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Good morning curious.friends,

A big curious.welcome to Alexandra and Fran who have joined the team this month 👋👋

This week we look at how soon we will all be eating a fully plant-based diet, football (soccer) clubs going green, as well as how climate deniers get more media attention than scientists!

Reading time is 3:47 minutes.

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Food and Drink

Moooove over meat and dairy, plant based diets are the future says IPCC

by Alexandra Genova

What's Going On Here?

A major and long-awaited report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that the way we produce and consume food is no longer cutting it. Scary stuff...but governments and businesses are already making big changes (more below).

What Does This Mean?
The benefits of a meat and dairy-free diet have been gaining momentum for a while. This may not seem like news to many. But this research is a milestone in the vegan movement. Why? Because it's the most thorough report on the impact of animal agriculture on the climate crisis to date and the conclusions are clear.  
Better land management is essential in the fight against climate change, says the report, which was prepared by 107 scientists for the UN’s IPCC. We are re-shaping the Earth’s surface in dramatic ways and how it responds to these changes will dictate our survival. 

Why Should We Care?

Though it may not seem like it from the stocked shelves at Sainsbury’s, food is not an inexhaustible resource at least not the way we are currently producing it. The report calls on a radical reshaping of land use, food production and food consumption. 
The most obvious take-away is the impact of the West’s high consumption of meat (beef and lamb are the worst contenders) and dairy products on global warming. Agriculture (and forestry) accounts for roughly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions that’s via methane from cows belching but also deforestation for arable land. Food waste was also highlighted as a culprit for greenhouse emissions contributing to 8-10% of all global emissions. 
This all may seem like cause for panic, but already governments, businesses and even universities are waking up to the reality. German politicians are mulling over a meat-tax for animal welfare reasons, while a butchers in Suffolk, UK, plan to sell vegan alternatives. Meanwhile, Goldsmith’s University in London announced it will remove all beef products on sale as part of a green initiative that will be implemented this September.

Be Curious!

It’s easy to feel powerless in the climate fight, but diet is one thing you can control. You can choose that vegan whopper at Burger King ; ) (yes, this is a thing).  
And if you want to be part of the solution re: food waste, here are some helpful pointers:
  • Love your leftovers - be creative with what you have. Supercook is a useful site where you can search recipes by ingredients 
  • Get composting. Even if you don’t have a garden many councils now provide composting waste bins. For more info go here
  • These apps are helping connect people with food that would otherwise go to waste 

Football, Gender & Environmentalism, the ultimate hat-trick? 

by Helen Steiger

What's Going On Here?

This season's Premier League has begun, and in celebration, Edie has ranked all teams on their sustainability. Manchester City AND United are leading the title race...with Norwich and Crystal Palace sat in relegation! Is it possible for environmental action amongst football clubs to help to engage more guys in climate action!? 

What Does This Mean?

All clubs were ranked on their efforts to use low-carbon energy sources, their resource-efficiency and their use of energy management champions. 

Man City’s membership of The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show The Love’ initiative and use of innovative energy-saving technologies has helped it reach the top of the league. Whilst Norwich, with its lack of transparency on environmental initiatives and energy-savings within the stadium, has left the club in 20th position.  

Yes, this is not really a scientific ranking, but it does show how all aspects of our life can be, and should be, more environmentally friendly. It is also a brave attempt to engage an audience who have been shown to see sustainability and environmentalism as a lower league concern

Why Should We Care?

Because caring for the environment continues to be an overwhelmingly feminine issue in the developed world. A recent international study of over 2,000 people found that being environmentally ‘good’ was associated as a feminine trait. Caring for the planet tends to be associated with nurturing and caring - often seen as feminine qualities. This damaging association is isolating half of our population!!

This also relates to a wider problem of sustainability and environmental awareness being an issue of the white middle class. Tackling climate change and promoting good actions for our planet needs to involve everyone and work is still needed to think about how we engage other demographics and audiences with the environmental movement. Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’, Justin Bieber’s climate change tune and the presence of young adult Greta Thurnberg are helping to engage new audiences. However, more is needed, particularly to encourage men to embrace sustainability as much as their female counterparts. 

Football can also be an instigator for positive social change, with research by Stanford University finds showing reduced Islamophobia in Merseyside since the Mo Salah's arrival at Liverpool!

Be Curious!

  • Check out the index and see where your team appears on the ranking. Then, talk about it with your friends - by bringing environmentalism and sustainability into day to day conversations. It helps to normalise and engage others with its relevance and importance. 
  • Challenge the gender stereotype - if you’re a guy reading this, show others how you can care about the planet, but still be a pretty darn cool chap!
  • Check out these inspirational leaders and networks who are helping to bring new demographics to the environmental movement - Judy Ling Wong the Brown Environmentalist and Maria Adebowale-Schwarte are all working to make sustainability and environmental action appealing to all.

Other news we found curious...

Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth - BBC
Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic - BBC
Cauliflowers dwindle in UK as extreme weather takes its toll - Guardian
The Trump Administration Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act - Vice
Climate change is making it more dangerous to eat certain fish - Grist
Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned? - NatGeo
Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study -
Helen Steiger
Alexandra Genova

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