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Youth Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Wants People to Pay $10 a Month to Fight Climate Change

Youth Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Wants People to Pay $10 a Month to Fight Climate Change

Photo by Lukas Budimaier on Unsplash

By Joe McCarthy

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been fighting to stop climate change since he was six years old. He’s engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience, led marches and rallies, and helped pass local environmental legislation.

He’s perhaps best known for his role in the landmark lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana, et al. v. United States. The lawsuit alleges that the constitutional right of children to a safe environment has been violated by the government for failing to take meaningful action on climate change. Even though it has been known for decades that greenhouse gas emissions warm the atmosphere, setting in motion catastrophic environmental consequences, emissions continue to rise each year.

Martinez has seen the climate movement grow from a fringe issue to a dominant organizing framework over the past decade as sea levels rise, extreme storms worsen, and droughts and heat waves become more common.

Now 19, he wants to convert this momentum into tangible action. With a coalition of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and activists, he’s launched a new platform called NOW that seeks to reconceptualize climate change and empower everyday people in the fight against it.

“The climate crisis is about all of us,” Martinez told Global Citizen. “It’s about all that we care about. It’s not a partisan conversation, it’s about the humanity that’s being threatened every day.

 

 

“NOW is bringing it back to the moment,” he said. “This is about today. It’s not about future generations. Our existence is being threatened and we need to flip the story to something positive and something good.”

NOW is an open-ended platform that aims to build partnerships with other nonprofits, artist organizations, and companies to elevate and devise new forms of climate action.

 

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ECOVATIVE – Mushroom Packaging – 100% Home Compostable

ECOVATIVE – Mushroom Packaging – 100% Home Compostable

While researching on new alternative packaging possibilities, I came across a material, built from a growing mushroom – MycoComposite™ – developped by ecovative, an American producer of alternative materials. They grow materials made from agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium. Mycelium is a natural, self-assembling glue, digesting crop waste to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform.

See what they have invented on their site…

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At Ecovative, we believe there is a better way to feed the planet and reduce the amount of plastic used in consumer products. Our mission is to grow better materials that are compatible with Earth. Using our Mycelium Foundry, we are collaborating with companies to create alternative meat products, biodegradable packaging materials, animal-free leather and more.

Developed in 2007, Mushroom® Packaging is made from mycelium and the agricultural byproduct of hemp. It’s a high-performance packaging solution that’s cost-competitive with conventional foams, yet 100% home compostable.

 

 

 

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Paris Introduces 32 More Sites for Urban Farming

Paris Introduces 32 More Sites for Urban Farming

By Emilie Baliozian

Paris is famous across the world for its food, art and romance. But let it be known that Paris is also a leader when it comes to dedicating public and private land to urban farming.

The city launched its Parisculteurs initiative in 2016 with the ambitious goal of covering the city’s rooftops and walls with 100 hectares (247 acres) of vegetation by 2020. According to the city’s plan, one third of all this new green space will be dedicated to urban farming.

After 2 successful editions of Parisculteurs, where farmers, contractors, designers, architects and more came together to fulfill the goal of greening the city, season 3 of Parsiculteurs was officially launched this January.

This year, the city of Paris introduced 32 new sites suitable for urban agriculture projects. Last week, as part of this season’s call for proposals, deputy mayor of Paris Penelope Komites, in charge of the city’s parks and green spaces, hosted a workshop to present the new call for proposals and to prolong the conversations of Season 1 and 2, as well as to examine the projects that had come to fruition in the last few years.

 

Locations of the  32 Parisculteurs sites  introduced in 2019.

Locations of the 32 Parisculteurs sites introduced in 2019.

 

 

Professionalization of urban farmers

In her opening remarks at the Parisculteurs workshop this year, Komites stressed the importance of urban agriculture as a powerful vehicle for urban resilience, social ties, and job creation. The Parisculteurs program is meant to reinvent our relationship to food, to nature, and to the city by reintroducing the concept of farming, which has historically been excluded from urban contexts. More specifically, the program is meant to reinforce the professionalization and skills-building of urban agriculture professionals who wish to contribute to making Paris a model city for urban sustainability.

The workshop gave prospective farmers the opportunity to turn to urban agriculture professionals for technical advice, and for these professionals to share their experiences building and running urban farms in and around the city. The first half of the workshop was dedicated to a panel of public and private professionals, where technical issues such as operations, regulation, economic modeling, landscaping, and sanitation were explored. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to an activity where groups of 6-8 attendees were assigned a site and in charge of coming up with an urban ag proposal for that site’s specific context.

Transitioning urban ag out of the experimental stage

A major takeaway from the workshop is the need to transition urban agriculture out of the experimental stage and into a more established stage with models that are profitable, modular and replicable to other cities. Paris has made strides with sanitary, architectural, and landscaping issues, but legislation is now the next step in facilitating the rapid and massive deployment of urban agriculture in the city. As of now, prospective farmers must receive permits to operate (autorisation d’exploiter), declare their business to the Agriculture and Food Chamber, secure social protection (Mutualité Sociale Agricole), and thoroughly go through sanitary codes to put out healthy and risk-free produce into the market and to protect consumers and producers alike.

About the author: Emilie Baliozian is Sustainability Analyst at Agritecture Consulting and the founder of Climate Communicators, a platform offering communication tools and consulting services to those leading the fight against climate change.

Read all about this project on the original website of Agritecture here…

Business Leaders for Climate Action

Business Leaders for Climate Action

About BLCA

Business Leaders for Climate Action is a network of forward thinking businesses, associations, and industry leaders calling for Massachusetts to put a price on carbon.

Carbon pricing is quickly becoming “the new normal” across the country and the globe. In the US, 17 states either already have campaigns underway to put a price on carbon or are initiating them. Massachusetts has a tradition of leadership on major issues from abolition to women’s suffrage to healthcare. We can make history again by demonstrating that this innovative policy will not only reduce emissions but also improve our economy. Our leadership will help move policy forward in other states and at the federal level, showcasing Massachusetts at the forefront.

BLCA welcomes all businesses to our network to join the conversation, participate in monthly calls, and receive periodic updates on our campaign. Click here to connect with us.

 

 

Tackling climate change is the greatest challenge and the greatest economic opportunity of our generation.

Business Leaders for Climate Action is ready to take on this opportunity. Economists, politicians, and business leaders from all sides of the aisle agree that an economy-wide carbon price is the most efficient and cost-effective tool to achieve significant emissions reductions while ensuring a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Pricing carbon will harness the power of the market, encouraging clean energy and efficiency, spurring innovation and stimulating economic growth.

The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy

Jane Goodall gets awarded the Environmental Peace Prize 2019

Jane Goodall gets awarded the Environmental Peace Prize 2019

Outstanding Environmental Peace Award 2019

 

The Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace seeks to recognize sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from an ecological perspective.

  • It can encompass a broad range of themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, and Urban Ecology;
  • Can go to person, organisation, or physical area which builds peace directly and/or promotes culture of peace via environmental initiatives or practices;
  • Global coverage over the years.

 

 

Dr. Jane Goodall receives Award for Outstanding Environmental Peace 2019

Dr. Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, learned from her time studying wild chimpanzees and their habitats that everything is connected. This helped her innovate community-centered conservation, based on the idea that when we put local communities at the heart of conservation, we can improve the lives of people, other animals, and the environment. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) advances Dr. Goodall’s holistic approach through two main mission supporting goals and a tapestry of eight objectives that build on each other bringing the power of hope to life. Their objectives of Understanding Chimpanzees, Protecting Chimpanzees and Other Great Apes, Advocacy & Public Awareness, Chimpanzee Welfare, Roots & Shoots, Science and Technology, and Jane’s Legacy work together to create a healthy planet where people make compassionate choices to live sustainably in harmony with each other, other animals and the environment we all share.

Once people realize their power to make a difference in the lives of their families, communities, and environment, there’s no going back—only forward. The Jane Goodall Institute helps one success lead to another as they build on the impact made together: restoring critical habitat to save chimpanzees from extinction; improving health for women and education for girls; cultivating local livelihoods in harmony with nature; and helping young people become the informed generation of compassionate change-makers the world so urgently needs through JGI’s Roots & Shoots youth program in more than 50 countries. Over nearly three decades since it was founded by Dr. Goodall, young people of all ages in more than 100 countries have been involved in the program.

Read more here:

https://luxembourgpeaceprize.org/laureates/outstanding-environmental-peace/

 

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charity:water – providing access to clean water for everybody

charity:water – providing access to clean water for everybody

Our Mission

charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries

 

663 million people live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or, twice the population of the United States without access to life’s most basic human need. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school and take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that make them sick.

When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything.

It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.

The water crisis is huge, but it is solvable. We work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. And with every water point we fund, our partners coordinate sanitation and hygiene training and establish a local Water Committee to help keep water flowing for years to come.

We invite you to learn about the stories of the men, women, and children living without clean water, and how you can help. Find Someone Like You.

Then, join us and make an impact. For $30, you can bring one person clean water. Join our monthly giving community The Spring, and give the gift of clean water all year round.

Please watch this very inspiring video on how it all began and what was achieved eversince…

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