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Green Mission News – March 2020

Al Gore promotes carbon markets, regenerative agriculture at D.C. conference
https://thefern.org/ag_insider/al-gore-promotes-carbon-markets-regenerative-agriculture-at-d-c-conference/


How to support your children in turning climate angst into climate action
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/how-support-your-children-turning-climate-angst-climate-action/

 


Greta Thunberg’s speech at UK climate strike (video, 5 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0G6AynmOU8

 


Soil matters: Climate activists in our midst 

The regenerative agriculture movement is alive and well in Pemberton and beyond

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/soil-matters-climate-activists-in-our-midst/Content?oid=15095223



The Shift Project, a Paris-based think-tank on energy transition, 

is dedicated to tackling the decisive and delicate issues needed to make this transition a success. The exponential development of digital technology, and the way in which this development can interact with the decarbonization objectives of our societies, is one of the most important of these issues
https://theshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Lean-ICT-Report_The-Shift-Project_2019.pdf 



New Hydrogen Auto Fleet for South Tyrol (Italy)
https://fuelcellsworks.com/news/new-hydrogen-fleet-for-south-tyrol/



I’ve seriously tried to believe capitalism and the planet can coexist, but I’ve lost faith
https://theconversation.com/ive-seriously-tried-to-believe-capitalism-and-the-planet-can-coexist-but-ive-lost-faith-131288



Robyn O’Brien: Following the ‘North Star’ in Food Systems Transformation
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/robyn-obrien-following-north-star-food-systems-transformation



Thousands Of People Are Growing ‘Climate Victory Gardens’
https://dailytimes.com.pk/554072/thousands-of-people-are-growing-climate-victory-gardens-to-save-the-planet/



Meat that heals the planet
As with meat, growing plants can be extractive or regenerative. Most of the soybeans that go to make plant-based meat alternatives grow in monocultures where soil erosion and nutrient runoff are common. Thousands of hectares of rainforest, prairie and wetland ecosystems — important biodiversity hotspots — are cleared each year for soybean fields. 
https://record.goshen.edu/2020/02/37644-meat-that-heals-the-planet



The five principles of soil health
https://www.grainews.ca/features/the-five-principles-of-soil-health/



Two States are Leading a Cover Crop Revival
Farmers in Maryland and Iowa are investing in crops that improve water quality, soil health, and build resiliency in the face of climate change.
https://civileats.com/2020/02/11/two-states-are-leading-a-cover-crop-revival/



Approach to climate conversation needs to change
https://mtstandard.com/opinion/columnists/guest-view-approach-to-climate-conversation-needs-to-change/article_33ba403e-e860-5d78-ba6a-16349a53ae3d.html



Partners track organic-land value
https://www.agupdate.com/agriview/briefs/crop/partners-track-organic-land-value/article_73a4dbae-e461-538b-b1a3-bed177b8d5ae.html



Johnson urged to set out firm plans for UK’s net-zero carbon target
Campaigners call on PM to ‘show UK is ready to do what it takes’ before COP 26 summit
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/johnson-urged-to-set-out-firm-plans-for-uks-net-zero-carbon-target



When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada’s leaders have reached a new low | Bill McKibben
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/when-it-comes-to-climate-hypocrisy-canadas-leaders-have-reached-a-new-low



In a 94-page document entitled “Querida Amazonia” (Dear Amazon), Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea for world leaders, transnational companies, and people everywhere to step up and protect the Amazon rainforest along with the indigenous people who live there and are its best stewards.
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/02/pope-makes-impassioned-plea-to-save-the-amazon-will-the-world-listen/



The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
https://howlround.com/necessity-new-green-federal-theatre-project



Signed Away: How Exxon’s exploitative deal deprived Guyana of up to US$55 billion
https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/oil-gas-and-mining/signed-away-exxons-exploitative-deal-deprived-guyana/



Fracking Ban or Climate Chaos?
https://foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/rpt_2001_frackingbridgetoclimatechaos-web.pdf 

 


Decolonization Is Essential to Successfully Resist Extractivism
https://truthout.org/articles/decolonization-is-essential-to-successfully-resist-extractivism/

 


Landmark Win in ‘Fight for Habitable Future’ as Jury Refuses to Convict Climate Activists Who Presented Necessity Defense

“When citizens are told the truth about the climate crisis—which is the first of Extinction Rebellion’s demands—they take appropriate and responsible action, as our jury did, and we thank them.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/28/landmark-win-fight-habitable-future-jury-refuses-convict-climate-activists-who



A BIG IDEA.

A Midwestern farmers’ network is trying to save our soils, one field at a time.

https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/magazine/entry/a-big-idea/



America’s ‘recycled’ plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds Many facilities lack the ability to process ‘mixed plastics’, a category of waste that has virtually no market as new products 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/18/americas-recycled-plastic-waste-is-clogging-landfills-survey-finds 



Circular Claims Fall Flat: Comprehensive U.S. Survey of Plastics Recyclability
https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Greenpeace-Report-Circular-Claims-Fall-Flat.pdf



World shifting to net zero emissions
https://theecologist.org/2020/feb/18/world-shifting-net-zero-emissions



Measuring our impact on the planet
https://theecologist.org/2020/feb/14/measuring-our-impact-planet



The eco gender gap: why is saving the planet seen as women’s work?
From soap to reusable cutlery, green products are overwhelmingly marketed to and bought by women. Does this discourage men from taking responsibility?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/eco-gender-gap-why-saving-planet-seen-womens-work



“A cow is really this, you can think of it as this compost vat … in a brittle environment, it’s this perfect depositor of compost and life back into the soil. If managed properly, their hooves can break the capping of the soil, their dung and urine add nutrients and, literally, biology back into the soil, and then it becomes that fertile ground for new life to come,” said Abbey Smith, a cattle rancher in the Northern Sierra. 

Managing Cattle To Mitigate Climate Change
https://www.kunr.org/post/managing-cattle-mitigate-climate-change#stream/0




Opinion | There’s a Solution to the Fight Over Clean Water—and Trump’s Rule Isn’t It
https://foodtank.com/news/2020/02/opinion-theres-a-solution-to-the-fight-over-clean-water-and-trumps-rule-isnt-it/



One year ago, I worked with a group of Australian environmental activists, discussing their diverse projects in regenerative agriculture, as well as other pilot projects. One involved turning Canberra into the first green-energy city. Now, 12 months later, Canberra is in flames. One of my colleagues has lost his home. He posts about what it’s like to live with the heat, dust and risk of fires spreading. At this writing, his city is on alert for out-of-control blazes and possible evacuation orders.
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-climate-double-bind/



Polluter’s Paradise: How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas
Louisiana has pioneered ways for other states to discourage environmental protests around “critical infrastructure” projects. Much of it can be traced back to efforts by corporate lobbyists.
https://www.propublica.org/article/how-louisiana-lawmakers-stop-residents-efforts-to-fight-big-oil-and-gas



Ohio anti-protest bill could criminalize support for pipeline demonstrations
https://energynews.us/2020/02/12/midwest/ohio-anti-protest-bill-could-criminalize-support-for-pipeline-demonstrations



Climate change driving ‘rapid and widespread’ decline of bumblebees
https://www.carbonbrief.org/climate-change-driving-rapid-and-widespread-decline-of-bumblebees



An Elder Statesman of Sustainable Ag Looks to the ‘Regenerative Generation’
Organic pioneer and farmer Fred Kirschenmann is hopeful for the future of food, but time is of the essence.
https://civileats.com/2020/02/03/an-elder-statesman-of-sustainable-ag-looks-to-the-regenerative-generation/



Soil carbon is a valuable resource, but all soil carbon is not created equal
https://theconversation.com/soil-carbon-is-a-valuable-resource-but-all-soil-carbon-is-not-created-equal-129175



Dr. Bronner’s-backed cannabis certification comes to Oregon
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2020/02/07/dr-bronner-sbacked-cannabis-certification-comes-to.html



Planting A Trillion Trees Is A Worthwhile Undertaking. And Not Remotely Enough
https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/02/11/climate-change-trump-1-trillion-trees-frederick-hewett



Easy Carbon Sequestration You Can Do Yourself
https://earth911.com/inspire/easy-carbon-sequestration-you-can-do-yourself/



Recent responses to climate change reveal the drivers of species extinction and survival
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/02/04/1913007117



Trump’s Border Wall is an Ecologist’s Nightmare
Blowing up mountains, bulldozing sacred sites, guzzling groundwater 

— the wall is turning border ecosystems into a grim dystopia.
https://otherwords.org/trumps-border-wall-is-an-ecologists-nightmare/



Economists, conservationists, political leaders urge adoption of carbon tax to halt tropical deforestation
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/02/economists-conservationists-political-leaders-urge-adoption-of-carbon-tax-to-halt-tropical-deforestation/


Dry February sends California back to drought: ‘This hasn’t happened in 150 years’
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/21/california-drought-february-rain-snow-pack-sierra



Earthjustice Sues DOD for ‘Short-sighted and Illegal’ Incineration of PFAS in Communities Across Country
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/20/earthjustice-sues-dod-short-sighted-and-illegal-incineration-pfas-communities-across



‘Bee-washing’ hurts bees and misleads consumers
http://theconversation.com/bee-washing-hurts-bees-and-misleads-consumers-131188



The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was a Cover-Up, Not a Cleanup
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-was-a-cover-up-not-a-cleanup/


Methane emissions from fossil fuels ‘severely underestimated’
https://www.carbonbrief.org/methane-emissions-from-fossil-fuels-severely-underestimated



Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act debuts in Congress, instigating packaging EPR debate
https://www.wastedive.com/news/udall-lowenthal-break-free-from-plastic-pollution-recycling-epr/571985/



Consumers May Be Wasting Twice as Much Food as Previously Thought
https://www.ecowatch.com/food-waste-twice-as-much-2645135271.html



Side-Stepping Climate Change, Trump Touts Trillion Trees Plan
https://undark.org/2020/02/07/abstracts-trump-trillion-trees/



Pesticides Are Killing Off the Andean Condor
https://therevelator.org/pesticides-andean-condor/



‘Parasite’ Is a Class-Conscious Climate Parable
https://therealnews.com/stories/parasite-is-a-class-conscious-climate-parable



Coal soot found in Himalayas
https://www.ecowatch.com/himalayas-coal-soot-2645113594.html



Scientists’ warning to humanity on insect extinctions
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320719317823



New climate change plans from conservatives are neither conservative nor climate plans
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2020/2/5/21121935/climate-change-republicans-conservatives



Fossil Fuels Divestment Continues Georgetown’s Commitment to Sustainability
https://www.georgetown.edu/news/fossil-fuels-divestment-continues-georgetown-commitment-to-sustainability/



How California’s recycling culture may have inadvertently made us even more wasteful
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-02-05/how-californias-recycling-culture-may-have-helped-make-us-even-more-wasteful

 


Climate change and coronaviruses: a warming world encourages the emergence and spread of new infectious diseases |
South China Morning Post https://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/3051700/climate-change-and-coronaviruses-warming-world-encourages-emergence



Majority of US Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today
https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/02/climate-change



A Comprehensive New Federal Roadmap for Climate Action on Farms
U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree’s Agriculture Resilience Act would incentivize and support farmers to address the climate crisis in the face of USDA inaction.
https://civileats.com/2020/02/26/chellie-pingrees-new-roadmap-for-climate-action-on-agriculture/



Carbon Neutral by 2050? Here’s Exactly What It Would Take
It’s hardly impossible. It just means we have to get to work…now.
https://www.rd.com/culture/carbon-neutral-by-2050/



CN2050: where does agriculture stand?
https://www.miragenews.com/cn2050-where-does-agriculture-stand/




Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study find
Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report.
https://news.mit.edu/2018/carbon-taxes-could-make-significant-dent-climate-change-0406



Danone’s €2bn climate-smart innovation investment: 

‘Our brands will be stronger if climate is an ally, not an enemy’
French dairy-to-waters giant Danone has unveiled plans to
invest €2bn in climate smart innovation between 2020 and 2022.
https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2020/02/27/Danone-s-2bn-climate-smart-innovation-investment#



The landscape of farmland, pastures, ranges, and forest could sequester carbon on a massive scale by 2030. Here’s the math.
https://www.yesmagazine.org/environment/2020/02/20/climate-change-agriculture/

 


Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why
https://blog.ucsusa.org/dave-reichmuth/are-electric-vehicles-really-better-for-the-climate-yes-heres-why



Beyond Organic: The Winemakers Leading a Sustainable Revolution

https://www.winemag.com/2020/02/28/regenerative-agriculture-wine-organic/