The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for September 5, 2022

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The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for September 5, 2022

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This week we have three guest posts. The first is by Sharon Michelle, MSc Psychology who tells about how to stay hopeful and empowered when dealing with the climate crisis. The second post is by Lisa Jones and Stephen Thomas, partners at The People’s Pantry who tell us about their sustainable mobile refill shop and delivery service. The third post is by Happy Eco News’ Content Manager, Jamie D’Souza who talks about her experiences as a candidate for the Green Party of Quebec. We also have stories about Massachusetts’ climate law, women in the Democratic of Congo leading rainforest restoration, Virginia’s new wind farms, sea turtle hatching after over 75 years, and a CO2 battery using an energy dome.

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Cultivating Hope

Guest Post by: Sharon Michelle, MSc Psychology

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Lately, there seems to be a never-ending black hole of bad news. But when you look up, there are several stars shining brightly. One of these I see is “Great Big Green Week” coming up in the UK.

This organisation celebrates, shouts about, and inspires community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. They say “Great Big Green Week will unleash a wave of support for action to protect the planet. Tens of thousands of people in every corner of the country will celebrate the heartfelt, brave, everyday actions being taken to stand up for nature and fight climate change”. I’ll have some of that I thought.

A group of friends and I were inspired and decided to apply for some of their funding to put on events to celebrate Green Week (we decided on a Tree treasure hunt, a letter to the future competition, and a green film festival)…[read more].

Meet Ernie: the Waste Warrior on Wheels

Blog Post by: Lisa Jones and Stephen Thomas, partners at The People’s Pantry 

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A controversial statement, but … there was some good to come from the pandemic.

It introduced us to our communities, and showed shopping locally to be convenient, personal and more reliable and sustainable than our shaky global supply chains. It confronted the connection between human health and that of our planet while offering hope in demonstrating its potential for recovery.

Roads were safer, wildlife bolder, skies clearer, air cleaner, neighbourhoods quieter, birds louder. Indeed, Earth Overshoot Day – the annual date when humanity has used all the biological resources that the Earth regenerates during one year – was pushed forwards by a full month in the wake of the 2020 lockdowns.

There can’t have been many people that didn’t emerge from it reassessing their lives, their priorities, their relationships, their wider responsibilities, and deciding to make changes.

For North London husband and wife team Lisa Jones and Stephen Thomas, that became The People’s Pantry – a mobile refill shop and delivery service, conceived in lockdown and designed to raise awareness and tackle the problem of plastic waste head-on…[read more].

Giving Green a Chance

Guest Post by: Jamie D’Souza, Content Manager for Happy Eco News

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As many of you already know, I am running as a candidate for the Green Party of Quebec in Quebec’s upcoming provincial election. This is the first time I am running as a candidate and the first time I’ve engaged in politics. I chose to be a candidate because of my passion for the environment and because I believe that it’s time for environmentalists to be heard so that we can work towards making this province a greener place to live. My platform focuses on improving our recycling systems and reducing textile waste, and I am dedicated to making these issues heard.

Behind the scenes, a lot of work goes into becoming a candidate. And my experience so far has given me a lot to think about. To be eligible as a candidate, every candidate from every party has to collect signatures from people living in their riding. A candidate needs at least 100 verified signatures to appear on the ballot. And how does one get those signatures? The easiest way is to knock on people’s doors. It’s not an impossible task, but I have to say, it takes a lot of guts…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. Massachusetts Enacts A Climate Law Of Its Own

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  • Massachusetts has enacted a new law to bring more renewable energy and electric vehicles to the state.
  • The new law bans the sale of gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles by 2035.
  • This law will also support offshore wind projects by eliminating the “price cap” and will no longer prioritize power prices over economic development…[read more].

2. Women are Leading the Restoration of the World’s Second Largest Tropical Rainforest – Here’s How

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  • Around 500 women are helping to protect and restore the rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • These women have planted over 100 000 trees and are campaigning to stop illegal timber harvesting.
  • The project is led by Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network International, a global climate justice organization that helps women worldwide take action against climate change…[read more].

3. Virginia Wades Into Offshore Wind Race, Bigly

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  • Virginia Utility regulators will get a Texas-sized offshore wind farm of 176 wind turbines totalling 2.6 gigawatts.
  • Siemens will supply the new turbines for the new Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project.
  • These wind farms will provide the advantage of an endless supply of free fuel on the spot and elimination of commodity price fluctuations which many people in Virginia are currently dealing with…[read more].

4. World’s Smallest, Most Endangered Sea Turtles Hatch For 1st Time In 75 Years In Louisiana

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  • After over 75 years, the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtles hatched in Louisiana.
  • A crew surveying birds identified the first turtle tracks along the Chandeleur Islands.
  • The discovery of nesting sea turtles will help ensure sea turtle nesting habitat is preserved and improved…[read more].

5. Italian Company Opens First “CO2 Battery” Using Huge Energy Dome

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  • An Italian company has opened the first CO2 battery plant that stores huge amounts of renewable energy and delivers it to the grid when needed.
  • The Energy Dome captures CO2, which is then extracted, compressed until it becomes a liquid and stored in pressurized tanks to be used later.
  • This dome creates no emissions, is cost-effective and is highly efficient…[read more].

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