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It’s way beyond just turning off the lights for an hour. This is a pledge to help fight for our planet and demand stronger climate action. See how others are taking steps to #Connect2Earth…

One of the world’s most iconic landmarks goes dark for Earth Hour every year – but why? Because they’re serious about supporting action on climate change.

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Ed. – Prob’ly belongs to Edward Barash, wherever the H you went…
your siblings out west are looking for you!
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2018-Jan-20 A year of action and hope

Dear friend,

A year after a new president entered the White House, his actions continue to reverberate through the news and into our homes.

In times of peril our human instinct is to “fight or flight.” We are encouraged to see our community fighting — taking action in support of environmental rights and protecting biodiversity.

Although much has seemed to move backward under the current American regime, we have seen people come together like never before to stand up for their beliefs. Take a moment to celebrate these accomplishments:

  • In 2017 you helped shut down Energy East, the longest pipeline project in North America. Now, the city of New York is suing the five largest oil companies, holding them accountable for the costs of climate change.
  • While the U.S. has made an effort to revive coal, Canada is closing its coal plants and shifting to renewable energy.
  • Canada has vowed to uphold its commitment to the Paris Agreement, along with the rest of the international community.
  • In October, the federal government announced it will review proposed changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act by June. We’re hopeful that in 2018, the right to a healthy environment may be included in federal law for the first time.

And this is just the beginning!

This fight goes beyond borders. It unites all humanity.

We live on one planet. We are one nature.


P.S. Nothing can stop us if we stand together. Protect your rights and values, and Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

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…the storm here made four/five of the solar lights act most peculiarly.
The biggest ‘played dead’ throughout.


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Every country should be doing this! (ed.)


A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer.

They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs. However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, and are still a huge step in the right direction.

Some say the law that was passed is actually better, as it gives the business owners a chance to install solar panels to help provide the buildings with renewable energy, thereby leaving even less of a footprint.

Green roofs are already very popular in Germany and Australia, as well as Canada’s city of Toronto! This  by-law was adopted in 2009, by the city of Toronto which mandated green roofs on all new industrial and residential buildings.

Benefits of Green Roofs

There are so many benefits to green roofs. Here are just a few:

  • Adding natural beauty and major aesthetic improvement to buildings, which in turn increases the investment opportunity.
  • Helping contribute to landfill diversion by prolonging the life of waterproofing membranes, using recycled materials, and prolonging the service of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems through decreased use.
  • Green roofs assist with storm water management because water is stored by the substrate, then taken up by plants, and thus returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. They also retain rainwater and moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for the water that does run off. They delay the time at which runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems during peak periods.
  • The plants on green roofs do a great job of capturing airborne pollutants and other atmospheric deposition. They can also filter noxious gasses.
  • They open up new areas for community gardens, commercial and recreational space in busy cities where this space is generally quite limited.

France is definitely on the right track, but it should be a mandate that all new buildings being built in North America, and even worldwide, adopt this amazing idea to reap all of the potential benefits.


Thanks to MJS

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I know these are NOT acceptable in recycling where I live
because they ‘tangle everything (else) up!

These Biodegradable Beer Six-Pack Rings Could Save the World’s Oceans


With scientists warning that the oceans may contain more plastic than fish by 2050, shit’s getting real with the health of our marine life. It’s high time we found an alternative to clogging the seas with plastic.

Saltwater Brewery may have found one. The Florida-based brewery recently unveiled a new biodegradable six-pack ring, which is also safely edible for sea-dwelling creatures.

We’ve all seen the shocking images of fish, turtles, and dolphins trapped in the plastic rings used to hold six-packs of beer together, but fish and animals can also die from ingesting the packaging, and plastic hangs around on ocean beds long after it’s dropped. During the Marine Conservation Society’s report of litter on Britain’s beaches last year, 960.8 pieces of plastic or polystyrene were picked up per kilometre of the beaches surveyed.

Saltwater’s new invention, however, is 100 percent biodegradable. It’s also highly sustainable, made from the wheat and barley remnants leftover from the beer-brewing process.


MORE: Our Oceans Could Contain More Plastic Than Fish by 2050


The invention is being welcomed by both environmentalists and animal welfare campaigners. In a statement, Sara Howlett from the RSPCA told MUNCHIES: “This is a heartening idea as it has the potential to cut down on the large number of animals that are harmed by this kind of litter.Litter of any description inflicts such needless suffering to animals and so far this year, the RSPCA has already received 592 calls to its cruelty line reporting incidents where animals have been hurt, injured, or affected by litter.”

But will edible beer packaging catch on or is this just a passing publicity gimmick? Beavertown Brewery, an independent craft brewery based in London, currently uses a system of reusable clips on their six-packs, which are supplied free of charge to shops who sell their beer. They don’t have plans to change this system but salute what Saltwater are doing.

“Saltwater Brewery’s initiative to have a less negative impact on wildlife is really important, and let’s hope bigger breweries follow their example,” says Kamilla Hannibal, Beavertown’s digital content manager. “It’s important to dare to try new things and take sustainability seriously in any way you can as a company.”

With countless bars and now even discount supermarkets jumping on the recent craft beer bandwagon, perhaps eco-friendly packaging is set to be the next big trend.

Just don’t forget to stick the can in the recycling, too.

Thanks to MJS

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