Must-Read Roundup #2

A record of worthwhile reading (and watching!)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures

An Inconvenient Sequel

We can’t wait to see this film, and it comes at such a critical time. This year we reached Earth Overshoot Day on August 2nd, which has moved back 4.5 months over the past 30 years—the point at which our consumption exceeds the Earth’s yearly capacity to sequester emissions and regenerate resources. Mind-boggling stuff, and incredibly important to start asking questions about what we all can do, even in the smallest capacity—to take action and to take it seriously.

Australia grown cotton. Photo: Courtney Holm

Australian grown cotton

We Do Grow Here

Founder of sustainable fashion label ABCH Courtney Holm spoke with Cotton Australia about their local cotton farming methods—and pulls together some interesting facts and insights.

A dolphin emerges from the ocean with a piece of plastic wedged around its neck. Photo: Nina Strueh/MEER via WDC

A dolphin seen with a plastic bag around its neck

700 Marine Species Might Go Extinct Because of Plastic Pollution. Here Are 5 Ways You Can Help!

The rate at which plastic is poisoning our oceans is exponential, and marine ecosystems are suffering to the point of extinction—severe, right? “According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in one year alone, the U.S. produces a staggering 32 million tons of plastic waste and only around nine percent is recovered for recycling.” The plastic pollution is coming from you and me, and these achievable tips will help you avoid adding to the problem.

In an episode of War On Waste Australia, presenter Craig Reucassel rolls a massive ball of plastic bags up to Parliament to prompt a ban on the bag. Video: ABC TV

Coles to follow Woolworths’ lead and phase out plastic bags around Australia

What would it take for you to remember to bring your reusable shopping bag to the supermarket? We make sure to keep a couple near the front door, as well as in the glove box of our car, which works for us! We’re pretty excited to hear that the major supermarkets are set to ban the bag—FINALLY!

An aerial view of a full carpark

How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl

“There is a one-word answer to why the streets of Los Angeles look so different from those of London, and why neither city resembles Tokyo: parking. For as long as there have been cars, there has been a need to store them when they are not moving—which, these days, is about 95% of the time.

Free parking is not, of course, really free. The costs of building the car parks, as well as cleaning, lighting, repairing and securing them, are passed on to the people who use the buildings to which they are attached. Restaurant meals and cinema tickets are more pricey; flats are more expensive; office workers are presumably paid less. Everybody pays, whether or not they drive.”

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