Uncategorized

Curation Post #6

Welcome back, Tree Huggers! This week has had intriguing articles in circulation. As a reminder, any change that you make in your life to be more sustainable can make a difference! Let’s get into it.

“Climate Politics/Capitol Light (37),” Resilience.org.

I found this article super insightful for current events happening with politics and sustainability. It talks about Trump starting the paperwork to get out of the Paris Climate Accord, and how even though the Accord hadn’t accomplished much, it is the symbol of the United States dropping out of it. It sends the wrong message to the world. We need to be fighting for mother nature as climate change rages against her. Hopefully, the next president will send a letter to start mending the fences in the global community. Starting the documentation to get out of the Accord can lead to other problems, like lower environmental standards and policy.

“Gap’s new Upcycled Puffer contains 40 discarded plastic bottles,” Treehugger.com.

I love when I see headlines like this, and I am naturally drawn to them because of my fashion design background. However, I am also very aware of how the fashion industry works and how they manipulated how their products are labelled. So, when I started reading this, I was and still am skeptical. It is excellent that they made high performance, water-resistant all-recycled polyfill and inner fleece jacket. However, how are the workers treated? How sustainable is the factory that made these jackets?

I think society gets blinded by the recycled material- don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic that they are doing that- but compared to the pollution their factory in Nepal or China is making. The dye they are using the create these jackets running off into our water systems. One thing that I appreciate from this article is Gap is transparent about them not being 100% sustainable, but they say, “at the very least, [it] will buy us time.”

“Never knowingly under soiled – John Lewis trucks to run on cow manure,” The Guardian.

This article made me so happy because of this one fact, “using biomethane made from food scraps reduces the carbon emissions of delivery vans by 85% compared with those running on diesel.” Isn’t that amazing! I can’t help but smile when I see that; it is progress! John Lewis delivery trucks will start running on cow power starting in 2021. Their fuel producer, CNG Fuels, will be offering a manure-based fuel. The supplier also creates fuel with rotting vegetables! If this was used by regular cars, it could be a game-changer for our climate situation.

By 2028, John Lewis hopes to have their whole fleet powered by renewable biomethane fuel; which will save more than 49,000 tons of carbon emissions every year!

“Are people clueless when it comes to their carbon footprints?” Treehugger.com

I loved this article! This was a great read; it was informational, directed, and engaging. The information given in the article was backed up by graphs showing the actual evidence from the focus group. It brings attention to the things in our lives that leave huge carbon footprints, while also debunking society’s ideas of what is causing the carbon footprint. This is one of the reasons I went vegetarian, and I love seeing that the reduction of red meat consumption can drastically change the carbon footprint if everyone didn’t eat red meat.

I think the most exciting part of this article was how the research was compared to research done around the world. Overall, the article is super informative and inspiring! Worth the read! 

“The Carbon Bomb,” Scientific American.

This startling article opened my eyes to just how bad global warming has increased throughout the years. Due to the losses of rainforests in the tropics between 2000 and 2003, there is a 626% increase of CO2 emissions- way more than they thought it was previously. Despite the research that shows evidence that rainforests help keep down CO2, deforestation for other uses still takes place- and is growing.

The overarching principle of this article is to encourage the creation of a new infrastructure, one that reigns in the destruction of forests to build roads, to create farmland, and to stop overhunting critical animal species for the habitat. We need to turn “grey” investments into “green” ones by giving more assets to climate funds. 

That is all for this week! Check back next week 🙂

G.G.

Hey! My name is Grace and I am just a college student, trying to figure out life one blog post at a time :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *