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Farmers and growers across the country are demonstrating their progress and commitment towards a net zero future for British food production. Our new report shows how they're playing their part in climate mitigation worldwide. More on the Farmers Union website

"With greater government support [we] can accelerate this progress."

The National Farmers’ Union, not a union in the usual sense, but instead essentially an England and Wales agribusiness lobbying group, are targeting children for a bit of greenwash in an ‘interesting’ moral decision. Farming animals is BY FAR the biggest climate issue in agriculture, responsible for 14.5 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and the production of red meat accounts for 41 per cent of those emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Despite reducing demand for red meat farming being the number one thing that the union could do, their new pack of educational resources for students (who will be suffering the worst effects of the cattle emissions), produced specifically for COP, makes absolutely no mention of this, focusing on carbon cycle and the effects of extreme weather on farmers (despite the red meat sector being a huge contributor to this!). When asked about the greenwashing, NFU Education lead Joshua Payne commented “I think that unsurprisingly you’ll find these lessons are not about reduction in dairy and meat intake.“ Good to see the union have a strong moral compass. 

(https://encounteredu.com/live-lessons/nfu-food-farming-and-the-planet

https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/nfu%20an%20english%20agribusiness%20lobby%20group.pdf)

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IKEA - did you know you can take back old furniture now .... but be aware- as they say, the problem with Climate Change is you of course. Nothing to do with them and their giant machine

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THE CLIMATE SCIENTIST MICHAEL MANN TALKING ABOUT THE NEW TRICKS AND DECEPTION STRATEGIES CURRENTLY BEING USED BY THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY.

Blatant lying doesn’t work anymore. So the friends and beneficiaries of coal, oil, and natural gas have developed a new strategy. They depict individual behavior as the key to the success or failure of climate protection, thus deflecting attention from their own actions and obfuscating political solutions to the crisis. Michael E. Mann analyzes how it all works in his latest book, «The New Climate War». Read more here

While the book sets out to look at tactics of Fossil Fuel companies, these can equally apply to all big companies. Carry on with business as usual and blame individuals. 

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And guess what Amazon told their workers to do .....

Destroy thousands of items each week and send them to landfill. Presumably it's cheaper to dump returns than repack them and use them again. Insanity

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This is Greenwash if it was only Amazon saying one thing and doing another. The fact that they seem to be actively destroying resources and encouraging waste makes it even more disturbing.

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Setting fires in the Amazon to clear land for crops destroys Brazilian rainforest. It must stop. That’s why we support Greenpeace’s aim to prevent further deforestation. And why Tesco does not buy meat from Brazil, and all our fresh beef comes from the UK and Ireland. 

You can read all about it here - Tesco's claims anyway

The only problem is that Greenpeace say what Tesco is claiming is not true - and is all GREENWASH.

Last week, Greenpeace launched a campaign urging Tesco to face up to the realities of industrial meat and its role in destroying the Amazon rainforest and other South American forests. 

Over 100,000 people signed up, and all this public pressure seems to have Tesco rattled. 

Tesco has started running social media adverts claiming that they support Greenpeace’s call to stop deforestation, insisting that they do not buy meat from Brazil. They also claim that by the end of this year they will have hit their ‘target of zero deforestation for soy animal feed through certification’.

If you’ve seen these ads, you might feel confused about what’s really happening, and what Tesco is doing wrong. So let’s take a closer look.

Tesco have no idea where their soya comes from

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Read the whole story here

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Environment Pollution

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"Sustainability is just how we do business - all day, every day.

We clean water to the highest standard, deliver it to millions of homes and businesses (ensuring nature and agriculture gets its fair share), while minimising our impact on the environment.

 

Water is vital to the long-term future of our planet, so we launched Love Every Drop our strategy to bring us all together to put water at the heart of a whole new way of living."

Anglian Water: number of spill events in 2019 (that's raw sewage into rivers and coastal waters): 17428.

Duration of those spill events: 170, 547 hours.

Data for 2019 published by the Guardian last year showed raw sewage was discharged for 1.5m hours into rivers alone.

Countries are legally obliged to treat sewage before it is released into waterways. Discharges of untreated human waste are permitted only in exceptional circumstances, for example after extreme rainfall, the European court of justice has ruled. 

 

The new figures show the scale of sewage discharges in England into rivers and seas. They have increased from 292,864 incidents in 2019 to 403,171 in 2020 – a 37% rise.

Sir James Bevan, the Environment Agency’s chief executive, said: “Storm overflows are designed to discharge sewage to rivers or the sea at times of heavy rainfall to prevent it backing up into homes and streets. But higher population and climate change means they will discharge more often. Read more here

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“Lords Amendment 45 to the Environment Bill would have placed a legal duty on water companies in England and Wales “to make improvements to their sewerage systems and demonstrate progressive reductions in the harm caused by discharges of untreated sewage.”

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Not much to ask really, but 265 Tory MPs voted down the amendment to stop private water companies from dumping raw sewage into the UK’s rivers and coastlines.

As the water companies continue to dump sewage in the rivers, you might ask why these MPs wouldn't want to vote to stop it? Bizarely many of them are in the rural constituencies most affected ! It'll have to remain a mystery

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