The 3 step plastic challenge

from GreenFriends North America

Our Beloved Amma has requested that her children take up the challenge of Source Reduction – preventing waste and pollution before it actually happens – to live a more sustainable life on our precious Mother Earth.

To honour Amma’s request, we are launching a Plastic Challenge that asks all devotees to take steps towards reducing their plastic footprint (plastic usage). The results of this challenge will be offered to Amma this summer during Her US Tour 2018.

To take the Plastic Challenge click here

See this BBC page for details of the plastic problem, including a video on how to deal with it.

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Planting trees in Heartwood

Join the Woodland Trust’s planting events:-

February 22nd

March 2nd, 8th, 14th and 20th

Time:  10.00 until 15.00 but no problem if you can only make part of the day.

Planting site:  Within the deer-fenced area to the north of the Nomansland Farm (see attached map) and some hedgerow planting. Read more »

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Compostable coffee cups

It is now possible to use coffee cups which go into the compost bin!

The problem? Conventional takeaway packaging uses a mix of materials (plastic, card, films, metals). For example, conventional coffee cups are made of card lined with plastic. Separately, plastic and card are easy to recycle. But combined, the card contaminates the plastics recycling and the plastic contaminates the card recycling. Then in use, add in the food inevitable residues, and the result is a huge recycling problem.

The solution? Compostable packaging. If the whole package, including all the materials, can be recycled with food waste, there is no issue. No contamination, no sorting. Vegware’s compostable cups are made from plants, not plastic, and can be recycled along with their compostable lids with food waste.

#wastenot

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Find land for veggie growing

Huws Organic Gardening’s suggestion for finding land to grow veggies:-

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All aboard the solar train?

10:10 Climate Action have published a report on how solar PV can be connected to trains running DC traction using a third rail, as in London, Merseyrail and elsewhere.

Grid capacity constraints mean new renewable generating capacity can no longer connect affordably across whole regions of the UK.

Withdrawal of subsidies for solar PV means only developments with an on-site final customer are now commercially viable.

Traction power demand from railways is increasing, and railway operators could be supplied with track-connected solar that is both lower cost and much lower carbon than grid-supplied electricity.

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Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

This BBC article describes the problem of plastic pollution:-

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Twenty years of climate change in two minutes

NASA has published a film of Earth’s seasons showing how the climate has changed in the past twenty years.  As they say, we only have one planet, and it’s a delicate place.

The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.

The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance – or lack – of undersea life.

“It’s like watching the Earth breathe. It’s really remarkable,” said Nasa oceanographer Jeremy Werdell, who took part in the project.

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Poo powered toilets

India is in the midst of a toilet-building frenzy, the government has set aside $20bn (£15bn) for the health initiative and aims to stop people having to defecate in the open by 2019.

One social enterprise in one of India’s poorest areas is taking on the challenge of building public toilets.

It is using the waste from the toilets to help pay for their upkeep.

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Turning plastic into boats

These men in Kenya have decided to do something about the problem of plastic bottles clogging up the beaches of Lamu island.

By using the plastic to build boats instead of wood, they also hope to protect the island’s woodland.

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Composting and leaves

Learn how to use fallen leaves to enrich your garden:-

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