Monthly Archives: October 2020

US Election: Biden’s Climate Pledge

What’s Going On Here? If successful at next week’s US presidential election, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden plans to implement an extensive climate policy that would reverse the Trump Administration’s years of environmental roll backs. What Does This Mean? The $2 trillion dollar plan aims to significantly increase the use of clean energy in transportation, electricity and building sectors, initiating a major…

Finding a way to become climate positive: Ecologi

Ecologi was created to empower individuals to take on the climate crisis. Their approach is simple, they plant trees (through their tree planting partner) and fund climate crisis solutions with the ultimate goal to help people like you and businesses to have a positive impact on the climate and become climate positive. Just in case you are wondering in which way becoming…

England and Wales tree cover: Uncovered!

What’s Going On Here? Two London boroughs make it into the top 20 list of areas with the most tree cover in England and Wales. What Does This Mean? Tree cover in England and Wales has been mapped and the results might leave you stumped. The trees have been detected using machine learning algorithms applied to high-resolution aerial photographs, terrain maps, and…

Greening my finance – a guide to making your money positively impact our planet!

What is it? Green finance is about spending and saving your pounds in a manner that helps to move us towards a climate-friendly future.  Green finance, ethical investment and sustainable finance are terms that are becoming increasingly prolific within the financial sector. And as active participants in the local and global economy, we can use our money to act out our values…

To do: vote for a healthy planet ✖️

We are already seeing the impacts of an unhealthy planet here in the UK. From flooding across the country to poor air quality (our largest environmental risk to public health), not to mention the widespread damage to both people and wildlife all around the world, often in the most vulnerable, marginalised communities. Alongside the usual feelings of eco-anxiety, I’m fed up of being told that it’s my…

What is Intersectional Environmentalism, and why is it so Important?

The term intersectional was coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading thinker and scholar in the field of critical race theory. The term was originally used to explain the oppression of African American women in the feminist movement. In simple terms it explained how feminism that does not address the fact that women come from different classes, ethnicities, abilities and sexualities…

Clean Air Day: Reducing air pollution levels by 20% could improve children’s ability to learn by one month per year!

What’s Going On Here? Global Action Plan, the Philips Foundation and the University of Manchester (UoM) reveal results from new modelling which suggests that maintaining lower air pollution levels by 20% could improve the development of a child’s working memory by 6%, the equivalent of four weeks extra learning time per year. The announcement has been made today, 8th October on National Clean Air…

What is the ‘carbon thirst’ of the world’s oceans?

What’s Going On Here? A recent paper in Nature Communications has found that the world’s oceans could be absorbing significantly more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought. What Does This Mean? The ocean is a carbon sink and absorbs around 25% of global atmospheric carbon dioxide through a process called the ‘ocean-atmosphere CO2 flux’. This amounts to about 2 billion tonnes…