November – Balance

In the fourth issue of The Kindness, we dive into Balance – that not just of nature but also of ourselves and our interdependence. Bees, hornbills, roots, climate change, permafrost and our impacts. Taking a deep dive into what is above is below. What is within is without. Equilibrium both inwards and externally.

Our usual trivia, the wisdom at the bottom of every page, the need of the R, amazing illustrations and stories! There are even buzzing bees all over. Engage at the very offering of this collectible reference periodical.

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Religious leaders urge UN summit to fix climate crisis 

Communities who fought against each other for centuries are coming together in a fight against the climate crisis. Pope Francis and top Sunni clerics said in their joint statement, “We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children. Future generations will never forgive us if we miss the opportunity to protect our common home.”

Google to stop pairing ads with climate change misinformation 

With a fight against a changing climate we now  have Google with us. Google has stated in their latest policy for advertisers, publishers and YouTube content creators that they would not support misinformation about climate change. That includes online content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, or denying the world’s temperature is rising and that human activity is contributing to the problem.

UN passes resolution making access to clean environment a fundamental right 

The United Nations Geneva convention passed a resolution recognizing access to a safe, clean and healthy environment as a fundamental human right. This resolution was proposed by countries such as  Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco and Slovenia, that are relatively smaller countries. This is a huge leap forward.

Researchers suggest a way to achieve net-zero emission plastics

A team of researchers from institutions in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. have created a model that could be used to achieve net-zero-emission plastics. The researchers analyzed the data produced by over 400 research efforts aimed at solving the plastics problem and developed a model that could lead to a net-zero-emission-plastic world by 2050. The model implements a cycle built around combining recycling of plastics with chemical reduction of the carbon dioxide they emit when they are burned or collected from biomass.

How Iceland Is Regrowing Forests Destroyed by the Vikings

When the first Vikings arrived in Iceland more than a millennium ago, they began chopping down and burning Iceland’s forests for timber, and to clear space for farmland and grazing pastures. Iceland is now working to fix this. This effort has helped save some of Iceland’s last natural forests, and even added to them. Iceland may never be a wooded wonderland, but by investing in trees, the island’s leaders are restoring crucial pillars of their island’s ancient ecosystem.

The Cup Hero separates coffee pods for recycling and composting

We can imagine the problems with single-use coffee pods. A majority of these little capsules end up in landfills and contribute to the world’s growing plastic pollution issues. The Cup Hero came up with an interesting idea to reduce the amount of single-use, disposable plastic that enters our landfills, empowers individuals to adopt sustainable practices, and spotlight a significant environmental issue that millions of people contribute to each day – often without realizing the larger impact.

Conservation should be seen as what communities have always done.

Efforts to protect wildlife and landscapes have generally been shifting away from “fortress conservation” toward more inclusive approaches. Among these latter approaches are community conservancies, which have been expanding around the world, and have gained traction in East Africa. According to John Kamanga, the founder and director of SORALO, community-based conservation initiatives in East Africa got a boost in the mid-1990s.