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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 7th December 2017

Welcome to CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

Our aim at CrowdLeaf is to try and make a positive impact on people, to give the facts about the current state of the climate, environment, wildlife and conservation and about sustainability. We also aim to be able to find different ways to become greener and bring those ideas to the public.

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

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

 

Feature Articles

Water equality: challenging the global balance? by @MarIntroini

Tusks, Trophy Hunting and Trump by @laura_wildlife

Climate Change and Pollution

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

Greenland Climate TimeLapse

 

UN Commits to stop Ocean Plastic Waste

 

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

 

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

 

Shell Doubles Up On Green Spending And Vows Halve Carbon Footprint

 

Climate Change is Radically Reshuffling UK Bird Species Report Find

 

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

 

New Sentinel Satellite Tracks Dirty Air

 

Japan Has Reached Impasse Over Million Tons Radioactive Water

 

Chile Is Banning Plastic Bags to Save Our Oceans

 

Footage Of A Cow Chewing On A Plastic Bag

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

Worldwide Air Quality – Realtime Air Pollution Map

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

 

Carlsberg Officially Carbon Neutral In Sweden

 

David Attenborough Offers Stark Warning Against Climate Change

 

Wildlife and conservation

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

 

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

 

This Common Pesticide Can Make Migrating Birds Lose Their Way

 

Jersey Wetlands Park

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

 

Sumatran Tigers Fall 17% And Have Just Two Strongholds

 

Sustainability

BMW  Electric ‘Mini’

 

Should We Rent Our Christmas Tree?

 

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

 

Neal’s Yard Remedies Sustainable Gift Wrapping

 

Compost heap Video

 

Shell To Open Electric Vehicle Charging Points At UK Petrol Stations

 

Roof Top Panels Which Makes Drinking Water From Thin Air

 

German Alternative To Disposable Cups

 

Recycling

This Company Is Making Shoes Out Of Used Airbags And Tires

 

New Blaenau Gwent Recycling Centre Planned To Avoid Fines

 

Great Recycling Website For Tips On How And Where To Recycle

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

Events

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

 

Southend Beach Clean 17th December 2017

 

Greenpeace Coca-Cola Campaign 10th december On The Common

 

Greenpeace Monthly Meeting And Social 19th December
Art House Southampton

 

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

 

Handy Websites

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

 

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

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

www.loopster.co.uk

Contact Us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.
We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products so please contact us if you would like us to do this for you. We can also help advertise any campaigns and fundraising events on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

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

Contact us via our website:
 http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 30th November 2017

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

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

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

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

Climate Change and Pollution

Richard Brandson Wants To Power The Caribbean With Clean Energy

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

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

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

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

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

Images From A Warming Planet – UK Pictures

Greenpeace Christmas Ad

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

Lobster Found With Pepsi Logo Tattooed Fuels Fear Over Ocean Litter

 

 

Dirty Air Is Killing Our Children

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

Conservation and Wildlife

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

Albatross’s Hit By Climate Change

Rare Seahorses Found In The Thames

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

Bearded Dragons getting Dimmer Due To Climate Change

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

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

Environment

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

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

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

Minister Urges People To Dump Packaging At Shop Check  Outs.

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

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


Sustainability

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

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

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

Friends Of the Earth Eco-tips

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

Edible Coffee Cup – Biodegradable Completely Natural Ingredient

New Giant Offshore Wind Farm In Norfolk

 Eco Light Powered By Plants

 

 

Wineries To Go Green To Meet Consumer Interest In Organic Products

 

A Bottle That Biodegrades As soon As It Is Empty

 

The UK’s Only Organic Pub

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

Recycling

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

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

‘What Happens To Our Recycling?’

 

Norway’s Brilliant Recycling Idea

 

Events

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

Thursday 30th November 2017 19:00

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

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

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

National Tree Week Event – Machynlleth

Southsea Beach Clean

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Coffee Cup, Eastney 10am-12pm

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

Sea-Bin Change

Friday 1st December 2017 17.00 – 20.30

Portsmouth

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

Handy Websites

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

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

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

Contact Us!

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

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

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

Contact us via our website:

Home Page

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

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

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky

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

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

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 23rd November 2017

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

Climate Change

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

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

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

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

Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainability

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

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

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

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

Meet The Scientists Who Have Made Coffee Cups Recyclable …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

 
 






Man-Made Earthquakes ?! What & How on BBCRadio4

Fellow readers – I stumbled across this rather daunting piece of information while looking for a possible man-made disaster for an upcoming ‘Climate Mitigation Game’ that is currently in the early formation phases. I continue to be hocked by the size, scale and scope of human and human made climate change or disasters we collectively are responsible for.

This is worth listening to in its entirety – Man-made Earthquakes are rarely explained but here they are and it is done so very concisely in this BBC Radio 4 snippet.

 

Horror stories from mining that upset the balance of the earths crust, to damns in China causing magnitude 8 quakes. This just further emphasizes how much of an impact we as human are having on earth.

While I have your attention  – Crowdleaf’s store is doing Black Friday & Cyber Monday a bit differently (would you expect anything else) were offering 10% discount between the 24th and 27th of March by using the code Green&Clean10 .

 







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

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When Foucault creates the concept of a panoptic for the criminal system he didn’t realized its real potential and that it could be applied for other areas in which there is danger for our societies, in this case for our oceans.

If there were a constant surveillance and a rational and responsible consumption maybe plastics would not represent a threat, however under current circumstances without a proper waste management and recycling process it becomes a real challenge.

Millions of plastic bottles finish in the ocean, which means that there is a terrible lack of awareness from individuals that goes beyond the own negative impact in the environment. Is an endemic problem that starts with indifference and misbehaving and end on lack of Education. Indeed, about 8m tones of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year, more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic float in the world’s oceans, breaking into smaller pieces*.

U.N. goals 12+ 14 may be the clue for addressing this relentless path towards contamination; Responsible Consumption and Production and Life below waterare the two main goals to search for resilience in terms of plastic waste management and preservation of oceans. But how could we plan our response effectively?

Is estimated that by 2050 it will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, coincidentally by the same year, there is another forecast establishing that the entire SDG´s will not be achieved. Which is the real burden? Lack of information seems to be the answer, at least right now. Sadly instead of being focused on strategic planning we are still delivering basic info.

 But let´s be positive and focusing in those actions that are succeeding and delivering solutions in the short-term: Projects Faro 360 in Kaolack, Senegal a “waste tolerance” city exposure the fact that individual action + innovation makes possible a recycling process of plastics and minds.

Commitment from corporations: the road ahead. Changing cultural business codes is the clue and could only be achieved working on the following roads:

1) Cleaning –literally- oceans from plastic waste

2) Innovative forms of packaging

3) Education process at all levels to get commitment from the people: responsible consumption and waste management.

In the end Education becomes another key element and a sort kind of “panoptic” from which we could control corporation’s work, public policies and individual action.

Control, supervision, regulation, etc., a close look to SDG´s and their ambitious targets make us conclude that without pressure there is no results. We need to build new innovative structures through raise awareness and strong legislation based on creativity and capacity to influence people effectively. It is proven that information is currently the main challenge, a fact that transforms any effort for success useful if there is not a solid political will to address it.

Financial aspects seems to be a controversial point; SDG´s supposes an investment of 5 to 7 trillions and even if the world has never been wealthier as now is it also true that there are big troubles in terms of distribution. It´s important to highlight that this is not an ideological matter, the equal distribution is much more than a political position but a reality that is driven the world into stagnation. If there are still countries submitted into poverty means the total failure of a goal on sustainability There is not a possibility to get to successful goals if parts of the planet are still under basic standards for accessing to clean water or safe environments, that is so that the “plastic issue” become and universal issue and also an universal responsibility.

 

Tolerance 0 to plastic waste! 12 + 14= sustainable oceans.







For Green innovation we need Green Education by @ MarIntroini

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

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

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

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

Simply… make a real revolution in our Education systems.

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

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

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

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

 

Mar Introini

Blogger/Analyst Political-Economy thesustainabilityreader.com







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some key elements for implementation:

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

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

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

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

Want to learn more?

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

Start a Sustainability Movement Series:

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







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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







Isolating the US from green policies would make it less competitive by @marintoironi

We have seen with astonishment a recent resolution from American government, announcing its commitment ditch its Climate Change Action Plan.

After COP21 the world became a block against climate change as never before. That includes not only policies but also the consolidation of the concept of global leadership that emerges as a solid and stable pillar that marks the beginning of an effective interconnected system of joint action. However, this is not suitable for anti-globalist forces that see in this kind of initiatives a threat for their isolationist strategy that helps them to boost a far right agenda. Surprisingly climate change action has become dangerous from a nationalist political perspective.




Trump makes America an isolated Nation not only on political and foreign affairs terms but also regarding green policies and a world that is moving towards a joint action focus.

The U.S. is not rich enough in natural resources to be self-sustaining in future decades. Isolate US from global green policies in addition to not investing on innovation is an explosive combination that would make the U.S. less competitive and no resilient. Indeed, green policies are part of being resilient at national level but are not enough if is it not in conjunction with global action and cooperation: that is the only resilient way out. That goes directly in relation to a global and safe system of international relations…. not multiple-selective-bilateral relations. Even if there were political will for investing in green energies like solar or wind, they’re will not being enough if is not under good and healthy international relations. It´s for this reason the imperative for generating a new trend and a new culture among American people: to reduce individual consumption, invest in green clean energies and above all on innovation.Taking in account that US is the country that spends more in energy than the rest of the world. Americans constitute 5% of the world’s population but consume 24% of the world’s energy.

If there is a boycott from US to a global joint action by cancelling international agreements this could only be translated in loneliness in resilient terms.

That´s not good news for American people although good for those American industries that are not willing to invest in clean energies. Paradoxically one of the main argumentations for this switch in American focus was “recovering our jobs” however it doesn´t seem to include the ones generated by clean energies.“8.1 million renewable energy jobs that exist globally, 3.5 million are in China, compared to less than one million in the U.S.”.*China will invest £292bn in renewable power by 2020, which means new and more employment at national level. Investing in renewables is it also part of a growth strategy.

This “break” with the rest of the world is it also a break within America as it goes against the will of many citizens that have seen in climate change action a priority in the political agenda. Which represents a stronger political failure worst than the investment in itself. Going back in time and loosing all the work done at Educational level, making citizens aware of their commitment with the environment, means literally destroying an emerging American green culture as well as divided a community of ideas and potential. Joint action is the way out at global and national level.

US will become weaker and this lack of investment and sensibility towards the new challenges would make it vulnerable concerning the most important aspect of a society: Education.

Cooperation will become the only way for surviving and become resilient from a world hit by multiple crises. Joint action represents the way out that US will not have if there continue in this line of isolation and “personal” foreign affairs relations. No commitment with international agreements in addition with no solidarity is generating a negative spiral. This is not only about a unilateral anti-global focus it will generate an anti-US boycott against American products and no cooperation in times of crises.

That is the devastating impact of Trump´s anti-green policies that are not just focusing in destroying this industry but the impact that creates: becoming not competitive. Not even their allies are in line with this focus. Russia -despite their intention to have a good relation with US- has developed a strong investment in clean energies, e.g. bio fuels.

Saying no to investment in clean energies means saying no to sustainability in the medium term and saying yes to profits to private interest in the short term.

In terms of competitiveness, the development of clean energies has become part of a modern industrial and commercial way of living and producing. US will become an outsider that even there new and bilateral alliances will not accompanied them.

The only basis to explain this resistance to be out of a green global world is because of a short-term vision on financial investment. There is not a logical or visionary reason that could support a decision that will leave US behind on new technologies. Hence, more vulnerable for facing a world submerged in multiple crises. An unjustified denial for investing in innovation completes this stage of chaos in which short-termism is leading the way without vision and a smart strategy able to make US resilient.

 

*http://bit.ly/2jd6rSl

*Surrealist picture: Hossein Zare