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This Friday the Global Climate Crisis will see the largest global movement on climate change to date. We at Curious HQ will be there, will you?

It's also World Car-Free Day on Sunday, so let's hope the streets of London are a car free paradise tackling the city's air pollution crisis! 

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The Ultimate Eco Warriors

by Martyn Lowder

What's Going On Here?

This week, the British Army admits that it must become environmentally friendly if it wants to win future wars.

What Does This Mean?

Navy ships powered by algae. Landmines that biodegrade. Barracks heated by horse manure. Even lead-free bullets that don’t harm the water table. No, we aren’t joking.
 
Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International event in London, the Chief of General Staff Sir Mark Carleton–Smith admitted that a major future challenge is ,“...to lead the world in the development of military equipment that is not only battle winning but also environmentally sustainable.” 

The Chief also spoke about how important it is to be on the right side of the ‘environmental argument’, especially in the eyes of the next generation of potential recruits. But is this possible or are the top generals just donning ecological camouflage because its more socially acceptable?

Can the British Military be khaki and green?

For many, this is perhaps a paradox too far (fighting wars = environmental catastrophe), as the purists among us look through a war-free lens; full of harmony and world peace.
 
While we remain optimistic, it is certainly possible to envisage how increasing human populations and a rapidly changing climate will apply further pressure to our natural resources. Resulting in tensions between (and within) countries that require a physical presence to resolve such issues.

In the decades to come, are we going to see our armed forces adopting a new purpose, specialising in helping their economies and communities adapt to climate change disasters? This might include managing border disputes, coping with refugees, disseminating aid, coordinating emergency evacuations, conserving key ecosystems and protecting wild fisheries.

Whatever shape our armed forces take in the future, there is no doubting the scale of their impact. The US Military’s carbon bootprint is gigantic. If the US military was a country, it would be a bigger greenhouse gas emitter than 140 other countries, and there are only 195 countries in the world!

Be Curious!

Can an organisation that takes life also preserve it? The scale of the British Military is mind boggling, a massive employer that dictates the lifestyles of thousands. Let us know your thoughts!
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Everybody Strike for the climate!

by Fran Haddock

What's Going On Here?

On Friday 20th and 27th of September there is a call for everybody to take part in the Global Climate Strike, joining children in the #YouthStrike4Climate movement. This aims to be the biggest mobilisation yet, calling for climate justice for all.

What Does This Mean?

Greta Thunberg rose as a global phenomenon in August 2018 with her school strikes for the climate inspiring 1.6 million school children around the world to join her in the Fridays for Future movement. Recognising that young people will inherit the actions of past and current generations, many adults want to show solidarity with the youth strikers. This has led to the organisation of intergenerational global strikes in over 100 countries.

The main strike date, September 20th, is three days before the start of the UN emergency climate summit in New York - this is the main event Greta casually sailed across the Atlantic Ocean for! The grassroots movement Earth Strike and environmental organisation 350.org are urging a week-long strike, up to and including the September 27th.  

Organisers are hoping for the biggest turn out so far, with all age groups joining students to demonstrate to governments and global companies the need for urgent change to address the climate and ecological crisis. There is also support from many NGOs, companies, unions, charities and movements including Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth, the Trade Unions Congress, Lush, Patagonia, Amnesty International and healthcare professionals to name just a few!

Why Should We Care?

In Greta’s words ‘our house is on fire’. The planet is in the midst of a climate emergency and nobody is acting quickly enough. The IPCC's 2018 report revealed that limiting warming to the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C would require rapid and dramatic changes, yet they aren’t being put in place quick enough and the world is still on track for a catastrophic 3°C warming by the end of the century. 

Although individual changes are important, it is mass movements of large numbers that historically have pushed through monumental changes. There is also research that just 3.5% of the population needs to mobilise for a peaceful mass movement to succeed- so every person counts! These specific strikes are also so important as they are cross-continental and cross-generational. This mirrors exactly how climate change needs to be tackled - with a global effort.

Be Curious!

  • Attend a global climate strike event near you if you can. Look here to see if your local city has something planned
  • If you can’t take an unplanned day off work consider taking an impromptu holiday day, or visit a strike in your lunch break
  • Encourage employers to follow other businesses like these in striking as a company and encouraging their employees to attend the strikes
  • If you can’t attend the strikes in person, show support on social media and even wear a badge or clothing in support. Raise awareness by talking to friends and family and encouraging others to go
  • If you have a blog or a website join the digital climate strike
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Other news we found curious...

$1m a minute farming subsidies are destroying the planet - Guardian
Petrol pumps are changing to reflect the use of renewable fuels - inews
Sulphur hexafloride (SF6) - the electrical industry's dirty secret accelerating warming - BBC
Plymouth set to be designated the UK's first national marine park - Sky News
The Antarctic ozone hole shrinks to smallest in 30 years - New York Post
HP launches first notebook made from ocean bound plastic! - Business Green
World car free day this Sunday 22nd - UN Environment
Martyn Lowder
NEWS WRITER
Fran Haddock
NEWS WRITER
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