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Saturday 16th November 2013, 2 to 4 PM

Going Green 99

 

Reflect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, reTweet

On todays show we review COP 19 through the eyes of the IUCN whilst IPCC chairman says we may “pass on a lousy, spoilt and defiled planet”

Also Businesses standing up against non renewables in a guide to activism, an update on the Phippines damage & dolphins in Japan.

In the UK Food producers, retailers, restaurants and consumers are being urged to join forces to secure a ban on all food waste going into landfill by 2020, in a bold national campaign.

Checking in on the arctic 30, Beatle Paul mcartney writes an impassioned letter to Vladimir Putin

Locally we were at the Prince of Songkla University PSU open day focusing on sustainability and review this weeks edition of the Phuket News and talk about the end of 2013 monsoon season and challenges ahead for high season.

Local NGO SEEK has been working on an Island wide sustainability plan that will be finalised on the 22 Nov at Outrigger Phuket on Bangtao in an all day session with Atkisson Group, IUCN, WWF, SEEK, Phukets Governor and administrative bodies such as marine, environment, health, energy and education ministries plus local business and hotels, NGOs and communities.

Global values & Individual awareness

There are seven primary direct drivers of extinction and all are the result of human behavior:

  • habitat loss through deforestation,

  • global pollution,

  • global climate change,

  • introduction of invasive species,

  • over-exploitation of resources, and above all—the factors that magnifies all the others—

  • human overpopulation +

  • consumerisation.

IUCN AT THE ANNUAL UN CLIMATE TALKS

IUCN’s knowledge and expertise is once again feeding into the annual UN climate talks. The 19th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP19) takes place in Warsaw, Poland, 11 to 22 November.

This conference is an important one: not only must negotiators make substantial progress toward establishing the framework for the post-2015 climate change agreement, but they must continue to implement commitments already made – including on gender.

IUCN experts will be pushing the message that Nature provides many of the solutions in tackling climate change and adapting to its impacts.
 
While some countries and communities around the world are making progress in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change, the global community would do well to make far greater use of the solutions that nature offers us. 

Sustainably managing ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and coastal areas can simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and help women and men adapt to the impacts that are being felt across the world.

PROMOTING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

IUCN encourages the use of practical steps that will allow increased adoption of nature-based solutions. Governments would be well served to promote the inclusion of ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) in national policies and take actions to implement these methods on the ground.
 
IUCN also promotes implementation of an environmentally sound and equitable forest-climate mechanism. REDD+ — Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is a tool that both conserves forests’ natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
 
REDD+ can help reduce the impacts of climate change but to be effective, implementation needs to consider issues such as benefit sharing, governance and the participation of women and indigenous peoples.

Ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation coupled with disaster risk reduction strategies could positively contribute towards reducing the impact of climate change resulting in loss and damage, especially from slow-onset events.

Over the last five years, especially, as negotiators worked via the comprehensive Bali Action Plan, support from countries representing every region of the world ensured that ‘gender considerations’ were included in nearly every key aspect of climate change through recent COP outcomes, from adaptation and REDD+ safeguards, to gender balance on Boards such as the Green Climate Fund’s, to knowledge sharing, education and capacity building.

Progress in understanding the intrinsic nature of advancing gender equality as a prerequisite to sustainable development – and the transformative co-benefits each can provide to the other – has been profound, and yet ensuring that gender equality issues are rooted in the architecture for the post-2015 climate change regime is critical for COP19, as well as COP20.
 
Beyond global negotiations, interpreting those international mandates for national implementation will be crucial; fortunately, the IUCN Global Gender Office is poised to support countries through this process, as it has begun to do, in more than a dozen countries already. Countries will also know how they score on implementation when IUCN launches at COP19 its newest innovation: the first-ever Environment and Gender Index (EGI).
http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/events/unfccc2/events/2013_warsaw/ 

IPCC chairman: we may “pass on a lousy, spoilt and defiled planet”

As Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Rajendra Pachauri calls for a grassroots movement to put pressure on politicians to act on climate change

The chairman of the United Nations’ climate panel has warned the world to act on global warming to avoid passing “on a lousy, spoilt and defiled planet” to future generations.

Rajendra K Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), spoke out as typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines causing hundreds of deaths and widespread destruction.

While Pachauri said it was not possible to blame any single disaster on the steep rise in carbon emissions, the increased frequency of extreme weather events was consistent with scientific predictions.

Speaking in Copenhagen, Pachauri criticised those who claim higher global temperatures would be beneficial to human society. While he said some countries may benefit in the short term, the impacts would be disastrous over time and hit the most marginalised communities.

Pachauri called for a grassroots movement to put pressure on politicians to act and warns that they risk the voters’ wrath if they fail to respond.

To the fossil fuel lobby that is seeking to maintain the status quo, Pachauri gives this message: “It’s the will of the people that will be supreme.”

What is your response to those who are still claiming climate change is not an issue despite the latest IPCC report?

The projections of the IPCC working group report are very, very clear. The impacts are going to become progressively negative and they’re going to be the worst for some of the most underprivileged societies on earth.

Are we going to create a planet where there’s tension, where there’s conflict, where there’s desperation? That’s not going to help any one of us. Are we going to see islands disappear? Are we going to see agriculture and food systems being affected, human health being affected?

So the evidence and the scientific assessment is so compelling; how can anyone close his or her eyes against that reality?

What do you think has caused the disconnect? Is it that people fear the problem’s too big, or that it is too far in the future to worry about?

There’s a lot of inertia in the system and much of it in our own minds. We are so wedded to our ways we feel anything that is going to bring about a change is something that you can just postpone, you can just shelve some way or the other for the time being. I think it has much to do with human attitudes.

But the other side of the coin is if you get enough of a consciousness to take action and this feeling snowballs, then you’ll probably get action on an unprecedented scale because I think human society has the means, the capacity and the technologies to be able to bring about change in a radical direction including changes in lifestyles but we don’t know when that moment will come.

I hope it’s not going to be too late because we don’t have the luxury of time, we really need to deal with this problem as early, as effectively as possible.

it’s the will of the people that will be supreme and I go back to the importance of creating awareness, creating understanding, particularly in democracies where people will demand action from every section of society, certainly governments and also the corporate sector.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/ippc-pachauri-climate-change-spoilt-defiled-planet?CMP=twt_gu

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Super Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most intense tropical cyclones at landfall on record when it struck the Philippines on Nov. 7.

Its maximum sustained winds at landfall were pegged at 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph.

Over 2,000 have been killed but over a week later access is still limited, supplies are not getting through and the area around Leyte is a total disaster area. The Philippines Govt and the UN have admitted that both were unprepared for the disaster and are still struggling to get aid into the area.

The first signs are appearing that progressive businesses are gearing up to go into battle against the fossil fuel lobby over climate change legislation.

Companies have traditionally kept away from publicly attacking other businesses but that is about to change as frustration grows with the army of lobbyists being used to thwart regulations aimed at supporting the creation of a low-carbon economy.
The initial shot has been fired with the unveiling of a guide for businesses around how to lobby responsibly for climate legislation.

GUIDE FOR RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT IN CLIMATE POLICY
A Caring for Climate Report

It includes advice on putting pressure on trade associations to stop sabotaging political change, for example by publicly challenging their positions or resigning their membership.

Environmental change is accelerating and generating new and emerging challenges but also opportunities for business. Companies that face up to these realities are likely to be the ones that survive and indeed thrive in a rapidly evolving world where factors such as climate change and dwindling availability of natural
resources will shape future patterns of profit and loss while driving new and smarter markets.
Achim Steiner
United Nations Environment Programme

What is particularly interesting is that an unusual coalition of eight major organisations, ranging from UN agencies and NGOs to industry bodies, has joined forces to collectively publish the recommendations. This is likely to be followed by major corporations coming together in coming months, raising their heads above the parapet to collectively confront those companies seeking to maintain the status quo.
Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer at Ikea, which is supporting the report, said it was time for companies that have traditionally shied away from political activity to throw their hats in the ring. He said that the lobbying report was aimed at ensuring that companies are consistent in their messages internally, to the public and to governments.

Examples of DIRECT engagement activities:
• Lobbying of government officials
• Contributing to electoral campaigns
• Providing testimony, endorsements or participating in government agency working groups
• Participating in public-private partnerships
• Participating in national or international forums on trade, technologies

Examples of INDIRECT influences:
• Information and public relations campaigns targeting customers, suppliers, general public
• Contributions to external, non-governmental organizations
• Membership in trade groups and business associations
• Former employees taking jobs as government officials (current or former employees) or corporate hiring of former government officials
• Engagement in international or national business alliances or initiatives
• Call to action, convening, and example setting with customers, suppliers, competitors, public
• Participation in scientific or economic committees

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/businesses-fossil-fuel-lobby

Food waste: national campaign aims to stop the rot by 2020
Government, council and retailer-backed report says ban on landfill could save UK £17bn and heat 600,000 homes

Food producers, retailers, restaurants and consumers are being urged to join forces to secure a ban on all food waste going into landfill by 2020, in a bold national campaign.

Compulsory collections of food waste from all homes and businesses by local councils are among a series of measures recommended in a new report to enable food waste to be harnessed as a valuable resource to provide energy, heat and benefits for agriculture.

The ambition is to save the UK economy over £17bn a year through the reduction of food wasted by households, businesses and the public sector, preventing 27m tonnes of greenhouse gases a year from entering into the atmosphere.
The new study, Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill is the culmination of more than two years’ work and has the backing and input of local authority and industry experts. It sets the framework for a food waste-free UK by 2020.
Last week official figures revealed the average UK family was wasting nearly £60 a month by throwing away almost an entire meal a day. A report from the government’s waste advisory group Wrap showed Britons were chucking out the equivalent of 24 meals a month, adding up to 4.2m tonnes of food and drink every year that could have been consumed. Almost half of this is going straight from fridges or cupboards into the bin, Wrap found. One-fifth of what households buy ends up as waste, and around 60% of that could have been eaten.
At the same time the UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, recently agreed to reduce its multi-buy items and other promotions after revealing that 35% of its bagged salad was being thrown out. It also found that 40% of apples were wasted, and just under half of bakery items.
The report highlights where and why food waste is happening at each stage of the UK supply chain; what actions are being taken to tackle food waste in each sector and what more can be done in the future to drive the positive environmental, economic and social outcomes.
The campaign is led by food waste recycling company ReFood – in collaboration with BioRegional, a sustainable business charity – as part of the Vision 2020 campaign supported by national and local governmentas well as industry. The Vision 2020 panel is headed by Lord Deben, the Conservative former environment secretary John Gummer.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, said: “Our message is clear; food waste is a valuable resource that should never end up in landfill sites. Everyone from the food producer, through to the retailer, the restaurant and the householder can play their part in ensuring that we take full advantage of its considerable potential by ensuring we re-use, recycle and recover every nutrient and kilowatt of energy it has to offer.”
The report calls for better collaboration at every stage of the supply chain to accelerate the adoption of best practice, improve waste prevention and maximise the value of food waste as a resource. A clear timetable for the phased introduction of a ban on food waste to landfill to come into force by 2020 would allow the industry the time to finance and develop an optimum collection and processing infrastructure, it says.
Compulsory food collections by local authorities are key to the new campaign – currently only 40% of councils have separate food waste collections, while Birmingham – the UK’s largest authority – still relies on black bag collections of mixed waste. The Local Government Authority, which was involved in the report, says if “food contamination” of recycling was halved by 2020, it would save £1bn. The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now consulting on banning food into landfill, but not England.
Re-using food waste through processes such as anaerobic digestion could return over 1.3m tonnes a year of valuable nutrients to the soil, the report says, or generate over 1 terrawatt-hour (Twh) electricity a year, enough to power over 600,000 homes.
Sue Riddlestone, chief executive and co-founder of BioRegional said: “Achieving zero food waste to landfill within the next seven years is a big challenge and we will need the support and actions of individuals, businesses and the government if this vision is to be realised. However, the case for change is compelling. We will save billions of pounds. We will prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere. And crucially, we will ensure that food is treated as a precious resource.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/11/food-waste-ban-landfill-campaign?CMP=twt_gu

Taiji Killing Cove Update Week 9
Every year between Sept. 1 and March 31 in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan, dolphins across several species are driven into a tiny cove in Taiji by fishermen and either slaughtered for their meat or sold (at great profit), to the captive marine industry
.
According to Ceta Base.com via Elsa Nature Conservancy, “catch quotas for the 2013/2014 drive hunt season in Wakayama have now been released.”

Taiji fishermen have been allocated 2,013 total cetaceans allowed from seven species:
134 Pacific white-sided dolphins;
450 striped dolphins;
557 bottlenose dolphins;
400 Pantropical spotted dolphins;
265 Risso’s dolphin;
137 short-finned pilot whales;
70 false killer whales.
The controversial dolphin hunts, which were documented and questioned in the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, will be monitored by Cove Monitors with Save Japan Dolphins and Cove Guardians with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The Netherlands asked an international court last Wednesday to order Russia to release 30 people detained during a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic at a tribunal Moscow refused to attend.

Dutch government representative Liesbeth Lijnzaad said Russia had “violated the human rights” of the activists who tried to climb onto Russia’s first offshore Arctic oil rig in September, detaining them for seven weeks “without grounds”.
Russia has said it does not recognise the case, accusing the activists and their ship, the Dutch-registered Arctic Sunrise, of posing a security threat. Prosecutors charged the 30 with piracy, but lessened the charge to hooliganism, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has written to President Vladimir Putin in a bid to try and help get the Greenpeace protesters, the Arctic 30, home with their families in time for Christmas.
The 30 (28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists) from 18 countries were arrested by Russia in September after taking part in a peaceful protest at Gazprom’s oil rig to call attention to the threat of oil drilling and climate change, and have remained in jail in Russia ever since.
Paul says the president has not yet replied but the Russian Ambassador kindly responded saying that their situation ‘is not properly represented in the world media’.

Dear Vladimir,

I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.

I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case.

I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.

I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.

And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.

I see you yourself have said that they are not pirates – well, that’s something everybody can agree on. Just as importantly, they don’t think they are above the law. They say they are willing to answer for what they actually did, so could there be a way out of this, one that benefits everybody?

Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?

Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.”

Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?

I hope, when our schedules allow, we can meet up again soon in Moscow.

Sincerely yours,

Paul McCartney
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/paul-mccartney-writes-to-putin.html#cr

LOCAL NEWS & The Phuket News Review

Local Beach Enroachment battle

New plans to put a road into freedom beach has met stiff opposition from locals who claim the current dirt road was cut illegally originally, “where was the forestry department” says one local.

  • Boatlaggon , Vive Gov K somkiat takes on 25 illegal structure

  • Kamala beach structures last day for removal yesterday, an extension for removal not granted, clearing execution imminent

  • Surin Beach structures on beach side of access road have 2 weeks then expect same action or referall to DSI and according to The Phuket News so far letters are ignored. Layan and Bangtao businesses also received removal notifications

 

PSU Phuket International Conference 2013 took place on Thursday and Friday with a talk on climate change.

The theme of the Conference is “Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development” which covers three research areas: 

    – Hospitality and Tourism 
    – International Studies (Social Sciences and Humanities) 
    – Science, Engineering and Technology 

http://www.conference.phuket.psu.ac.th/conference2013/

SEEK had a display on marine litter, PSU students had displays on climate change, sea level rise, soil erosion and recycling education and games. Well done to K Chantinee and the team for a well prepared, co-ordinated and executed two days. Kids of Phuket are the future and straight talking discussion of these major issues is critical

                               SEEK Green Club program 2013

“Haad Suay, Talay Sai”

Phuket, Clean Island

Phuket’s monsoon period is nearly blown out for 2013 and high season has just about started

Beaches and our island is looking better probably than ever before with better co-ordination, more cleanups and reduced source waste.

The Promotion of Phuket Green island with the goals of a sustainable, low carbon island strengthened in 2012 as local government, private businesses and individuals worked together to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

We are facing a crisis of over capacity and many decades of over exploitation, natural area degradation and need to aggressively pursue short and long term goals to ensure Phuket is sustainable long term.

Local NGO SEEK has been working on an Island wide sustainability plan that will be finalised on the 22 Nov at Outrigger Phuket on Bangtao in an all day session with Atkisson Group, IUCN, WWF, SEEK, Phukets Governor and administrative bodies such as marine, environment, health, energy and education ministries plus local business and hotels, NGOs and communities.

GREEN CLUBS

VISION
A full-time private sector of Green Club programs in every west & south coast Phuket beach working in collaboration with the local government, NGO’s, and local people to clean beaches and introduce local community environmental education that will support a clean and green Phuket Island.

OBJECTIVE

Following the successful Kamala Green Club pilot program SEEK aims to initiate scheduled beach clean-ups, split into zones, and co-ordinated by private businesses and hotels through the end of 2013 with long term aims.

https://www.facebook.com/KamalaGreenClub

Each Hotel and business in the area must appoint a Mr. Green within their company to support the green campaign.  At an initial meeting, the Mr. Green’s will appoint a key person to be the Administrative Coordinator with the support of local hotels. 

  • The Administrative Coordinator will be responsible for creating and updating Facebook, coordinating beach cleanings, and setting up meetings.

  • The Green clubs committee will meet monthly to assess progress, support education and co-ordinate Or Bor Tor support to REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE.

  • Additional projects may include: introducing green education in schools, testing and monitoring waterways, setting up recycle stations, developing business goals for lower energy use, creating a local eco-map, developing signs and informational handouts.

BEACH WASTE SEPERATION

We ask all beach cleaners to separate debris and garbage picked up into three groups:

  1. Recyclables including plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass beer bottles. These can be placed in the kamala green recycling bins, an idea that will be setup in other island locations.

  2. Art project debris including all fishing gear, floats, nets, ropes, string, bulbs, flip flops, lighters, bottle caps, plastic toys and all small brown red bull/energy drink bottles.

Email Nick@indigoRE.com if you have a load (pls rinse and dry)

  1. Other garbage including plastic bags, bathroom items like toothbrushes, syringes etc for throw away in public bins. If large volume arrange collection from local government.

COMMUNITY RECYCLING STATIONS

Please consider funding privately with local hotels and businesses clean stations outside minimarts and hypermarkets/ shopping centres & along the shorefront.

The local Government in 2013 now has 36 existing and accredited collection points across the Island from North to South, please see the link to the list:

http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-recycling-network-set-up-38903.php

ISSUES CONTRIBUTING TO NEEDED BEACH CLEANINGS

a)         Waste Management Crisis

Phuket today is in a waste management crisis. Over 700 tons of trash is created daily, landfills are at capacity, roadsides were a dumping ground, littering is prevalent although this is changing, and our oceans are becoming PLASTIC OCEANS, facing a crisis of littering and overfishing.

Contributing Factors

  • Runoff from residents and businesses through the Khlongs

  • Fishing fleet throw over board garbage inc nets and bulbs

  • Limited town recycling or composting

b)         Changing Winds

With westerly winds from the start of the monsoon period it is imperative to support regular beach cleanings and the annual clean beach campaign, which continues to gain momentum.

From May every year the westerly winds blow the plastic and garbage that is in the ocean onto our beaches. Up to 1,000 full bags a day of trash hits phuket beaches every day from land based sources, mostly litter and from the fishing fleet. There is also a noticeable increase near the Klong mouths around the island indicating trash coming from the villages.

c)         Dengue Fever

Mosquitos breed in roadside litter, increasing dengue fever, plastic bags and waste block drains and have increased floods, plastic waste in the ocean kills marine life and dirty beaches deter tourists.

Despite the cleaner island Dengue stats in the first four months is double that of 2012.  The recent announcement from the health ministry targeting dengue fever is also based partly on a litter campaign/ a clean environment & better garbage collection/reduction/recycling and generally a cleaner phuket.

K Paiboon as Or Bor Jor and supported by Health Ministry has kindly co-ordinated street cleaning around all major roads since 2010, which is having a real impact on reducing litter into the ocean, possibly by as much as 30% already and tourists are all commenting on the cleaner roads and villages including Patong and Phuket town! 

RESOURCES

  • The Kamala Green Club just put 6 new single recycling stations along the beach:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.557485980957857.1073741827.407720435934413&type=1&l=248b9a28a7

and started full time beach cleaning

               http://www.thephuketnews.com/kamala-gets-island%E2%80%99s-first-full-time-beach-cleaners-41231.php

  • K Kan at GREEN FINS is using debris for art, so all collections welcomed: call/ email me if you have a pickup load.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WGtgFodtFR8

  • LITTER CAMPAIGN

Local resident Debra Mierczak has initiated a magic eyes campaign around bang wad dam that has had immediate positive results and a blueprint for litter campaigns at a local level.  http://www.thephuketnews.com/australian-woman-keeps-close-eye-on-the-phuket-environment-39138.php

  • COMPOST:

http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-environment-composting-is-easier-than-you-think-38732.php

Making a mound…..

http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-gardening-the-makings-of-a-mound-41740.php

  • Tommy the Turtle children’s environmental education book.

Nick, Sean and K. Nok at SEEK.  www.myseek.org

Interview of K Nok from SEEK

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/phuket-thailand/647518.html

Working with The Atkisson group local NGO SEEK is modeling Phukets sustainability and future with the Compass program using “indicators” or programs that fall under the four corners of a compass.

This study has been ongoing for about 18 months and is nearing completion. With workshops incorporating 4 successive Governors, local mayors and elected officials plus environment, energy, health and education ministries plus local businesses, hotels, NGOs, schools and local people.

First steps…..

THE FIRST STEP

  • BE AWARE

STEP TWO: ACTION

  • Reflect, think about your actions, refuse single use plastic bags, straws & polystyrene

  • Reduce, your waste, reduce energy use

  • Reuse what you can, including composting

  • Recycle as much of what’s left

  • Responsibility, to our planet

STEP THREE: FIND YOUR VOICE

  • Re-tweet, tell others

Our world is at a fork in the road, at a crossroads and is for you to decide.

The loss of the enormous contribution of fossil fuels means that the total amount of energy available to humanity by the end of the century may be less than one fifth of the amount we use now, and less that one sixth the amount we will use at our energy peak a decade from now…

The advance of science has enabled us to measure our impact upon the planet with increasing precision, so why are we ignoring all the science? Will our intelligence in the end count for nothing? Are we destined — like the elephants, tigers, and rhinos — for extinction? Are we to become the ultimate victim of our own success?

And, if so, when the last human falls, centuries or millennia hence, will there be anyone there to hear it?

SURVIVAL

 

EXTINCTION

 

SEEK, for a better world.

www.myseek.org

NEWS reviewed in the show were from retweets by @indigonick

Nick Anthony

nick@indigoRE.com

All information is used as reference only and sources identified as above.

All news items featured on the show are retweets taken from Twitter, under user name @indigonick or view at www.myseek.org in the twitter box.

 

 

COMPASS

TOPIC

ISSUE

GOAL/FUTURE OUTCOME

         

Big Picture

Nature

Phuket Island

Islands health

A greener and more valued natural place

         

 

Nature

Phuket Island

Environmental Quality

Healthy place to live and visit

 

Nature

Phuket Island

Protected Area Management

Effective protection and enlarge National parks

 

Wellbeing

Integration with Nature

Public parks

Phuket masterplan to increase green areas

         

Education

Society

Green Schools

Limited education to date

All schools to have sustainability eduaction

 

Society

Safe Island

Crime and public safety

Making phuket a safe island for residents and tourists

 

Society

Community Engagement

Building existing momentum

All residents and guests embrace Phuket Green Island

Waste

Nature

Waste management

Litter campaign

Introduce island wide campaign

 

Nature

Waste management

Zero Waste Ideal

zero waste island

Water

Wellbeing

Basic Needs

Access to clean water

All phuket esidents have their basic needs met

Beaches

Nature

Waste Management

Clean beaches and reefs

Reduction of marine pollution

Oceans

Nature

Andaman Sea

Swimming beach quality

Less polution, long term health

 

Nature

Andaman Sea

Marine Protected Areas

Extend no fishing zone and MPAs

 

Nature

Andaman Sea

Coral Reefs

Mitigate coral reef loss, rebuild where possible

 

Nature

Andaman Sea

Silt

Stronger EIA checks and developer education

 

Nature

Andaman Sea

Turtle populations

Stronger Turtle populations

 

Economy

Green Business

Sustainable Fishing fleet

Introduce waste education and “good fish” program + certification

 

Economy

Green Tourism

Sustainable marinas

Zero waste marinas

Health

Wellbeing

Health

Enhance health of locals and tourists

Through education promote healthy choices

Safety

Wellbeing

Road Safety

Education & enforcement

Better road safety, less accidents

Capacity

Economy

Carrying Capacity

Land use

Managed use vs expectations of requirements

 

Economy

Carrying Capacity

EIA and approval process

Stronger process, enforcement and checking

 

Economy

Carrying Capacity

Tourism growth

Managed growth so as not to overshoot

 

Economy

Carrying Capacity

Tourism revenues

Higher spending tourists

Energy

Economy

Low Carbon Island

Energy Mix

Phuket uses a Renewable Energy source

 

Economy

Low Carbon Island

Public Transportation

Strategic plan to upgrade to env friendly transportation

 

Economy

Low Carbon Island

Private Transportation

Make Phuket a model island for electric vehicles

 

Economy

Green Government

Energy efficiency

Educate and change islands public lighting

Consumer

Economy

Green Consumption

Green Products

Greater availability and lower prices

 

Economy

Green Retail

Plastic bags

Stop free plastic bags and polystyrene as leading indicators

Business

Economy

Green Retail

Daily market practices

Stop free plastic bags, polystyrene and food additives

 

Economy

Green Business

Sustainable businesses

Introduce education program and certification

 

Economy

Green Tourism

Lead by example

Phuket as the region’s leader in Sustainable Tourism

         
         

 

 

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Media

New Shark protection cartoon video

New Sea Turtle Video

Al Gore on arctic ice loss

I Love you Octopus

Summertime video

Adressing food security

Taiji dolphin hunt on HLN TV

whose going to save the world

New Movie: illegal fishing

Overfishing in Asia VOA

Silent Spring turns 50 years old

New Movie: TRASHEDby Jeremy Irons

Plastic Oceans with David Attenborough

New Movie: Plastic Oceans

New Movie: The Mekong

New Movie: Whales, Requiem 2019, with Rutger Hauer (bladerunner)

New Movie: Spoils, dumpster living

New Movie: Chasing Ice by the Director of The Cove

Bambu theatre Cambodia

President Obamas green words during State of Union 2013 address

MAN & our impact.. our destiny?

Earth Hour March 23rd 2013...join in

5 Year olds book on earth hour

last weeks playback

Polar Bears cartoon by Ridley Scott & coca cola

GREENFINS Ms Kan talks about beach recycling

Turtle foundation video

NOAA spring drought forecast in the US.. worse than 2012

Plastic bags the silent killer

NEW WWF Turtle video on queenland conservation

Mexican Turtle Conservation video

March against Monsanto

Phuket aims to go Shark Fin Free

Stop Shark Fin Trade

Chumphon Thailand underwater cleanup

The sound of Global warming

Go Eco Phuket

ABC on Plastic oceans

GO ECO Phuket underwater cleanup

SAMSARA movie chicken scene

George Monbiot on Re Wilding

Prince Charles to UK pension funds

BLACKFISH the Orca doco iview

Slow life symposium with David De Rothschild

Slow Life symposium Day 1 with Sonu Shivdasani

Jochem Zeitz ex Puma CEO