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Its a start lets hope other airlines follow suit.

Source: https://brightvibes.com/1068/en/the-worlds-first-plastic-free-flight-just-took-to-the-skies-but-will-other-airlines-follow-suit?fbclid=

HI FLY LEADS THE WORLD WITH PLASTIC-FREE TRIAL FLIGHT

In a global first for the airline industry, and a defining moment for the sustainability of the planet, Portuguese carrier Hi Fly took to the skies with the first ever jet-age passenger flight with not a single-use plastic item on board.

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WHERE DO HUMAN RIGHTS BEGIN? IN SMALL PLACES CLOSE TO HOME. Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [continue reading…]

British Barrister calls for new Criminal Law

to protect People and Planet

COP negotiations cannot address climate breakdown until

Ecocide is recognized as an international crime.”

On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, British Barrister, Polly Higgins says it’s now time for a new Criminal Law of Ecocide to protect the rights of the Earth. As COP24 negotiators squabble and fail to accept the recent IPCC report that they themselves commissioned, Ms Higgins proposes a more muscular approach to the global environmental crisis.

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Big news has been rolling out of the Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. this week, providing evidence of the major paradigm shift taking place in the apparel and textile industry. Centered around the theme, “United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles,” this year’s conference sees more than 500 textile and apparel leaders come together to discuss the most important sustainability issues facing the industry and developing a roadmap to 2030.

Read more here:

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/walking_talk/sustainable_brands/apparel_retail_textile_heavy_hitters_unite_around_sdg

Press Release

MCII wins Momentum for Change Award 2017

Bonn, 12 October 2017 – Today, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) won the prestigious 2017 Momentum for Change Award for its efforts to bring key actors together to address climate risks and poverty by implementing climate risk insurance for vulnerable people in developing countries. Under the auspices of the project “Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean” which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, BMUB, MCII designed and implemented the Livelihood Protection Policy (LPP) in Jamaica, St. Lucia and Grenada.
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Well done Google.

 

https://environment.google/projects/announcement-100/

Fascinating article here By Gary Hirshberg, Chairman and Cofounder, Stonyfield Farm & Chairman, Just Label It

Source: http://greenmoneyjournal.com/the-next-quarter-centurys-organic-marketplace/

Selfridges is to recycle disposable coffee cups generated at its Oxford Street headquarters and store, with the resulting paper being used to create its iconic yellow shopping bags in a completely unique closed-loop recycling solution.

Once used, disposable cups from food hall and offices at the department store will be “tipped, flipped and stacked” – a process to ensure any remaining liquid is drained and the lid, sleeve and cup are separated – they are further processed, checked for quality and baled by environmental solutions provider Veolia, before being delivered to paper manufacturer James Cropper for reprocessing at its innovative Cupcycling plant.

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Eco Action Day on 3 April last week in Singapore invited organisations and individuals to pledge green actions for an ecofriendlier Singapore.

The annual event is held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment Day (WED), which is celebrated on June 5 every year. The theme “Green the Red Dot, Join the Movement” aims to mobilise residents and businesses, and have them adopt green behaviours to effect positive environmental changes.

To read more about Eco Action Day in Singapore visit:

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/04/12/success-of-eco-action-day-in-singapore-sparks-regional-initiative-in-asia-pacific/

GMG becomes largest fund yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies in a move chair Neil Berkett calls a ‘hard-nosed business decision’ justified on ethical and financial grounds.

The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies.

The decision was justified on both financial and ethical grounds, said Neil Berkett, GMG chair: “It is a hard-nosed business decision, but it is influenced by the values of our organisation. It is a holistic decision taking into account all of those things.”
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The fossil fuel divestment campaign won a major victory today as Stanford University announced it would drop coal companies from its massive $18.7 billion endowment, the fourth largest of any American university. The action follows a petition by student group Fossil Free Stanford, five months of research by Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, and finally a vote by the Board of Trustees.

“The university’s review has concluded that coal is one of the most carbon-intensive methods of energy generation and that other sources can be readily substituted for it,” said Stanford President John Hennessy. “Moving away from coal in the investment context is a small, but constructive, step while work continues, at Stanford and elsewhere, to develop broadly viable sustainable energy solutions for the future.”
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