Moving towards low-carbon lifestyles: a question of collective action | Blog by Joël Foramitti, Lorraine Whitma rsh & Angela Druckman · CUSP

Our way of life must change if we want to avoid climate breakdown—but how much can we do as individuals? Ahead of the upcoming ICTA-UAB Conference on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes, Joël Foramitti, Lorraine Whitmarsh and Angela Druckman are outlining a roadmap.

https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/s1/blog-jf-lw-ad-icta2020/

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Food in the nude – NZ ditching plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets |Alberton Record

Food in the nude’ is a New Zealand campaign to end plastic packaging for fresh produce in supermarkets. Foodstuffs have signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration which is committed to making all store and private label packaging 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

https://albertonrecord.co.za/198508/food-nude-nz-ditching-plastic-packaging-fruit-vegetables-supermarkets

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I didn’t buy any food for a year – and I’m healthier than I’ve ever been | Environment | The Guardian

Rob Greenfield gardened, fished and foraged [in Orlando Florida] to eat more sustainably and encourage others to do the same. But to succeed, he needed the community… For the last year I grew and foraged 100% of my food. No grocery stores, no restaurants, not even a drink at a bar. Nature was my garden, my pantry and my pharmacy…. I built a 100 sq ft tiny house in [a supporter’s] backyard and in exchange I turned her entire front yard into a garden, set up rainwater harvesting, composting and grew her fresh produce…. Together, we helped meet each other’s basic needs through an exchange, rather than using money.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/i-didnt-buy-any-food-for-a-year-and-im-healthier-than-ive-ever-been

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Planet Local Short Film Series – Local Food & Farming

Good food is key to our survival and well-being. Eating local food is a powerful solution-multiplier — it reduces our carbon footprint, pollution, and waste, while creating dignified livelihood opportunities, strengthening communities and local economies, and strengthening our bodies with healthy fresh food in the process.

Over the course of seven weeks throughout February and March, 2019, we compiled this collection of free-to-view short films that feature local food and farming projects around the world — with a particular focus on projects started by young people. The series is now finished and you can view all the films at the links here.

https://www.localfutures.org/programs/global-to-local/planet-local/short-film-series-food-farming/

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It’s time to break up capitalism’s love affair with plastic

Plastics and degrowth: One of the more difficult questions. This article is a very good overview of the roots of the problem.
Bob

All this doesn’t stop manufacturers cynically trying to exploit people’s concerns over plastic waste. Many realized early on that claiming their product was recyclable would help sales, even if the facilities to recycle it did not exist. In most cases, big business finds it cheaper to produce new plastic than to recycle.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2018/11/09/break-up-capitalisms-love-affair-with-plastic/

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Can degrowth steer us towards a sustainable future? – The Meteor

On a recent visit to Manchester Vincent Liegey discussed the myriad aspects of the degrowth movement and the upcoming international degrowth conference to be held in Manchester in 2020.

https://www.themeteor.org/2019/12/13/can-degrowth-steer-us-towards-a-sustainable-future/

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‘Staggering’ New Data Shows Income of Top 1% Has Grown 100 Times Faster Than Bottom 50% Since 1970

Growth vs degrowth!

by Julia Conley, staff writer

“The bulk of a generation of economic growth has been captured and concentrated in a few hands, and many people have barely seen any of it.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett are the three richest people in the U.S., with more combined wealth than the bottom 50% of the population. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Michael Cohen/Getty Images/The New York Times, Fortune Live Media/Flickr/cc) New data released by an economist focused on inequality and the accumulation of wealth by top earners explains the numbers behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ often-cited statistic that the three richest Americans hold more wealth than the 160 million people who make up the bottom 50% of the population.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/09/staggering-new-data-shows-income-top-1-has-grown-100-times-faster-bottom-50-1970

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