13 October 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

13 October 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we feature stories about a range of climate change and environment issues including the newly released report on climate change from the IPCC.


1. The United Nations have released a new report that warns that we have 12 years left if we want to limit the climate change catastrophe. The report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) states that we must keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5c if we want to avoid extreme heat, poverty for millions, droughts and floods. The IPCC is made up for the world’d leading climate change scientist. You can read the report here.


2. Add your name to the Greenpeace petition to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking for a commitment to reduce emissions now!


3. Bhutan has been carbon negative for some time and despite recent economic growth they remain committed to a carbon neutral future. In this article Nawaraj Chhetri, the climate change mitigation specialist in Bhutan, describes how it’s done!


4. People are taking to the streets in Europe this weekend to insist that world leaders take action on climate change now. The protests come in the wake of the IPCC report.


5. In this blog post from Jennifer Morgan, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace International, she shares her concerns about the environmental crisis the world is facing.


6.  Recycling is an important part of our collective work in preserving our environment, but it’s under threat as some councils considering scrapping it (no pun intended). So do we really know how to do it and what goes where? Have a go at this cool little quiz from The Guardian to see if you’re getting it right.


7. But there is also reason to rethink our use of recycling. We have come to think that plastic is ok as long as we recycle it but this article from the Independent suggests that we need to rethink our use of plastic and learn to live without it – and soon!


8. So now is the time to send a message to the major supermarkets that excessive (or any) plastic packing of fresh produce is not ok. Greenpeace have a petition you can sign.


9. If you up for a bit of movie watching over the weekend, check out Blue Gold Movie. It is made by the production company, Raw Cinematics and it explores Mongolia’s climate change and the impacts of global warming. In this region, glaciers are melting away – 40% since the 1990s.


10. And given that all of this can be a bit overwhelming, here are some important things that we can all do to take action for change.


We’re off on a short break so we’ll see you back here on Saturday 3rd November!