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Parrys Raines – website relaunch and news of Antarctica Conference

Parrys Raines is a MYOOZE, team member of the Plastiki Expedition and supporter of StFF – and she’s still only 19 years of age.

 

Parrys’s CV includes:

Environmental Law Student
Environmental Educator and Adventurer
3 times Australian Representative to UNEP
Sustainability Leader
Climate Reality Leader
Ambassador for Aim for the Stars Foundation
WWF Youth Ambassador and Earth Hour Ambassador
Team member of the Plastiki Expedition
Partner & Aust. Rep. International Youth Accord on Biodiversity
Enviroweek Ambassador

Visit her new website and learn more about the Antarctica Conference here.

 

New ways to monitor our sick planet

ClimateScience.com reports that leading scientific journal Nature says the global warming target of 2oC is “tenuous” and calls for it to be “ditched” in a major comment article published in the 2 October 2014 edition of the influential publication.

As work begins to draft an agreement ahead of the next year’s United Nations climate summit in Paris next year, the authors conclude that the 2°C goal should be abandoned and replaced with a new set of achievable targets.

Read ClimateScience.com feature here.

People’s Climate March in NYC on 21 September 2014

The People’s Climate March is being organized by an ever-growing coalition that comprises more than 1,000 organizations demanding world leaders take action to combat climate change. Because this is a “movement of movements” moment, the People’s Climate March is being organized in a participatory, open-source model.

The March – 11:30 am, Sunday 21 September

Assembly Location: Central Park West, between 65th and 86th Streets.

    • Enter on 65th, 72nd, 77th, 81st, or 86th Street.

March Route:

    • The march will begin at 11:30 am.
    • March down Central Park West and go east on 59th Street
    • Turn onto 6th Ave. and go south to 42nd Street
    • Turn right onto 42nd Street and go west to 11th Ave
    • Turn left on 11th Ave. and go south to 34th Street

End Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38thStreet

The partners want to make sure the People’s Climate March tells the story of today’s climate movement in all its parts – so is trying something new, and arranging the contingents of the march in a way that helps thread its many messages together.

If YOU’RE simply looking to march through the streets of New York with more people than have ever come together before to demand action on climate change, head to 86th St and Central Park West.

UNEP Reports Good News on Ozone Layer

StFF Supporter, Mr Achim Steiner, comments on the recently released UN Report on the scientific assessment of the ozone layer 2014.

The report, produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), indicates that the ozone layer is repairing, but Achim Steiner warns that:

“The challenges that we face are still huge,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said in a news release. The success of the Montreal Protocol should encourage further action not only on the protection and recovery of the ozone layer but also on climate.”

Read the article in Nature World News here.

 

 

Protect the Seabed from deep-sea trawling – Sign the Petition

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is a UK campaign and petition that has the support of many NGOs.  The aim of the campaign is to motivate the UK Government to do the right thing to protect its natural heritage from the devastating effects of foreign deep-sea bottom trawlers (the bulk of deep-sea trawling occurs in UK waters, off Scotland).

Sign the petition now HERE

If you want more information, click:  http://www.savethehighseas.org/

Just as we wouldn’t allow Stonehenge to be bulldozed, we must also protect our unseen natural heritage.

 

 

The Light House – new design concept for South African shack dwellers

Photo: Giles Ridely, Stephen Lamb

South African shack dwellers need safe temporary homes and StFF beneficiary Touching the Earth Lightly, run by designers Stephen Lamb and Andrew Lord, have ideas on how to provide them.  One of them is the Green Shack project, supported by StFF, the other is The Light House:

 … the Light House is designed with practicality in mind. It has vertical gardens for onsite food security, rainwater harvesting and grey-water recycling, options for solar electricity, and flush toilets. Moreover, the first Light House prototype sits on stilts, providing extra space for those with skills to generate income, which makes it more than just a tin shack.

Article by Cooper Nye, AUGUST 12 2014, BDay Live

Read more here.

Sustainability Conference – 30 September 2014

On 30 September 2014, Blue & Green Tomorrow will hold ‘Sustainable September’, a full-day sustainability conference (8am – 6pm) at the Royal Geographic Society.

Blue & Green Tomorrow provides the knowledge needed ‘to make informed choices without prejudice, scaremongering or Greenwash’. On its site you’ll find insights into how to invest responsibly, travel sustainably, shop ethically and use cleaner sources of energy.  The organisations aim is that the world should be as blue and green tomorrow as it was yesterday.

Blue & Green Tomorrow says: 

The sustainability event will be a TEDx-style conference, which will bring together over 20 visionaries and thought leaders to discuss sustainability and solutions to unsustainability, asking how we create a blue and green tomorrow. 

Follow this link for information on speakers (including Ben Goldsmith).

 

The End of Disposable Plastic Bags in France?

StFF beneficiary, Surfrider Foundation Europe, reports that there is the possibility that a ban of disposable plastic bags in France could start in January 2016.

This news is a big step for the Surfrider campaign against plastic bag and they are delighted, but remain mobilized to ensure that the bill receives parliamentary approval.

Surfrider hopes that this first victory in France will bring Europe a step closer to the introduction of a general ban.

Please find more information in Surfrider’s blog article : http://blog.surfrider.eu/en/2014/06/30/the-end-of-disposable-plastic-bags-has-been-announced-for-the-1st-of-january-2016/

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://blog.surfrider.eu/en/2014/06/30/the-end-of-disposable-plastic-bags-has-been-announced-for-the-1st-of-january-2016/

World Oceans Day – 8 June 2014

Why celebrate the oceans?

Whether you live on the coast or inland, we are all intimately connected to the oceans.

The organizers of this year’s event are asking people to help spread awareness by taking a Selfie for the Sea.  See latest news.

 

American Museum of Natural History – newly digitized archives

The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan released more than 7,000 images at the beginning of May – the result of a digitization project started in 2006, which will eventually see the release of more than 1 million photos.

Click here for access.

Mount Fuji 'Bloodroot Flower' Wild Flowers, Glacier National Park, Montana