastic”, but a reshape of the sector/people is needed, a piece by by @MarIntoini

Flow-Bondi-upperside-people
“A world made of plastics” ….. a sad way to visualize the future of the planet -and our animals- if there is not a real global culture around protection of the environment.

The first step to be taken is to raise awareness that there is a problem and that it has not been necessary created by the plastics industry but from a no responsible use and disposal.

This sculpture shows the need to “place” plastics and ourselves in the correct position to being able to respect one of the most important resources of the planet: the sea and the wildlife. Unfortunately represents one of the most important focus of contamination and devastation of wildlife. This is not a matter of the own nature of plastics but of an aggressive and irresponsible attitude from people. In which an important lack of Education and empathy towards a green culture build a decontrol system without taking individual responsibility. Is it clear for me that at this level of “nature devastation”, penalizations and consequences for individual/companies unethical behavior should be taken very seriously to the point to ban their activities if there are not under certain minimum standards of sustainability.

Ethics has become the only path towards sustainability and not just a matter of good intentions or individual idealism but of a normal practice responsive to a new normal of increasing harm into the environment.

Is estimated that 12 million tones of plastic are in our oceans, killing up to 1 million marine birds and 100.000 marine animals each year*.

For the 30 million plastic bags used in the United States per year alone, 12 million barrels of oil are required. And for all of the water bottles manufactures in the United States each year, roughly 17 million barrels of oil are needed. The drilling, transportation and processing of this oil into plastic materials is an energy intensive process that involves burning fossil fuels.*

There are 50 billion water bottles consumed every year, about 30 billion in the US.*

Its an imperative to “reshape” people´s attitudes and the own plastic industry without the emotional aspects of being in “war” but of a steady action of changing habits and ways of producing. All the devastation linked to disposal is not a matter of responsibility of the plastics industry in itself but of practices that must be condemned by strong sanctions.

The fact that plastics come from burning fossil fuels doesn’t mean that must be completely eradicated but that innovation should lead the path towards a new production system. The smart investment on research and development will definitely lead to an innovative relation between producing plastics and protecting the environment.

“Killing the plastic industry” is not the answer, but a reshape of the sector by a strong boost of their capacities for innovation and reconversion towards a brand new industry. In addition, a strong framework of ethical codes (and sanctions) and a solid Education within their citizens.

In the end, it means a cultural change at all levels –individual and business-.

As the sculpture: plastics, sea and people, could live happily in a harmonious relationship in which Education and a dramatic change of culture towards sustainability and empathy would build the roots for a new green world.

*www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-plastic-is-harming-animals-the-planet-and-us/

*www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/post_5218_b_3613577.html

*Sculpture by Alison Mc. Donald

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 10th April 2018

 

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

We have some great events coming up including our own CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk today (Tuesday the 10th) at Southampton Common so please come and join us for that!

Also, please come along to the Sustainability mic night where organised speakers (including our own Ryan Carter) and other like minded people from various organisations will tell us what they are doing for the environment.

We are pleased to say we had a very warm reception to our proposed green enterprise award when we met with Simon Letts fo Southampton City Council!

The War On Plastic

Plastic Pollution Killed Sperm Whale Found Dead On Spanish Beach

Plastic Bag Litter Falls In UK Seas

Micro-plastics Found In Fertilisers Being Applied To Gardens And Farmland

Climate Change and Pollution

BBC Radio 4 Broke Impartiality Rules In Nigel Lawson Climate Change Interview

Shipping Industry Faces Calls To Clean Up Emissions

Underground Travel ‘Increases’ Pollution Exposure, Study Suggests

Shell Threatened With Legal Action Over Climate Change Contributions

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Plans For Welsh Nuclear Power Plant Delayed By Concerns Over Seabirds

Big Increase In Antarctic

Cement Industry Urged To Reduce ‘Invisible’ Global Emissions

Rare Owl Given The Gift Of Flight After Double Wing Transplant

Climate Change Threatens Rare British Orchid That Tricks Bees Into Mating

Warming Climate Could See Butterfly Loved By Churchill Return To UK

Sustainability and Recycling

In Praise Of ‘Ugly’ Vegetables

This Nonprofit Is Using Plastic Bottles To Light Up Homes

Plastic Free Living: You Can Now Buy Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods

Images below are from Sustainability Matters

Events

CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk 10th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 11th April 

Greenpeace April Social and Meeting 17th April

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 21st April

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

Handy Websites

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 or better yet – tomorrow!

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 19th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

Come and join us, the CrowdLeaf Team on our CrowdLeaf Litter Picking Walk on 10th April 17:00 – 18:30 meeting and the Hawthorne Cafe in Southampton Common.

We would also like to start a regular Plogging group so if you are interested in keeping fit while keeping the environment litter free then please contact us vis the email addresses at the bottom of the newsletter.

Also don’t forget if you have an article you would like to share or an event would like us to get involved in and have published on our newsletter please contact us and let us know and we can see how we can help!

The War On Plastic

Our Aim Is To Change The History Of Plastic, Says Compostable Packaging Creator

All-Female Crew To Cross The Pacific To Fight Against Plastic Pollution

The WHO Launches Health Review After Microparticles found In 90% Of bottled Water

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Arctic Warming: Scientists Alarmed by ‘Crazy’ Temperature Rises

Air Pollution Is A National Health Emergency

Ban New Petrol And Diesel Cars In 2030, Not 2040 Says Think Tank

Plan To Cut Glasgow Air Pollution Is A Failure, Say Campaigners

4 Psychology Lessons That Can Teach Us About Inspiring Climate Action

Offsets For Emissions Breaches Prove Australian Has A Carbon Market, Labour Says

Billion Dollar Polar Engineering ‘Needed To Slow Melting Glaciers’

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Drug’s, Plastics And Flea Killer: The Unseen Threats To UK Rivers

Fears For Wildlife As Migratory Birds Fly In To UK Snowstorm

Shutting Down EU Ivory Trade Is A ‘Personal Priority’ For Boris Johnson

Worlds Great Forests Could Lose Half Of All Wildlife As Planet Warms

Wild Quolls Take Bait Of Cane-Toad Sausages, Offering Hope For Species

Recycling and Sustainability

This Is What Recycling Looks Like In The UK

Disappearing Clothing Banks Leave Charities Devastated

This London Bench Absorbs As Much As 275 Trees

Dirty Kitchen Roll Amongst Things Britons Think They Can Recycle

Scottish Council Plans To Fill Potholes With Recycled Plastic Waste

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

New Forest Spring Clean 17th – 25th March

Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Seed And Plant Swap 1st April

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Handy Websites

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 26th February 2018

Hello and welcome this weeks newsletter!

This image is definitely what it is all about – we unite, we make big changes while supporting each other. Is it taking too long to get the movement started with regards to our plastic pollution? After all straws, cups and other non-reusable plastics are still being produced, if it just stopped would everyone not just adapt because they would have to?

Great efforts are being made around the world to reduce our pollution and there are a few beach cleans coming up in the first few days of March so check them out in our events section and get involved.

If you have any ideas, events or articles you would like us to consider publishing please let us know and we can see if we can help!

As a reminder of how stunning our planet is here are some beautiful images which made me smile!

The Week In Wild Life – In Pictures

The War On Plastic

‘Protecting Our Beautiful World” Sir David Attenborough

Michael Gove Denies EU Is ‘One Step Ahead’ On Plastic Straw Ban’.

Michael Gove Set To Ban Plastic Straws From Bars And Restaurants

Nappies, Takeaways And Bubble Wrap Could I Remove Plastic From My Life?

Climate Change And Pollution

Step Up The Pressure On Corporate Polluters

India’s Air Pollution Crisis Risks Becoming Humanitarian Catastrophe

Climate Change Will Push European Cities Towards Breaking Point

British Cities Cannot Afford To Stall Longer On Tackling Air Pollution

Wildlife, Conservation

Twelve Months Of Making A Difference In Wildlife Conservation

‘Ratty’ Begins Fightback, But Water Voles Are Still In Desperate Need Of Help

The Terrifying Phenomena That Is Pushing Species To The Brink Of Extinction

One Million Birds Killed Illegally Every Year At A Wildlife Site In Iran

Recycling And Sustainability

Starbuck’s Trials 5p Takeaway Cup Charge In Attempt To Cut Waste

Nespresso Trials Recycling Bags Just For Coffee Capsules In Affluent Kensington And Chelsea Borough

Glastonbury Festival Set To Ban Plastic Bottles In 2019

Environment

Britain And Europe Must Ban Palm Oil In Biofuel To Save Forests, EU Parliament Told

Events

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

The Worlds Biggest Beach Clean 4th March

Wildlife And Butterfly (Free Guided Walk With John Veterein) 11th March

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 14th March

2018 Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Handy Websites

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

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Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

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Life’s Evils & The Damage of Climate Change

There is an exponential global risk of growing poverty and displaced people induced by extreme weather, political turbulence and environmental damage many of which are events beyond our imagination. Global warming is taken scientifically as a given, with nearly all scientists agreeing that climate change would happen with or without people’s interference, though to a lesser degree and slower pace. It is therefore safe to say that the climate is not helped by the human populace. The collective lack of preparations to mitigate the effects of global warming are bordering on self-induced mass harm, while the switch to more environmentally friendly policies and clean and sustainable energy is nowhere near fast nor bold enough to provide the alternative. Surely these perpetrators are aware that we are all on the same planet and so far nobody can get off. As of 2013 renewable energy provides 21.7% of all electricity generated across the globe, not enough. This is heading in the right direction but with oil licenses still being given and mines still opening for coal and other fossil fuels the percentage change is demeaned by the negative impact of continued bad practice.
Since the beginning of time civilisations have fought and changed, almost evolved as a society often with its back to the wall. A classic example is to think of when man used to live in caves during an ice age, to when societies were formed and measures to stop us killing each other were implemented. Laws that govern societies and progress towards a better level of health and the tackling of the evils of life such as poverty, were met with ambitious targets to alleviate these plights. The issues are now more of regulatory capture of states such as those with powerful fossil fuel lobbies, or an.over reliance on fossil fuels such as OPEC countries. OPEC countries such as Venezuela rely on oil revenues to sustain a response to the other often immediate issues such as poverty or political stability. There are also those who refuse to switch to sustainable energy based on perceptions of how they work, how much they cost and for the classic problem of ‘range rage’ for electric vehicles which is slowly falling due to an increase in battery performance and more super fast charging stations being installed. The relative price of solar or wind is now so good that it is more than competing against alternative or what we have come to call traditional or conventional fuel sources.

So I implore you to take one simple message, we can’t carry on like this and if you personally take a stance and take the plunge towards a greener more sustainable world, others will follow. Switch energy provider, divest from fossil fuels and invest in community owned sustainable forms of energy, plant a tree, drive less and walk more. Need I go on? We all know that there is no time to lose, so go green.
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For Green innovation we need Green Education by @ MarIntroini

That´s the challenge and the greatest revolution: being educated around a Green culture able to develop strong skills and become sustainable individual and collectively.

Once again Education become the powerful pillar for building new structures. A no reliable political system and global institutions that progressively are loosing capacity of influence transform Education in the only source for new initiatives.

Work towards a sustainable world that face climate change with determination is not a matter of “recycling” or “reducing energy consumption” but of educating generations around the concept of being green. That supposes more than specific actions but entire systems around a green culture. Is not happening.

Green Education is not about educating people around green issues but to boost green professionals. Architects, engineers, activists are all professions directly linked with the environment, however a resilient world could only be built by a deeper action. Lawyers, politicians, teachers are also paramount for creating frameworks and spaces of green action and reflection; because a green education is also about “construction “ of creative minds that from any field of work could achieve a goal of innovation and adaptation.

Simply… make a real revolution in our Education systems.

A world hit by crisis and a population no prepared to change the system don´t lead to redirected the society into a “resilient focus”. It is here that Education plays that fundamental role to create enough defenses against uncertainties. A pillar through which the rest of the reforms could be addressed from a stronger position.

The question is: are we educating to boost professionals able to innovate? or are we delivering traditional education systems with additional updates on technology? There is a big difference and current systems do not seems to see it, leaving innovation only for creative people that develop a particular skill over a particular green project. Innovation is normally seen as a consequence of Education, but it should be the educational system that prepares professionals to work and live in a world of uncertainty that is demanding a permanent state of Innovation.

Education and Innovation feed each other, we need to educate on how innovate and we need also to Innovate on how we educate. Creating professionals able to adapt to any kind of work to face new challenges.
To be prepared for a new dimension we need to build globally although from an individual basis in which a Green Education delivers the platform to boost the workforce that goes beyond current parameters.
It is not just about innovating educational systems but to reshape current system accordingly to the new challenges. It is also a matter of transforming patterns of learning by maximizing creativity and preparing to innovate in all disciplines. The holistic approach that we are referring needs innovation at all levels and not just reserved for “skillful and creative minds”

In current process of awareness of the need to build a Green culture it becomes essential to prepare individuals to be innovators in all professions for facing uncertainties and build resilient societies. The more educated we are, the more prepared we´ll be to search for innovative solutions that face adaptation challenges with strength and determination.

 

Mar Introini

Blogger/Analyst Political-Economy thesustainabilityreader.com







Architecture as a tool for building resilient cities by @MarIntroini

Being resilient means face uncertainty with pillars that guarantee stability and capacity to response to the “new”. This is how new realities forces to reshape a world in which infrastructure and services become flexible and versatile. Migration crisis or climate change pushes us to rethink a world in which urban spaces are designed for new-revolutionary standards of living.

Half of humanity, around 3.5 billion of people lives in cities today. By 2030, almost 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas which represents a strong reason for building cities that welcome this overwhelming number of people and their demands in a threaten environment.




Even if there is a political global commitment to achieve Goal 11 of the SDG´s: “Make cities and human resettlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” is important to raise awareness and build new parameters at local level that mark the road for the next decade in a determinate and ambitious way. In the context of current “broken” world of weak commitment to global standards there is much more challenge and the search for stronger tools become paramount.

Architecture has become that tool, the relief that the world is awaiting. With innovation and creativity is showing its capacity to reinvent itself and construct the unimaginable. Rooftop gardens, urban farming, self-energy efficient houses, office-building with an integrated farm, are just examples of the impressive changes that architecture could make in societies. Is it not just a matter of changing design of construction styles but also a new way of living, above all producing a feeling. The emotional element that determinate the need for achieving results from a different perspective. In which multicultural spaces boost a mentality and a culture around tolerance and inclusiveness. The Pavilion in Vojvodina, northern Serbia* it’s a good model of this new trend that is helping to boost a new innovative concept that –in this case- assures freedom of religion. The acceptance of a “melting pot” of religions becomes also a matter of “architecture design”.

Globalization has brought more movement of people and also new demands for clean and healthy standards of living in which the cultural aspect cannot be missed. People move through public patterns of behavior and the sense of being part of a general consensus. Despite confrontation there is an important element of “being part of…” that allow them to be in one position or another. Is with this spirit that cities has contributed greatly to create multicultural societies. “Being part of….” is not a matter of local perspective but of the creation of open and inclusive spaces. The boost of globalization comes from the free movement of people –please do not confuse it with massive flow or refugees- that transform societies in a different and better place. Indeed, little towns that keep traditions intact are inclined to disappear as it doesn´t deliver the needed standards that fit in current world. Precisely migration has brought this element of merger of traditions and birth of a new layered of societies. That is the reason of being a value added for the growth of cities, therefore societies.

The complementary work of architecture and urban planning are key elements to achieve these new and ambitious standards. A green way of living means a smart urban planning and architecture enough flexible and versatile that gives room to a new philosophy of living.

Concrete, wood, timber, natural materials and a smart mind to be creative and innovative enough to build cities able to welcome all nature of people and “knit” new habits to protect the environment and adapt to current and future crises.

“Whatever you do, promise me that every project you make or design, you´ll take the risk of doing something for humanity”. Frank Ghery. Indeed, whatever is done should be focused on a creative and innovative architecture that helps to boost pillars around adaptation and an urban planning, ambitious enough to boost a resilient society.

Mar Introini

Blogger/Analyst Political-Economy thesustainabilityreader.com