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Sustainability News 7th October

The latest sustainability news, fun, facts and reviews from the Green Elephant for 7th October 2020.

Top stories:

01:05 – WHO recognises the World Mental Health Day 2020
37:05 – Wind farms could power every home by 2030
41:12 – Americans are becoming climate migrants before our eyes
44:05 – Up to 14 million Tonnes of Microplastics on the Seafloor. It’s Worse Than We Thought


06:43 – The charity MIND is launching #doonething in support of World Mental Health Day . Learn more about the campaign

Company News:

09:05 – Nordstrom to end the sale of fur and animal skins
10:33 – World’s Largest Craft Brewer to Make All Employees Carbon Negative
12:31 – The Science Based Targets Initiative Launches First Framework for Financial Institutions
15:13 – Anheuser-Busch InBev Partners with Rio Tinto for More Sustainable Beer Can

Sustainable Technology News:

16:55 – Shipping Industry Unveils Fuel Cell Pilot Project to Reduce Emissions 40 Percent or More
19:27 – Scientists create super-enzyme to degrade plastic bottles 6 times faster
21:00 – New Climate Accounting Capability Platform Launched to Help Companies Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions
23:36 – French mealworm startup Ynsect raises $372 million to open the world’s largest insect farm that is also carbon footprint negative

Environmental Sustainability News:

25:35 – Lack of cruise ships gives researchers the perfect chance to study humpback whales
27:25 – First new deep coalmine in UK for 30 years gets go ahead
28:47 – New British standard for biodegradable plastic introduced
30:25 – Plastic straw ban in England comes into force
31:35 – Whitehead residents to be paid for returning single-use plastics

Action Alley:

33:50 – Get involved in #doonething to better mental health

Watch out for the hashtag #doonething across social networks, like, follow and share.

Some Tips:
Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative; take the opportunity for yourself to do one thing this World Mental Health Day:
  • Talk to someone over the phone instead of sending them an email
  • Speak to someone new, maybe the cashier at your local shop
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is – try to actively listen
  • Have a cup of tea with someone
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’ that feels good, like stretching
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime and focus on taking in your environment
  • Take some time to stop what you’re doing and look outside; notice the change in the seasons
  • Smile

46:05 – Listener Feedback


Fact or Fake?

49:19 – World mental health day themed

  1. Mental Ill Health is the number 1 cause of death in England (August 2020)
  2. (UK) The total cost of mental ill health is £34.9 billion each year
  3. 498 million people are affected mental health issues worldwide
  4. Mind Survey of 16,000, 60% of adults said their mental health had suffered during lockdown
  5. 20% of people experience mental health issues each year

And finally:

57:01 – Stumble, the one-legged duck given wheelchair

Thanks for listening to this weeks sustainability news.

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