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Lots of positive news this week, including the UK banning plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers, and the biggest school climate strike expected globally this Friday (tomorrow) 1524 places in 116 countries and counting

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Food & Drink

Your Future Trolley: Food From Space with a Side of Jellyfish

by Imogen Berryman

What's Going On Here?

The Future of Food Report, produced by Sainsburys, has predicted what we’re going to be growing, buying and eating in the future. Futurologists and plant scientists used consumer trends, scientific studies and took into account our growing environmental consciousness in consumer behaviour.

What Does This Mean?

There are some pretty ‘Black Mirror’ sounding ideas, like using A.I. to prescribe implants for our nutrients and smart labelling telling us what time a vegetable was harvested. But, what sort of food we might be putting in our trolleys and where it might be coming from. 

In five years, the report predicts 25% of Britain to be vegetarian and 50% to be ‘flexitarian’. Thanks to more innovation, plant-based proteins are expected to rise by 25% and apparently the next dairy-free milk we’ll be glugging down is algae milk.  

Protein from sustainable and less resource intensive sources like cricket and grasshopper flour will become the norm. By 2050 we may find seaweed in supermarkets next to local invasive species, such as jellyfish which have recently been found to hold tonnes of vitamins. 
 
Fast forward 150 years and we’re told that we’ll be using ‘space farms’ on Mars to test out ways to grow year-round seasonal produce in unusable land like deserts. Just like Maaatt Daaamon in 'The Martian.'

Why Should We Care?

Our current diets aren’t sustainable. The impact of predicted population growth on large scale livestock production and importations from across the world needs innovation to reduce the impact on our planet.
 
The Future of Food predictions are exciting as well as promising if they truly reflect the future and even though they may sound a bit far fetched, we know experiments with lab grown meat and farming unused spaces are already underway.

Be Curious!

What do you think? 

Have you tried any weird and wonderful planet-friendly food alternatives? 

You don't need to jump on a plane to Thailand to try them. Eat Grub insect snacks can be found in supermarkets near you. Great as a snack and a bev!

You can read the full report here

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Politics

The Curious guide to voting in the European Elections

by Lucie Machin

What's Going On Here?

Today voters across Britain (and the rest of the EU) are going to the polls in order to vote in the European elections. Whilst the ‘B****t’ word is dominating the debate here in the UK, how do you vote if you want to prioritise what really matters...fighting climate change and environmental destruction?

We’ve done some sleuthing to give y’all the low-down. 😎
 

What Does This Mean?

European Elections take place every five years and represent one of the largest democratic elections in the world. In the U.K. there are 73 seats being contested (out of 751 seats in total), across 12 constituencies. There is a lot at stake this time, with climate change being one of the hot topics that voters care about.

But which parties are getting serious about the environment? The Green Party, Scottish Greens, Plaid Cymru, SNP and Liberal Democrats appear to have the most ambitious environmental policies (see infographic below).

In European Elections, we vote for parties, so the number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) is proportional to the number of votes a party gets (proportional representation). For this reason, smaller parties often tend to do better in European, rather than General, Elections. In other words, your vote is even more likely to count.

Why Should We Care?

The European Parliament has the power to approve, change or reject new European laws. So it’s important that we elect politicians who push for stronger environmental policies, such as the EU’s recent vote to ban single-use plastics by 2021

If everyone in the world lived like an average EU resident, we would need 2.8 planets. The EU is also the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, yet has only committed to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030... 

Engaging in politics and using your vote to push for stronger environmental policies is undoubtedly one of the biggest things you can do as an individual to help the environment. Whether or not the U.K. remains part of the EU is arguably irrelevant: the issues of climate change and the environment are not going anywhere. ✌🌎

Be Curious!

The power is in your hands! Between 7am and 10pm, if you are registered to vote then DO head over to you local polling station and take part in the European Elections. We would say that following these instructions would be a good shout: 
  • Vote for a party which makes the environment a top priority
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Other news we found curious...

India investing more money in solar power than coal for first time - Independent
Plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers to be banned in England - BBC
When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped - NPR
Edinburgh commits to become 'net-zero' carbon city by 2030 - edie.net
Electric cars not attractive for most people in the UK - BBC
Coca-Cola most common source (12%) of packaging pollution on UK beaches - Guardian
Satellites to monitor air pollution generated by every power station in the world - Independent
Imogen Berryman
NEWS WRITER
Lucie Machin
NEWS WRITER
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