Sustainable Harwell in Action
In early October, Harwell saw the arrival of The Hive, a locally run pop-up shop selling more sustainable home products. The shop was well supported by local residents and will be making fortnightly appearances in future. It is good to see how meeting a community need has invovled a local business.
Supporting Sustainable Harwell
Earthly Gains Ltd is proud to be asupporting the development of a sustainability group in Harwell Village. Our Director, Martin Gibson, has agreed to be the group's secretary and we have contributed financailly by hiring the Village Hall. Sustainable Harwell is trying to identify actions that the community can take, as well as helping share ideas for individuals.
Pace of climate change is ‘scary’
Prof Sir David King, former UK chief scientist, finds the pace of climate change scary. Yet, most of us just act as if business as usual is acceptable. If we don’t change our ways quickly, ‘busines as usual’ will not be possible.
Plant-based diets combat climate change
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a major report on land use and climate change. The report says that high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming and so a plant-based diet help to prevent climate change. Currently, agriculture and forestry account for around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. As well as eating too much meat, we are also wasting too much; the IPCC estimates that greenhouse emissions from food loss and waste is as high as 8-10% of all global emissions.
Act like you are in a crisis – because you are!
Greta Thunberg spoke to parliament. Her message was clear and we need to listen to her. Act on the following quote extracted from her speech.
“Every time we make a decision we should ask ourselves; how ill this affect (the carbon emissiom) curve? We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases. We should no longer ask: “Have we got enough money to go through with this?” but also: “ Have we got enough money to go through with this?” That should and must become the centre of our new currency.”
Get recognition for your sustainability
Earthly Gains Ltd is pleased to be supporting the Sustainable City Awards again this year. Our director, Martin Gibson, is chair of judges for the Sir Peter Parker Award, which goes to the best business entry. The awards are open to any business in the UK for any project that can demonstrate outstanding sustainability.
Commuting by bicycling proves very good for health
Cycling can replace polluting forms of transport. It has also been in the past to be good for health, even in polluted areas like London. A new study shows that cycling commuting is at reducing cardiovascular disease, cancer and all cause mortality (i.e. you are less likely to die, despite the risk of accidents).
Where next for Climate Change action?
Although president Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. It has been interesting to see the response from other players in the US. Many big corporations and states say it won’t stop them committing to action.
One of the presidents reasons for extracting the US from the deal was because he saw it as economically unfair. This means that less US money will go to poor developing nations to help them combat the causes and effects of rising global temperatures. Michael Bloomberg is pledging to donate $15 million to the UN to help make up the shortfall from the US.
Packing is in the News
The PM programme on Radio 4 ran a week of reports on packaging from January 11th. It led to considerable feedback from the consumers. The bottom line was that there is a lot of concern over excessive product packaging. While some companies are reaping the benefits of better design, many seem to be in denial and want to blame consumers or poor recycling facilities