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|Planet Aid Blog Show Your KindnessAre the Winter blues getting you down? Well, cheer up because this month will bring tons of love! Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is being celebrated February 11 through February 17, 2018, with Random Acts of Kindness Day rounding out the week on Friday, February 17.With Valentine's Day right in the middle of the week, what better way to spread even more love and kindness to all?The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation designated this special week with the intention of spreading kindness throughout schools, communities, and homes to make the world a better place.Join the celebration by doing something you feel would have a positive impact on someone's life. Be sure to share how you're celebrating RAK Week and see what others are doing by using and searching #SpreadKindness and #CaptureKindness on social media platforms.Kindness Doesn't Stop With PeopleRAK isn't just being kind to others; there are various ways to show kindness. For example, you can be kind to animals, local businesses, and even the environment.Below are just a few ways that you can be kind to the environment, not only during RAK Week but also in your everyday life to help save our planet.1. Plant a tree2. Pick up trash around your community3. Switch to paperless mail and pay your bills online4. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store5. Unplug electronics and other outlets throughout your house when you are sleeping or not home6. Use e-tickets when attending concerts, taking a flight, etc.7. Ride your bike, walk, or take public transportation to school and work8. Use a travel mug for your morning coffee instead of plastic or paper cups9. Buy secondhand clothes instead of buying them new10. Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottlesFor a full list of acts of kindness ideas for your classmates, senior citizens, children, family, coworkers, and much more, click here.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog We Still Want Your Used ClothesIn a Bloomberg environmental editorial published on January 15, author Adam Minter proclaimed "no one wants your used clothes anymore." Why? Because the business of recycling cast-off wool items into blankets has been declining in Panipat, India due to cheap Chinese imports. While Minter's discussion focuses on the changes to the used textile business in Panipat (and only in Panipat) may be correct, it certainly doesn't mean that the whole world is now rejecting used clothing. Nothing could be further from the truth.A Complex TradeThe reality of the global used textile trade is complex and confusing to most, and rightfully so. There are a lot of questions: Where does the clothing go?1 What happens to it exactly? Why can't we just give it all away? How does the textile industry impact the climate? How does donating textiles help the environment? These and other questions are the subject of a vast and fascinating literature. Bigger than IndiaThe main flaw with Minter's analysis is that he only looks at one small thread of the used clothing trade. In his opening paragraph, he acknowledges that used garments are sent "around the world to be recycled, worn again, or turned into rags and stuffing." However, his article only discusses the recycling of one material - wool - in one city - with a population comparable to Omaha, Nebraska - that is used to create one product - blankets used in disaster relief.Minter fails to weave a cogent argument that the used clothing market has collapsed writ large. In reality, there's only less of a demand for wool... in Panipat.1Used clothing is traded all over the world. Planet Aid sells most of its collections to buyers in Central America, some is sold domestically, and the rest is sold to others overseas.The FiguresIn fact, by looking at the numbers2, it's quite clear that the amount of clothing going to India is only a small fraction of the used clothing exported from the United States yearly. In 2016, the amount going to India was just over two percent, making it number nine on the list of export partners. Americans sent more used clothing to Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Germany, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Japan, than to India.In Scandinavian and European countries, India is even further down on the list. Combined, Denmark and Sweden sent 0.09 percent of its used clothing to India, and Norway reported that none of its used textiles were shipped there. France, the United Kingdom, and Germany together sent approximately 0.4 percent of their used clothing to India. Most of it went to Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, and other surrounding countries.2All numbers were garnered on February 1 from DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database. All numbers are from the exporting countries' reports and are in relation to commodity 63: Other made textile articles, sets, worn clothes, etc. This graph shows the total dollar amount (blue bars) of used clothing exported from the United States (in millions) in 2000, 2010, and 2016. The top two partners for each year are shown (Canada in orange and Mexico in green), as well India for each year. India is not the third highest country to receive US used textile exports. The graph demonstrates the percentage of the US's total export value that Canada, Mexico, and India receive, respectively.Secondhand is FirstMinter's article also only addresses a recycling process, when most used garments become just that: used garments. Secondhand clothing is a huge trade in developing nations, and a lot of countries even have a special name for used clothing. In Haiti it's pepe, in Ghana it's broni wa wo, in Rwanda it's chagua. All in all, there is still a large demand for used clothing. Just because it's no longer being made into disaster relief blankets in Panipat, doesn't mean that it's not being worn in Haiti, or used as rags and stuffing in Laos, or recycled into new fiber in America.The real problem is fast fashion. So, let's focus our energy into learning more about how the textile industry really operates, how you can help by donating your used textiles, and how to stop the cycle of fast fashion by purchasing durable and quality textiles from ethically sound companies.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog The New Truth to PowerClimate change is a gloomy topic. The destruction of the Earth and civilization, brought about by greed and exploitation, is hardly an inspiring narrative. Coming to terms with this grim reality understandably evokes anxiety and discomfort, which social scientists tell us can lead to various forms of denial, which, of course, only makes the whole situation worse.But not everything is so gloomy or doomy with respect to climate change. Sequel of HopeAl Gore, in his latest book (and accompanying video), An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power, emphasizes the amazing progress being made toward a more sustainable future. Gore offers notable examples from 2016: Scotland recorded a day where it obtained all its electricity from wind, Portugal obtained all of its power for four days from renewable energy, and Denmark generated 103.6 percent of its energy needs from wind power alone. More broadly, Gore describes how 15 years ago the best projections for growth in wind energy were that it would supply 30 gigawatts of power by 2010. By 2016, he reports, global wind energy capacity had beat that goal 16 times over! Similar claims can be made for solar power and for technological advancements in energy storage.Biblical ProportionsGore's book, of course, is not all happy talk. Nearly a third of it vividly describes the worsening impacts of climate change, particularly those suffered by the poor in developing nations. He likens today's news reports about unfolding global catastrophes to "a nature hike through the book of Revelations."Fire and brimstone aside, Truth to Power harkens the advent of a real sustainability revolution. Gore writes that Armageddon is absolutely avoidable because, "we have all the solutions that we need right before us." But Gore, while optimistic, is not complacent about the future. The latter third of his book focuses on the need of the citizenry to rise up and take action. This includes doing such things as attending town meetings with Congressional representatives, writing letters, spreading the word among friends and family members, and exercising consumer power by buying sustainable products.The Power of PositivityThe current populist political movement has been more about destroying existing institutions and building up walls, literally and metaphorically. Truth to Power is refreshing because its "truth" applauds achievements over failures and offers a real message of hope that stands on progress rather than ineffectual hopelessness. The question is: will people be able to hear this message and heed its call? Or have they become too inured to the daily scandals that mire us in conflict?Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog Curtailing Climate Change and Poverty in ZimbabweWe recently shared some photos that demonstrate the enormity and reality of a changing climate. One of the biggest areas to be impacted by climate change is sub-Saharan Africa. In the past few years, many countries and communities have experienced extreme drought, floods, and famine.While this would be devastating to the livestock, crops, and people of any nation, the people in sub-Saharan Africa are even less able to cope with these overwhelming calamities. Unfortunately for poor subsistence farmers, damage done to the environment thousands of miles away is killing their chance at livelihood.In Zimbabwe, to help combat the lack of resources, Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe (DAPP-Z) is working with subsistence farmers in rural areas of Masvingo and Manicaland provinces to start a trend of sustainable, eco-friendly, and self-sufficient farming.Project participants learn how to use a newly installed irrigation well and pump. A limited number of these simple pumps were distributed in targeted areas of the Mutasa District.Protecting the Environment, and the PeopleDAPP-Z, with funding provided by the United Nations Environment Programme, under the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP), is organizing farmers into cooperative groups known as "Farmers' Clubs," and providing them with training and mentoring in eco-friendly agricultural practices like agroforestry, crop rotation and diversification, and mulching and composting. It is also helping them understand how markets operate and what they can do to increase their earnings.This project, Sustainable Lifestyles Among Rural Families in Zimbabwe: Small-scale Conservation Farming to Change Lifestyles in Africa and Beyond, is a two-year Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. It was launched in February of 2017, and supports 2,000 farmers organized into 40 clubs.Farmers work to cultivate a shared compost site.Market literacyMarket literacy is an important handhold in the climb from subsistence farming to income-generating farming - one goal of the project. Each district within the program has a committee that helps the farmers identify and connect with the surrounding market. The farmers who learn how to work within the market will know which crops are most in need and valuable at certain times, and will have an advantage over those without this knowledge. Market savvy is supplemented with technical knowledge about which crops are high-nutrient and will help to restore spent soil - another goal of the project.Improving livelihoodThe project aims to build momentum in Zimbabwe for eco-friendly agricultural practices that increase the fertility of the soil and combat environmental degradation. But, that's not the only benefit of DAPP-Z's Farmers' Clubs. The clubs also increase household food security and income, create new employment opportunities, improve diet, and reduce overall poverty.To achieve this goal, the project is providing training in nutrition and health and financial and contractual management, as well as linking the farmers to already-established farmers' unions or associations. (Or, if a club wishes, by helping the club register itself with the appropriate governmental departments.) This allows the farmers to gain access to micro-credit loans and other beneficial services.The farmers are becoming entrepreneurs and community developers, who are working to fix the environment and improving the livelihoods and living conditions of themselves, their families, and their countrymen.Adding value through knowledgeThe project also established smaller groups who were provided with and trained in the use of processing machines. These machines are used to create flours, oils, and butters. The purpose is to help farmers add value to raw crops and thus secure more income.Project leaders demonstrate the use of a manual butter-making machine.Influencing Society and Establishing ChangeThe farmers are seeing first-hand the benefit of protecting the environment through eco-agriculture on their land, and are now acting as change agents within the community. They are promoting public and environmental health through the establishment of handwashing stations and tree nurseries, and through the planting of gum trees, which increases soil fertility and nitrogen levels.The program is impacting more than just the 2,000 farmers who are officially part of the project. By learning to work together and supporting each other, the Farmers' Clubs are establishing grounded solutions to problems in their communities. They are sharing their knowledge about the power of sustainability and conservation, and are creating long-term solutions for poverty reduction and mitigation of climate change.A Farmers' Club preps lemon trees for planting.Empowering womenThere is a larger number of women subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe than male farmers. To ensure that this ratio is supported by the program, about 60 percent of the Farmers' Club participants are women. As the men and women work together as equals, the project serves as a catalyst for women's empowerment. They, just as the men, become self-sufficient and societal role-models, impacting their families and their communities for the better.Measuring the ImpactAlong with standard monthly, and quarterly reports; project visits by organization and government leaders; and evaluation surveys; the project will measure its impact through the use of the Food and Agricultural Organization's Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT). The EX-ACT will be used to estimate the impact of the project on greenhouse gases emitted and sequestered during project implementation.The tool's purpose is to provide ex-ante estimates of the impact of agriculture and forestry development on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon levels. The EX-ACT is a land-based accounting system that measures carbon levels and changes. The use of this tool will allow for substantial and solid evidence of the environmental improvements generated throughout the project.Planet Aid and Farmers' ClubsPlanet Aid has been a supporter of DAPP-Z, their Farmers' Clubs, and Farmers' Clubs in many other countries for a number of years. Click here to learn more about the Farmers' Clubs that we support!A Planet Aid-funded Farmers' Club in the Democratic Republic of the Congo show off their harvest.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog Cloudy Future for Solar Power?A new 30% tariff on solar panel imports imposed by the White House has made headlines across the globe. The purported purpose of the tax is to protect domestic solar producers from cheap Asian imports and thus preserve manufacturing jobs - a step in President Trump's "America First" economic strategy. However, many expect that the tax will undermine the momentum that has led to solar energy's success as the fastest growing energy sector. The reason for the surge in solar has been due to the plummeting costs of solar panels, which dropped from their 2010 price of $7.50 per watt to today's $1.60 per watt.Industry Braces for LossThe Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) believes that the new tariff will be hugely disruptful. Moreover, SEIA underscores that the two largest domestic manufacturers of solar panels, Suniva and SolarWorld (both foreign-owned entities), are not expected to remain financially solvent despite the tariff.In a press release Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA's President and CEO, said: "While tariffs in this case will not create adequate cell or module manufacturing to meet U.S. demand, or keep foreign-owned Suniva and SolarWorld afloat, they will create a crisis in a part of our economy that has been thriving, which will ultimately cost tens of thousands of hard-working, blue-collar Americans their jobs." At the same time, Hopper believes that the tax is merely a speed bump, and that the industry will recover from the setback. Fossil Fuel WinsRolling Stone writer Tim Dickinson concludes that the fossil fuel industry will win big by the tax on solar as it will impede the development of new solar installations. To meet energy demands, there will be an increased reliance on more polluting forms of power.The fossil fuel industry has indeed been feeling pain by the rise of solar power and other renewables. In his new book, Truth to Power, Vice President Al Gore states that: "As the renewable energy industry has flourished, the market capitalization of the global coal industry has fallen almost 90 percent in the past seven years." Planet Aid PowerPlanet Aid is a strong supporter of solar power and use of other renewables. Last year, we proudly innaugurated a new solar power generating facility atop our Massachusetts warehouse, and we believe the growth of renewable power will remain strong over the long term. However, it is important to emphasize that the Earth cannot afford delays or setbacks to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as the acceleration of climate change leaves no margin to equivocate or dally.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog Year of the Earth DogFriday, February 16 will bring in the Chinese New Year, the most important social and economic holiday in China. Although it is a holiday derived from Chinese culture, celebrations are held all around the world, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. This year is the Earth Dog year, more specifically the Brown Earth Dog.Each of the 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese paradigm is associated with certain qualities or predispositions. The Earth Dog is considered to be a fighter for justice, openness, tolerance, and innovation, while the Earth element is associated with greater environmental awareness.As a result of this auspicious combination, some believe that 2018 could be a great year. There is hope that significant environmental progress can be made toward fighting climate change and related issues. Planet Aid hopes that these predictions become true and we will do our part to help make it so.Happy New Year!Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog Climate Upheaval Forcing EmigrationThe 2017 Global Landscapes Forum was held in Bonn, Germany Dec 19-20. One thousand attendees from 103 countries, along with thousands more via social media and live coverage, came together to learn, share, and act around the planet's largest climate and development challenges. The talks and panels focused on climate restoration, food and livelihood, minority rights, finance, and much more.The below article covers a panel that addressed the issues of land degradation and forced migration. These are two problems of high concern in sub-Saharan Africa where many Planet Aid-funded projects exist. The changing climate has led to both land degradation and forced migration, and swift change needs to be made before they destroy even more.Some 66 million people have been forcibly displaced around the world and mass disruption is creating ongoing challenges. Climate change, human need and conflict are exacerbating the impact of land degradation on human settlement patterns, experts say.The pros and cons of migration were at the center of a discussion on land degradation, migration and resilience at the Global Landscapes Forum conference in Bonn, Germany last month where panelists discussed the difference between natural and forced migration.Although migration can have negative consequences, it can also be the source of positive socio-economic transformation and stability through remittances when people send money home, said Klas Sander, a senior economist at the World Bank. For example, improved financial status may mean that communities can pay for fuel for cooking and heating rather than clearing the landscape of shrubs and trees to burn.Escape RoutesHistorically, migrants to the Americas were fleeing harsh conditions as part of a strategy to be resilient and survive, said Erick Fernandes, an adviser on agriculture, forestry and climate change for the World Bank."Migration as a strategy for people to survive climate change is not surprising, and a major driver forcing people to move," Fernandes said, adding that countries most affected are conversely not primary contributors to climate change, although they are now paying the price for degradation, which has already occurred on at least a quarter of the Earth's land surface.Due to climate upheaval, a cycle of shrinking available natural resources, disappearing traditional livelihoods such as livestock herding or subsistence farming, and related conflicts over land and water use can cause people to leave in search of better opportunities.Such displacement is particularly affecting rural communities with high poverty, and places with large populations of young people, added panelist Louise Baker, co-ordinator for external relations at the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).Similarly, there are 200 million young people in Africa who will be in need of employment by 2050, she said. Globally, there are 2 billion hectares of land-degraded ecosystems - an area larger than South America - and 500 million hectares are abandoned agricultural land, she said.Panelists advocated for international commitment and cooperation in addressing these urgent land degradation and resilience concerns. Key components include engaging with the private sector, scaling up financing, and promoting programs to help affected communities implement grassroots level changes to give people incentives to stay instead of relocating.Holistic TacticsZambia, for example, traditionally dependent on the extractive copper industry, received a $36 million grant from Climate Investment Funds to develop resilience through diversification. Afghanistan has developed a natural resource management strategy and Italy has a national integrated landscape management strategy.Tunisia received $100 million from the World Bank to help communities living in rural, forested areas develop an integrated approach to managing the landscape sustainably, while allowing for grazing, wheat and olive oil production.Such innovation and collaboration between different stakeholders, from the local farmer to large international institutions, is seen as vital to rebalancing the changes brought by a warming climate and pressures on the landscape.So far, commitments to address land degradation have been made through the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the UNCCD framework for Land Degradation Neutrality, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (AFR100) effort in Africa and the World Resources Institute Initiative 20×20 in Latin America and the Caribbean, among others, delegates said.Such efforts help ensure degraded lands are not a fait accompli, although challenges remain.Panelist Peter Saile, senior forests advisor at the German government's international development agency GIZ, pointed to recent success in land restoration in Africa, suggesting that innovation is vital."It's not necessarily about substantially new resources, oftentimes it's more about redirecting resource flows," Saile said.Watch the recording of Land Degradation, Migration and Resilience Article originally published as "Resilience and resources key to offsetting land degradation driven migration" on Landscape News.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog New Teachers Graduate in MozambiqueMozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, and among the many development challenges it faces is strengthening the educational system. One key challenge is to overcome a deficit of qualified educators. Though progress has been made in past years to improve the situation, student-teacher ratios in primary schools remain high at 55 students for every teacher. Planet Aid is proud to be a long-time supporter of primary school teacher-training in Mozambique. Last month, graduation ceremonies were held at 11 Planet Aid-supported teacher training colleges operated by Planet Aid's in-country partner ADPP Mozambique. The new graduates helped broaden the ranks of those helping to make quality education a country-wide reality.At the ADPP college located in the outskirts of the capital city of Maputo, 59 newly certified graduates were awarded their diplomas. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of Maputo Province, Raimundo Diomba; the Minister of Education, Conceita Sortane; and the Executive Director of ADPP Mozambique, Birgit Holm.Director Holm congratulated the new teachers in Maputo for their accomplishment, and reported that across the country more than 1,500 new teachers were trained by ADPP in the past year. She underscored that more than half of these teachers were women.Governor Diomba also offered his congratulations and -- given that a teacher has an important role to play in improving society -- urged the graduates to find local solutions to the day-to-day problems they will encounter in their communities. ADPP's teacher-training program is unique in that it prepares student teachers to not only be effective in the classroom, but to find ways to make a difference in the lives of pupils' families and the larger community.Planet Aid offers its congratulations to the new graduates and wishes them all the best in their careers.To learn more about Planet Aid's support for teacher training click here.Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog Bearing Witness to the Changing ClimateIt's been as cold as Mars in the eastern United States. Should that make us doubt the existence of a warming planet? After all, seeing is believing.The scientific community has come to an overwhelming consensus (97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree) that global warming is real and is caused by human activities. Yes, there are deviations from the warming trend, such as this year's eastern freeze, and when that happens, it's hard for the average person to believe climate change is real. But cold "weather" and a changing "climate" are two different things entirely.With that in mind, we've gathered 10 visual examples that show how climate change is impacting the planet.Agricultural Failure and World HungerMany places around the globe are seeing an extreme dearth of moisture due to climate change. This is especially prominent and devastating in poor African communities where most people are subsistence farmers. For them, heat waves and drought don't just threaten their livelihoods, they also threaten their lives.The 2011 East Africa drought, and the more recent 2015-2016 drought and floods in Malawi and Mozambique, serve as a poignant reminders of the effects that climate change, global warming, and humans have on the earth and our fellow inhabitants.A family outside of Dadaab, Kenya gathers sticks to build a shelter in July of 2011. The drought brutally affected the land, the animals, and the people. Photo by Andy Hall of Oxfam East Africa.In the Dadaab refugee camp, a young girl stands among the graves of children who perished during the famine. Photo by Andy Hall of Oxfam East Africa.Glacier RetreatThe overall warming of the Earth can readily be seen through glacier retreat. As the greenhouse effect strengthens, the world's glaciers melt away. Below are a few examples of glaciers that have shrunk substantially in size since the Industrial Revolution.The comparisons are photos of the same glaciers, taken from the same position and at the same time of year, but many years apart.Lyell Glacier - Yosemite National Park - CaliforniaTo learn more about glaciers in Yosemite, click here.McCarty Glacier - Kenai Fjords National Park - AlaskaTo learn more about glaciers in the Kenai Fjords, click here.Coral Reef Bleaching and Ocean AcidificationThe warmer atmosphere and the melting of glaciers feed into the warming of the ocean. Given the rapid temperature increase caused by human activities, oceanic creatures are struggling to adapt. This leads to coral reef bleaching and ocean acidification.Coral BleachingCoral is very sensitive to temperature change. As the seas' temperatures rise, the coral loses its food, zooxanthellae. This nutrient is what gives the coral its color; so, as it dissipates, the coral turns white. This process is known as coral bleaching.Coral bleaching at Heron Island, Australia in 2014. Photo by The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers.Coral bleaching at the Florida Keys, USA in 2014. Photo by Kelsey Roberts, USGS.Ocean AcidificationThe ocean absorbs much of the gas that is released into the atmosphere. As higher levels of greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere, higher levels are absorbed by the ocean. The problem lies with the excessive absorption of CO2, which causes a change in the pH balance - it makes the water more acidic. The extra acidity makes it more difficult for corals to take in needed calcium carbonate.Fish try to find shelter in a bleached Great Barrier Reef coral at the Keppel Islands, Australia in 2011.Coral bleaching and ocean acidification don't just harm the corals, they also spell danger for the hundreds of thousands of fish, clams, prawns, and other creatures that use the corals as their homes.Learn more about the effect of climate change on coral reefs here.Increasing Crop Pests and DiseasesHumans have been fighting crop pests and diseases since intentional cultivation began. They're not new, but they are a bigger problem now than they have ever been. Crop pests and diseases have started to creep up in new areas - areas that are usually cold enough to kill the invaders before they can take hold. Scientists have found a correlation between global warming and this increase.Late BlightUnripe tomatoes infected with late blight. Late blight was the cause of the famous Irish Potato Famine, but it still destroys about 6 billion dollars' worth of crops each year (source). Photo by Scot Nelson.Stem RustWheat covered in stem rust. Stem rust is a fungus that grows on cereal crops like wheat, barley, and triticale, and has a history of destroying U.S. crops. Photo by IAEA Imagebank.Colorado Potato BeetleThe Colorado Potato Beetle has been a major pest for hundreds of years. As the global temperatures rise, the spread of this beetle and the destructive power it brings becomes much more far reaching. Photo by Dwight Sipler.Click here to learn more about global warming and crop destruction, and how it's affecting the U.S.Continuing the FightWhile the negative effects of climate change are peeking through, it's also important to remember the people, companies, communities, and countries committed to protecting and healing the environment. Check out our blog to see some breakthrough climate achievements from 2017.One way that you can help protect the environment is by saving resources whenever you can, including donating your used and unwanted textiles. Find a Planet Aid donation bin near you today!If you would like more visual reminders of climate change, follow Everyday Climate Change on Instagram. Planet Aid Blog|
|Planet Aid Blog 2017: 12 Months of Breakthrough Progress on Climate ChangeWith climate change it is often easy to focus on the bad news. But as the year draws to a close we reflect on what has happened in 2017, and there are a number of reasons to be optimistic about what can be achieved.There are a huge number of inspirational and committed people around the world, working hard to create positive change. Their collective efforts are starting to deliver genuine transformation, accelerating the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy.To end 2017 on a positive note, we have picked out 12 real breakthroughs from the past 12 months that are helping to turn international ambitions on climate change into a reality.January: China cracks down on coal with the National Energy Administration announcing that 104 coal plants with a total capacity of 120 gigawatts - both in planning and under construction - are to be suspended, helping the country to deliver on its current Five Year Plan and climate change ambitions.February: Wind power continues to grow, as it is announced in the US that it has overtaken hydroelectricity to become the biggest source of renewable energy in the US, and in the EU wind power surpasses coal to become the second largest source of installed electricity capacity, behind gas.March: The International Energy Agency confirms that in 2016 - for the third year in a row - global emissions from the energy sector remained flat despite economic growth. This trend is likely to be bucked for 2017, where some growth is expected, but this creates optimism that we may be close to peaking global emissions.April: In a landmark moment that was the fruit of years of investment into innovation and cost reduction in offshore wind, Ørsted wins the rights in a competitive auction from the German government to build the world's first subsidy-free offshore wind farm.May: Tesco becomes the first business in the world to announce that it has set science-based targets to reduce its own carbon emissions in line with the 1.5°C ambition in the Paris Agreement, a goal that has since been signed up to by others including Carlsberg Group and BT.June: With strong support from central banks, governments and the world's largest investors, the G20 Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures launched its final recommendations, providing a common global framework for disclosures of the climate change opportunities and risks faced by companies.July: Elon Musk bets South Australia's state government that Tesla and Neoen can build the world's largest lithium-ion battery within just 100 days, in order to provide energy storage at a wind farm and help to solve issues with intermittency and blackouts, or it will provide it for free. He won the bet.August: The future of low cost electric mobility is given a boost, with General Motor's Chinese joint venture, SAIC-GM-Wulin, revealing its new Baojun E100 model, a two-seater electric car with a 100 mile range. It is available at the low cost of just $5,300, after taking into account national and local electric vehicle incentives in China.September: The price of solar energy falls to yet another a new record low, with Jinko Solar and Marubeni putting in a winning bid to build a 350 megawatt solar park in Abu Dhabi at a cost of just 2.42 cents per kilowatt hour.October: The mayors of 12 major cities with a combined population of 80 million - London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town - commited to take action on emissions and air pollution by buying only zero-emissions buses from 2025, promoting walking, cycling and public transport, and making major areas of their cities zero emission zones by 2030.November: At COP23 in Bonn the former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown revealed the first phase of America's Pledge, a bottom up approach to meet US goals under the Paris Agreement with direct support from cities, states and businesses representing more than half the country's economy and population.December: China's National Development and Reform Commission announces the launch of a nationwide carbon market for its power sector on 19 December, instantly creating the world's largest carbon market ahead of the EU, putting an estimated 39% of the country's total emissions within an emissions trading scheme.This article was originally published by Carbon Trust.aaPlanet Aid Blog|
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