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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 9th August 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

Come and join CrowdLeaf and Southampton Common Forum on a litter pick around Southampton Common on Friday 17th August whereby we will be meeting at the Hawthorn Cafe for 18:30. If anyone can help to take away any of the recycling or aluminium this would be a great help too!

We would love to hear from you if you have any articles or events you would like to share, just contact us via the email addresses in the Contact Us! section of the newsletter.

Guest Articles By Mar Introini

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

Switching To GREEN In An Artificial Intelligence Era

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Climate Change and Pollution

Domino-Effect Of Climate Change Events Could Move Earth Into A ‘Hot House’ State

Three polar bears walking across fragile-looking sea ice towards the sea.

New Park And Rides Miles Of Cycle Networks – Southamptons New Transport Plans Revealed

Climate Change: What Could Be Wiped Out By A Temperature Rise

Chocolate, a polar bear and a South Pacific island

Air Pollution Linked To Changes In Heart Structure

Wildlife and Conservation

Have you seen any snakes out and about? Here’s an article on what to do if you find one.

Trump Administration Lifts Ban On Pesticides Linked To Declining Bee Numbers

Lemur Extinction: Vast Majority Of Species Under Threat

A blue-eyed black lemur in close-up shot

Recycling and Sustainability

Yes, You Can Grow Your Own Food – Even If You Are A City Dweller

This Brazilian Drag Queen Teaches Kids About The Natural World

Plastic Food Pots And Trays Often Unrecyclable, Says Councils

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Petition Urging Leicester Based Walkers To Ditch Plastic Packets Handed In To The Crisp Giant

Hemp Might Be The Secret Ingredient For Sustainable Farming Here Is Why

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Events

CrowdLeaf Clean Southampton With Southampton Common Forum 17th August

Walk In The Woods With Animals Asia 18th August

August Clothes Swap At Bysea 18th August

Handy Websites

Check Out the 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

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, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus 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 – Clean Air Day – 21st June 2018

Welcome to this weeks CrowdLeaf newsletter. Which falls on Clean Air Day the 21st of June.

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This week we want to look at our Air Quality and how we can work on improving this.

We have two new and fantastic Guest articles and one from a few weeks back on the theme of Air Pollution.

Guest Articles

Who and What are Let Pompey Breathe? By Alexa Gill and Anna Koor

Poor Air Quality Is a Huge Issue – By Alexa Gill and Anna Koor of Let Pompey Breathe

Combination of cold starts and short journeys are a major barrier to air pollution improvements by Larissa Lockwood, Head of Health at Global Action Plan

Climate Change and pollution

Children Exposed To 30% More Pollution Than Adults On Walk To School Due To Proximity To Exhaust Fumes, Study Says

Cross-Party Say Government Is Dragging Feet On Air Pollution

Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Then Ever

UK Pension Funds Get Green Light To Dump Fossil Fuel Investments

Paper Straw Factory To Open In Britain As Restaurants Ditch Plastic

Wildlife and Conservation News

David Attenborough Launches Wildlife Fund For Advertisers

Elephant Calf Born At Western Plains Zoo

A World Without Puffins? The Uncertain Fate Of The Much Loved Seabirds

Flying Ant Day 2018 – What, When, Why?

Recycling and Sustainability

How to Cook For Maximum Taste, Using Minimum Energy

European Countries Urged To Introduce Separate Food Waste Collections

How You Smartphone Can Make your Home More Eco Friendly

Events

Research Cafe 35: Air Pollution And Our Health

Volunteering Day 24th June

Bitterne Litter Team – 1 Hour Litter Pick 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Air Quality Monitoring Workshop 28th June 2018

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

South sea Wildlife Watch 21st 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

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

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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)

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)

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

Are cycling and recycling parts of a green wonderland or are they a goal towards achieving resilience? 

Originally posted on  : thesustainabilityreader.com




Are cycling and recycling parts of a green wonderland or are they a goal towards achieving resilience?

Both activities are part of a big strategy based on the response of a sustainable system towards the relentless impact of climate change. Transport and waste management are a good summary of the best activities that describe a personal healthy “green” attitude. However, it awakens resistance because it something “new” that represents a complete change of diary habits. There is not a solid culture around the need to be sensible and make personal efforts (recycling, shopping habits, transport, etc).  In addition, we live in a historically moment in which the strong investment that climate change demands is surprisingly gather deniers and support from governments. Just to give a recent example, in Madrid, Spain the resolution to close the traffic in the centric area of this crowd city –only for Christmas period-, is generating debate and resistance. Most of the citizens do not understand the meaning even if it has a direct and immediate impact in contamination levels and has already achieved a successful 37% of reduction.

In the end, everything is reduced to a process of re-educate people that unfortunately is not being carried out in a systemic way. Is not even a struggle against climate change denials –that at least are informed of the existence of scientific material- but of raising awareness of the need to change personal habits by delivering constant information to the people.

Despite all this years of constant discussion about the need to reshape public an private policies around the environment is still seen as a matter of public decisions without personal involvement, that almost “magically” will make a reduction on contamination.

“Ignorance is the darkest night”… Indeed, and the lack of awareness of making changes through personal habits it make the goal for a green city literally impossible.

So, is it all about education and information? Yes, mainly because most of the reactions from the citizenship comes precisely because of being misinformed/no informed. Turn to a green city demands solid Education pillars as the Nordic countries have shown. A change of personal habits comes from the conviction and be educated and informed around green policies is the best way to get it.

Personal attitude has a real and direct impact on climate change and what its most important: it has a real possibility to successfully change it.

Cycling is a symbol for these changes, as transport seems to be one of the most important aspects for achieving sustainable goals. The use of fossil fuels is a big challenge that is usually associated as a matter of “public affairs”. Indeed, restrictions to its use needs strong legislation, however in a political world contaminated by corruption, private interests, and “revolving doors” not always success. Is for this reason that the pressure around individual attitude is much more powerful than any legislation and the only resilient way to push for changes.

If you make legislation without individual awareness maybe you succeed…maybe not, but if you make people aware of their own interests even in the long term you make history.

Cycling and recycling are not enough to make a world sustainable but it makes the difference from the easiest way to do it: change of personal habits. Being green is a matter of personal awareness that need to be rising by Education patterns boost by the State. Too much focus in legislation makes loss the focus in what is really important: individuals able to change systems, not systems that change through bottom up initiatives.

If there is a systemic “green education” cycling and recycling ´d be only the starting point for a tangible  wonderland! GO!






The goal of a sustainable world within an unsustainable political framework by @MarIntroini

Originally posted on  : thesustainabilityreader.com




“In anxious anticipation” the name of Aaron Tilley´s sculpture that illustrates our article represents the threaten impact of an unsustainable political system. Paradoxically the pillar message from political leaders is precisely: a sustainable system. The question is: Does the current political system give a framework sufficiently solid to boost a sustainable world? Let´s go to the own concept of sustainability. Among different definitions there are three pillars that gather the essence: social, economic and environment, and its only through a harmonic interaction that we could get to a balanced result. However, sustainability is mainly associated with environmental aspects and left behind the importance of economic and social misbalances. Many of the changes that the world is experimenting as a direct consequence of the advance of far-right populism, demands a reshape of the system also in terms of sustainability.In which denial of climate change is only one aspect of the devastating impact on the rest of this complex roadmap, which is launched in an isolationist message. When we focus strategies around sustainability, is precisely joint action at national and global level and the harmonic combination of the 3 main pillars that shape a holistic approach. That is so, that build extreme defences of sovereignty has an impact on sustainable goals as it demands a global approach that connect with the rest of the world. A work of harmonisation of policies at global level is also part of a sustainable agenda developed by leaders with vision.

The power to agglutinate social-economic and environmental pillars towards a goal of a sustainable system it should be based on political systems that give equal relevance to each pillar in a global context. Is in this sense that we see the inequality of priorities and the preeminence for environmental aspects over the rest. Green business has become a great goal but it could only be considered successful if is it under a holistic analysis on sustainability if not it is only about short-term business profits. Being green is also a matter of boosting sustainable goals as an essential element for a real evolution and changes. “Falling or rolling towards a Green age?”http://bit.ly/2eKDRmD. However, a culture around green is not necessary translated in a sustainability culture. This ambitious goal demands a new and strong step that fully integrates the social and economic pillar. Under current framework in which lack of transparency and accountability is the guideline of political systems (Panama papers, Brexit´s impossible promises, anti-globalist, anti-European Union, etc.) the counterbalance of social and economic pillars connecting with environmental issues seems an important challenge.

A goal of a sustainable system is not only a matter of accepting climate change challenges but also the reshape of current frameworks at political, economic and financial level if not, ineffectiveness would be the result. The crack of the global financial system confirms the “unsustainability” of current codes.

For instance, if there is an official commitment towards climate change and at the same time there is not a boost of policies (subsidies, investment, etc.) there will not be coherence with the original message. A good example of these contradictions is illustrated by failed Spanish government´s policies around wind energy, although with a strong political message in favor. “Wind energy in Spain: raise and fall”

Is not possible to get to sustainable goals if we move through unsustainable political systems. Social and economic pillars need to be addressed by a strong political will and tangible agenda. The role of political leaders play as catalyst of changes and currently are only being part of big campaigns carefully studied at marketing level but without accountability over their proposals. Maybe this is part of a transitional process in which the population needs an emotional, subjective message rather than proven and achievable objective goals.




An “anxious anticipation” is the feeling that best describe the disempowered role of the civil society and the weak but determinate message from political leaders. Making of sustainability their leading message although without delivering alternative models that radically reform the system.

Without a reshape of the political system there will not be an in-depth counterbalance of social-economic-financial-environmental pillars towards a sustainable system…not only sustainable goals.

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Guest post : The Rise & Fall of Wind Energy in Spain : By @MarIntroini

Disclaimer, these are the views and opinions of @MarIntroini a member of the forum and these do not represent the views of the forum as whole.

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Spain is the 5th world wind energy exporter country and 3rd in Europe; however, the successful reality of 2009 is absolutely different from now. Experts hesitate that this success could last in the long-term if there is not a clear political will to boost local market. Indeed, even if in 2007 was a pioneer industry producing 20% of total world wind energy as well as a leader in I+D in this sector, currently it seems that the export market is not enough to keep a productive business that is seeing the fall of local market and tariff deficit.

More than wine and shoes, Spain found another eager market in this sector by exporting 2.500 millions euros annually in wind technology.

Kristian Ruby, chief policy officer at the EWEA* called for “long-term visibility” for the industry. “Strong reforms to the operation of Europe’s electricity market and much-needed upgrades to infrastructure to help the integration of wind energy must be a priority” [1]

However, wind energy is still not considered and strategic goal on Spanish government priorities agenda.

In fact, economic austerity measures that are being implemented since the onset of the financial crisis, severely hit this sector. Since mid 2014 painful cuts to wind farm incentives—for existing projects as well as new ones— are literally destroying the continuity of the successful position that Spain holds as one of the countries along with Portugal and Denmark that generate at least 20% of energy from wind[2]

The relevance of this sector in Spain is also important to help meet goals of European Commission on renewal energy that demands an average of 20% and not the current 14.3%. In wind energy they should reach 27650 MW in 5 years, which represents 4664 MW per year, however experts conclude that reach just a 1000 MW per year is absolutely impossible.[3]

A project of this magnitude need about 6 years to be developed, is it so that build safety in regulation terms is extremely important and not the current situation in which the Spanish government has done too many changes and so little to address those impacts. Not just for future projects but also for the maintenance of current installations with support on regulation and finance.

Spain is losing the opportunity of keeping the position of pioneer in wind energy that holds in 2007. Is it clear that the negative impact of global financial crisis has been equal for all sectors, that is why the importance to take smart political decisions that establish dynamic priorities financially and on regulatory frameworks to “save” for those times in which there is no possibility of more investment.

Austerity is the strategic economic-political perspective for Spain to get out of crisis that is the reason why is imperative to release strong and resilient regulatory frameworks that help the sector on their development, even without financial government support.

Sectors like wind energy helps the society not just in environmental aspects but also on reducing public spending. Main point of struggle in Spain: manage with not sustainable levels of indebtedness (98%) and a general wrong strategic focus in finance priorities that lead to a sustained high rate of unemployment (23.7%), consequently on less investment policies.

More than ever a sound political will for a smart strategic long-term agenda is what would make the difference. Austerity -instead of investment-, seems to be the only government option for addressing recovery. Create alternative mechanisms to reduce public spending like energy savings is urgently needed. Certainly, a regulatory framework and a boost of productivity by a harmonic legislation is the path to get out of this slow growth that is pushing the country into a secular stagnation.

 

*EWEA: European Wind Energy Association

[1] http://bit.ly/1IRDByd

[2] http://bit.ly/1K3BSVA

[3] http://bit.ly/1FLtPWz


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Wind energy in Spain: raise & fall