Litterati

Litterati, created by Jeff Kirschner, is a global community¬†that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet, from students in South Africa to activists in Italy, and neighbors across the US. They’re designing a mobile app that identifies, maps, and collects the litter that we pick up as a community, collecting a ton of data in the process, helping businesses and communities identify the root of the problem and drive change.
Upon the request of early users of the app, Kirschner has launched a kickstart campaign for Litterati!
Among these changes include:
1. Groups: Understand Combined Impact (“Our most requested feature. Schools, environmental groups, scout troops, and companies, they all want to understand their combined impact to drive change for their communities.”)
2. Maps: Measure Actions Locally (“In-app maps will provide the ability to search, browse, and filter by location or brand, so that anyone can map and measure their impact while understanding more about the litter in their neighborhood.”
3. Data Analysis Tools: Drive Bigger Change (“The community has already picked up nearly 1,000,000 pieces and we want to put that data to work. These additional layers of information, like retail locations, trash can placement, even weather and topography, will help us make more informed decisions and take effective action.”)
Change is happening! Check out their app and kickstarter to get involved:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/litterati/litterati-join-the-community-thats-cleaning-the-pl
CEF FFT: Creating a greater awareness around how we treat our community environment is a great place to start in spreading awareness of the impact we have on the planet!

Mental Health and Climate

Here is an excerpt from the 2017 APA Mental Health on Climate white-paper:

MENTAL HEALTH
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.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
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.

Link to article: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/mental-health-climate.pdf

Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

 

The last time the ocean was as acidic as it is now was 50 million years ago and the change occurred over millennia, not over decades.  We now know that the oceans cannot take infinite abuse.

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a 2 year competition worth $2 million dollars for team to create radical breakthroughs in measurement technology, namely ocean acidification (pH levels). The point of the competition is to accurately measure acidification for the first time. This alerts people to the fact that we’ve got a problem that is so important that someone is willing to put up private resources as a reward. One of the goals of this prize is to bring more instruments to the problem. There has been an ongoing dearth of data on the state of the health of the oceans. This is an opportunity to start fresh with new tools to share with the public what is really going on.

Measuring the pH in the oceans efficiently and effectively is no easy task. It isn’t only a challenge of accurate measurement but also the depth with which the sensors are able to sink and still perform.

Check out the source link at xprize.org for a video and to find out which team won the prize!

The ocean is critical for the planet and all living species. If competitions like this bring passionate endeavoring people together to make leaps, then what an amazing thing it would be for more such innovation-driven events to emerge.