Monthly Archives: November 2020

The Power of Seed: Why is it vital for us to save open pollinated seeds?

Curious Earth talks to Helene Schulze, co-director of London Freedom Seed Bank and a Southeast England Coordinator for the Seed Sovereignty Programme of the UK and Ireland about the practice of saving open pollinated seeds and why it is vital for food security, biodiversity and resilience against climate change.  What does seed saving mean to you? Seed saving is about stewardship. It’s…

Blue whales return to South Georgia

What’s Going On Here? The critically endangered blue whales have made a return to the island of South Georgia off Antarctica nearly 100 years since it was brought to the edge of extinction from commercial whaling. What Does This Mean? Between 1998 and 2018 only one sighting of a blue whale had been made in the South Georgia area. But in February…

Celebrating powerful women in environment and sustainability!

What’s Going On Here? The Woman’s Hour Power List 2020 has been announced this week celebrating women making significant contributions to the health and sustainability of our planet. Hooray! What Does This Mean? Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, is top of the list of remarkable women who have made protecting our planet their personal priority. Environmental lawyer, Farhana Yamin is second with…

Debunking $10billion Bezos Earth Fund

This article about the Bezos Earth Fund was written by Chelsea Webster and originally posted on her blog LowWastePlantBased.net When it comes to climate news, if something sounds too good to be true… it probably is. I know I sound like a pessimist, but billionaire philanthropy is being praised right and centre, with only the left seemingly being able to see through…

We played The Climate Collage and it made learning climate science way less scary.

The Climate Collage is an online workshop developed by a French NGO with the aim of providing a fun and accessible way for people to understand cause and effect relationships in climate science. The workshop, which is based on the UN’s climate science reports, has already been taken by over 90 000 people across the world. What are coccolithophores and pteropods and…

Renewables hold under the strain of COVID-19

What’s Going On Here? This week the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Renewables 2020 report, a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on renewables in the electricity, transport and heat sectors.  What Does This Mean? Whilst almost all other fuels have been badly impacted, the renewable energy sector has adapted to the rapid changes of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and…

Climate Psychology: Change Your Mind, Change The Planet

Sarah Thomas investigates how psychology and adapting our mindset can help us tackle climate change. She introduces well renowned phycological research and offers you some tips on your own mind-set. In 2006 world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck published her iconic book MINDSET. Her work found that people tended to fall sharply into two categories regarding their intelligence capabilities. They either considered…

Shell’s Greenwashing Tweet Backfires

What’s Going On Here? On Tuesday morning, fossil-fuel major Shell had the audacity to post a poll on Twitter asking the public what actions they were willing to take as individuals to reduce their carbon emissions, sparking spectacular backlash. What Does This Mean? High profile responders included US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greta Thunberg and climate scientists Prof Katharine Hayhoe and Peter Kalmus.…