The obvious indication of revolution is the rapid growth of Extinction Rebellion. They are about to publish their strategy for 2020 and momentum is growing…
Tesco have just that they are removing plastic covers from multi packs. Waitrose are already operating a refill service for dry food goods, and are about to implement refill stations for cleaning products. I for one look forward to seeing the other supermarkets taking action, and quickly. It’s all about changing the supply chain!
I have also recently started volunteering with SOFEA, who partner with FareShare and Activate Learning. They operate an alternative to wasting food, to kids dropping out of school and leaving without qualifications and to offering another option to the foodbanks. Some aspiration! I am enthused by their attitude of supporting their workers in every possible way from mental health to tuition while preventing food, that sometimes never even makes it to a shop, from going straight to landfill.
In recent months I have not been driving, so have become very familiar with the bus and train timetables. They are never this empty… I figure that by not driving my carbon footprint has reduced dramatically! I’ve not even flown anywhere in recent years. What I have realised is that public transport needs serious investment to provide a serious alternative to driving. If buses ran every twenty minutes from my village to the station, it would become a viable option for commuters, as they just want to get home quickly. As it stands, most people prefer to pay for parking rather than risk waiting an hour to get a bus.
One speaker at TEDxOxford, Dana Thomas, talked about the impact of the clothes manufacturing industry, particularly the process for producing blue jeans. There is now a growing trend to return to natural processes, particularly natural indigo for jeans that does not require chemicals. Recycling cotton clothes to produce new cotton clothes is also growing. A zero waste process.
These concepts align with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who advocate the Circular Economy. The economy where recycling, reusing and regeneration is automatically built into the supply chain. They have now produced a tool which enables companies and organisations to assess how far they have come in implementing the circular economy, its called Circulytics.
I recently saw a blog post, written by Britt from Tiny Ambitions. It’s about her commitment to spend ‘A year without buying anything‘ to reduce her impact on the planet. I’ve also started to shop at the markets, especially for vegetables. They taste better and it supports the local traders, I’m sure there must be a positive environmental impact too! Plus Raleigh International talk about the need to achieve the reversal of climate change, mainly focussing young people on Sustainable Development Goals.
The world is changing. We are getting better at this climate change thing. Maybe not fast enough but fingers crossed the momentum is increasing!
Love Ruth x