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Last year, the United Nations warned that we only have 11 years to stop climate change, before it becomes irreversible. We are already feeling the effects of this and unless we act quickly, they’re only predicted to intensify.

One misconception about climate change is that it won’t bring much else than unpredictable weather. While that certainly would be (and already is) one of the consequences of a climate crisis, it is certainly not the only one, as changes in climate are likely to set off all kinds of disturbances which will impact on our everyday lives. …

The conversation about climate change is becoming a crucial discussion in 21st-century society, one that we can no longer avoid. We will explain some of the most important terms you’ll likely encounter regarding climate change as well as the main do’s and don’ts of the conversation.

A brief climate change dictionary

Greenhouse effect — the trapping of warmth from the sun in Earth’s lower atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases — gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation from the sun. The four main greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases.

Greenhouse gas emissions — the discharge of greenhouse gases

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Until recently, many of us thought that the best way to have a sustainable diet is to buy our foods locally. However, recent research shows that it’s not so much about where our food comes from — what matters most are the kinds of foods we’re eating. That is because the farming process, land-use change, production of animal feed, and food processing all have a larger carbon footprint than the transportation process.

The High Carbon Footprint Foods to Avoid

Animal products have 10–50 times higher carbon footprints than their respective pant-based alternatives. …

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What is a Green Team?

Sustainability committee, green committee, green team — they all serve the same purpose: to advance your company’s sustainability initiatives. A green team is a group of people who gather together because of their mutual interest in sustainability and the planet. This group seeks to educate and inspire other employees about sustainability, the benefits to the company, and how to properly implement sustainable lifestyle choices into their professional and personal lives.

How Do You Form a Green Team?

  1. Find a team leader who is dedicated to sustainability.
  2. Create an understanding of the team’s goals.
  3. Educate each other on sustainability.
  4. Recruit members who are also passionate about sustainability. These…

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In an effort to act upon current environmental issues, “Kiss the Ground” presents numerous hopeful solutions ranging from simple acts to larger carbon offset projects. As we have mentioned in articles before, carbon offset projects come in many forms but all have the same outcome in mind; to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Planet

Healthy soil leads to healthy plants, and in turn these both lead to healthy bodies as we consume the plants as food. Nutrient rich soil holds plenty of microbes, allowing for a healthy diverse content makeup for the soil. …

To celebrate Plastic Free July, we wanted to pull together a guide to help you and your company reduce emissions and waste. Here’s six steps that you can take to help save the environment.

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6 ways to reduce emissions

  1. Measure your emissions…and track them every year.

Knowing your company’s footprint helps you to understand what is driving emissions within your company. From here, you can work to reduce the frequency of some activities (like taxis) or remove the highest emitting categories (like flights). …

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The average personal carbon footprint in the UK is just over 10 tonnes, which is around 6 flights from London to New York, or 10 of these balloons. The main contributors to this are travel, food, electricity, and waste.

Humanity’s carbon footprint has increased 11-fold since 1961, and is continuing to grow at an exponential rate. However, reducing our carbon footprint is in our control — here are some tips to take action:

Always reuse (when you can)

Coffee cups contain 5% polyurethane plastic, making composting and recycling of disposable cups quite difficult. …

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According to the CDP, 92% of the fortune 500 companies use the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. It provides a framework for governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses, and other organisations to follow and measure their greenhouse emissions. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol works with over 100 countries and cities to help mitigate emissions, report progress toward goal achievement, and estimate the greenhouse gas effects of policies and actions alongside the Paris climate accord in 2016.

Global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by as much as 72 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050 to have a likely chance of limiting the increase…

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Last week, Amazon launched a $2 Billion fund to invest in sustainability. They even went as far as buying the rights to rename the Seattle NHL stadium the ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ to raise awareness of the issue.

We take a look at what other tech companies are doing to tackle this problem and reverse the effects of climate change.

Shopify — running a sustainable e-commerce platform

Who are they:

E-commerce platform for online stores

What’s their footprint:

7,200 tonnes of CO2 (if you don’t know what a tonne of CO2 looks like, check out our explainer here)

How are they reducing it?

In 2019, Shopify emitted 7,200…

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“The past decade was the decade of convenience. The coming decade will be the decade of purpose. The companies that will be formed will have purpose at their core and some of them might make it their business.” Stephane Kurgan, Index ventures.

In the last decade, we saw the rise of convenience driven companies like Amazon, Uber and Airbnb. They all share a common goal: make a product that is easier, faster and cheaper than what existed before. However, the next decade will be about purpose. …


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