Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee supply coffee to British Airways

July 24, 2018

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee are supplying coffee to British Airways for serving from automated machines in airport lounges and by stewards on their flights.

This is is not good news, indeed it is very bad news.

It is not good news if care about coffee, if Union care about their reputation, if care about the planet.

Global warming is killing coffee. The only people who will be able to afford coffee, the 1%, the very same people sitting in airport lounges pontificating on the delights of Union coffee being served by British Airways, now BA as not British owned.

Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gases. Does Union really wish their name to be linked to a major climate polluter?

In the northern hemisphere we are seeing record high temperatures this summer. This is not the new norm, this is the beginning of relentless rise in global temperatures as climate change kicks in.

How are Union to explain to the poor farmers when their crops fail due to rising temperatures that they were a willing party?

Supply coffee to other than speciality coffee shops harms the reputation of Union. On the other hand, if profit is the driving motive, then maybe a good deal.

Union supply coffee to Waitrose. On the shelf can be found coffee at least two months old. If lucky, only a month old.

Union supply coffee to Gail’s Bakery. The coffee at Gail’s Farnham is undrinkable.

Clifton Coffee supply coffee to Cosy Club. A corporate chain of fake 1930s bars, so fake a parody of fake. The coffee served in Cosy Club Guildford is undrinkable.

Jamie Oliver has a coffee kiosk at Gatwick serving Italian corporate brand coffee, barely drinkable coffee. A tragedy. With many excellent coffee roasteries locally the coffee kiosk could be used to showcase excellent local coffee.

If care about reputational damage, take care where supply coffee.

Yet one of life’s ironies, Grocer and Grain in Brighton, the owner passionate about coffee, has a good range of coffee on the shelves, including Union, but that on the shelves not as fresh as could be, he would love to serve Union coffee, but Union will not supply, therefore obtained through a third party, thus that on the shelves not as fresh as he would like it to be.

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Crossing the Red Line

December 12, 2015
D12 day of action in Paris

D12 day of action in Paris

The Copenhagen text included aviation and shipping emissions, that together are as large as the emissions of Britain and Germany combined, but they are not mentioned in the Paris text. .. is weaker than Copenhagen … not consistent with the latest science. — Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

It’s outrageous that the deal that’s on the table is being spun as a success when it undermines the rights of the world’s most vulnerable communities and has almost nothing binding to ensure a safe and liveable climate for future generations. In fact the deal as it stands in the context of INDCs that have been submitted sets us firmly on the path to a devastating three degrees of global warming. — Nick Dearden, the director of Global Justice

Listening to the BBC news, the jubilation of delegates to COP21 in Paris, one could be forgiven for being fooled into believing some historical agreement had been signed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It has not.

The agreement excluded both aviation and shipping, without which, we cannot keep global warming below 2C.

Thee is nothing to protect indigenous rights. These are the guardians of the forests.

Unbelievable no mention of oil, coal  or gas. Nor any mention of livestock, palm oil and other industries driving deforestation.

One could also be forgiven for believing 1.5C limit to global temperature rise was something new. It is not. It always was 1.5C seen as the safe upper limit. It was political fudge that set it to 2C.

2C rise would see many Pacific islands wiped off the face of the map.

We are already seeing severe storms and more of them.

In Cumbria last weekend, we saw floods, we saw floods across southern England two winters ago.  And yet, we have business wanting to build a third runway and massively expand Heathrow Airport.

Third World countries will be the worst affected by rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and yet they are still on a programme of building more coal-fired power station.

There has to be a ban on building any new coal-fired power stations, the existing coal-fired powers stations have to be phased out.

2,440 coal-fired power plants are planned globally, both in emerging economies as a suggested means of meeting rapidly increasing electricity demand and also in many states across the EU to replace existing capacity.

Even with no new construction, emissions from coal-fired power generation in 2030 would still be 150% higher than what is consistent with scenarios limiting warming to below 2°C.

In the Cape in South Africa, wind turbines  deliver electricity at half the price of coal-fired power stations, are cheaper to build, and yet South Africa plans building more coal-fired power stations.

When was the last time you saw solar panels on a house in Cyprus?

Had the world cut carbon emission by 2% a year since the Rio Earth Summit in early 1990s we would not be where we are today.

The cuts pledged at COP21 do not add up. They would lead to a 3C rise in global temperature. And these are only pledges, not guarantees they will be met, they are not legally binding by International Treaty.

The cuts required are what the science dictates, not what Big Business, Dirty Coal, dictates.

The Paris deal requires no emissions reductions from countries before 2020.

We have to leave 80% of known carbon reserves in the ground.

But, even with what has been pledged, it means fossil fuels, coal, oil, gas, have no future. Stranded, worthless assets. It is time for massive divestment from fossil fuels.

Man is his folly and greed seems determined to destroy the planet.

Proposed expansion of Gatwick or Heathrow or maybe both in the south of England.

Burning of rain forests in Indonesia to clear the way for palm oil plantations.

Bangladesh, the world’s most ‘climate vulnerable’ large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of its World Heritage coastal wetlands. Mangrove swamps protect coastlines, but Bagladesh will destroy a mangrove swamp for a massive coal-fired power station.

Low lying islands, where they are destroying forests, excavating the beach, polluting the sea, mining the coral reefs.

But we ourselves, seeing the failure of politicians, can take action.

  • divest from fossil fuels
  • boycott any product containing palm oil

We have to have a Marshal Plan of investment in green infrastructure

In the UK we have corporations sitting on a £700 billion cash pile. Idle money doing nothing. We know investment in green infrastructure could lead to the creation of a million jobs.

What we are seeing is a re-run of Neville Chamberlain returning from Berlin with a signed paper by Adolf Hitler, Peace in Our Time. What we are witnessing is Appeasement of Big Business.

TTIP, if forced through, will render any agreement reached at Paris worthless.  A blitzkrieg by the EU and Big Business.

Future generations will look back and see this moment for what it was.

Today thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to protest, and in doing so defied the State of Emergency.

Drawing a line in the sand: The movement victory at Ende Gelände opens up the road of disobedience for Paris

August 25, 2015

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

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The raucous rattle of a low flying helicopter shakes me awake. It must be the Police.  The sun hasn’t risen yet and the tent’s sides still smell of morning dew. I doubt I was the only one in this field who didn’t sleep deeply last night. Today is the day of action we have been waiting for  Ende Gelände (Here and no Further) – 1500 people have pledged to enter RWE’s Garzweiler open cast coal mine, and block the gargantuan “bagger” excavators with their bodies, thus shutting down Europe’s largest source of CO2 emissions.

This is direct action as it should be. It’s not just a symbolic gesture that tells a story and makes an injustice visible, but an action which targets the very source of the problem and stops it in its tracks. Of course if the day is a success then its stories will work their magic, building…

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Sunniest April on record

May 6, 2015

April 2015 has been recorded as the sunniest April on record.

April showers?

April 2015 has been recorded as one of the driest April on record.

April 2015 has so far recorded the hottest day of the year, 25.6 C mid-April.

May by contrast, cold, wet and windy.

Today I found a fallen tree.

First bluebells

April 15, 2015
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Middle of April, clear blue sky, sunny, temperature hits 25C.

Last week was warm and sunny, around 20C, then Saturday back to winter, very cold.

Warmest April day in four years.

Madrid 19C.

Global warming?

First bluebells started to appear last week. Today more are in flower.

Primroses and wood anemones are still in flower. Daffodils are dying off.

Lawns mowed, a little bit of digging, hoeing.

Runner beans, variety Scarlet Emperor sowed. Probably too early, but I will take the risk.

By lunchtime through to early afternoon, it was too hot to work in the garden.

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Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

April 14, 2015
Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

Le 30 mars dernier, Naomi Klein présentait son dernier ouvrage « Tout peut changer, capitalisme et changement climatique », publié par Actes Sud, à Paris. Une soirée organisée par 350.org, Attac, Actes Sud en partenariat avec Bastamag et Mediapart.

Divest It Like It’s Hot

April 13, 2015

A silly video, but with an important message, the need to divest.

If we are to avoid thermal runaway, we must limit global temperature rise to less then 2C, and it we are to limit global temperature rise to less then 2C, then 80% of known carbon reserves must be left in the ground.

If we cannot extract the known reserve why are we exploring for more reserves?

The value of companies like Shell and BP, is dependent upon their claimed reserves. If 80% of those reserves cannot be extracted, the worth of those companies plummets overnight.

Hence the move to divest.

There is now a worldwide campaign to divest, with pressure being put on universities, on municipalities, on pensions funds, to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

COP20: Turn our towns and cites green

December 4, 2014

The last international climate talks, COP19 in Warsaw were an unmitigated disaster. COP19 was hijacked by Dirty Coal in Poland. We must ensure this never happens again.

Secretive behind closed doors meetings are taking place in Lima in Peru, preliminary meetings between government ministers to decide the agenda for COP20. Left to their own devices, they will draw up an agenda on behalf of dirty coal, oil and fracking.

We must not let that happen.

At COP19 it was decided, we cannot trust the corrupt political elite, in the pocket of Big Business, we have to drive the agenda from the grassroots.

One grassroots initiative is to turn our villages and towns and cities green.

What is your village, town and city doing?

Petitions are being drawn up to drive the process, to lobby mayors, town halls, village councils, to demand they draw up a green agenda, that agenda to then be presented to COP20 when it meets.

In Germany, there are now several hundred, community and municipality owned and controlled local grids. Into the local grid feeds local power generation, rooftop solar panels, local wind turbines, and only the surplus is fed into the national grid.

In England, local councils may be implementing austerity, but they are using it as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, whilst at the same time sitting on vast reserves. Lincolnshire cut its library services by two-thirds, fired 170 library staff to save £2 million, and yet had an underspend of £42 million. These reserves should be put to productive use. They could be used to create local area networks and to support other green initiatives.

In Farnborough GnERGY, a local energy company. Only local in that it is based in Farnborough, it could as easily be based in Ireland or Luxembourg to dodge tax. It buys on the wholesale market and distributes thorough the national grid. The local council could put its reserves to more productive use, work with this local company, to build a local grid, buy local, distribute local, and only the surplus distributed through the national grid.

Naomi Klein in Oxford discussing This Changes Everything

October 19, 2014

Naomi Klein in Oxford discussing This Changes Everything.

Fast forward 15 minutes to bypass the preamble.

Chasing Ice

October 10, 2014

Capturing a glacier as it calves.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland.

The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary from the International Press Association. It has won over 30 awards at festivals worldwide. Still playing in theaters worldwide.