Well, hello there! I have had a little break from Ten Things. I’ve been writing Moral Fibres for nearly 7 years now, and this post here is the 100th Ten Things I’ve written. I spend my Saturday evenings writing these posts ready for Sunday morning, and just really needed some time off to rest and revive and tend to other areas of my life, but it’s good to be back!
This week’s links:
1 The IPCC have this week warned that the world’s oceans are in trouble, with far-reaching consequences.
2. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood” – powerful words from Greta Thunberg.
3. Despite the news coverage, Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you need to know. The movement is bigger and more diverse than you think, and they’re doing amazing work.
4. Premium teabags are leaking billions of particles of microplastics. Here’s an oldish guide to plastic-free teabags that I’m working on to update. Watch this space!
6. Figures released on air travel patterns in England bolster calls for a frequent flyer levy, a proposal under which each UK citizen would be allowed one tax-free flight per year but would pay progressively higher taxes on each additional flight taken, after it has been found that the 10% most frequent flyers in England took more than half of all international flights departing from England in 2018; whilst 48% of residents did not fly at all. I am all for this levy – when we live in an age of Skype and Facetime somebusiness trips are becoming more and more obsolete.
7. Russia – the world’s fourth-largest polluter has finally ratified the Paris Agreement, but it’s not cause for celebration yet. Russia’s pledged targets are so low that they could increase their emissions and still meet the Paris Agreement targets.
8. More than 130 seal pups were born in the River Thames in one year – 60 years after being declared “biologically dead”.
9. I loved this.
10. Finally, the Woodland Trust is asking one million Britons to plant a tree on 30th November after the UK government missed its tree-planting targets. The Trust said it recognised planting trees was not a ‘solve all’ for climate change, but that it would help individuals to collectively make a real contribution to the problem. They also recognise that trees will also need to be cared for after planting to ensure they survive, so people are being encouraged to participate beyond the planting stage.
11. As a sneaky extra, check out the five food waste heroes helping to save the planet.
Back next Sunday for post 101!
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