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New activism targeting SUVs

The rise of the SUV is a classic case of a perfect storm of vanity, ego, machismo, marketing, supply, unintended consequences of regulations, social media “facts” and more. But whatever the particular combination, the fact is that the SUV now dominates many urban environments – the place where the slightly more justifiable reasons for driving this kind of vehicle are least applicable. And the auto industry just keeps pushing the choice and variety. But we should all realize that these are vehicles which are massively inefficient. They take up too much space, too many resources, are fuel greedy and while safer for the occupants, much more dangerous to everyone else. While all private vehicle ownership needs to come under more scrutiny in urban areas, SUVs are certainly a good first target. As this article in The Conversation shows, some people are taking matters into their own hands to make owning an SUV a bit more hassle than expected…..   . . .

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Taking Full Advantage of Energy Transition

A combination of the technological pathway plus the business opportunities within the system very much set the scene for the removal of independent control of one’s energy supply to seeing it concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. Indeed, it is hard to see how it could have been any other way with the pre-industrial search for wood and other easy to access fuel materials taking up so much time, energy and resources. The move to mass produced electricity and the delivery of electrical and gas through national grids has undoubtedly been a net positive for the social and economic status of many ordinary people in recent history. But it has also impoverished many people and certainly impoverished the environment in multiple ways which we are only just realizing are catastrophic. One of the great benefits of renewables which is not talked about quite so much is that it represents a real chance to move back to independent control of one’s energy supply. This article in IISD . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Agribusiness giants tried to thwart EU deforestation plan after Cop26 pledge (The Guardian) World leaders agree to draw up ‘historic’ treaty on plastic waste (The Guardian) Net-zero claims of world's 25 biggest corporations lack integrity: study (Eco-business) Low cost curbs of methane leaks from 'ultra-emitters' could save billions: report (Eco-business) Offshore wind seen as perfect fit for green hydrogen (Reuters) Democracy and Digitalisation: How to Avoid Typical Pitfalls in Interventions (Europa) UN Statistical Commission Discusses New and Updated SDG Indicators (IISD) . . .

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IPCC report AR6

The climate news last week was dominated by the latest report release from the IPCC. This is essential reading, really for everyone. Why? Because it illustrates the nearing impossibility of achieving “A liveable and sustainable future for all”. This is existential, in case you hadn’t realized. The IPCC assessment, which is based on 34,000 studies, shows “widespread and pervasive” impacts on people and the natural world - heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, storms and floods. All faster than scientists had thought. The good news is that a liveable future remains possible – but only just and the door for action is “rapidly closing”. It also sets out strongly that the climate crisis is inseparable from the biodiversity crisis and the poverty and inequality suffered by billions of people. “Targeting a climate resilient, sustainable world involves fundamental changes to how society functions, including changes to underlying values, worl . . .

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International Women's Day

Tomorrow, 8 March, is International Women’s Day 2022. It should be obvious to any sensible person that gender equality is essential to sustainable development. In fact, it is actually a moral imperative and the fact any of this needs to be said and that gender Equality needs its own SDG is a damning indictment of the way most human societies have developed over recent centuries. The UN Observances page gives an overview of the day with preliminary links to further reading. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Governments Weigh New Global Treaty on Plastics and Sustainable Development (IISD) Climate change: effect on forests could last millennia, ancient ruins suggest (The Conversation) Families count the costs as big tech fails to offer cheap phone, laptop and fridge repairs (The Conversation) Wealthy countries still haven’t met their $100 billion pledge to help poor countries face climate change, and the risks are rising (Eco-business) Natural England chair backs ‘biodiversity net gain’ plan to boost wild areas (The Guardian) . . .

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World Wildlife Day 3 March

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. Given these various negative effects, Sustainable Development Goal 15 focuses on halting biodiversity loss. World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2022 under the theme "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration", as a way to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and to drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments on alleviating poverty, ensuring . . .

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Zero Discrimination Day is tomorrow!

Since the first cases of HIV were reported more than 35 years ago, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses. UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. On Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination. . . .

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