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International Youth Day SDG Fair

IYD falls every 12 August so the Youth Advisory Committee of the ITS Foundation organized a fantastic fair for youth initiatives and NGOs which took place at AISHK. The event allowed a wide range of contributors and interested youth to gather together and share what they are doing towards solving issues encompassed in the SDGs. There were opportunities for learning, sharing and getting inspiration. A great day was had by all and the YAC looks forward to running more events like this in the future. . . .

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Anna Wei - 2022-23 Secretary of ITSF YAC

My name is Anna and I am a 15-year-old student at Victoria Shanghai Academy. From a young age, I have been passionate about environmental issues surrounding the SDGs such as plastic pollution and climate change. This interest has led me to collaborate with NGOs such as Plastic Free Seas to raise awareness and advocate for these prominent issues. Furthermore, I firmly believe that more youths will be able to step up and take action through education. My two projects, Apogee Academy and Sophos Montessori and Elementary School both emphasize the importance of SDG education in our modern society. Apogee Academy is an online education site in Hong Kong that focuses on teaching students about the SDGs by providing professional resources from experienced founders, educators, and advocates. While the Sophos Montessori and Elementary School project set in Ghana aims to provide underprivileged and disabled children with quality education involving SDGs and other global issues. In the future . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Companies are prepared to pay to stop plastic waste. Here’s how it could be done successfully (reuters) Companies must put money where their mouths are to fight nature loss, says CDP’s forests chief (reuters) Bank Australia to ditch fossil fuel car loans in push for EV future (The Guardian) Are indoor vertical farms really ‘future-proofing agriculture’? (The Guardian) Beyond GDP: changing how we measure progress is key to tackling a world in crisis (The Conversation) 10 Reasons Why Cultivated Meat Is The Future Of Protein: The Case For Lab-Grown (green queen) 13 Ways To Reduce Your Food Waste Footprint Right Now (green queen) How geographical gaps are harming climate science (Eco-business) Greening the Himalayas: Is there a 'wrong' place to plant trees? (Eco-business) Why the US climate bill might struggle to deliver on carbon capture (CHN) . . .

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Language Matters Around Problems

For a long time, as a Geography teacher, I have emphasized to students the need to be careful around language and the climate crisis is a perfect example. For me, the science has proven the anthropomorphic influence on climate for a long time. But at the beginning, people were still debating it and this was playing out for most people in the media where the science and the arguments had gone through the wringer of the journalistic process. The media is a fantastic source of information but students mustn’t forget that in the end the editorial responsibility is maximizing eyeballs and nothing else. Thus, the early years saw the climate crisis described as the greenhouse effect and that terrible metaphor was used in a negative way. Without the “greenhouse effect” there would be no life on earth so we can see how quickly that went wrong. Then this shifted to global warming, which has a nice fuzzy feel to it, especially if you live in colder climes. Finally we saw clim . . .

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Hydrogen Transport Difficulties

Debates around sustainability initiatives can often become quite binary. But the world isn’t like that and we need to recognize the complexity of the problems we face. I was reading recently about the problems still facing hydrogen as a fuel of the future. The potential for hydrogen is huge as a clean, efficient and “ubiquitous” energy source. Most debate focuses on the quality of the fuel production methods and how well we have progressed in that area. But while the potential for hydrogen fuel production is spread across space much better than fossil fuels, it will always still be to a certain extent location dependent as the production facilities take considerable investment (unless we hit a utopian future where perhaps a house could produce its own hydrogen fuel). So this creates a new set of problems around moving hydrogen fuel from producer to consumer as hydrogen is difficult to contain without leakage, causes embrittlement of metal casings, can be technically . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Hydrogen uses to be determined by delivery methods available (reuters) Fate of ‘sleeping giant’ East Antarctic ice sheet ‘in our hands’ – study (The Guardian) Driving out invasive species on islands has high success rate and big benefits (The Guardian) Five easy ways to use less water at home – and not just in a drought (The Conversation) 58% of human infectious diseases can be worsened by climate change (The Conversation) Borderless haze threatens Southeast Asia (Eco-business) Slow take off: the flight path to net-zero air travel in Southeast Asia (Eco-business) Divisions deepen over rush to finalise deep sea mining rules (CHN) The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? (green queen) . . .

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UNGA high-level event

The UN General Assembly’s high-level thematic debate titled “Moment for Nature” took place in New York on 19 July. Convening the heads of major UN agencies involved with the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, land and ocean degradation, pollution, and unsustainable consumption and production, it allowed for messaging particularly around moving to fill the gap between intention and action – an idea being pushed now as more acceptance and evidence sways ever larger numbers of people to realize the need to change behaviours at all levels. A very good summary of the key components and points made can be found in a longer article on IISD.   . . .

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My Sustainable Living Challenge

The UN Environment programme has linked up with the UN Systems Staff College to gamify a swathe of sustainable living content that has been developed and taught by them over the last couple of years. They have selected a number of graduates from their programmes to be the first cohort and help deliver a first practice and feedback of the game. It is a challenge over 6 weeks and began on 18th July. ITS Foundation founder Danny Harrington has been selected to take part and is getting into it. The great thing is it forces you to go back and revisit ideas in greater depth, research them for your local community/environment and then begin to take action towards improving on areas where you can. Solutions to sustainability programmes will always need to be multi-faceted and a combination of top-down (e.g. government regulations and corporates offering choice) as well as bottom-up (the work of civil societies and the way we live our lives as individuals). . . .

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