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Ten Things – 29th February 2020

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Hiya! Thank you for your kind words on the return on Ten Things last week. I’m really glad you were as happy as me for this series to return – it’s always a post I enjoy putting together each week.

1. “Activism works so I’m telling you to act“.

2. Worrying – why is the far-right suddenly paying attention to climate change?

From France to Washington to New Zealand, angry voices on the hard-right — nationalists, populists, and others beyond conventional conservatism — are picking up old environmental tropes and adapting them to a moment charged with fears for the future. In doing so, they are giving potent new framing to a set of issues more typically associated with the left. Often, they emphasize what they see as the deep ties between a nation’s land and its people to exclude those they believe do not belong. Some twist scientific terms such as “invasive species” — foreign plants or animals that spread unchecked in a new ecosystem — to target immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities. And here’s what really frightens me: This dynamic is likely to intensify as climate change creates new stresses that could pit nations and groups against one another.”

3. The Paris Agreement came good (for now). A huge victory, and hopefully it will set a landmark for future developments.

4. This one’s from last month, but it’s a good example of why we can’t just plant trees and carry on business as usual.

5. Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope.

6. An interesting article on climate change and the class divide.

A placard at a 40,000-strong protest in Sydney at the height of the bushfire crisis in December had it right: “No one is coming to save us, except us”. As long as there are profits to be made from the exploitation of the world’s workers and the environment, the capitalist ruling class will never be convinced of the need for change. If we’re going to save our precious planet, and win a just and sustainable future, we need to unite into a movement powerful enough to smash their rotten system for good.”

7. “Health isn’t a private thing” – why universal free healthcare for all is the only sustainable solution for the planet.

8. Continuing the weird weather trend in Antarctica, the remaining snow there has turned blood-red.

9. How women-led efforts in drought-hit Pakistan have provided food and income in an otherwise barren land. Their techniques could be adopted in other drought-hit areas to decrease malnourishment rates.

10. Finally, a welcome piece of good news on a stormy Saturday.

Signing off for now,


ps: catch up on last week’s Ten Things post here.

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Ten Things – 22nd February 2020

Hello! “A new Ten Things post?” I hear you say. Indeed! It’s been a little while, but I am excited to bring this post series back. In case you’re new to these parts, Ten Things is where I round up the week’s environmental news in an easily accessible bitesize manner. Let’s dive straight in:

1. Economists at the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels – JP Morgan – have warned clients, in a leaked report, that under a business-as-usual approach to climate change that “we cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened.” The report implicitly condemns the US bank’s own investment strategy and highlights growing concerns among major Wall Street institutions about the financial and reputational risks of continued funding of carbon-intensive industries, such as oil and gas.

2. Record heat in Antarctica has led to large scale ice cap melts.

3. A quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots – largely with the specific purpose to amplify denialist messages about climate change. This proportion was higher in certain topics – bots were responsible for 38% of tweets about “fake science” and 28% of all tweets about the petroleum giant Exxon. Conversely, tweets that could be categorized as online activism to support action on the climate crisis featured very few bots, at about 5% prevalence.

4. It may only be February, but 2020 is already “virtually certain” to be among the 10 warmest years on record, and has nearly a 50 percent chance of being the warmest ever, say scientists from the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

5. “To get a sense for how backwards we are on climate policy, consider the fact that people are literally *rewarded* for frequent flying rather than disincentivized from doing so. It’s extraordinary.

6. Do we need to re-think our idea of time?

7. Fashion brands should be obliged to help you repair what you wear.

If you’re wearing a buttoned up top, chances are that secreted somewhere on its inside is a spare button, sewn onto a label, tucked under a hem. If your shirt were to pop a button, would you be able to make use of this spare? Or would you just throw away the shirt and order a new one? Sewing a few stitches used to be a skill as basic as reading and writing. But the fact that we collectively send £140m of clothing to landfill each year suggests that things have changed. “

8. Can we have prosperity without growth?

People can flourish without endlessly accumulating more stuff. Another world is possible.”

9. When it comes to ethical fashion, is anyone making money?

10. Finally, I wrote a piece for Kempii, an online zero-waste store, on zero-waste snack ideas. You’ll find over 30 zero-waste snack ideas – from sweet to savoury and fresh to dry – over there, so do take a look.

That’s it from me – I hope you are staying safe from the storms. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the floods of the last few weeks.


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