Happiness is matter of perspective, which I think this quote about the climate crisis exemplifies perfectly.
“I’m optimistic for the future because we haven’t even tried yet”
What a great way to interpret the depressing news that even with the new pledges made at COP26, it is now clear the world is still on a trajectory for temperature rises of between 2.4°C and 2.7°C.
Unfortunately I can’t remember where I heard the quote to credit the owner of this clever mind. If you do, please let me know.
If you want to hear about those actually trying to reduce global temps read on …..
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Wildlife Friendly Gardening
A lovely Irish guide on creating an Autumn garden to support biodiversity
Allotme is being billed that ‘Airbnb for gardens’. Most listing are for the UK, but I found one in Ireland!
Pesticide use in France has now been banned from private gardens, hotels, campsites, theme parks, healthcare establishments, sports facilities, and cemeteries.
A lovely article by Mullingar Shamrocks GAA Club on how they have made positive changes for the betterment of local wildlife.
And another supporting local biodiversity on church grounds from Whitechurch Parish in Rathfarnham.
Listen to a podcast about the only certified organic ornamental plant nursery in Ireland
Start the academic year on the right foot with my guide to sustainable school & college supplies
Low Carbon Transport
Numerous European countries are experimenting with free public transport, including Spain, Germany, Estonia, and Luxembourg with countries like Ireland, Italy and Austria reducing fares or introducing vouchers for lower-income workers.
Great article on the need for a living wage in the garment industry on the RTE website
Plus a petition you can sign to make it a reality
Planet Positive Food Choices
Meat consumption has fallen by 12% in Germany in the last decade, from 63 kg per person in 2011, to 55 kg today.
M&S has removed all ‘best before’ dates from more than 300 fruit and vegetable products in a bid to reduce food waste
Interesting article on the carbon footprints of various food types
Protecting Biodiversity on Land
Nepal have announced that tiger numbers have more than doubled in a bit more than a decade.
Colombia has launched a $245-million initiative to support the creation, expansion, and improvement of 32 million hectares of protected areas in the next decade.
Ulster Wildlife have doubled the size of their Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, making it as big as 480 football fields!
Over the past 20 years global tree cover has increased by 130.9 million hectares – an area larger than Peru. 36 countries are now gaining more trees than they’re losing, including Ireland, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
Protecting our Oceans
Non-profit organisation The Ocean Cleanup has removed more than 100,000 kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Reducing Carbon Emissions
In response to climate change, the huge hub airport Schiphol in the Netherlands will cut the number of flights it operates from next year
The Romanian government has published an emergency law to phase out coal by 2030, which is expected to be approved within a month
Gaming for Climate Change
Fossil Fuel Free Finance
RepairActs are collecting 1000 stories of repair across Ireland.
85 million cubic metres of air are shipped to UK homes each year due to over-packaging, leading to 6,000 tonnes of potentially avoidable CO2.
Frustrated at the absence of a sustainable source of palm oil US company Dr Bonner creates it’s own