I do my best not to moan on here. I think negativity breeds stagnation, and we most certainly don’t need that given the current climate crisis. But alas, I am worried about the lack of interest most citizens seem to have in reducing their impact on the planet.
Even those who have started the journey by using reusable take-away cups or buying second-hand, seem to have stopped there, as if that one action affords them a pass to engage in other wasteful ways of living. I know not everyone can do everything, but when 99% of people outside of my local cafe with single-use coffee cups – a cafe that takes reusable cups – a small part of me dies.
Interestingly, businesses and the media are really starting to show increased increased interest in sustainability, but I fear that without customers being on board it’ll all fall flat.
I try to avoid shocking and upsetting people with images of how bad things are, and aim for the website to be as positive and as helpful as possible but I’m at a loss as to how to make people care enough to do as much as they can. Any thoughts?
And while you’re having a think, here’s some cheerful sustainable news ……..
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Crayons made with food-grade ingredients from discarded vegetables
Scientist develop way to make vanilla flavouring from plastic bottles
The Keystone XL pipeline has been officially terminated, cementing one of the biggest environmental victories of all time.
Romania, one of Europe’s last remaining coal holdouts, says it will close all of its coal mines by 2032, introduce ecotaxes, discourage the registration of cars older than 15 years and boost scrapping schemes for polluting vehicles,
Fiat states it will be an all electric brand by 2030
New legislation in Spain will see a phasing out of fossil fuel production by 2042, banning of ICE vehicles by 2040, and a target of 74% renewable for the country’s electricity.
Also half of Spain’s electricity in May was renewable.
A revolutionary new conservation program in southern Ecuador, funded by a small fee on municipality water, has achieved spectacular success, re-wilding 1,500 ha and putting an additional 337,000 ha under conservation.
The total value of meat products sold in Germany fell by 4% in 2020 compared to 2019. By contrast, sales of plant-based alternatives skyrocketed by 39%, suggesting there has been a permanent shift in tastes, especially from younger consumers.
Unilever announce plans to scale up refillable packaging trials across the UK. I guarantee that refill vending machines will be standard in all supermarkets within 5 years
Fossil fuels billionaire and Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is making ‘a green pivot’ with a $10.1 billion investment into clean energy over the next three years.
On a construction site in the heart of Oslo all the machinery used on site, excavators, diggers, and loaders, are now electric.
Canada has certainly seen the electric writing on the wall, announcing a ban on the sale of new fuel-burning cars and light-duty trucks from 2035
Volkswagen has announced it will stop making combustion engines in Europe by 2035, Ford and Volvo said they would start all-electric production in Europe by 2030, and Audi has declared that from 2026 it will no longer launch new combustion engine models, not even hybrids. Only pure battery vehicles will be developed.
The entire landmass of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, 3,800 km2 of pristine wilderness that you’ve definitely seen in a nature documentary, will be designated as a protected area, complementing the existing 1.24 million km2 marine reserve.
A vast area of breathtaking beauty ranging through Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo is about to become a national park, creating one of the largest protected areas in Europe.
M&S, the Co-op and Nestlé to trial traffic-light style environmental labelling on food products
Fascinating read about a fashion journalist who’s given up new clothes
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2 thoughts on “Newsletter – July Week 1”
I totally get your despair at the level of disconnect within the country regarding the necessity for change. I wonder if fatigue from the Pandemic and the need for sanitising everything has contributed to the crazy crazy amount of disposables now being used. When in a local cafe recently I very politely asked why they were using disposables for those who were eating in their garden and was told it was due to HSE regulations on cleanliness.I said that it was not regulation to only use disposables, I asked why didnt they use their dishwasher, they just shrugged their shoulders. So I went to see the owner and was told it was basically more convenient to use disposable. I explained that it was not convenient for our planet and was assured they would be going back to crockery once the indoor dining resumed. It is very hard to get people on board but once they hear someone speak up more tend to join in. Other people who heard me ask the question later came over and said they were wondering too but had been a little shy about mentioning it. We can all ask the question, without aggression, and encourage others to do the same.
Oh Aisling, you give me great hope. Thanks so much for commenting. I suppose people really don’t see the urgency and won’t until the climate crisis is causing everyday catastrophes. Well done for questioning the cafe owner and I’m delighted to hear that people were equally concerned. Is it too much for me to wish people would stop supporting these businesses until they start taking the climate crisis seriously?