Archive for April 2nd, 2021

02/04/2021

Did You Know Nature Is One of Humanity’s Best Defences for Adapting to Climate Change?

New fund leverages nature to adapt to climate change

UNEP / Duncan Moore / 25 Mar 2021

(UNEP)* — Did you know nature is one of humanity’s best defences for adapting to climate change? A new funding opportunity is scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation across the world. The call for proposals is now open.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is launching in June this year. The goal is ambitious – to trigger a global movement for restoring the world’s ecosystems. This is not merely for nature’s sake, say experts. Mounting evidence shows that a global re-greening could help humanity adapt to climate change.

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02/04/2021

Will My Smartphone R.I.P.?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Miguel Coma*

1 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — The Internet is a material world, not just a virtual reality. Worldwide, we have 3.5 billion smartphones1. The Internet of Things (IoT) connects more objects to the Internet than human beings.

34 billion devices produce tons of non-recycled electronic waste
34 billion devices produce tons of non-recycled electronic waste | Image from Wall Street International.
We humans now use about 34 billion digital devices1—including desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, smart appliances, video game consoles, computers in cars, telecommunications network devices, and data center servers.
The telecom industry predicts we will have 50 billion IoT-connected objects2 within a few years.
02/04/2021

Why Climate Justice Is Impossible Without Racial Justice

The climate crisis is fueling inequality around the world and in particular racial injustice. For generations, inequality has exacerbated the impacts of the climate emergency for racial communities, and here is why:

Colonialism

“The excessive exploitation of natural resources would not have been possible without slavery, which allowed Western countries to accumulate significant wealth … This grabbing of wealth continued with colonisation, in Africa, South America, and Asia.

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Indigenous rights and environmental justice activist Chihiro Geuzebroek looks at what we mean by ‘environmental racism’ and how we can fight against it

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02/04/2021

Flipflopi Shows Value of Creating Circular Economy for Plastics

1 April 2021 (UNEP)* — For much of the last three weeks, the Flipflopi, a dhow made from recycled plastic, including a helping of old sandals, has been calling into ports across Lake Victoria. The crew of the 10-metre-long vessel is on a mission to raise awareness about a tide of plastic choking Africa’s biggest lake – and to demonstrate that trash can be turned into treasure.

UNEP / Stephanie Foote / 31 Mar 2021

“Flipflopi was built to show the world that it is possible to make valuable materials out of waste plastic,” said Ali Skanda, co-founder of the Flipflopi.

The boat’s voyage, which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), comes at a critical time for both Lake Victoria and Kenya, says Llorenç Milà I Canals, the head of UNEP’s Life Cycle Initiative.

A recent report by UNEP found that 27 per cent of plastic waste in Kenya is collected and, of that, only 7 per cent is recycled in the country.

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