A recent article in The Guardian newspaper strikes a critical tone over the Chinese government’s attempt to control food waste. But according to Project Drawdown, reduction of food waste is the number one solution to reducing heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, closely followed by health and education, then plant-rich diets. Rather than criticise, perhaps we should be doing more to encourage less food waste – production, transport and consumption – ourselves.
Thank you to ELTfootprint.org for (among other things) the excellent English Teacher’s Climate Crisis Survival Kit. It’s full of ideas for helping practising English teachers to ‘Make their lessons more focused on the climate emergency and to make their place of work greener and more sustainable.’ Find it here.
If this article is to be believed, the body that regulates advertising in France has a record of protecting corporate interests over the interests of the environment. For example they banned this video promoting electric bikes because images of traffic might create ‘a climate of anxiety’! What’s the answer? Use the power of social media to counter their bias by sharing this video as widely as possible.
With shops in the UK reopening today the government seems desperate to get back to business as usual. And while no one wants to see the misery of high unemployment, it’s good to be reminded about ‘the absurdity of our “real world” politics and economics’ in the face of the physical reality of climate change. So how do we build back better? This article suggests we should learn from nature.
Author George Monbiot turns out to be a natural educator too. In this article he describes how he has explored ecology education with his daughter during lockdown. A project-based approach centers learning on the living world. The results speak for themselves. Truly inspirational.
A timely question in the latest issue of the EL Gazette which concludes: ‘Management gurus agree that if you want a competitive advantage you must be two of the following: cheaper, faster, better or greener. And then you have to prove it.’ To my mind ‘greener’ = ‘better’. Yet another reason to pursue carbon neutrality – and then tell everyone.
Green investment projects which cut greenhouse gas emissions as well as stimulating economic growth deliver higher returns on government spending than conventional stimulus spending: read more. Let’s use our position as influencers to help deliver this.
Excellent to see that Oxford University has at last committed to removing its investment money from fossil fuels. It’s no wonder: when young people are choosing which university to attend, this is one of the first things they need to ask. It’s their future after all. More here.
A recent survey by Ipsos of 14 countries suggests that, on average, 65% of people want climate change to be prioritised in the economic recovery. Let’s take this chance to avoid going back to business as usual. Read this excellent recent article in The Guardian by George Monbiot.