The latest sustainability news, fun, facts and reviews from the Green Elephant for 11th November 2020.
16:15 – Absolut Focuses on Agriculture, Supply Chain & Packaging to Meet 2030 Sustainability Goals
17:18 – Bentley is making the shift to an all-electric lineup
18:34 – Apple puts major supplier Pegatron on probation for labor violations
20:10 – UK to make climate risk reports mandatory for large companies
21:30 – McDonald’s to launch a McPlant vegetarian option
23:00 – Climate Action Superheroes empower children to protect the planet
Sustainable Technology News:
24:38 – Prestige plant based pans
25:55 – UK fusion experiment used in hunt for clean energy
27:40 – PHYSEE: Smart energy consumption for sustainable buildings
28:44 – Biodegradable children’s shoes come with expiration date
30:28 – Renewable energy defies Covid-19 to hit record growth in 2020
31:38 – Australia plans to strengthen its power grid with another giant battery
Other Sustainability News:
32:44 – Amazon fires: Year-on-year numbers doubled in October
33:05 – Danger looms as world’s largest iceberg heads toward a critical wildlife habitat
34:10 – Storm Eta: Guatemala landslide kills at least 50
35:00 – UK increasingly reliant on fruit and veg from climate-hit countries – study
36:04 Action Alley:
Shop ethically, shop locally this Black Friday and Christmas.
38:44 BCorp Spotlight
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
In addition to their work to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of their business and meet Science Based Targets, Ben & Jerry’s are also fierce advocates for policies that rapidly decarbonize the global economy consistent with the latest science. They continue to use their influence as a company and the connection they have with fans to advocate for the following policies:
- Put a price on carbon
- Reduce carbon emissions (which means reducing fossil fuels) by at least 45% by 2030
- Transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050
- Stop using coal entirely
- Leave fossil fuels in the ground
- Divest fully from the fossil fuel industry
- Stop deforestation of old growth tropical forests
- Adopt regenerative agriculture practices that restore and maintain soil health and sequester carbon.
- Ensure support for developing countries’ mitigation and adaptation
Get involved & Take action on Climate Justice.
42:34 – Listener Feedback
- Lots of shared disappointment about the US and Russia position on climate change/fossil fuels – including from @rachontheroam @lalilemmer @laetitia553 @cat_stalker @sarahmarie_breault and many others
- Last week Robert Woolfe suggested taking time for yourself and being more resourceful. It seems that @thesimplebug told her friend @kamontoya to follow our tips this last weekend. Surprised and delighted that she in fact did just that!
- The Briiv air filter has raised interest from @52waystosavetheplanet who is going to purchase one – so stay tuned for a more hands on review of that in future weeks
- As a pre-cursor to our action this week we asked on Instagram where other people are going to shop. Please go and add your answers as we’d love to hear. @mnij_plastiku has already done that and suggested several local polish alternatives. We want more of that!
- Finally loads of people liked Robert Woolfe suggestion of the Man Who Planted Trees, including @fortheanimals6 @verdureplanet @hunnygut_buckrut_ @pixelplanettodat @greenmadesimple @cookinglapassion @sydneys_sos @ecoforlife @forever_wraps and lots of others including @green_glen_eco who said he went to see this in Edinburgh as a play.
45:49 Behind the Scenes
The latest thoughts, plans and projects that are going on behind the scenes at the Green Elephant
47:09 Fact or Fake?
Paris agreement themed.
- 100% of the 195 countries in the world signed up to the Paris climate agreement
- The agreement provides for $100bn of funding every year from 2020 to support programmes and developing countries
- The Paris agreement is legally binding on those countries that have ratified it
- The Paris Climate agreement seeks to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees celcius from pre-industrial levels
- All countries have to review and reassess their commitment to the Paris agreement every 10 years
Thanks for listening to this weeks sustainability news.