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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 31st May 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

If you would like to sign up receive our weekly newsletter via email please let either myself or Ryan using the email addresses in the contacts section.

Would you like to to see your article or event on our weekly newsletter? Just get in touch and we will see if we can help!

Also check out some great events coming up June! 🙂

The War On Plastic

Football Urged To Kick Out Single Use Plastics

Single-use Coffee Cups Ban In Scottish Government Buildings

Coffee cups

EU Challenges UK To ‘Race To The Top’ On Plastics Reductions

Climate Change and Pollution

£2.7 Million Bid To Fight City Pollution

RBS To Stop Financing New Coal Plants, Oil Sands Or Arctic Oil Projects

The Coming Wave Of Climate Displacement

Pollution Paris Steps Up War On Diesel

Paris traffic

United Kingdom Unveils Ambitious Air Pollution Plan

London School Pollution Levels Break WHO Guidelines

Hazy London skyline

Energy

Massive Solar Farm In MorayWill Be Scotlands Biggest

We Calculated How Much Money Trees Save For Your City

Managing Our Impact On The Environment

Wildlife and Conservation

England Could Have New National Parks In Gove Review

Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning

Climate Change has Left Some Weasels With Mismatched Camouflage

5 Threats To UK Wildlife

Fears Puffins Could Die Out On Farne Islands As Numbers Plummet

How To Rewind Your Garden: Ditch The Chemicals And Decorate The Concrete

Recycling and sustainability

Having A Small Family – Population Matters

Baby

Scottish Waste Sent To Landfill Lowest In Five Years

Suez Waste Company Calls For ‘Pay As You Throw’ To Help Recycling

Avon Street, Sparkhill

Recycled Steel ‘ Could Rebuild Metal Industry’

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!

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!

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

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“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 18th April 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

 

How cute is this little bee tucking in to a flower! So nice to see the sunshine finally!

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First of all, we want to thank everyone who joined us last week for CrowdLeaf’s Litter pick walk! The turn out was a great success and although we couldn’t clean the whole of the Common in the time we were out we managed to clear a huge amount of rubbish – almost half of which could have easily been recycled!

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This month there is so many great events to get involved in so take a look at the Events section to find out what you can get involved in to help the environment!

There is a great event this Friday 20th April – Sustainability Mic Night  – so come and join in!

 

Climate Change and Pollution News

UK Drives Into E-Vehicle Fast Lane With 11% Rise

Climate change Latest UK Becomes First Developed Economy to Examine Paris Agreement Commitments

Grant cash to make city’s buses greener

More Than 95% of Earth’s Population Breathing Dangerously Polluted Air, Finds Study

 

Wildlife and Conservation News

Amazon Coral Reef would Be Ruined By Planned Oil Drilling

Iceland Sets Target Of 191 Kills As Country Resumes Whaling

Destroying The Worlds Natural Heritage: ‘Komodo Is Reaching A Tipping Point’

Green-haired turtle that breathes through it’s genitals added to endangered list

Recycling and Sustainability News

Costa Coffee Vows ‘Cup Recycling Revolution’

Aldi Tops List Of Supermarkets Stocking Most Sustainable Seafood

Aluminium Recycling Rate Improves

Regain App For Recycling Unwanted Clothing Launches In UK

Recycling hope for plastic hungry enzyme

 Events

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 21st April

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

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:

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Vicky & Ryan

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 24th January 2018

Welcome to this weeks newsletter.

We are seeing a fantastic effort and commitments being made by various companies and countries against the war on plastic.

A lot more has still yet to be done but seeing the positive movement brings back a bit faith to humanity and shows what we can achieve if we all pull together.

By reading and sharing our newsletter, we at CrowdLeaf aim to help others to get involved with events including beach cleans and to get out and about to environmental meetings etc. Ultimately we want everyone to become more aware of how and what we need to change in the world in order to make it cleaner and more sustainable and protect our beautiful planet.

Please join us in signing the petition to help the WWF Stop Ivory Trade in the UK.

Top News

Iceland Vows To Eliminate Plastic On All Own Branded Products

Lloyds Of London To Divest From Coal Over Climate Change

Teresa May Vow To Reduce Plastic Waste By 2042

New Fountains And Bottle Refill Points To Tackle Londons Plastic Waste

Climate Change, Pollution And Energy News

Big Renewable Projects Planned Across Australia As Tesla Effect Hits

London Air Pollution Live Data

Canada Climate Science Faces Looming Crisis

2017 Was The Hottest Year On Record Without El Nino Boost

UK Wind Power Production Record – Renewable Energy

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment News

Global Warming Is Turning 99% Of Northern Queenslands Turtles Female

Government To Carry Out Major Environmental Assessment Of UK Seas Post Brexit

Reforestation Business Booming

New Zealand Want Grisly Images Of Dead Penguins Caught In Nets Censored

Japan Replace Whaling Mother Shio In Signs Hunt Will Go On

European Parliament Votes To End Electrical Pulse Fishing

Muskoxen Numbers Are Shrinking Due To Artic Freeze

Sustainability News

Egg-Shaped Coffins Plant Trees Rather than Kill Them

Reusable Sponge Gets Oil Out Of Water Without Harming The Environment

Vegan London Pub Sales Boom 

Is It Possible To Live Without Plastic – Tips For Tip Free Living

Plastic Waste And Recycling News

Samson Denmark Island Plastic Bag Ban

Montreal Plastic Bag Ban

EU Declares War On Plastic Waste

Balearic Islands Plastic Ban By 2020

Gloucestershire Waste Incinerator – M5 Recycling

New Recycling Plant Opens In West Cumbria

Supermarkets Shamed For Plastic Packaging

McDonalds Packaging To Be Fully Sustainable By 2025

Plastic Pollution Crisis – 4 Things You Can Do To Help The Environment

Coca Cola Joins Crusade Against Plastic

Events

Zero Waste Portsmouth Monthly Meeting 26th January

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Sea Palling Beach Clean 27th January

Marine Life Talk Southampton 1st February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

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

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

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

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

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

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/