A really well made film with good reviews – a powerful tool for engaging those among our family and friends who perhaps don’t have a great sense of the urgency of the problem.
We did it. HSBC have just announced that they’ll stop funding palm oil companies that destroy the rainforest.
Burning the rainforest to make space for palm oil plantations in Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia is not only disastrous for wildlife but has a staggering carbon footprint.
We should feel pretty powerful today (whether you signed the petition, donated, or badgered them online, you made this happen)- and it’s not everyday you topple a bank! -that’s why it’s probably not the time to rest on our laurels. HSBC isn’t the only bank that’s been putting orangutan habitat at risk. If right now, we make HSBC’s decision as public as possible, we can show just how easy – and what good PR – it would be for other banks to do the same.
Encouraging to get a message from the American Earth Day movement that they are planning a massive event this year.
Save the date: Saturday April 22nd! Message below:
Do you recognize this famous image?
It’s the poster that American artist Robert Rauschenberg made for the first Earth Day in 1970. On that historic day, over 20 million people across the US took to streets, parks and auditoriums to demand protection of the Earth. The modern environmental movement was born and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts soon followed.
Since that mass action, we’ve come a long way. Our environmental laws have prevented harm at home and been replicated in countries around the world. Earth Day showed that people could use their power to heal the polluted landscape that Rauschenberg depicted.
What’s happening now?
Donald Trump’s administration wants to undo all the gains we’ve achieved over the last half century.
Trump is doing everything he can to ensure that our federal agencies are run by people like Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, and Rex Tillerson–people who’ve spent their careers undermining environmental law. He’s waging a war on science, restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines and is likely to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
This is unacceptable, and with your help, we’re going to do everything possible to oppose Trump’s anti-environment, anti-science agenda. If we don’t act now, the repercussions in the U.S. and around the world will be catastrophic.
As the world’s largest environmental network, Earth Day Network has a critical role to play in mobilizing defense of the planet. Environmental and climate literacy, reforestation, species protection and mobilization of green voters are more critical now than ever.
So what’s next?
With your support, our first move will be to build on the success of the Women’s March and make Earth Day 2017 a referendum on Trump’s agenda. Let’s keep the momentum going and make April 22nd a day of global resistance.
A shocking one third of the world’s food is wasted, which poses a huge global environmental and social threat – think about how you can help to wage a war on waste.
Dreadful – and farcical- news about appointment of Scott Pruitt (climate change denier who has sued the EPA in relation to Obama’s moves to cut greenhouse gases from coal-fired power stations) as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, but environmentalists keep up the fight. DiCaprio met with Trump yesterday about the opportunities for business growth in the green economy and gave Ivanka Trump a copy of his Before the Flood documentary.
Have you seen it yet?
I wonder if we can build more links with environmental groups in the States, and start by sending Christmas messages of support?
On a slightly different tack, do we want to affiliate to Friends of the Earth?
On Saturday morning forty people gathered in the bright late autumn sunshine to plant two dozen big Liquidambar saplings on Anthony Nolan Road, at the entrance to King’s Reach, beyond Fairstead.
The planters included employees from the Public Open Space section of the Borough Council, with Operations Manager, Sarah Moore, a good strong team from COWA, an enthusiastic group from the High Street McDonald’s enjoying the ‘green fun’ to quote Lewis Catton, plus residents of King’s Reach and members of the King’s Lynn Climate Concern group who had suggested the tree planting project.
The KLimate Concern group promotes tree planting as one positive step towards mitigating the effects of climate change since trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most widespread greenhouse gas. Jonathan Burr, an active member of the group, is passionate about tree planting. He pointed to the startling shortfall over the last two years in the government’s own tree planting targets through the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust charity’s campaign to get ordinary people to plant 64 million trees over ten years, one for each of us in Britain.
‘We should be planting trees every weekend for the next few months, unless it’s actually frosty. From November to March is the perfect time.’
and not just to like minded people. Work on getting into conversation with a wider section about climate change. We’ve got the new Before the Flood film, free to screen in your home. What about inviting a group of people in for some food and the film?
Our vegan and vegetarian lunch followed by the talk from Joyce d’Silva proved both enjoyable and informative. The food was delicious – thank you to everyone!
At the same time we learnt some sobering things – both about how animals are kept, especially in the really big zero grazing type farms and about the role of livestock farming in producing greenhouse gases, slightly more than all transport combined. For me, one sobering fact was the predicted growth in livestock and dairy farming worldwide, both predicted by the FAO to double between 2000 and 2050.
If enough of us cut back on meat and dairy, not necessarily cutting it out, we can make a real difference. Without dietary change the Paris climate targets are beyond our reach.