Friday, 19 January 2018

Swap beans in place of beef for 'huge impact' on climate change, say experts - ProVeg Nederland

Swap beans in place of beef for 'huge impact' on climate change, say experts - ProVeg Nederland

Swap beans in place of beef for ‘huge impact’ on climate change, say experts

Swapping beans for beef at mealtimes could achieve three quarters of the US’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, according to startling new research. 
A team of scientists from four leading American universities found that by making this one simple dietary change, the US could achieve between 46-74% of their greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2020, making a ‘huge impact’ in the fight against climate change. 
Beef production is responsible for 40-times the greenhouse gas emissions of legumes. British environmental nutrition expert Dr Helen Harwatt, who led the research team, believes this means a shift towards plant-based foods is necessary to meet environmental targets and avoid climate catastrophe. 
“This research demonstrates the huge impact of changes in food production – the US, one of the top emissions-producers, can achieve more than half of its greenhouse gas emissions goals by simply substituting one food for another,” Dr Harwatt said. 
“The scale of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions required to avert catastrophic climate change doesn’t allow us the luxury of ‘business as usual’ eating patterns. We have no option but to make dietary changes and eat foods with a much lower climate impact, like beans instead of beef.” 
Replacing daily protein from beef could be achieved with only 121g (around half a can) of cooked beans,* and since beans are among the most nutritious and cost-effective foods, it would appear to be a clear win for consumers and the environment. 
Director of ProVeg UK, Jimmy Pierson, said: “This research has given us a quick and easy solution to climate change – the power is on our plates! It’s so empowering for individuals looking for an effective way to reduce their impact on the planet. It’s as simple as choosing beans over beef. 
“It’s not only an environmental necessity, swapping beef for beans is also extremely beneficial to people’s health. Beans are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, packed full of protein, fibre, and antioxidants. They are also the cheapest form of protein – what’s not to love?!”
 On this side of the Atlantic there appears to be strong support for such a move towards plant-based eating. A DEFRA study** revealed that 85% of people surveyed said they will change or will seriously consider changing their eating habits for the planet.

* Figures based on daily beef consumption in the US.
** DEFRA (2011) Attitudes and behaviours around sustainable food purchasing. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Report (SERP 1011/10). April 2011

Stop and Search Legal Project in London next Tuesday - please think about coming along if you're interested in potentially becoming a volunteer facilitator or please pass on the eventbrite link to anyone who might be interested in supporting the project: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stop-and-search-legal-project-volunteer-open-evening-tickets-40877510735

Hello friends and co-organisers!
I'm organising an open evening for Stop and Search Legal Project in London next Tuesday - please think about coming along if you're interested in potentially becoming a volunteer facilitator or please pass on the eventbrite link to anyone who might be interested in supporting the project: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stop-and-search-legal-project-volunteer-open-evening-tickets-40877510735 It would be nice to see some friendly faces at the event and there's FREE WINE and NIBBLES.

SSLP runs one hour workshops, free of charge, for young Londoners on stop and search laws and we organise work placements in law firms for young BME students. The project is led by barristers, lawyers and activists. We need more people to get involved. 

The event will be held in a law firm: Kingsley Napley LLP, Knights Quarter, 14 St John's Lane, EC1M 4AJ. The nearest tube is Farringdon 

Event timetable 
6pm - 6.30pm: Nibbles, wine and networking
6.30pm - 7.30pmBBC journalist Noel Phillips and comedian Ava Vidal speak about stop and search and then Q&A
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Facilitators' training and questions

Cheers, let me know if you have any Qs.
Katie 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Biofuelwatch and Friends of the Earth would like to invite you to the award-winning new documentary BURNED - Are Trees the New Coal? at 7pmon Thursday 25 Jan at Friends of the Earth head office, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0HP (equidistant between Oval and Stockwell Tubes). #coal #keepitintheground #climate

Dear Biofuelwatch supporters,

Please circulate your networks and come if you can.
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 government spent more than £800m of bill-payers' money
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 in 2015
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 climate change worse
​ and often supporting continued coal burning​
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​ The Clean Growth Strategy proposes significant increases in biomass imports for heavy industry and the coal phase-out allows spurious emissions reductions by co-firing.​

Biofuelwatch and Friends of the Earth would like to invite you to the award-winning new documentary BURNED - Are Trees the New Coal? at 7pmon Thursday 25 Jan at Friends of the Earth head office, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0HP (equidistant between Oval and Stockwell Tubes).


It contains important scientific evidence about climate impacts of biomass, as well as footage of impacts on the forests in the southeastern US. The film is 44 minutes long and will be followed by Q&A
​ and discussion,​
 and a short presentation by Pete Deane who recently visited the Wilmington Wood Pellet Forum for Biofuelwatch.

Please sign-up for a free ticket here and let us know you are coming. Door
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What is the Investigatory Powers Bill and what does it mean for my privacy?

What is the Investigatory Powers Bill and what does it mean for my privacy?

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Ineos 'misled' public over fracking in Sherwood Forest | Business | The Guardian

Ineos 'misled' public over fracking in Sherwood Forest | Business | The Guardian

Campaigners protesting against Ineos last year at the site of ancient oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, UK.
 Campaigners protesting against Ineos last year at the site of ancient oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, UK. Photograph: Ian Francis/Alamy
One of Britain’s top fracking firms has been accused of misleading the public over its intent to explore for shale gas in a protected area of ancient woodland in Sherwood Forest.
Ineos, a UK-based petrochemicals firm, has said publicly it would exclude sensitive areas of the legendary home of Robin Hood from its seismic surveys.
However, documents released under freedom of information rules reveal the company privately later sought and won permission from authorities to survey those areas, which involves laying small explosive charges underground.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Once more, Iceland has shown it is the best place in the world to be female | Sif Sigmarsdóttir | Opinion | The Guardian

Once more, Iceland has shown it is the best place in the world to be female | Sif Sigmarsdóttir | Opinion | The Guardian

Katrin Jakobsdottir
 ‘At the end of 2017, Iceland got its second female prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, a 41-year-old with three young sons.’ Photograph: Birgir Thor Hardarson/EPA
O24 October 1975, the women of Iceland refused to show up for work. They refused to cook, clean or look after their children. Basically, they went on strike. And that day, the shops in Iceland ran out of the only convenience food available at the time: sausages.
Call it symbolism, but by going on strike the women of Iceland were calling for men to respect their work and demanding equal pay.
This week Iceland became the first country in the world to make companies prove they are not paying women less than men for the same work. Employers are rushing to comply with the new rules to avoid fines. Companies and government agencies with more than 25 staff must obtain government certification of their equal pay policies.

Reclaim the Streets: How to sort a street party...

Reclaim the Streets: How to sort a street party...

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How to sort a street party

1The society which abolishes every adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure. Get together with some like-minded people. Possibly your friends. Work on a plan of action. Sort out different roles, jobs and timescales. Imagine. What's possible?
2Picking a date... Decide on a date. Give yourselves enough time. Not too much - a "deadline" is a great motivator - but enough to sort the practicals: materials, construction etc. You may need money.
3A 12-lane freeway? Choose the location. Your street, the town centre, a busy road or roundabout, a motorway! A separate meeting place is good: people like a mystery, bureaucrats don't.
4Flyer for Street Party One Publicise! Word of mouth, leaflets, posters, e-mail, carrier pigeon. Make sure everyone knows where and when to meet. Posters and paste go well on walls, billboards and phone boxes. Leaflet shops, clubs, pubs - everyone, and your mum.
5Music! Sort out your sound system. A party needs music - rave, plugged-in, acoustic, yodelling - go for diversity. Invite jugglers and clowns, poets, prophets and performers of all kinds. Ask campaign groups to come along and set up a stall in the middle of the road.
6Sandpit, banners... How will you transform the space? Huge banners with a message of your choice, colourful murals, bouncy castle, a ton of sand and a paddling pool for the kids, carpets, armchairs. The materials and money from earlier may come in useful here. Print up an explanation for this "collective daydream" to give to participants and passersby on the day.
7Tripods! For opening the street - or rather stopping it being re-closed by the traffic - ribbons and scissors are not enough. A large scaffold tripod structure with a person suspended from the top has been found useful. Practice in your local park. Blocking the road with a car that can then be dismantled is nice. Even the traditional "barricade" will do.
8A tree growing in the slow lane Rescue some young trees from the road of your local "development" and have them ready for planting. You may need a pneumatic drill and safety goggles for the last bit
9Have a street party! Boy in blue being calmed Enjoy the clean air and colour full surroundings, the conversation and the community Bring out the free food, dance, laugh and set off the fire hydrants. Some boys in blue may get irate. Calm them down with clear instructions.
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Release advice centre At least a couple of the boys in blue will fail to get the point and nick people - six is generally the minimum to convince their paymasters it was worth all that overtime. Of course you found a solicitor who understands about street protests and distributed a bust card with their number, a phone number to collect details of arrestees, and basic advice - the Release bust card is a good basis in the UK. Make sure someone stays awake, alert and near that phone to take messages, gather names, and organise a defendants' meeting a week or two later. 
Grin!Get together with even more like-minded friends and plan the next one. Organise in your community, workplace, school & street. 

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Sound of Silence (Original Version from 1964)

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project | Environment | The Guardian

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project | Environment | The Guardian

Ouarzazate solar plant
 Ouarzazate solar plant will create enough electricity to power a million homes once it is finished. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.