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A Uniquely French Approach to Environmentalism

A Uniquely French Approach to Environmentalism

[ad_1] On a Wednesday morning last December, Bruno Landier slung his gun and handcuffs around his waist and stepped into the mouth of a cave. Inside the sprawling network of limestone cavities, which sit in a cliffside that towers above the tiny town of Marboué, in north-central France, Landier crouched under hanging vines. He stepped over rusted pipes, remnants from when the caves housed a mushroom farm. He picked his way through gravel and mud as he scanned the shadowy ecru walls with his flashlight, taking care not to miss any signs. Landier was not gathering evidence for a murder case or tailing a criminal on the run. He was searching for bats—and anything that might disturb their winter slumber. “Aha,” Landier whispered as his flashlight illuminated a jumble of amber-colored beer bottles strewn across the floor. Someone had been there, threatening to awaken the hundreds of bats hibernating within. Landier is an inspector in the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), an entity that was given sweeping powers to enforce environmental laws when it was founded, …

Earth Day 2024: As the climate descends into chaos, we need to be mindful of greenwashing

Earth Day 2024: As the climate descends into chaos, we need to be mindful of greenwashing

[ad_1] It’s great if today has us bonding over caring about the state of our planet. Or is Earth Day mostly taken up with virtue-signalling brands hopping on the bandwagon? Fifty-four years after the inaugural Earth Day, it seems to have become a Speaker’s Corner of greenwashing. It feels as if companies’ green endeavours comprise 0.2 per cent of their activity, yet make up 98.8 per cent of their storytelling. A quick recap: a coal-powered start to the UK’s first Industrial Revolution in the 1760s started the emissions party. A second Industrial Revolution, powered by electricity and petrol, motored us into the 20th century. [ad_2] Source link

RFK Jr. Faces Backlash from Environmental Groups, Former Colleagues

RFK Jr. Faces Backlash from Environmental Groups, Former Colleagues

[ad_1] A dozen environmental groups issued a sharp rebuke Friday of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental lawyer who led the green group Waterkeeper Alliance until 2020 and has promised to be the “best environment president in American history.” Kennedy “is not an environmentalist,” reads the letter, whose signees included the Sierra Club, 350 Action, and the Sunrise Movement. “He is a dangerous conspiracy theorist and science denier whose agenda would be a disaster for our communities and the planet.” Calling on voters “to reject RFK Jr. and the toxic beliefs he promotes before it’s too late,” the letter describes Kennedy’s climate policies as an affront to “objective reality” and “no different” from those likely to be pursued in a Trump administration. At the same time, dozens of Kennedy’s former colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he worked for nearly three decades, are planning to put out advertisements in six swing states on Sunday—the day before Earth Day—calling on him to “honor our planet” by dropping out of the …

Animal chaplains offer spiritual care for every species

Animal chaplains offer spiritual care for every species

[ad_1] (RNS) — Sarah Bowen says she’s been doing the work of an animal chaplain since she was 6 years old.  Raised in the Midwest as a Presbyterian preacher’s kid, she was often hauled to hospice facilities and funeral homes but noticed that the chipmunks and other animals crumpled by the side of the road weren’t treated with the same compassion shown to people.  “At a very young age, I began picking up those little animals, putting them in my lunchbox, and giving them burials in the way my father did when he was working with humans,” said Bowen, who recalls saying “May the force be with you!” after the burials. Today, Bowen is an interfaith animal chaplain with credentials from Chicago Theological Seminary, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Emerson Theological Institute, and she continues to create rituals that both dignify the death of animals and empower those grieving that death, whether it’s the loss of a loyal golden retriever or the untimely death of a “feisty, beloved goat.” Animal chaplain Sarah Bowen. (Courtesy photo) “That’s …

Those ‘Bottles Saved’ Counters on Water Filling Stations Are Way Off. Does It Matter?

Those ‘Bottles Saved’ Counters on Water Filling Stations Are Way Off. Does It Matter?

[ad_1] The Green Ticker certainly pleases environmentally-minded folks who use it by making them feel good that they are keeping plastic out of landfills. But they aren’t the target market. Usually, the interior design firm or whoever runs facilities choose things like this. I wanted to know their motivation behind choosing one of these machines and not one by a competitor like Oasis. Is the Green Ticker (a term trademarked by Elkay) helping make the sale? I mentioned my research to my husband, an architect at an interior design firm that does high-end hotels, and he emailed me from his office when he found out his team was choosing the Elkay bottle refill station for the gym of a Middle East hotel. I asked what the team thought about the Green Ticker. “Nothing,” he wrote back. “As long as it provides clean, drinkable water that fills up a water bottle, and senses when to stop and not spill water out and create a mess in the space, that is what we care about.” But perhaps …

Laura Dern Honored at EMA Awards, Calls for New Climate Conversation

Laura Dern Honored at EMA Awards, Calls for New Climate Conversation

[ad_1] After a strike-related delay, the Environmental Media Association held its 33rd annual awards gala on Saturday, recognizing Hollywood productions for their sustainability efforts both onscreen and behind the scenes. Avatar: The Way of Water, Extrapolations, Unstable and documentary Common Ground were among the night’s winners, with Laura Dern also being recognized with the EMA Ongoing Commitment Award for her activism in the fight against climate change. At the event, held at Los Angeles’ Sunset Las Palmas Studios, Dern — who narrates and produced Common Ground, which follows the pioneers of the regenerative farming movement and the ways it may save the planet — began her speech by shouting out her collaborators on the film. She also praised her longtime publicist Annett Wolf and those who “walk the walk” like environmental icon Ed Begley Jr. She also noted her “original heroes, my mother Diane Ladd and her beloved friend, Jane Fonda. A beacon of fighting for equality and justice in all things who, alongside my mom, got me marching for the first time at age 6 …

What the Housing Shortage Is Doing to American Environmentalism

What the Housing Shortage Is Doing to American Environmentalism

[ad_1] Environmentalism has never been a stable ideology, and its adherents have never been a monolithic group. But, in Minneapolis, the green community has fractured as a wide array of self-described environmentalists find that they don’t agree on very much anymore. Back in 2018, Minneapolis generated national headlines for being the first major American city to eliminate single-family zoning. Under a plan called Minneapolis 2040, the city legalized duplexes and triplexes in all residential neighborhoods. The plan led to a frenzy of ambitious regulatory changes meant to yield denser, transit-accessible, and more affordable homes across the city. The stated goals of Minneapolis 2040 included housing affordability and racial equity, but supporters also stressed the environmental benefits of funneling population growth toward the urban core instead of outlying counties. “All the evidence and data shows that when you reduce your carbon footprint by, for instance, not having a 45-minute commute in from the suburbs … it helps the environment,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told me at a downtown ice-cream shop in September. “It’s really simple, right?” …

The 0 billion beauty industry’s ‘green’ ambitions are a patchwork at best. And they’re falling short

The $500 billion beauty industry’s ‘green’ ambitions are a patchwork at best. And they’re falling short

[ad_1] CNN  —  The escalating climate crisis is shifting many people’s purchasing patterns and this extends to the $500 billion dollar global beauty industry which is grappling with a range of sustainability challenges across product manufacturing, packaging and disposal. Strategy and consulting firm Simon Kucher’s Global Sustainability Study 2021 found 60% of consumers around the world rated sustainability as an important purchase criterion, and 35% were willing to pay more for sustainable products or services. This shift in consumer preferences has propelled many beauty brands to set environmental goals: to move away from single-use and virgin plastics, provide recyclable, reusable and refillable packaging and offer more transparency around products’ ingredients so customers can ascertain how “green” their purchase is. However, consumers still struggle to understand the sustainability credentials of many products, according to the British Beauty Council. This is because the industry’s clean-up efforts have been inconsistent, and fall short of making a recognizable impact in the absence of collective goal-setting, global strategy and standardized regulations. Ingredient and branding transparency There is no international standard …

Autism: Study finds slightly higher risk of diagnosis in areas with more lithium in drinking water, but experts say more research is needed

Autism: Study finds slightly higher risk of diagnosis in areas with more lithium in drinking water, but experts say more research is needed

[ad_1] CNN  —  A new study found a moderately higher risk of autism spectrum disorder in children born to pregnant people exposed to tap water with higher levels of lithium, but experts caution that this association does not show a direct link between the two. About 1 in 36 children in the US is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists still don’t know the exact cause of autism, a developmental disorder. Genetics may be a factor, but some have been looking at potential environmental causes, too. Cases may be on the rise, but that is also unclear. One study published this year on cases in the New York-New Jersey area found that autism diagnosis rates tripled among certain age groups between 2000 and 2016. A 2021 report found similar increases in cases, but the CDC says the increased number of cases is most likely linked to more doctors screening for the condition. Lithium is an alkali metal that can be …