By Malaka El-Gammal

Four years following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, a Brexit trade deal was finalised on 24 December 2020, coming into force on 1 January 2021.  While the mainstream debate has primarily revolved around issues of immigration, trade, and even on “fish”, something that has been arguably under-reported – to the dismay of activists and campaigners– is the potential impact that Brexit will have on the climate, and specifically on UK environment policy.

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Interview carried out and written by  Keila McFarland Dias

Paulo Ricardo is a leading Brazilian activist who holds as his mission to make environmental justice a reality in all societal, governmental and institutional spheres. Paulo is the Climate Group coordinator at Engajamundo, an NGO created by young people who believe in their responsibility as a key part of the solution when it comes to tackling the greatest social and environmental crises our world is faced with.

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THE BEZOS EARTH FUND:

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

By Dominika Leitane 

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, and one of the richest men on Earth, possessing a staggering net worth of $184 billion. Whilst he is revered by some as a genius with an unparalleled work ethic, he has also been subject to increasing criticism over the years, for which there are various reasons. 

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The case of environmental injustice and its impact on indigenous rights

 

By  Keila McFarland Dias

Climate change is widely perceived as a by-product of our contemporary socio-economic model, which rotates around the exploitation of nature, unrestrained extractivism, excessive pollution, deforestation, land degradation. Nevertheless, the environmental crisis is in itself a consequence of colonialism, as the imperial expansion heavily relied on the widespread plunder of colonies’ natural resources, thus marking the ‘genesis’ of environmental destruction. Nature’s conservation became a priority when colonisers recognised the rapid environmental decay caused by their own activities, as it acted to their detriment of the colonial powers. It is thus important to highlight that, albeit framed as a universal good, the first environmental policies were structured to solely benefit the West.

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The environmental crisis and climate justice: putting human rights at the heart of the fight against climate change 

By  Keila McFarland Dias

 

In 2007, the pioneer Male’ Declaration on the Human Dimension of Global Climate Change  was adopted at a time where the invocation of human rights norms as tools to fight the environmental crisis seemed chimerical. Human rights treaty bodies had insufficient evidence to link human rights to environmental issues, much less with respect to climate change.  Notwithstanding, this groundbreaking declaration paved the way for Resolution 26/27, in which the UN Human Rights Council established the relationship between climate change and human rights, thus highlighting that the environmental crisis poses an immediate, far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world and has implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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green is the new black: shifting to sustainable consumption habits in a consumerist world 

 

By Yael Vink and Thaís Mota

These past weeks consumers have been bombarded by ads regarding Black Friday, a day which diametrically opposes the environmental and social justice movement. While activists fight for the reduction of waste and struggle against its impacts on the environment, capitalism perpetuates consumerist/toxic practices, fuelled by a simple element: absurdly low prices.

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Biden’s victory: a paradigm shift in global environmental climate action?

 

By  Keila McFarland Dias

On the 4th of November 2020 the United States, the world’s second biggest emitter of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide, officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement, potentially acting as a hindrance to the rest of the world’s achievement of the goals. This thus represented a weakening of the developments to mitigate climate change, following detrimental policies enacted by the Trump anti-science administration, such as the dismantling of numerous regulations targeting methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and the erosion of  both the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act .

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sustainability in the bathroom

Let’s talk about sustainability in the smallest room of our house, the bathroom. Being sustainable in the bathroom isn’t always easy. On average only one in five people recycle their bathroom items. If we count all containers we use over our lifetime, it really adds up, contributing to filling up our landfills and polluting our planet. So even if the bathroom is small, if we all started to recycle whenever we can, will be one small step in the right direction. 

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cow’s milk and its alternatives

When looking for the right milk for one’s morning coffee nowadays there seems to be an endless choice – from different animal products to many plant-based options. We know that making a choice can be difficult, but have you ever taken into account the environmental impact of the milk you consume? 

Below you can find a little overview of the ecological footprint of milk and some popular alternatives…

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Food waste

Disformed carrots, oversized courgettes, apples in which you can’t see your own reflection; all these products often end up in the trash. Food belongs on the plate, not in the trash. However, worldwide, one third of all food ends up getting wasted along the entire value chain. Food waste can be found everywhere in that chain: over-production in agriculture and gastronomy, in the supermarkets, and private households. Over-production of food is a side effect of supermarkets’ and costumers’ high standards of their products. Supermarkets in many parts of Europe have ‘norms’ in regards to the looks of fruit and vegetables, meaning they reject for example disformed, over- or undersized carrots from farmers, but they only sell ‘perfection’ to the customers. Leading to the question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? Who decided that disformed products are not good enough, was it the supermarkets imposing that ‘standard’, or was it the demand of the costumers?

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