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Monday, 19 July 2021
Good morning kwippers. Most of our world is currently reckoning with heatwaves like never before, a tangible reminder that our world is getting hotter. From Siberia to Oregon, record-breaking temperatures are destroying people's lives and homes. However, cities are trying their best to adjust to these dramatic changes in our climate, from adaptive buildings to green spaces. You can read more about these solutions and how to handle climate anxiety during this heatwave here

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Video games go green

With more than 2.5 billion players globally, video games are one of the most powerful entertainment mediums out there today. To harness the power of this community, over 30 different studios from the gaming industry have come together to create innovative 'green activations' for their games. These are new messaging features introduced by companies to highlight environmental themes such as conservation and restoration. Named the Green Game Jam, the competition is part of the Playing for the Planet Alliance, facilitated by the UN and intended to bring climate issues to the gaming sphere. This year's entries included the first-ever video game climate walk, tree planting events that resulted in real-life restoration projects, and the introduction of in-game consequences for exploiting the environment. With billions of people engaged, this a real opportunity to highlight the seriousness of climate change and the potential for solutions to a diverse network.

INNOVATION

Social learning for over 55s

Leap is a social learning platform for people over 55 and has raised $3.1 million to expand its beta version. Leap allows its members to gather online to collectively learn, connect, and grow together via small groups built around shared interests. Users connect in groups of between 5 and 10 people and can also get involved in classes hosted by specially recruited members. Leap's founders targeted an older demographic as they felt that there were no other online offerings created to foster meaningful connections within this age group. Retirees, the wealthiest and fastest-growing demographic, have largely been ignored by tech developers even though they often have a lot of time, energy and spending power available. Leap's team works behind the scenes to match members with mutual interests and shared passions, while ensuring that all experiences are restricted to very small group numbers.  

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THE LOW DOWN

  • Unilever introduces carbon footprint labels on food
  • Formula 1 boss says hydrogen could be future fuel for racing
  • Facebook will lure creators with $1 billion in payments
  • EU proposes roadmap for slashing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Largest US wildfire grows in Oregon as blazes burn across the West
  • Madrid is building a huge urban forest to combat climate change

#Showerthoughts

  • Once we have self-driving cars, wipers will no longer be essential, because the car doesn't need a clean windshield to drive. Only humans do.
  • Life on earth is practically what happens when you don't store things in a "cool, dry place away from light". We are cosmic mold.
  • Your hand is the point where your arm branches off into smaller arms.
  • Balding men look way older than men who are actually bald.
  • When someone dies, they take with them their memories of you which they remembered, and a part of you dies with them.

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