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What is Climate Change & How might we stop it with Environmental Advanced Sciences

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What is Climate Change?

limate Change is the largest, most challenging moral crisis in the history of mankind. This is a fact supported by science and scientists the world over; the facts on climate change are haunting and the body-politics needs to catch up with the population at large.

In 2008, the United Nations Development Program characterized climate change as “the defining human development challenge of the 21st century.”

So knowing what we know, where do we go from here? Let’s start with the problem itself, the year is 2019; we need more than the “who what when where and why” we need a realistic “how”? We need to consider this without a human based agenda or ego, without inconvenience and self-pity. We need leaders and to be leaders, we need to challenge the world views that are holding us Eco-Warriors back.

We challenge those who are blind to the fact that humans are not superior to this planet, we live on this planet and need it to live. Even if we could leave, it should be cherished. The planet is not an inanimate object for us to just lay roads and place houses on, but a living breathing biodiverse entity with many species and ecosystems. This used to be known and has only recently dropped from the human psyche. The various natural systems work in an intertwined way, relying and thriving in a circular motion as they fulfill their place in the circle of life here on Earth. Mankind was the only species who diverted from the plan and we are seeing the damage that has caused, daily. With evolution inhibiting almost every other part from doing its job as well.

Stewardship (or the lack thereof) related to the human species has resulted in runaway Climate Change. The direct driver of climate change is the issue of today’s atmosphere having an abundance of carbon dioxide and methane which are but two examples of greenhouse gases that are caused both directly and indirectly by our human actions daily. These gases allow visible light to pass through while absorbing the infrared light (the hot light not the visible light) and that in turn heats up the planet (hence the name global warming). The more the atmosphere heats up, it in turn emits even more infrared (hot) light and re-absorbs it. The energy coming from the sun has always measured the same, however what’s leaving the atmosphere has decreased drastically over time. The planet has been running a fever for a while, changing the overall climate, creating changing weather systems, bringing both extreme heat and cold to places in the world where their presence ruins ecosystems. Hence the name ‘Climate Change’.

Vocabulary/Words:

Climate Change: Largest moral crisis in the history of mankind; we have 10 years to get the planets fever under control.

Climate Scientist: Most reliable source to date in climate knowledge and education; most reliable source in the world. (Ivy league schools across the U.S. like Cornell Institute are expanding their climate education systems everyday. Cornell established its Institute for Climate Smart Solutions in 2013. “The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.”

UNEP or United Nations Environment Programme: is an agency of the United Nations, coordinates the organization’s environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.

IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

UNFCC or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: is an international environmental treaty with an objective to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

Moral Crisis: Moral Crisis is a situation where you are definite about being forced to think of doing something which you believed as wrong. Moral crisis is not reconcilable and shall keep reappearing in your thoughts like a haunt.

Ecosocialism: Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, and the development of practices that can attain it. It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia and the fossil-fuel based economy.

There are also two redefined Vocabulary/Words that have evolved through Climate Change

As we before had the “terrorist”, we now have the “Eco-Terrorist”: Eco-terrorism attacks people or things that threaten the environment or the wildlife it supports.

As we before had the “refugee”, we now have the “Climate Change Refugee”: A refugee that flees their home not because of famine, death or disease or a corrupt governmental system but a person that flees their home due to an unlivable climate condition.

Unrealistic Structural Plan

90% of the human population would be eliminated immediately while the remaining 10% follow this “Realistic Structural Plan” below. This is what will happen itself we do not follow the plan below by default.

Realistic Structural Plan

1. Majority of the Human population go vegan and Vegetarian

During the Poland & Germany U.N. Climate Summit, 300 of the world’s top climate scientists concluded that the majority of the world’s carbon emissions are coming from ‘factory farming’. The IPCC report from 2017 stated that factory farming made up for 15% of the worlds emissions. While transportation (including motor vehicles, planes and trains) accounted for 7% placing as our number two contributor. Seems pretty clear that if we wanted to slash emissions drastically we would all go vegan.

2. ELIMINATE Carbon Waste (which will produce alcohol fuel that can potentially phase out fossil fuels QUICK)

Most don’t realize that landfills an biowaste (from the earth, overgrown forests, algae etc) cannot be reused or recycled and reducing is not ELIMINATING what is already here. Which we all know is already TOO MUCH an the landfills are continuously growing an spilling into the oceans. Eliminating carbon waste/pollution while simultaneously cutting factory farming emissions and having a tool that can be utilised to phase out the fossil fuel industry without billionaires jobs lost in one day and barrels of gasoline(oil) sitting all over the place with all forms of transportation and shipping at a halt.

A phase out using alcohol based fuel produced from eliminating carbon waste coupled with a time limit an carbon tax (that I use to oppose back when I didn’t fully understand all aspects of our realistic options) will forcefully push us to surpass our emissions goal and even reverse the damage we’ve already done. Carbon waste to alcohol fuel breeds global methodology and realism vs. rioting and hysteria as if one day everyone’s going to stop disrespecting the environment an all will be better.

Couple 1&2; successfully win the fight on Climate Change. We’re fighting ourselves and this should not be that hard. We’re also fighting something that we did and are still currently doing be wise facts were ignored over decades.

We set our own house on fire. We need to act accordingly.

MISSY MUSGROVE

ECOSOCIALIST, ECOACTIVST

EDITOR & CONTENT WRITER

WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANCED SCIENCES

With support by Crowdleaf.org.uk

Switching to GREEN in an Artificial Intelligence era. By Mar Introini

 

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We are living under contradictory processes: a world pushing for more sustainable green standards, on a go back to old codes of living closer to nature and at the same time a revolutionary technology that mark our daily life differently.

Is this incompatible? Is this a contradiction? Is it possible to harmonize both processes and become more and more “green” within a world more and more technologically advanced?

We are definitely prepared to move forward through new innovative technology that makes our life easier however, not to become more green and attached to nature codes that demands the implementation of new habits and maybe, new sacrifices and resignation to comfort.

Walking towards a green technological developed world means, “get naked” from old habits and patterns and enters a new path of living within a new “dress code”.

If you see the picture above you could identify the contrast: a laptop in the middle of a forest, in which wood and trees are the powerful actors and, in a sense, the tech element is the distortion element that searches for a space.

There is not incompatible, although there is a clash if there is not a harmonic adaptation into a holistic strategy of green in all layers of the society.

Going back to old codes as living in the countryside, reducing consumption of water, using pubic transport, buying food daily, not use of plastic, recycling, change our purchasing focus -“buy less, buy better”- etc. are all elements that make up a green way of living. Even if it seems a contradiction in itself: going back to past habits but with the help and boost from a revolutionary technology.Indeed, when we get the essence of the past it doesn’t mean that we are “repeating” or “imitating” but that we get inspired and apply the same criteria although under a cross-cutting technology.

Innovation is what marks the difference from the past; to create new structures a change of minds its paramount to be open and creative.

We need technology to make it happen even if it’s just to campaign for Green, as social media and networking become the way to do so. A change of habits also come from creating trends and fashion around them. People moves through emotions and the feeling of being part of the society and updated to the new trends is an element to take it very seriously at time to generate new codes.

Is it so that the Education system becomes a challenge to address much more complex that the one described by SDG 4 but a driver for new generations around awareness, sensibility and creativity for building a reshaped and adaptive world.

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… making a real revolution in our Education systems.

Technology at the service of a green planet means the transformation of what seem anachronic tech elements into harmony pillars to become more sustainable.

 New lenses for a new innovative green world: mind, soul and…. tech!

 

Green Community Action: The Need For Innovation. Take The Risk! By Mar Introini

 

 

 

The SDG´s approach demands a new approach at global system level and a systemic action at individual and community level. Innovation, even its part of SDG 9 “industry, innovation and infrastructure” represents one of those challenges to take into account on a daily and personal basis.

Communities as a difference from corporations do not see the need for innovation but of small changes that make their daily life easier. This attitude may prevent them from a real revolutionary change especially for those who considered themselves as “stable and safe societies”. A personal change represents a much more important step to get through this situation than for other challenges.

Until there is not a real sense of the need for a change that fixes current green global crisis, we will not being able to become sustainable. Eventually there are just communities that introduce technology for their own particular benefit and innovation but for specific goals based on local profitability.

Getting into a sense of empowerment is a must. We need to Educate and re-Educate adults and future generations on the power of Advocacy and the own responsibility of getting the tools. Is it simply a democracy pattern in which citizens engage with the community and lead their destiny.

It’s surprising to see that even if global corporations has very strong interests there are committed to the global goals and aware of a change. Most of the multinationals has made important steps towards a green investment leaving the public sector behind and not updated to the new challenges. Also on this aspect coordination and the power of partnerships its extremely needed. In which local communities play a paramount role, changing their own daily habits and taking the principle of “think global, act local” into extremes.

The tools are there to be used: social media, associations, debate, etc. through reshaping the Education system. Traditional tools (as association and debate) need to be reshaped  and find a new concept in which there are not just “green associations/debates” but a cross-cutting union of people, thoughts and ideas towards a common goal on sustainability. That is the key to enter in new roads of resilience: the use of the same tools from a different focus.

A holistic approach is what we need for getting into the goals successfully  and on a “relaxing mood”. The so-called “safe societies” must be aware of the need to reshape their goals and business as usual for addressing crises effectively. Moving through green debates, green associations and green campaigns is not the correct strategy and global goals demand that green goals are just one more part of a systemic strategy.That´s the reason for building awareness towards uncertainty and the need for being resilience by an in depth change on structures and personal attitudes.

New and innovative green communities: a personal attitude that doesn’t represent financial investment but capitalization of human resources, re-Education and innovative structures that delivers a new sense of living.

As the picture, the logs represent the citizens: strong and resilient but without awareness of the need for innovation and change. There will not fall down but they need stronger support to become sustainable. Take the risk!

*The Green Axis of SDG´s

https://thesustainabilityreader.com/2018/06/06/the-green-axis-of-sdgs/

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 6th July 2018

Welcome to this weeks edition of Crowdleaf’s newsletter.

We hope you are all still enjoying this lovely weather!

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With the world cup well under way, it is heart warming to see fans taking care of their environment and picking up their rubbish after the game is over. This is a fine example of how we should take pride in our home on earth – not just after a great match but for all of our surroundings.

Do you have an article or event you would like to see on our CrowdLeaf Newsletter? Please contact us to see if we can help! 🙂

The War Against Plastic

New Zealand The Most Perilous Place For Seabirds Due To Plastic Pollution

Researchers Race To Make Bioplastics From Straw And Food Waste

Plastic Plates And Cutlery To Be Banned From Sale Under government Plans

Plastic cutlery and plates could be banned under plans being considered by the Government

100 Steps To A Plastic Free Life

Seattle Just Became The First Major American City To Ban Plastic Straws And Utensils

Climate change and Pollution

Weather watch: Wildfires Highlight Importance Of UK’s Peatlands

Child’s Asthma Linked To Illegal Levels Of Air Pollution

Court Action To Save Young From Climate Bill

Millions of Wet Wipes Flushed Into The Thames Causing Plastic Nightmare

Filth: a clump of wet wipes near Hammersmith Bridge, where 115,000 have been pulled out so far this year

Energy

UK Heatwave Helps Solar Power To Record Weekly Highs

Queensland Coal Push Grows As Turnbull Tries To Land Energy Guarantee

Wildlife and Conservation

Dry Weather Boost UK’s Most Endangered Butterfly

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Australia Needs Tighter Ivory Sale Laws Sale To Protect Elephants, Parliamentary Committee Hears

Recycling and Sustainability

Is This The End Of The Yellow All-In-One Recycling Bin?

Local Authorities Urged to Embrace Separate Collection Model

What Does Sustainability Really Mean To The Customer?

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This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity

Events

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street 7th July

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘On Tour’ Artist Special, Part 1 11th July

Fight For Clean Air In Southampton And New Forest 17th July

South sea Wildlife Watch 21st July

New Forest Festival 27th July

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

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

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

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

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

Love Food Hate Waste

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

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

Loopster

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A cut above the rest! Inside ‘Ecohair & Beauty’ an eco-hairdressing project!

Since launching a year ago, word is spreading in hairdressing circles about Eco hair and Beauty a pioneering ‘eco’ hairdressing initiative which follows on from the earlier Green Salon Makeover project. Ecohair and Beauty is being led by a team from Southampton Business School, University of Southampton and is funded by the Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC). HABIA, the government approved standards setting body for the hairdressing industry, is a project partner alongside VTCT and City and Guilds.




Hairdressers are in a unique position, at the heart of the community, in what is a both intimate and influential role. The practices they model in the salon and the message they give to their clients about ‘greener’ behaviour has the potential to make the world of difference – quite literally – in helping to ensure the future sustainability of the planet – and also save money for both salons and clients.

Their website www.ecohairandbeauty.com is designed to be an open access resource for hairdressers, trainers and hairdressing colleges to enable them to adopt more sustainable practices. The focus is on products and practices that are good for the hair, and also save time and money as well as being more environmentally friendly.

Our top resources include :

    • PowerPoint presentation http://ecohairandbeauty.com/powerpoint-educational-resource/ which covers general sustainability concepts as applied to the hairdressing sector and is suitable for trainers to use in class.
    • Video clip covering eco-products (5mins)

    • Video clip showing how to advise clients (7 mins)

 

Ecohair and beauty are holding workshops to make trainers aware of these materials, and to book a free workshop get in contact ecohairandbeauty@soton.ac.uk .

 

What’s next?
The team are now working on a virtual interactive training salon http://bit.ly/2axlqzi which they will make available to training providers. They also hope to set up a bespoke certificate for sustainable stylists/salons in the new year. In the meantime anyone who attends one of their events can get a certificate of attendance which they can use towards certification once it becomes available.

To be kept up to date on latest news see Eco Hair’s Facebook page here and please and follow them on Twitter here.