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Monday, 8 November 2021
Good morning kwippers. It's been a rocky week for climate news and it can feel pretty overwhelming to keep up with all the updates (or lack of updates) coming out of COP26. The climate crisis is the biggest threat to our world we've ever faced, however we do have the tools we need to beat it. The main challenge is rolling them out globally with lightning speed. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight some great reasons to be hopeful by looking at the incredible progress made in key sectors already - check out the list here. 

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Non-profit streaming

Ecoflix is the world’s first global non-profit streaming platform focused on producing its own shows that are dedicated to wildlife conservation and stabilising the planet. Launching tomorrow (9 November 2021), Ecoflix aims to raise awareness of the efforts being made to meet three of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals - Climate Action, Life Below Water, and Life On Land, through a series of programmes. Viewers can watch a range of original documentaries and feature programming free with their subscription or pay for the 'Changemaker' premium membership at $3.99 a month. It will also be a free educational resource for over 9,000 schools around the UK. The membership fees fund Ecoflix, with 100% of profits going towards natural world campaigns that The Ecoflix Foundation supports. You can access the website here once it launches tomorrow. 

INNOVATION

VR ocean dives

The Hydrous is a San Francisco-based non-profit collective of scientists, filmmakers and divers taking people on immersive virtual dives to create a sense of 'universal ocean empathy,' raising awareness of reef damage and inspiring action to protect our seas. Intended to be watched with a VR headset, viewers can join marine biologist Erika Woolsey for a nine-minute guided virtual dive on the coral reefs off the western Pacific Island of Palau, immersed in a 360-degree underwater view. They swim alongside manta rays, sea turtles and sharks before witnessing the deterioration of the reefs, and the experience often elicits strong reactions. The team is also developing a virtual experience that will put the participant in the role of a marine biologist, tracking and monitoring manta rays, conducting biodiversity surveys underwater, and even transporting the viewer to space to monitor global sea surface temperatures.

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THE LOW DOWN

  • Duke of Edinburgh-style climate award to launch
  • Expedia to stop selling holidays that include captive dolphin shows
  • Islanders sue Australia for inaction on climate change
  • Astronauts grow first peppers in space
  • US Department of Energy announces Carbon Negative Shot initiative 
  • Five major UK supermarkets pledge to halve food system's environmental impact by 2030
  • Canadian becomes world’s first patient to be diagnosed as suffering from ‘climate change’

#Showerthoughts

  • There is a chance that someone you know will use your death as an excuse to get out of a social obligation they don’t want to go to.
  • The last kid to leave the school bus knows where everyone lives.
  • As data showing the effects of sugar on the human body become more well known, future generations will look back with horror on our practice of sending children out to trick-or-treat.
  • One of the safest ways to cross a minefield is via pogo stick.
  • Pizzas are cylinders, not circles.

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