Hello SCI family and welcome to this weeks Climate for Peace Newsletter,
We have a great selection of articles this week focusing on positive things that enrich the environment and our souls. Everything from your diet with inspiring recipes to the joy of horticulture. We hope you stay informed and get inspired to take action. We can start with ourselves our family and community. As a famous quote goes "without a sense of caring there can be no sense of community"
Enjoy the articles we have chosen this week. As we enter a new season with peace and solidarity until we see this reflected back to us everywhere from the news, in the sea of people rushing to get places and the faces of our nearest and dearest. Check out our inspiring website sci.ngo and if you find the spark to volunteer there are lots of opportunities available Workcamps.info Have a peaceful start to spring!
GAIA MicroGrants is a source of funding for SCI branches and local groups for activities focusing on sustainable living and climate justice. If you are planning a weekend workcamp at a local organic farm to improve access to local and seasonal food in your area, or thinking of planting mangroves or to do some other activities to prevent coastal erosion, you want to create a community garden in your area or do some improvements in an already existing one or maybe you want to raise awareness of climate change impacts and what your community can do to prepare for it. This year the GAIA MicroGrants Programme is testing a new format and will focus entirely on the practical support that SCI branches provide to local communities, mainly through workcamps. We want to challenge branches to show us how they can make a positive impact and if it can be sustained after or between workcamps (e.g. by involving and training local people through SCI activities). We want to bring the SCI motto "Deeds not words" to climate change and sustainability!Read more here
Inspire the world by volunteering for change
Check out our huge list of workcamps from all over the world. There are so many currently to choose from and the world needs people acting from there heart now more than ever. It starts with you. Get inspired to be the change you want to see in the world. Meet people of like mind who can make your dreams come through. Take action in the spirit of peace. For only when we act from a peaceful place do we create a peaceful world.Read more here
Belgium kicks the coal habit
After Cyprus, Luxemburg, Malta and the Baltic countries, Belgium is the seventh EU country to go coal free. Almost simultaneously, Scotland closed its last coal-fired power plant for good and others are following suit. This is great news as last year’s Paris climate agreement commits countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and phase out coal and other fossil fuels. The UK and Austria announced that they will quit coal by 2025 – and have already started to reduce their coal capacity – while Portugal aims to be coal free by 2020.Read more here
Top companies spend more than 22million lobbying against electric cars
The oil industry and oil trade associations in California spent millions of dollars last year to kill off legislation that would have meant the significant take-up of electric vehicles in the state. Global brands – including BP, Shell, Exxon and Chevron – local oil and gas companies and trade bodies, spent more than $22 million (£15 million) on lobbying in California last year – a record – according to official figures. Spending spiked in the third quarter of the year, when the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350), was being considered. During that summer there was also a rather blatant campaign spreading fear-mongering rumours about what the law entailed for car users.Read more here
Massive Carbon Capture investment may be needed to slow global warming
Combating climate change successfully will require massive investments in technologies to capture and store carbon dioxide, new research has found. Myles Allen, professor of climate dynamics at Oxford University, said carbon disposal technologies would be needed as “backstop” options because they would be the only way to reduce net carbon emissions into the atmosphere to zero, and thus stop temperatures from continuing to rise. Carbon disposal consists chiefly of the burial of carbon dioxide in underground caverns, known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), but also includes possible methods of dissolving carbon dioxide in the oceans and other means of eliminating carbon from the air.Read more here
Grow your own garden
Here we have included some inspiring tips on getting your fingers green. Read more here
Climate for Peace: Inspirations
Enjoy our Inspirations booklet and discover the inspiration for a sustainable lifestyle.Read more here