Environmental Dates: International Day for Biodiversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

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Live the Lagom Lifestyle [Infographic]

While there was no literal translation of Hygge, it generally meant a cosy lifestyle. But now there’s this Swedish lifestyle kid on the block. Meet Lagom (pronounce la, like far and gom, like Tom.) Lagom is the Goldilocks of lifestyles, and generally means, “not too much, not too little. Just right.” So, if you want to get it “just right”, follow the guide to Lagom below.

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Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings [Infographic]

Increased demand is a certainty and we can no longer deny the elephant in the room. We need to address the issue of creating buildings that support the demand without setting us further back in other areas. Energy efficiency saves money and creates jobs and will be essential to both homes and businesses in the future.

The examples in this infographic show just how effective energy efficient and sustainable buildings can be, as well as how creative.

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Benefits of Going Green in your Business [Infographic]

Every business can see financial benefits from being environmentally conscious, thanks to both savings in your operating costs and consumer goodwill. When customers see that a company is sustainable or otherwise committed to ethical choices, 66% of them are willing to pay more for their products and services.

But saving the planet has immediate financial benefits, too. For example, reducing and optimizing your use of paper goods, as well as recycling the products you must use, helps your budget and your planet.

You can also save money by lowering your electricity use, and since idle electronics consume the annual output of 12 power plants, you’ll be doing the planet a big favor. And when you offer employees the opportunity to work from home, carpool, or use alternative transportation, you’ll see a reduction in commute-related stress and an increase in productivity.

As you make your company more environmentally friendly, let your customers know about your efforts. Support your changes with marketing and define the social purpose of your brand.

Your business can make a positive impact on the environment with a just a few simple changes. With these changes come a healthier reputation, lower operating costs, and a better bottom line.

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Can we fight it all? Zero Waste, Plastic-Free, Consumerism & Food Waste

Lately we have been struggling to take the “right” decisions. This year we started, together as a couple, the commitment to reduce our plastic consumption as much as we can, but to reduce food waste as well. These last two weeks we noticed the trouble of taking decisions because, apparently, we haven’t got the perfect way to achieve both goals at the same time in some cases. I’ll explain this:

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Could you live Off the Grid? [Infographic]

Advancements in micro-energy production mean that by using one or more of the methods listed in this piece, providing energy for a modern home has never been more achievable. A part of this will involve coupling your own energy production with energy efficient ways of heating your home.

Yet living off the grid requires more than simply providing your own energy. To really embrace off-the-grid living you will need to find your own water supply and produce and store as much food as possible.

Unless you’re planning to be a subsistence farmer, you may want to try using a greenhouse. Greenhouses are an excellent way to produce much needed food all year round. However, growing food is only half the battle. You will also need to store it ready for times of need. This is where your DIY skills could come in handy as the best way to store food could be to simply build your own root cellar.

While it may be unrealistic to use all of these methods. Adopting one or two of them would be a great way of becoming both more self-reliant and more environmentally friendly.

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What is the Future of Meat? [Infographic]

“The demand for meat is outgrowing our ability to supply meat and has a negative impact upon the environment. At present, 30% of the Earth’s surface is used for livestock production, and an alarming 44% of the world’s grain harvest is diverted to industrialized meat production. Not only that, but the livestock farming industry is responsible for emitting 14.5% of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere.

With the demand for meat set to rise and not fall, scientists have begun turning their attention to alternative sources of protein. In 2015, a team of Dutch researchers at Maastricht University grew the world’s first burger in a laboratory which – despite costing more than €250,000 to produce – could be cheaper than conventionally farmed beef in the long run. Other scientists have chosen to focus on insect meat as a sustainable protein alternative, with at least 2 billion people worldwide already enjoying insects as part of their diets. Other alternatives include plant-based substitutes to chicken and ground beef and egg whites without the need for hens.”

To find out more about the two main contenders – lab grown meat and insect-rich diets – check out the full infographic below.

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