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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Draft HLPF Declaration Calls for Solidarity to Fast Track 2030 Agenda (IISD) Cryptocurrency price collapse offers hope for slowing climate change – here’s how (The Conversation) Climate change isn’t just making cyclones worse, it’s making the floods they cause worse too (The Conversation) Satellite images reveal global losses of tidal wetlands over past two decades (Eco-business) Who made the cut for The Liveability Challenge 2022? (Eco-business) Stockholm+50: Unlocking a Better Future (SEI) Climate geoengineering must be regulated, says former WTO head (The Guardian) Shut down fossil fuel production sites early to avoid climate chaos, says study (The Guardian) Bosque Foods Just Bagged $3M To Transform Mycelium into Whole Meat Pork and Chicken (green queen) How to Minimize Waste On Amazon Orders (green queen) . . .

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Don't give up if Paris target missed

One of the problems about setting targets is that when they are missed it is incredibly disheartening and easy to give up. The targets themselves can become the “reason” for action rather than the underlying needs that set the target in the first place. This week has seen a number of downbeat announcements that the headline 1.5 target set in Paris in 2015 and the only legally binding target is likely to be missed. But this mustn’t mean giving up on climate action. If anything, it means try harder. Push harder for change from those in power, think about our individual behaviours. Especially, consider all the other value propositions for our actions and work other than profit. A good article in The Conversation gives substance to this view. We must find ways to get away from wealth as a measure of success. . . .

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XV WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS

Completed in early May, the XV WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS has resulted in the Seoul Forest Declaration. The Congress showcased the essential role of forests in the global sustainable development agenda – including the 2030 Agenda as well as the Global Forest Goals (GFGs), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – and it will identify key measures and recommendations for enhancing this role. The Declaration focused on six sub-themes and resulted in six key calls to action for all stakeholders – governments, private sector, research and education organisations, communities and youth. You can read the one-pager here. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Our Ocean Conference Closes with USD 16.35 Billion in Pledges (IISD) Young Indian farmers are turning to an ancient crop to fight water stress and climate change (The Conversation) Electric car supplies are running out – and could drastically slow down the journey to net-zero (The Conversation) Are CFOs effective stewards of corporate sustainability? (Eco-business) Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown (The Guardian) Coldplay labelled ‘useful idiots for greenwashing’ after deal with oil company (The Guardian) Big meat is gobbling up fake meat companies (The Guardian) Use Only What You Need: Sharing Economy Platform Scoops $20 Million For On-Demand Home Appliance Lending App (green queen) Electrification, storage pose singular challenges for hydrogen (Reuters)   . . .

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Sustainability in education - case study

One of the great problems sustainability faces is that is it not taught in mainstream curriculums. The UK is a good case study of how governments have a tendency to conservatism and a resistance to change that the grassroots can often find frustrating. You can read an excellent overview of educational research from the UK published in The Conversation which has established the desire for government to drive sustainability much harder in schools. The UK government policy can be seen here. . . .

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ECOSOC Youth Forum

In late April, The UN Economic and Social Council annual Youth Forum took place virtually. The 2022 theme was: COVID-19 Recovery: Youth Taking Action for a Sustainable Future. This recognized that the pandemic has not only been a problem in its own right, but has had immensely damaging impacts on many of the already lagging paths to achieving the 2030 Agenda. There was also focus on the SDGs scheduled for review in 2022 – 4, 5, 14, 15 & 17. The full outline of the aims of the forum can be accessed here. The Presidential Statement of policy recommendations should be released soon. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Our Ocean Conference Closes with USD 16.35 Billion in Pledges (IISD) A Global Partnership Yields Results: Local Change and Official Recognition for Civil Society Data (IISD) Relying on carbon capture to solve the climate crisis risks pushing our problems into the next generation’s path (The Conversation) As lithium reserves dwindle, Singapore EV battery recycling startup aims to plug supply gap (Eco-business) Chinese standard tries to kickstart a sustainable rubber revolution (Eco-business) Solar energy in Cambodia: lessons learnt from the SWITCH-Asia programme (Capacity4dev) Swapping 20% of beef for microbial protein ‘could halve deforestation’ (The Guardian) Is HSBC About To Get Hung Out To Dry For Greenwashing? (green queen) . . .

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Sustainability dilemmas

One of the biggest problems about transforming to more sustainable ways of doing things is that we often simply do not know whether the new method is actually less harmful than the original, let alone whether it is actually net positive. For example, the Climate Bonds Initiative recently released a Cement Criteria consultation about whether the cement industry should switch from coal burning to waste burning as a way to reduce impact. This would also allow them to tap into funds allocated for green financing. The problem is that there are many pitfalls from getting it wrong and doing more widespread harm to disincentivizing more impactful moves such as to renewables. Burning anything, including waste is always going to include harm. So there’s the dilemma. Allow changes even though they may not be great or block smaller steps in favour of bigger transformation? . . .

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