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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

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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 – Innovation, Mitigation and Conservation – 10th February 2018

Often the terms we on the sustainability front use, or band about such as the fight on plastic, battle on emissions and the plague of plastic… I could go on. These words are littered throughout our vocabulary as sign of acknowledgment. This edition of the now very regular  newsletter (twice weekly) is to focus not just on problems but on the Innovations, the mitigations and the workon conservation. After all  it’s fantastic to see so many big companies making huge efforts to change. We have been working on contacting and pushing business and councils and will continue to do so, but by sharing the positive news on firms ditching plastics or divesting from fossil fuels or who are now fighting a difficult battle to reverse the severe damage that has been caused.

We have a great guest piece by Mar Introini – For A Plastic Free Revolution We Need New Lenses, which can be viewed here.

It is important to educate our children what and how to recycle, encouraging their interest for the natural world and how to look after it. Check out local nature groups in your area to join in with. Click Here for a great informative recycling website for both older and younger children.

If anyone would be interested in trying out the new Scandinavian trend – Plogging – we would be interested to form a local group just drop us an email using the email addresses in the Contact Us section at the bottom of the page.

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

The War Against Plastic

Asda Scraps 5p Plastic Bags

UK Could Adopt Strict Norway Plastic Bottle Recycling System

Best In Glass – Can The Return Of The Milkround Help Squash Our Plastic Problem

Climate Change And Pollution

These Young Columbians Are Suing The Government Over Climate Change

Bankok Air Pollution Warning – Children asked To Stay Indoors

Energy

BP Aims To Invest More In Renewables And Clean Energy

Aviva Under Fire For Pouring 370m Into Polish Coal Industry

Sustainability

Harley Davidson Is Officially Releasing Their Electric Motorcycle In 2019

Living Ink – Biodegradable Ink Made from Algae

High School Invent Solar-Powered Tents For Homeless Community

Wildlife and Conservation

Britain Population Halves Since Millennium Report Finds

How Billions Of Ants Have Been Reshaping London Park

 A Giant Manta Ray Washed Up In A Fishing Net

Stripes Of Wildflowers Across Farm Fields Could Cut Pesticide Spraying

Environment

Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons Of Toxic Mercury

 

Events

Greenpeace Show The Love Southampton Common – 11th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

“What About Clean Growth” – Dr Alan Whitehead 13th Februray

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th 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

 

 

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

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 – The Importance Of Water – 6th February 2018

 This week we are looking at the importance of water.

With unusual seasonal patterns for 3 consecutive years due to climate change, the people of Cape Town are facing severe water shortages.

Lakes are drying up, the environment is struggling and peoples businesses are under threat due to the drought. It is only a matter of time before people’s health is affected if not already.

How much more of a wake up call to people need to face the effects climate change and see that it is really happening?

If you are interested to know the air quality around your area check out the Pollution Tracking Tools at the bottom of the newsletter.

There are some brilliant events coming up such as Moonlight Owl Prowl in Bordon, Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz – so come a long and put your knowledge to the test! Community litter picking and beach cleans are also coming up too.

If you missed out on our previous newsletters you can find them on our Forum Posts. Alternatively, if you would rather have them sent to your email please contact us and we will be happy to do that like many other regular readers – Do not miss out on a green story event or

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

 

The Importance Of Water –

Day Zero Cape Town Turns Off Taps?

Drinking Water From The Air

Let Cape Town Revolutionise The Way We Think About Water

 

And lets not forget the great article by our regular contributor from Spain Mar Introini who wrote about water equality for us a little while ago. You can read her piece here.

Climate Change And Pollution

Pollution From UK Shipping Is Four Times Higher Than Previously Thought

How Bill Gates Aims To Clean Up The Planet

Green Brexit Is Impossible To Guarantee Say Tory Mep’s

Energy

TFL To Make Bus Stations And Offices More Energy Efficient With Solar Power

Blackcraig Windfarm Set To Go Live

Wildlife and conservation

Whale and Shark Species At Increasing Risk From Microplastic Pollution

‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab Of Public Lands

Nigel – The Lonely New Zealand Gannet – Dies 

 

Events

“What About Clean Growth” – Dr Alan Whitehead 13th Februray

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

 

 

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

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

Water equality: challenging the global balance? by @MarIntroini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Sculpture Hampton Court Flower Show-Palace London UK

Tusks, Trophy Hunting and Trump by @lara_wildlife

Elephants are one of the most universally loved species and are instantly recognisable with their long trunks, large flapping ears and impressive tusks. However, their populations are experiencing catastrophic declines, and with fewer than 50,000 African elephants remaining in the wild, it’s possible that our children may only ever see these majestic creatures in captivity or a picture book.

@Lara_Wildlife

There are currently more elephants being poached than born and in the past decade alone, there’s been a 90% decline in elephant populations across Africa. Elephants have an extraordinary emotional capacity which allows them to feel empathy and form deep familial bonds with their herd members. Not only are these creatures incredibly intelligent, they also play an essential role in the ecosystem and are often described as ‘ecosystem engineers’. In areas where elephants thrive, other species do too and the potential loss of Elephants could have severe implications regarding the function and capacity of their natural environment.

@Lara_wildlife

In November, the US government caused global outrage by announcing plans to lift the ban on the importation of elephant body parts hunted for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Whilst hunting organisations like the Safari Club and National Rifle Association were overjoyed by the change in policy, conservationists and charities dedicated to saving elephants were appalled. The current pressure being exerted on elephant populations from illegal poaching, is the highest it’s been for over 20 years and this change in US legislation can only mean bad news for the remaining individuals in the wild.

In a statement given by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, they justified the decision by stating that “African Elephant trophy hunting in Zimbabwe will enhance the survival of the species in the wild”.

Although it’s a highly controversial issue, trophy hunting can provide crucial benefits to endangered and vulnerable species. This is because hunters will pay an extortionate amount of money (up to US$60,000) to shoot and export the animals that they kill. In theory, this money is invested into the conservation of remaining populations, for example, by funding law enforcement to prevent poaching; however, it’s often impossible to track the distribution of those funds.

For a species that is already so vulnerable, I can’t help but feel that this decision is a huge step in the wrong direction.

As a result of the immediate global backlash, Donald Trump tweeted that the decision to change legislation would be put on hold until all the conservation facts could be reviewed and so far, it appears that no definitive conclusion has been reached.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) wrote that this was a “wise and welcome pause in the process”, but, we’re not out of the woods yet.

In the meantime, it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of the plight of African Elephants and the magnitude of the threats that this remarkable species is facing on a daily basis.

 

This has been a piece by Lara Jackson.

www.larawildlife.co.uk | @lara_wildlife | larajwildlife@gmail.com

All these fantastic photo’s have also been taken by Laura, for more pictures like these she is well worth a follow.

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

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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:

· Part 1: Steps to follow

· Part 2: Building buy-in at every level

· Part 3: How to scale

· Part 4: How to systemize

· Part 5: All in for sustainability

· Part 6: Fostering culture & embedding sustainability

Connect with Wendy om the links below.

Twitter: @EngageIntl https://twitter.com/EngageIntl

LinkedIn: Wendy Firlotte https://uk.linkedin.com/in/wendyfirlotte

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.