Hiya! It’s been a quiet week on the blog this week, but I’ve been beavering away in the background doing all the necessary but boring admin- like my tax return – and brainstorming ideas for future blog posts. Needless to say, there are lots of things coming up when I get the time to write them down!
This week’s links:
1. “He went where no human had gone before. Our trash had already beaten him there“. The news that the first person ever to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, one of the most remote parts of Earth, found plastic there.
2. An uncommon victory – against the odds an Indigenous Amazonian tribe took on Big Oil and won.
The Waorani people have managed to protect half a million acres of their Amazon rainforest territory from being drilled. They have also managed to disrupt the contemplated auctioning of 16 oil blocks covering more than seven million acres of rainforest, saving this huge area from being deforested.
3. You know we’ve reached a tipping point on attitudes to climate change when even big US corporations are calling for action:
The group, called the CEO Climate Dialogue, endorsed cutting the country’s planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% or more by 2050. That goal is too modest; the United Nations warns that world governments must get to net-zero emissions by mid-century. But just reaching the 80% goal would require a huge transformation in the U.S. economy — and also on the part of some of the big companies calling for it. These include BP, Royal Dutch Shell, DuPont, Dominion Energy and Ford.
4. What’s more, it has been reported there has been a surge in concern in the UK. 80% of the British public said they were either fairly concerned (45%) or very concerned (35%) about climate change and 66% said they “would be willing to make personal sacrifices for the climate as long as I knew others were doing the same.”
Oil palm trees – the fruit of which is used to create palm oil – have a limited commercial lifespan of 25 years. Once this period has ended, the plantation is cut down and replanted, as older trees start to become less productive and are difficult to harvest. Research has now found that this replanting might be causing a second wave of biodiversity loss, further damaging the environment where these plantations have been created.
6. Our climate crisis starts to bite in the UK: the villagers who could be Britain’s first climate refugees.
7. A new sustainability podcast that’s highly recommended.
8. “I’m voting for the first time in 2020. This has to be the climate change election” – a great post about the US elections that’s equally applicable to the EU Elections.
9. “Safety glasses off” (maybe listen out of the earshot of children is all I’ll say…)
10. Finally, I wrote a post on Instagram about why zero-waste must never be zero-waste and plastic-free at all cost.
ps: here are three posts you might have missed. The links between fast fashion and modern slavery, the problem with compostable cups, and our hallway renovation. And if you missed last week’s Ten Things, find that post here.