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Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid surfers, decided to quit their jobs to create a “Seabin” that would collect trash, oil, fuel and detergents.
The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports.
The Seabin moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (litres per hour), plugged directly into 110/220 V outlet. The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.
Seabins can skim unsightly surface oils and pollutants. This location shared from @seabin_project had a boat with a fuel leak problem in the marina. Seabins are fitted with oil absorbing pads and it cleaned up the spill in no time.
Who knows what impact this technology could have in helping clean our ports and harbors! Visit their site to get a quote for single or multiple V5 Seabin units at http://seabinproject.com/pre-sales/
The Drawdown EcoChallenge is a fun and social way to learn about and take action on the 100 climate solutions featured in the seminal work of Paul Hawken “Drawdown.”
From April 4-25, individuals and teams from around the world will take part in simple daily activities to reduce their carbon footprints and delve into the world’s most substantive solutions to global warming. At the end of the Challenge, the teams with the most points will win great prizes, including copies of Drawdown and a one-hour video session with Paul Hawken!
The EcoChallenges are broken down into these sections (with an added note of current participants):
LAND USE (1260)
ELECTRICITY GENERATION (1751)
WOMEN AND GIRLS (1392)
BUILDINGS AND CITIES (1598)
Executive Director of Drawdown, Hawken states “All of life is comprised of self-organizing systems and the Drawdown EcoChallenge is exactly that—people coming together to share, learn, support, imagine, and innovate for a better world. We are honored to be a part of this significant and brilliant initiative.”
Visit http://www.drawdown.org/ecochallenge for more information!
To raise awareness of people living sustainable lives and affected by climate change, Mother Earth Project is encouraging individuals, schools, and communities around the world to create PARACHUTES FOR THE PLANET!
So why go with parachutes? Saving the environment is vital to our health, safety and future, and parachutes are a metaphor for this process. Parachutes are safety nets and when held by groups during demonstrations or collectively displayed in large numbers, they transform into powerful messages of strength, hope and communal determination.
In the 1990s, thousands of HIV/AIDS Quilts (blankets) were exhibited in Washington, DC, to bring attention to a disease that was previously not understood. The result of this exhibition was dramatic – people became more aware and governments began to fund research to find a cure. Using artwork and text displayed on parachutes, the Mother Earth Project hopes to accomplish similar goals for saving the environment.
Display your parachute in your local community to raise awareness about sustainability (for example your school, company, city government, neighborhood, or on your car). Also, please encourage two other schools/clubs to create a parachute, as spreading awareness is the central theme of this project!
Here is an excerpt from the 2017 APA Mental Health on Climate white-paper:
The ability to process information and make decisions without being disabled by extreme emotional responses is
threatened by climate change. Some emotional response is normal, and even negative emotions are a necessary part of a fulfilling life. In the extreme case, however, they can interfere with our ability to think rationally, plan our behavior, and consider alternative actions. An extreme weather event can be a source of trauma, and the experience can cause disabling emotions. More subtle and indirect effects of climate change can add stress to people’s lives in varying degrees. Whether experienced indirectly or directly, stressors to our climate translate into impaired mental health that can result in depression and anxiety (USGCRP, 2016). Although everyone is able to cope with a certain amount of stress, the accumulated effects of compound stress can tip a person from mentally healthy to mentally ill. Even uncertainty can be a source of stress and a risk factor for psychological distress (Greco & Roger, 2003). People can be negatively affected by hearing about the negative experiences of others, and by fears-founded or unfounded-about their
own potential vulnerability. Realizing things such as this can be a lot for someone to take on. Mental health issues must be addressed, leaving it too late only deepens issues and can make people be more afraid to discuss their upsets and
concerns. Combining therapy and alternative medicines have helped some people with their anxieties and stressors. Visit this website to see an example of the alternatives to traditional medicines that may help you during a rough time in your life. That website sells CBD oil, which is probably the most popular alternative medicine. It is a US based company, so if you are from the UK you may want to search for ‘CBD oil UK‘ instead.
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
Compromised physical health can be a source of stress that threatens psychological well-being. Conversely, mental
health problems can also threaten physical health, for example, by changing patterns of sleep, eating, or exercise
and by reducing the immune system function. Whilst people can give themselves a boost for the latter with some liposomal vitamin c, the fact that it is impacted is still far from good. Mental health issues can negatively impact an individual’s life, making everyday tasks much more difficult for them. To try and reduce the severity of your mental health issues, a lot of people believe that smoking marijuana can have positive effects on mental health. There are various ways to take marijuana, with one of the most popular ways being through a tornado bong. A lot of people have found that marijuana can reduce anxiety and prevent insomnia. If you suffer from any of those issues, it might be worth trying some marijuana. However, there are also many other methods if you aren’t comfortable using marijuana.
Although residents’ mental and physical health affect communities, the impacts of climate on community health
can have a particularly strong effect on community fabric and interpersonal relationships. Altered environmental
conditions due to climate change can shift the opportunities people have for social interaction, the ways in which they
relate to each other, and their connections to the natural world.
ReTree (verb): the act of replenishing the earth’s tree supply to help reverse climate change.
The mission of ReTree is to inspire people to help reverse climate change, one tree at a time. ReTree wants to plant 1 million trees in 2017. And to accomplish this mission, ReTree will double the number of trees their donors plant for the entire year.
Our world is home to more than three trillion (3,000,000,000,000) trees! While that might seem like a large number, each day more than two and a half million (2,500,000) trees are destroyed. This constant and ongoing destruction has contributed (along with fossil fuel emissions) to a major issue for our planet: climate change.
When it happens naturally, as it did for millions of years, tree loss is a normal part of the cycle of life. A tree dies and another one grows. Now, with man’s interference and the loss of trees happening at an alarming rate, our planet can’t breathe. It was never designed to handle all that we’re putting it through. Climate change being at the top of the list.
Reducing factory and auto emissions might be the first thing you think of when tackling this global issue. Guess what? We don’t need fancy gadgets or millions invested in new technologies to fight climate change. There’s a simpler way to remove carbon dioxide from the air: trees!
Trees absorb CO2 from the air as they grow. Using energy from the sun, they turn the carbon captured from the CO2 molecules into building blocks for their trunks, branches, and foliage. This is all part of the carbon cycle and ReTree has created the simplest way to increase the number of trees and help reverse climate change. Other brands are getting involved too; Loveplugs have announced there will be 10 trees planted for every order their store takes. This is a great way to get involved for anyone who wants to help but can’t plant trees themselves for whatever reason. Make an order with them and you are basically planting ten trees!
Now multiply these results by thousands and millions of trees! We can’t stop climate change, but together we can make an incredible impact, one tree at a time.
For more information visit ReTree online and start filling our forests!
Why join the mobilization?
Well, the planet is warming and its okay to be afraid. Climate change threatens the collapse of civilization within this century. Confronting this crisis is the great moral imperative of our time.
The Climate Mobilization is a grassroots movement which demands a government-led mobilization to restore a safe climate; calls for full employment and fair, shared sacrifice; demands a rapid transformation of our energy and agriculture systems; and calls on politicians to pledge to mobilize.
Visit their site www.theclimatemobilization.org to learn more and get involved!
(Photo is adapted from The Climate Mobilization “Blueprint for a Climate Emergency Movement”)
#EarthOvershootDay has arrived. The world has consumed more natural resources than the world can renew throughout the whole of the year.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.
Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day this year with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator. Try it out yourself at www.footprintcalculator.org.
The new Footprint Calculator allows users to measure their own demand on nature (Ecological Footprint) and assess their personal Earth Overshoot Day. A user’s personal Earth Overshoot day is the date Earth Overshoot Day would be if all people had their Footprint.
Check out source website for more information: http://www.overshootday.org/
CEF FFT: Imagine if everyone in the world knew what their personal footprint was on the planet! What kind of impact could this awareness bring?
Carbon emissions continue to be unleashed into the atmosphere and are gradually damaging oceanic life with the absorption of heat in the atmosphere going into the ocean. Coral bleaching, as seen in this photo (Chasing Coral), is a stark and foreboding indicator of the feverishly rising ocean temperatures.
The team at Exposure Labs said they knew that if they could capture visual evidence of coral bleaching, they could reveal the phenomenon to the world in a powerful way.
Their documentary film Chasing Coral, which took more than three years to shoot was the result of 500+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world.
They didn’t just stop there, there are a variety of ways to connect, understand the impact of climate change and get involved on their website with their action guide: chasingcoral.com
Coral is integral to the health of the oceans and marine life, and in turn, humanity. Watch the film, visit their site, share with friends and help get involved to join the global efforts to save the oceans!