• Drop me an email if you want to call.
  • ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

Tag Archive economics

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 3rd May 2018

Hi and welcome to another CrowdLeaf newsletter 🙂

Are you local and have an environmentally friendly product you would like to sell? We are looking for local providers to link up with our store so if you are interested please email us.

Some pretty interesting articles in the news recently and we are please to see some of the big supermarkets pledge to make a change  to their packaging to cut plastic waste. Let’s hope this change is made sooner rather then later for the sake of our environment!

Again, there are some great events going on this month so please check them out and get involved.

The War On Plastic

Jaqueline Wilson Calls For Books Industry Plastic Ban

‘Infinitely’ Recyclable Plastic Created By Chemists For the First Time

Morrison Pledge To Make All It’s Packaging Recyclable By 2025

UK Supermarkets Launch Voluntary Pledge To Cut Plastic Packaging

Climate Change and Pollution

UK’s Most Polluted Towns And Cities Revealed

A general view of the steelworks in Port Talbot

Climate ‘Culture War’ Will Doom Australia To Fail Emissions Targets, Labor Says

Terra watch: Rocks Could Have A Role In Combating Climate Change

More Than 90% Of Air Pollution Deaths Occur In Poorer Countries

Penny Wong Says Labour Will Try And Undo Abbot’s Legacy On Climate Policy

Air Pollution Is Causing Crime In London, Claim LSE Scientists

Energy

BP Profits Leap By 71% As Oil Prices Rebound

Growth In Independent Renewables Energy Projects Slumps As Government Support Falls

EDF Plans For Tallest UK Onshore Wind Turbines Prompts Outcry

Wildlife and Conservation

Budget Earmarks $500m To Mitigate Great Barier Reef Climate Change

EU Member States Support Near-Total Neonicotinoids Ban

Hedgehog Sightings Fall For Third Consecutive Years, Survey Reveals

Dutch Rewinding Experiment Sparks Backlash As Thousands Of Animals Starve

Health Warning As Toxic Hairy Caterpillars Take Over Woodlands

Recycling and Sustainability

H&M Launches Conscious Exclusive 2018 Collection

Storage And Organisation Ideas For Recycling Centers

South Kesteven Food Waste Recycling Scheme To Be Trialled

Events

Oxford Street Hampshire Farmers Markets 5th May

Where Should We Get Our Energy From? 5th May

Portsmouth Green Drinks 9th May

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Southdowns Green Fair 13th may

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

No automatic alt text available.

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

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

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

Loopster

Contact us!

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

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

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

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

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

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter – World Penguin Day – 25th April 2018

Welcome to CrowdLeaf’s newsletter.

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

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

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

Oh and by the way – Happy World Penguin Day!

World Penguin Day: 23 amazing facts about penguins

Guest Piece By Mar Introini

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

Climate Change and Pollution

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

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

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

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

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

Speed Limits On 5 Major Roads To Tackle Air Pollution

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

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

Wildlife and Conservation

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

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

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

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

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

Endangered Gorilla Kisses ‘Very Special And Significant’ Newborn Baby

Sustainability and Recycling

Sustainability Project: Award Winner And Runner Up

This Japanese Pub Is Made Out Of 100% Recycled Materials

Board masters, Download Reveal New Sustainability Plans

Boardmasters 2017

New Designers Pioneering A Sustainable Fashion Revolution

China To Respond ‘Soon’ Over Import Concerns

Events

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 9th May

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

No automatic alt text available.

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

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

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

Loopster

Contact us!

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

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

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

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

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

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 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!

Image may contain: flower, plant, nature and outdoor

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!

Image may contain: drink

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:

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 19th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

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

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

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

The War On Plastic

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

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

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

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Arctic Warming: Scientists Alarmed by ‘Crazy’ Temperature Rises

Air Pollution Is A National Health Emergency

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

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

4 Psychology Lessons That Can Teach Us About Inspiring Climate Action

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

Billion Dollar Polar Engineering ‘Needed To Slow Melting Glaciers’

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

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

Fears For Wildlife As Migratory Birds Fly In To UK Snowstorm

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

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

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

Recycling and Sustainability

This Is What Recycling Looks Like In The UK

Disappearing Clothing Banks Leave Charities Devastated

This London Bench Absorbs As Much As 275 Trees

Dirty Kitchen Roll Amongst Things Britons Think They Can Recycle

Scottish Council Plans To Fill Potholes With Recycled Plastic Waste

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

New Forest Spring Clean 17th – 25th March

Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Seed And Plant Swap 1st April

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

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

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

Loopster

Contact us!

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

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

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

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

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

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 13th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf’s Newsletter.

We are passionate about keeping our planet as green and pollution free as much as we possibly can so we have organised our own CrowdLeaf’ Litter Picking Walk on 10th April 17:00-18:30 at Southampton Common. We will be meeting at Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre so please feel free to join us as everyone is welcome.

We would like to know about everyones efforts on how you are keeping your area litter free on this Great British Spring Clean. Just drop us an email and let us know what you have arranged or have achieved already and we can publish this great news on our newsletter to show the wider community what we can all do for our environment!

A massive well done to Bitterne Litter Team for their efforts for the British Spring Clean on 10th March! So much rubbish was collected on this litter pick!

The War On Plastic

The UK Needs A Deposit Return Scheme For Plastic Bottles

Aldi Unveils Sweeping Measures To Slash Plastic Waste

Krill Found To Break Down Micro-Plastics – But it Won’t Save The Oceans

Five Ways To Break Up Plastic

Climate Change and Pollution

Germany’s New Government Deal Fails The paris Climate Accord Test

British River Has The Worst Recorded Microplastic Pollution In The World

UN Urges Global Move To Meat And Dairy-Free Diet

Burning Coal may Have Caused Earth’s Worst mass Extinction

Southampton Council Bosses Take To The The Streets To Tackle Drivers Sat Idling In Cars

Wildlife and Conservation

Krill Fishing Poses Serious Threat To Antarctic Ecosystem

Return of Pine Martens Could Save Britain’s Red Squirrels, Say Scientists

Mass Die-Off Of Sea Creatures Follows Freezing UK Weather

Sustainability and Recycling

EAC Accuses Government Of Lack Of Action Over Coffee Cup Recycling

Lidl Vows To Crack Down On Plastic Waste By Eliminating 5p Bags

Gum-Drop Recycles Used Chewing Gum Into New Useful Products

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 14th March

Sea Palling Beach Clean 18th March

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

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

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

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 & 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 19th February 2018

Welcome to the CrowdLeaf newsletter! We have some great news, some not so good news and some work that is in progress. As always share your stories. Campaigns and more with us and we will try and include it in the next newsletter.

The War On Plastic and Recycling

BBC To Ban Single Use Plastic By 2020

NIEA Seal’s First Prosperity Agreement With Social Enterprise

Newport Recycling And Waste Plant Moves A Step Closer

Climate Change And Pollution

Labour MP Says Adani Mine Would Displace Jobs And Sabotage Paris Targets

Want to Monitor Air Pollution? Test A Pigeon

Don’t Feed The Fatberg! What A Slice Of Oily Sewage Says About Modern Life

Energy

Bill Shorten Says There’s A ‘Role For Coal’ And Adani Mine Just ‘Another Project’

The Village That Took On The Frackers

How Labour’s Energy Spending Spree Has Electrified The South Australian Elections

Wildlife And Conservation

Marine Scientists Urge Protection For Endangered Shellfish Reefs

Dramatic Decline In Borneo’s Orangutang Population As 150,000 Lost In 16 Years

Should We Give Up Half Of The Earth To Wildlife?

Rare Butterfly Found Breeding In Scotland For The First Time In 130 Years

The Winners Of Underwater Photographer Of the The Year 2018

“It’s Given The Children A Love Of Wildlife”: The Schools Letting Nature In

Sustainability

This Distillery Tackles Food Waste By Turning Stale Cake Into Vodka

Science, Politics And The Quest To Secure Africa’s Sustainable Food Future

Environment

Pollution Blights UK Seagrass Meadows

Keep Your Eyes On The Skies This Year!

Events

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Economy For The Common Good Portsmouth 21st February

Zero Waste Portsmouth Month Monthly Meeting 23rd February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

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 & 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!

For a plastic free revolution we need new lenses by @MarIntroini

A simple question – one in which Mar asked me (@rwscarter- Ryan) about recently while I was on the radio, what is more important? Education or Innovation?

Well here is her answer.

 

A matter of Education or Innovation: which “lenses” come first? For a real plastic free revolution we need a solid educational framework that shapes habits and attitudes for finally building a new green culture. Parallel to this process is Innovation on technology, an essential element and an ally for green goals.

We need to be educated to adapt effectively to the new challenges by changing habits and at the same time innovate and make this process easy and sustainable within a world that moves through digitalization. A green future should be based on Education and Innovation and also through an innovative educational framework that delivers values around protection to the environment.

Let´s have a look at some data to wake up to a devastating reality around the environment and in particularly in relation to plastics:

An estimated of 12 million barrels of oil is required to produce the plastic bags used in US each year.

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021*

Around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away*

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year*

Alarming figures that wake up our society to a new sensible issue that demands action not only in terms of business options but also on a complete reshape of our lifestyle and system. A revolution….

Now, the system moves through a legal framework, is it possible to make a revolution against plastics without a complete reform of the legal system? Even if private initiatives are dominating the stage of the green market is it not enough and we need a full commitment from the public sector and definitely a new ambitious legal status.

Is precisely legislation that boosts a green way of doing business although always with the support of bottom up initiatives. Which is clear is that we cannot rely only on the latest and the progress would come from top down strategies that display commitment and structure for a system change.

We need leaders with vision, -not necessary visionary- but with the political will to make a change. Not only for cancelling the “plastic industry” but to give alternatives that reconvert the sector into a new and productive industry able to reinvent themselves with innovation and creativity. Is it here that the political support becomes paramount in terms of investment on innovation. From the side of the plastic misuse and irresponsible consumption we must be focused on educating individuals and change their lifestyle no matter the influence of the public sector. The private sector could play a very important role on changing cultural habits by using the speed of social media and the powerful influence of a global structure. Multinationals are key actors to implement new practices and develop new individual habits on an equal impact around the world. In which cultures are not a burden but the necessary complementary element.

Even if political support is a very important factor to take into account, U.S. is a good example that is not necessary essential, which is definitely very important is a legal framework that allows the continuity of pursuing Green goals. The focused policies from Mr. Trump against the own existence of climate change and the investment on clean energies have exposure the power of individual action from millions of citizens in America that want to fight back and are achieving green results with or without public support. This rebellion from the citizenship (coming from all the Political parties) gives the green revolution a new boost and a new vision in which the center of the initiatives are not public. That is precisely what we need for a results-driven strategy against plastics: the determination and awareness from the citizens to make a change of their traditional lifestyle on an almost anarchic basis.

Despite the traditional standardization of concepts, habits and business we must make the effort of “seeing green” where others are not able to do so. The environment depends on this individual option of delivering clean practices. Is our responsibility and empower us to become active agents for change.

Vision it´s important to see the devastating impact of plastics in oceans and in our lifestyle, however there is an even more important element that is awareness and information. Both are missing and clearly the data is not coming from the pubic sector but from an active and engage civil society.

Its ‘a historical momentum for a radical change of the “lenses” of mistaken traditions and move towards a new vision on green, with or without public support.

*http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/iceland-plastic-free-packaging-own-brand-products-recycling-pollution-environment-a8161081.html

* SDG´s 12+14= the panoptic for plastic waste

*https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

*https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 2nd February 2018

Welcome to the CrowdLeaf Newsletter, what a week, we have done so much and the green community is going from strength to strength.

In this CrowdLeaf Newsletter we will start with what we have been involved with, including supporting  a campaigin to end plastics in Supermarkets, we have a a great piece written by Simon Goldsmith who started the petition for supermarkets to stop using non-recyclable food packaging. We at CrowdLeaf fully support the aims of this petition so please join us in signing and supporting this great campaign! Ryan was on VoiceFM 103.9FM on Thursday doing his usual monthly radio show,a version of which can be found here.

For locals in members in Southampton, please look out for the Recycling Mixed Banks In Southampton to make sure you do your bit to recycle everything you can and regardless of where your based you can keep an eye out for bins like this. Councils are getting the message, if ti can be recycled it should. Crowdeaf also ask you encourage your work places to tackle to problem too, its never been easier to ditch plastic cups, as so many workplaces now are, maybe your teams could bring their own or the company could invest in long life products instead of disposable ones,  labeled mugs or glass alternatives all of which are reasonably priced.

There are some great events coming up so if you fancy helping out or learning a bit more about the environment etc take a look at our events section. which follows these news stories.

Climate change and Pollution

London Reach’s Legal Air Pollution Limit Just One Month Into The New Year

Future Technology Cannot Rescue Mankind – Climate Change Experts Say

BP Charging Points For Electric Cars At UK Petrol Stations

Energy

Quants Uses Mustard Seeds In First Ever Bio-fuel Flight Between Australia And US

UK Electricity Use Falling Economy Weather

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Yorkshire Water Pledge To Plant 1 Million Trees

Hong Kong Bans Ivory Trade In ‘Historic’ Vote

For more on Tusks and the Ivory Trade we carried a piece recently from Lara which can be seen here.

Lobsters And Crabs Should Not Be Boiled Alive – Say Campaigner’s

Events

Greenpeace campaigning Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary 4th February

CleanAir Network Launch 7th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

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 & 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

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

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