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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th December 2017

Welcome to this weeks newsletter.

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

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

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

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

Climate Change and Pollution News

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

 Ask Your MP To Join The Pledge!

 

4 Signs of Progress On Climate Change – Bill Gates

 

Air Pollution Harmful To Unborn Babies

 

Unicef: Air Pollution Damaging Babies Brains

 

Permafrost Melting At A Fastest Pace In 1,500 Years

 

Four UN Countries Join the Plastic Clean Up

 

Coffee Chain Cracks Down On Plastic Coffee Cups

 

Swiss Company Begins Sucking Carbon Dioxide From The Atmosphere

 

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

 

Coca-Cola’s Ambition For A sustainable Future

 

7 Air Pollution Hacks To Help Protect Your Family

 

Taking Climate Change Seriously

 

Wildlife, Environment and Conservation

How To Sustain Our Biggest Eco-System

 

Orangutang Selfies!

 

The Repercussions of Climate Change For Polar Bears

 

Urban Tree’s Growing Faster Worldwide

 

Crows To Discard Some Of Our Litter 

 

‘Mars’ Wants To Cut Deforestation From Supply Chain

 

Can Soil Help Stop Climate Change?

 

Mud That Could Change The World

 

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

Sustainability News

Celtic Renewables To Build Whiskey Residue Biofuel

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

 

Itches Bridge Toll Could Be Scrapped For Electric Vehicles

 

Eco-Friendly Christmas Ideas

 

China Launches The Worlds First Fully Electric Cargo Ship

 

Fashion Revolution – Repair, Reinvent And Consume Less

 

Motorbike Which Runs Off Algae

 

12 Plastic Free Christmas Tips

 

Farming For The Landless

 

Paper Note Books Made Out Of Stone

 

London’s Black Cabs Go Electric

Recycling News

9 genius Hack to Recycle Food Scraps

 

Hampshire Recycling

 

Events

Keep Britain Tidy Campaign – Great British Spring Clean

Mundesley Beach Clean

Southend Beach Clean

December Greenpeace Meeting – Southampton

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

Zero Waste Portswood Monthly Meeting

Handy Websites

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

 

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

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

Loopster

 

Contact Us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

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Water equality: challenging the global balance? by @MarIntroini

We must move forward towards a full implementation of SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation” as it is one pillar that connect with essential goals as SDG 1“no poverty”, SDG 2“zero hunger”, SDG 3 “good health and well-being”. Transforming SDG 6 on a dangerous goal that threatens the entire system in dramatic terms that compromise the own survival of people´s resources.

Climate change, biased interests, unfair distribution of land, etc. are all elements that contributes to make of water a matter of conflict and a “precious jewel” to preserve at all costs.

Even if we were not in times of crises, water scarcity seems to be the worse and more threaten crisis to be addressed. Not just for the devastating impact on land production but of the consequences on power relations in developing countries.

We repeatedly express our concern that local people in vulnerable communities are not going through a committed guided process of empowerment and this stage of unfair “water-relations-power” radically cancel any possibility to move forward. Vulnerable communities would become even more vulnerable if there are not other sources of control for production and direct access to water rather than local governments with high levels of corruption. This is current devastating reality of developing countries in which –in addition- climate change wreak havoc.

There is not enough control and supervision at global and local level to guarantee that an essential natural resource for surviving as water it doesn’t become a monopoly of a élite and a tool for submission and tyranny.

Good governance is –again- the element to keep the focus on to prevent and resist the impact of water scarcity. As corruption seems to be the most important element to take into account for a fair distribution that assures that all the people on an equal basis have access to water.

Water equality and a fair distribution are essential for achieving stability and sustainability at global level. India* is an example that in a global world, one crisis impacts the rest. There water crisis exposure the inefficiency of global institutions and leaders to reduce vulnerabilities and to protect natural resources. Definitely this is an issue that goes beyond any idea of climate change denial, as it is a tangible and forecast chaos for present and future generations worsened by the impact of environmental degradation.

Currently 54% of the population lives in urban areas and is expected that this trend will grow by 2050. This growing migration creates new challenges on infrastructure and generates ways of living that demands more water to be produced. Those people left behind land areas that need innovation and work to keep them operational.

All of the above without forgetting that water scarcity or no access to water has a direct impact on refugees and the new category of “climate change refugees”. An alarming crisis that in addition to adaptation and mitigation processes needs an extra boost in which good governance and global institutions guarantees that this main resource is accessible for all.

Joint and coordinated action from global institutions, humanitarian aid and local empowerment of people are a must.

As in the picture I am contemplating water crisis through the eyes of a kid: with the innocence and determination that water equality is an achievable goal. This challenge will be overcome by citizen engagement, global joint action and a serious empowerment of local communities.

Only keeping that innocence alive with work, strength and passion is that 100% people will have access to water worldwide. GO!

*Sculpture Hampton Court Flower Show-Palace London UK

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:

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ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 30th November 2017

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

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

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

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

Climate Change and Pollution

Richard Brandson Wants To Power The Caribbean With Clean Energy

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

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

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

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

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

Images From A Warming Planet – UK Pictures

Greenpeace Christmas Ad

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

Lobster Found With Pepsi Logo Tattooed Fuels Fear Over Ocean Litter

 

 

Dirty Air Is Killing Our Children

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

Conservation and Wildlife

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

Albatross’s Hit By Climate Change

Rare Seahorses Found In The Thames

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

Bearded Dragons getting Dimmer Due To Climate Change

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

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

Environment

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

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

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

Minister Urges People To Dump Packaging At Shop Check  Outs.

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

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


Sustainability

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

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

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

Friends Of the Earth Eco-tips

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

Edible Coffee Cup – Biodegradable Completely Natural Ingredient

New Giant Offshore Wind Farm In Norfolk

 Eco Light Powered By Plants

 

 

Wineries To Go Green To Meet Consumer Interest In Organic Products

 

A Bottle That Biodegrades As soon As It Is Empty

 

The UK’s Only Organic Pub

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

Recycling

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

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

‘What Happens To Our Recycling?’

 

Norway’s Brilliant Recycling Idea

 

Events

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

Thursday 30th November 2017 19:00

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

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

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

National Tree Week Event – Machynlleth

Southsea Beach Clean

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Coffee Cup, Eastney 10am-12pm

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

Sea-Bin Change

Friday 1st December 2017 17.00 – 20.30

Portsmouth

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

Handy Websites

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

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

https://www.loopster.co.uk/

Contact Us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products so please contact us if you would like us to do this for you. We can also help advertise any campaigns and fundraising events on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

If you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it with one of our newsletters or Facebook page.

Contact us via our website:

Home Page

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

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

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky

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

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

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 23rd November 2017

Welcome to this weeks Crowdleaf Newsletter. Our aim at Crowdleaf is to try and make a positive impact on people, to give the facts about the current state of the climate, environment, wildlife and conservation and about sustainability. We also aim to be able to find different ways to become greener.

Climate Change

Norweigan Central Bank has told it’s government to ‘dump it’s shares’ in oil and gas companies.

 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/16/oil-and-gas-shares-dip-as-norways-central-bank-advises-oslo-to-divest

After all of the extreme weather America has experienced recently, more Americans are worried about the effects of climate change. With only 54% of American’s understanding that climate change is caused by human beings, it just goes to show how important it is to making the message clear about how and why the climate is changing.

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/20/battered-by-extreme-weather-americans-are-more-worried-about-climate-change

Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

With an estimated 12,000 tonnes of plastic being dumped into the sea each year, a tax on single use plastics could be a good start to tackling the ocean pollution.

 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/18/uk-considers-tax-on-single-use-plastics-to-tackle-ocean-pollution

This is a similar article to above but tells more about the impact on the sealife. Whales dying from our plastic pollution – David Attenborough’s hard hitting message from the Blue Planet 2 episode on Sunday 19th November.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/whales-dying-plastic-pollution-ingest-toxic-environment-blue-planet-ii-a8063576.html

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

Whale mother can’t let go of dead calf likely poisoned by plastic …

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

Sir David Attenborough’s New Series to Show ‘Heartbreaking …

With the pollution in our oceans becoming so serious and the amount of harm it’s causing to our sealife etc, we all really need to start taking responsibility and doing every little thing we can to reduce this. In the case of take away coffee cups – there are reusable ones! – just take them home and wash up ready for the next takeaway drink. Again, straws – invest in reusable ones, you can also get handy little tiny brushes to help clean them properly. Every little really does help and if everyone would follow suit things could start to really change.

 Greenpeace has given 9 good easy tips on how to reduce plastic use in the link below.

 https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/9-ways-reduce-plastic-use/

The Keystone Pipeline leakes 210,000 gallons of oil right before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is due to make a final decision on whether to allow an extension called the Keystone XL which will link Canada’s Alberta Oil to big refineries in the U.S. This is what locals to the pipeline have been fearing to happen and have been resisting the extension due to the impact such a leak can have to loacal water supply, to the environment and wildlife.

A new study has showed that there has been a sharp drop in male fertility and poor sperm quality. The high levels of air-pollution could be the cause of this.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/air-pollution-linked-to-poor-sperm-quality

Sustainability

One of the UK’s nurseries ban the use of glitter to help the environment. The common arts and craft accessory is a micro plastic that has been found in foods and is poisonous for humans, can cause fertility problems and affect the immune system.

In the film industry there are ways to try and cut waste and pollution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/action-film-and-tv-hiring-sustainability-directors_uk_59e86a4ce4b0d0e4fe6d52ef?utm_hp_ref=uk-sustainability

Recycleable coffee cups! Fantastic news and more good news the scientists behind this also have sandwich wrappers that can be recycled too. We hope to see these being used soon which could help reduce our waste in to the environment.Thumbnail for Meet The Scientists Who Have Made Coffee Cups Recyclable ...

Meet The Scientists Who Have Made Coffee Cups Recyclable …

 This is an article about ‘Rasa’ – a car that runs on hydrogen and emits water. It’s compact, lightweight and environmentally friendly could this be the car for a cleaner future?

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greenmatters.com%2Fnews%2F2017%2F11%2F15%2Fst3dD%2Fwales-hydrogen-car&h=ATMKSSgPFns11_YriGZHwQ8Nl5dA4mi_APV2dDZ2Fj1fZeMsk6BUEYp2Qf-mGwuEjoi-PCGvYieTGZCtyK123AJnJGSOFmvJzTMJzgqixf2TmwByB1CVz9vrTfhNQJ9oT6mlDQpfsMgjuvEoLA&s=1&enc=AZNqL-iJ97lE9uVYG9LlxnkN8Jk6xBNpBu05kyf6UboZplaElN9DIc0rJ0R9Nr3DQrgnqXtt8W85bJLu4-FbcIYs_YJ5Rqrf9dCe9WCpzXaERg

Below is a Youtube video of Rasa which is very interesting to watch. It does actually look like a very fun car to drive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utmkddBFUg0

An inspirational artist – Artur Bordalo – who collects his own materials from rubbish to create large scale animals who are the victims from our waste. Bodalo uses the waste for his projects to bring about social awareness for the ecological and sustainable environment.

http://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2017/11/20/kcfLU/trash-artist-murals

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1005 best Art images on Pinterest | James d’arcy, Built ins and …

Buses in London to use coffee grounds as fuel! This looks great and as they don’t need to be modified to use this fuel – even better.

http://www.greenmatters.com/news/2017/11/22/1TEtt8/london-buses-coffee-grounds

A disappointing blow to green power projects as government decline subsidies before 2015.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/no-subsidies-for-green-power-projects-before-2025-says-uk-treasury

Events

 

Film Screening – Before the Flood

Thursday 23rd November  18:30 – 21:00

The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester

http://www.winacc.org.uk/events/2017-11-23/film-screening-flood-0

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/the-wave-of-plastic-pollution-is-a-problem-adammanning-of-greenhampshire-rwscarter-of-crowdleaf/

National Tree week with the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales.

Saturday 2nd December 13:00 – 15:30

Join in for family friendly activities including tree decorating, Sapling planting, tree trail and tree story telling.

https://www.facebook.com/events/777916475742152/

National tree week 25th November – 3rd November

Take part or find an event near you via the website to celebrate National Tree Week.

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Take-Part/National-Tree-Week

Handy Websites:

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

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

https://www.loopster.co.uk/

Contact Us!

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

Or email us:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan @crowdleaf.org.uk

On Behalf of Crowdleaf – happy reading!

Vicky

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

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

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 16th November 2017

 
 






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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10th year of the pioneering SuperHomes Open Days

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

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

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

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

SuperHomes are pioneers in renewable technology and energy efficiency.






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

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

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

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

The Purse is Mightier Than the Pen – by @GeorgeMonbiot

Having attended a fantastic talk on Loneliness by George on the 5th of November 2016 I got to talk to a man who has inspired many to tackle climate change, to keep it in the ground, to fight for the world in which we all live. It was a humbling experience and to hear him talk with such passion about loneliness (an area of real potency for me) too was a real honour. Thanks George and all who like you continue to inspire in the face of unprecedented destruction and seemingly immovable and irreversible tides. Some sections of this take on more significance then many would have expected, particularly over level of will and US involvement with climate deals following the presidential election.



The climate crisis is here, now, but a compromised, corrupted media doesn’t want to know.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd August 2016

What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.

Television channel controllers, perhaps the least accountable arbiters in public life, see themselves as edgy and provocative, but they have purged from the schedules almost all challenges to established power. Newspapers style themselves defenders of free speech, but within their own pages most of them stamp out dissenting voices and dissonant topics. If you are scarcely aware of what confronts us, don’t blame yourself.

This, on current trends, will be the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st Century. Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record. But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists, that global warming stopped in 1998.

Arctic sea ice covered a smaller area last winter than in any winter since records began. In Siberia, an anthrax outbreak is raging through the human and reindeer populations, because infected corpses locked in permafrost since the last epidemic in 1941 have thawed. India has been hammered by cycles of drought and flood, as extreme heating parches the soil and torches glaciers in the Himalayas. Southern and eastern Africa have been pitched into humanitarian emergencies by drought. Wildfires storm across America; coral reefs around the world are bleaching and dying.

Throughout the media, these tragedies are reported as impacts of El Nino: a natural weather oscillation caused by blocks of warm water forming in the Pacific. But the figures show that it accounts for only one fifth of the global temperature rise. The El Nino phase has now passed, but still the records fall.

Eight months ago in Paris, 177 nations promised to try to ensure that the world’s average temperature did not rise by more than 1.5C above the pre-industrial level. Already it has climbed by 1.3C – faster and further than almost anyone predicted. In one respect, the scientists were wrong. They told us to expect a climate crisis in the second half of this century. But it’s already here.

If you blinked you would have missed the reports, but perhaps the most striking aspect of the Democratic platform (the party’s manifesto) approved in Philadelphia last week was its position on climate change. Hillary Clinton’s campaign now promises a national and global mobilisation “on a scale not seen since World War II.” She will seek to renegotiate trade deals to protect the living world, to stop oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic and to ensure America is “running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.”

There are some crashing contradictions in the platform. To judge by one bizarre paragraph, the Democrats believe they can solve climate change by expanding roads and airports. It boasts about record sales in the car industry and promises to cut “red tape”, which is the term used by corporate lobbyists for the public protections they hate. But where it is good it is very good, reflecting the influence of Bernie Sanders and the nominees he proposed to the drafting committee.

Trump, on the other hand – well, what did you expect? Climate change is a “con-job” and a “hoax”, that was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”. His platform reads like a love letter to the coal industry. Coal, it says, “is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource.” He will defend the industry by rejecting the Paris agreement, stopping funds for the UN’s climate change work, ditching Obama’s clean power plan and forbidding the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide.




What’s most alarming about the platform is that Trump didn’t write it: the deranged and contradictory bluster of the Republican party leadership is a collective effort. But at least it clears something up. Though boasting of his great wealth and power, he poses as the friend of the common citizen and the enemy of corporate capital. On every significant issue in the platform, corporate capital wins. To read it is to discover where the land lies and where the lies land.

Incidentally, Trump’s executives don’t share his belief that climate change is a hoax. His golf resort in Ireland is seeking permission to build a wall – not to keep out Mexicans, but to defend his business from rising sea levels, erosion and storm surges caused, the application says, by global warming. If you can buy your way out of trouble, who cares about the other seven billion?

It’s not that the media failed to mention what the two platforms said about humanity’s existential crisis. But the coverage was, for the most part, relegated to footnotes, while the evanescent trivia of the conventions led the bulletins and filled the front pages. There are many levels of bias in the media, but the most important is the bias against relevance.

In Britain, the media largely failed to hold David Cameron to account for his extravagant green promises and shocking record. Theresa May has made some terrible appointments, but the new climate change minister, Nick Hurd, is an interesting choice, as he seems to understand the subject. The basic problem, however, is that the political costs of failure are so low.

To pretend that newspapers and television channels are neutral arbiters of such matters is to ignore their place at the corrupt heart of the establishment. At the US conventions, to give one small example, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Politico were paid by the American Petroleum Institute to host discussions, which provided a platform for climate science deniers. The pen might be mightier than the sword, but the purse is mightier than the pen.

Why should we trust multinational corporations to tell us the truth about multinational corporations? And if they cannot properly inform us about the power in which they are embedded, how can they properly inform us about anything?

If humanity fails to prevent climate breakdown, the industry that bears the greatest responsibility is not transport, farming, gas, oil or even coal. All them can behave as they do, shunting us towards systemic collapse, only with a social licence to operate. The problem begins with the industry that, wittingly or otherwise, grants them this licence: the one for which I work.

www.monbiot.com




Are we ‘falling or rolling towards a GREEN age?’ By @MarIntroini

Being GREEN is not just another fashion trend made up of recycling, eating ecological food or the use of solar panels, as many skeptics would argue. Being green means awareness of the negative impact of relentless climate change that needs us as individual to act to make a real difference. If not, every attempt is reduced to a mere commercial goal that doesn’t change the situation and is not able to reform the system either. However switching to a green age has become a matter of fashion, and a profitable business. The business is to promote products or services provided by a green label that gives an image of a modern and sensible business, one that cares for the environment.




Binge GREEN also has an emotional element, that it is the feeling of trying out new habits and changing the old codes of our daily life. Little sacrifices/efforts such as reducing cars circulation, recycling, buying ecological food, changing use of water or electricity suppliers and they all could make a big difference. 1st you change an attitude then a strategy, that is the main secret to building a new life. The emotional aspect is essential in the process and consists of being devoid of fear to the new and starts a sustainable process towards green habits.

The most effective way to address revolutionary changes is it through the educational system that transforms minds and build a new way of living individual and professionally. Until this critical moment arrives it reminds in our minds the idea that environment issues are not a matter of private concerns but a public issue that needs to be regulated at State level without individual efforts.  However, individual attitudes are paramount and cannot be entirely dominated by a public authority. That is the importance to educate and convince people of the relentless impact of climate change and the influential impact of our private behavior. Educating present and future generations towards green patterns of behavior. Literally the conjunction of individual efforts could have a crucial impact on global crisis, not only climate change but also other crises like migration. In Ghana people are forcing to migrate because of the dramatic rise of the sea that submerge entirely villages.

In political aspects leaders committed with the environment need to reform their agenda substantially giving priority to strategies and budget around adaptation, and investment on natural resources. In the near future green parties would not exist and will give way to an entire green political class, above political ideologies. To be green is no a chapter in the political agenda anymore but a part of a solid project to any country with higher or reduced risks to be impacted by climate change.

Investment in Education programs and educate actors of the civil society around green matters become a central pillar for building resilience and to educate the political class.

Be Green and not die trying must be the motto for the coming decades. More than ever, individual efforts are more effective and more feasible to achieve results in the short term than big bureaucratic public initiatives have tended to be.

“Falling” or “rolling” into a new Green age? For new generations means “rolling” as is part of their education process. For the latest and the skeptics means “falling” resigning to old codes of habits by integrating new concepts.

Never mind if you are falling or rolling, being green is the only sustainable investment at an individual level…. thus it is just a matter of time…




This post was originally posted by @MarIntroini for their blog : thesustainabilityreader.com