When Boris Johnson addressed Joe Biden’s climate change summit on Earth Day this week, he was on characteristically playful form. Pointing out that the UK had slashed carbon emissions while increasing growth in recent years, he turned to his favourite Brexit concept of having one’s cake and eating it. “‘Cake-have-eat’ is my message to you,” the PM told 40 fellow world leaders.As Biden unveiled a historic new pledge to cut the US’s emissions by half by 2030, Johnson announced his own fresh commitment to show some global leadership.Ahead of the UK’s hosting of the all-important COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November, it would write into law a plan to cut its emissions by 78% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2035, as recommended by its independent climate change committee.Just two weeks earlier, the landmark promise had been set in train in Downing Street when Johnson chaired a meeting of the Climate Action Strategy (CAS) cabinet committee. Crucially, not a single voice dissented from the radical new target. And most importantly of all, chancellor Rishi Sunak was supportive.For although the headline targets are essential, they can too often be missed if the minister who holds the purse strings is reluctant to come on board. In part due to opposition from George Osborne, David Cameron went from pledging “the greenest government ever” to wanting to “get rid of all that green crap” in a few short years.The UK Treasury certainly has a central role in any carbon cutting agenda and in the next few weeks, its Net Zero Review will reveal just how radical Sunak plans to be in hitting the legally-binding pledge to get net zero carbon emissions by 2050.The first major country in the world to commit to such legislation, Britain plans the fastest drop in emissions of any big economy and the new document drafted in the bowels of the Treasury – and covering everything from investment to taxation – is the blueprint for action.But while Johnson has paraded his green credentials extravagantly over the years, Sunak is to many in the green movement a closed book. Will he live down to the stereotype of chancellors who see the price of everything but the environmental value of nothing? Or will he surprise everyone with a package as bold as his boss’s words? If the UK gets its policy mix to match its targets, it could have a big impact on other countries.There’s certainly a succession of big moments on climate policy due this year in Whitehall. The Net Zero Review is central, but there will also be a ‘heat and building strategy’ from the Communities Department and the Business Department, which has to make a big call on post-gas alternatives.Grant Shapps’ Transport Department has a decarbonisation plan this summer, DEFRA has a land-use strategy to publish. In the autumn there will be an overarching Net Zero Plan, to showcase Britain to the world ahead of COP talks. “And in each area, all roads lead through the Treasury,” as one source put it.For good measure, there will be a Budget just before the climate talks in November, and a spending review. Sunak and his officials, who are having to deal with Covid as a priority, are having to spin plenty of plates and environmentalists are hoping they don’t all come crashing down.The chancellor’s record to date is seen as mixed by green campaigners. His last Budget was criticised for its lack of big policy on the environment, and was seen as a missed opportunity to put flesh on the bones of what the PM called “building back greener” from the Covid pandemic.Unspent cash from the £1.5bn Green Homes Grant programme for home insulation wasn’t rolled over, and suspicions about its role were confirmed when it was axed completely a few weeks later. Fuel duty was again frozen.Treasury sources insist that Sunak is serious about the climate challenge. They point to measures in the spring Budget, and the previous Budget, such as giving the Bank of England a new net zero mandate that will shift investment away from fossil fuels, a new green savings bond, green gilts and new UK infrastructure bank with a requirement to help tackle climate change.He has made net zero one of his three priorities while chairing the G7 group of finance ministers. Investments in hydrogen and carbon capture are cited too.“No one can claim that he’s shying away from it, or that he’s taking a typical, penny pinching Treasury stance,” says one ally. “His position is this isn’t going to happen overnight. We’ve got to get it right, but this is not just about what is the right policy but also where the public are with this as well.“He wants to be ambitious but it’s his job to basically work out how we do it and a lot of these things are incremental behavioor changes. We’ve got to nudge business and the public in the right direction.”An insider says: “It’s very easy for people to say ‘yay, net ero’ But that’s the macro level, at the next level down people ask how does that impact my bills, how does this impact my way of life, how does that impact what car I can afford to have and all the rest of the kind of the real world implications. That’s more difficult.”Rachel Wolf, the co-author of the 2019 Tory election manifesto, believes that the PM has been successful with messaging that green issues can be popular in Red Wall seats, not least because of the many skilled jobs that the environmental revolution can provide.But polling and focus grouping by her Public First agency shows that there is also more room for Sunak to be in step with public opinion on things like carbon taxes. “Our research shows that there really isn’t much climate scepticism anymore. People are genuinely committed to improving the environment including climate change, and they have become more so. And it actually covers classes and ages.”Her research found that backing for carbon taxes rises once people are told that industry and airlines are also paying their fair share too. And there is one big policy area where Wolf, along with many green Tories, wants Treasury change: a shift in costs on energy bills away from electricity towards gas. The shift would overnight boost demand to replace gas boilers with electric heat pumps, for example.“Big environmental policy plays better than lots of bits of small environmental policy. If you compare us to France or Germany or the Netherlands, they have both much greater incentives for switching to alternatives like heat pumps, and they have also sorted out the pricing.“It’s a bit under the radar and is a bit crazy frankly, but we in the UK have piled huge numbers of cumulative ‘policy costs’, which is another word for taxes, on to electricity. Whereas when you look at other countries they’ve done less on electricity and they’ve put it on gas or are starting to.”Sam Hall, of the Conservative Environment Network, is another supporter of the switch of costs from electricity to gas. “I’d be interested to see what they choose to do [in the Net Zero Review] on carbon taxes and carbon pricing. Lots of sectors of the economy don’t have a very strong carbon price at the moment. And I think carbon pricing is something we’re going to need as a tool in the toolbox if we are going to tackle this cost effectively.”He adds: “The spending review is going to be a key moment, the first time we have had a multi year spending review under the Boris Johnson government. There were some tough departmental settlements for environment-focused departments in previous spending reviews, despite the significant public concern about the environment and the many social and economic benefits environment-focused spending can deliver.“Hopefully BEIS, DEFRA and the rest of government will get the funding they need to stimulate some of these early markets in clean technologies and natural capital, which can then bring in the private sector capital off the back of it.”Some green campaigners just think Sunak is not engaged. “He’s often nowhere to be seen,” says one. They point to the chancellor’s failure to turn up to the launch of the Dasgupta Review in February, a pioneering study on why biodiversity should be embedded into economic costings. Johnson and Sir David Attenborough were present, but Sunak was not.Joss Garman, director of the European Climate Foundation, is more forgiving. “I would say it’s not so much that he’s being an active negative force, so much as just keeping his head down and not saying anything at all, so he’s keeping everyone guessing where he stands on these issues,” he said.“Something like the coal mine in Cumbria, Boris didn’t really get any credit for stepping in and forcing that to a public inquiry as he eventually did do even though he had 30 Northern Research Group MPs against him. Things like that you have to hand it to him, as with the petrol and diesel phase out by 2030, that’s a big deal – as was adopting the toughest climate target of any major economy as he did at the end of last year.”One senior Tory says: “The Treasury and Rishi have two completely overriding concerns right now. One, as we come out of Covid they need to avoid a massive wave of unemployment once they start withdrawing all the support. And two, every single department and indeed Number 10 keeps asking them to spend money that they don’t think they have. Those battles are taking up almost all of the bandwidth.”While ministers may be busy with Covid however, the bandwidth does exist among officials, insiders say. Steve Field, the Treasury’s director for climate, environment and energy, has a team of staffers working on the detail of the Net Zero Review, along with academics from Oxford and the LSE.It remains to be seen however if Sunak will revive Gordon Brown’s environmental tax team, which had the clout that came with being guaranteed a chapter in the Budget to write. “Once you know you will be setting say 15 measures in every Budget, that gives you a power within the system,” one former staffer says.Some in Labour think that the problem is a hangover of the Cameron/Osborne era’s shift away from green policy in the Treasury. Theresa May then scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and her chancellor Philip Hammond was so sceptical about the issue that he even drafted costings that suggested it would cost £70bn a year to hit emissions targets, a figure ridiculed by other departments and since ditched.The real issue is not a lack of technical expertise, but a lack of political will from Sunak and ministers, says one Labour critic. “Gordon and Tony and John Prescott were fighting over who was in charge of the environmental agenda, to drive the initiative forward.“Now you look around and there’s Rishi, [trade secretary] Liz Truss, [business secretary] Kwasi Kwarteng, [foreign secretary] Dom Raab, who should all be fighting to be in the vanguard of this stuff. But none are. Instead, they’re saying ‘oh well, that’s [COP chair] Alok Sharma’s job’.”New Labour introduced a raft of measures, from the climate change levy to the landfill tax, as well as the fuel duty escalator, which were all aimed at both helping the planet while raising revenue.“Gordon’s obsession was ‘What can I say is the carbon impact of this Budget?’,” one former colleague says. “You could introduce things like the aggregates levy or the pesticide levy or other environmental taxes, but if it didn’t have a CO2 number attached to it, he would ask ‘why are we doing this?’”Yet some Tories point to the Gordon Brown Treasury as a salutary example of how green policy can go wrong. Brown introduced tax breaks for diesel cars in 2001 because they emit less CO2 than petrol-powered cars. But it became apparent that the car industry had oversold its promises of using catalytic converters to remove harmful particulates.Cameron and Osborne have been criticised for failing to have a proper strategy for nuclear power’s contribution to emissions cuts, for dragging their feet on big projects like the Severn barrier and carbon capture and storage. They also ditched in 2015 the zero carbon homes standard too, a move that this week prompted a withering condemnation from Lord Deben, the climate change committee chairman.“We have built a million houses which will have to be retrofitted because the Conservative government went back on the zero carbon homes [plan],” he said. “It’s cost the country a huge amount, it’s costing the people who bought those houses a huge amount and it’s given a lot of money into the pockets of housebuilders which shouldn’t have been there. It’s a prize example of why governments have to stick to what they say and not fiddle about at the edges.”Deben, who gave a strong welcome to Johnson’s historic emissions target this week, is one of several Conservatives with a long track record on green issues. Johnson himself has been heavily influenced by the Conservative Environment Network, whose members include Zac and Ben Goldsmith, his father Stanley and his No.10 climate adviser Sam Richards.Sunak lacks such extensive feelers into the green world, but some hope he can surprise people on the issue in coming months. “I don’t think Rishi has been gripped by it fully yet,” says one expert. “But what we learned from him as a chancellor is he does a small number of things big.”And with a manifesto lock preventing rises in VAT, income tax or national insurance, green levies could be useful to Sunak’s plans to strengthen the public finances. There’s also the cachet of embracing the future, a key asset for any chancellor who wants to become prime minister next.“The Budget this year obviously wasn’t very green but to be fair its focus was a Covid recovery budget,” says one expert. “I think they do realise that with a Budget coming just before COP, they have to do something substantive in it. And the advantage of some of this is it’s revenue raising, not just revenue costing.”Sam Hall, of the Conservative Environment Network, says that the theme of fairness could feature too, especially as many people on low incomes rely on electricity for heating. “One other thing it would be really good to see in the Treasury review is a focus on the distributional impacts of net zero, and how we can make sure people on low incomes don’t lose out and in fact benefit from the transition.”One potential politically sensitive policy is road pricing, which could be a green measure that over time replaces fuel duty. More likely may be “border carbon adjustments”, effectively a carbon tax on imports of goods made from polluting countries. It is seen as a key way of reassuring UK firms that there is a level playing field, although developing countries are wary. The EU is considering such a tariff from 2023 and Biden has floated the idea too.Sunak is also being urged to use the UK’s chairing of the G7 to get rich countries to effectively pay the poorest not to cut down their trees. Poor countries have lost out on tourism as well as lockdowns in the pandemic, with some facing liquidity problems. Gordon Brown is leading calls for debt cancellation ahead of the Glasgow summit.Joss Garman says: “The Congo, Rwanda, Indonesia, the Philippines, these are all forest nations that have a huge impact on climate change. And they’re going to trash their forests, just like we did unless they get financial support not to do that. Because the UK is hosting the G7, the onus is on Rishi to come up with something, together with the Americans.“That’s probably about putting pressure on the Chinese to do debt cancellation and restructuring, partially that’s probably about generous deployment of vaccines to developing countries, but also it’s about financial support through the World Bank and IMF.”Lord Stern, whose ground-breaking report on climate economics was published under the Blair government, is hopeful that the coming months will once again prove that the UK is leading the way on the issue. Stern, a member of the Treasury’s steering group on the Net Zero Review, says that Sunak has overseen some substantial policies so far.But he stresses that the human cost of not tackling fossil fuels is very real, pointing to the 40,0000 people in the UK who die every year from air pollution-related diseases. “If you think of the tragedy of Covid, we could end up with 200,000 people dead. But that’s five years of air pollution too.”Stern says that he’s hoping that the UK’s post-Brexit version of the European emissions trading scheme (ETS), which caps the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by energy-intensive industries and electricity generators, can be a powerful driver of change. “I do think that we need a stronger carbon price. The floor price, I hope that will be raised. It’s about half the European trading scheme’s price,” he says.The peer also says some green revenue should be used to make “direct transfers”, through things like council tax rebates or cash cheques, to help the less well off with the costs of the transition to low carbon. Most of all, he believes the Treasury is now putting the benefits of zero emissions into its cost-benefit analyses and focusing on growth.“We need to see the drive to net zero and increased emphasis on sustainability as a growth story. If we set those [emissions] targets as strongly as we have done, then we will get the discovery, innovation and investment that we need. Pace is of the essence and I still think that the sense of urgency is not strong enough in some places.”The officials within the Treasury are currently working with academics from Oxford and the LSE on the Net Zero Review and plenty of radical options are being worked up in draft. But ultimately it will come down to Sunak, as well as the prime minister, to decide just what the pace of change will be.“I’m very optimistic about what we can do,” says Stern. “That’s different from optimism about what we will do. But the deeper understanding of what we can do helps people see this is attractive, in terms of economic activity, in terms of health, attractive in terms of the environment.“We need growth in order to raise revenue, and to cut unemployment. That discussion of how we blend the revenue raising and the growth story is actually taking place in the Treasury in a very thoughtful way.”Related...Rishi Sunak's Budget Puts Climate Targets In Jeopardy, Experts WarnTory MPs Condemned For Backing New Coal Mine While Promoting Green PoliciesCan Boris Johnson Escape Dominic Cummings?
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As of March 2021, Tech in Asia is carbon neutral for the years 2019, 2020, and 2021.
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Let’s face it, it’s been a long and hard year for the denizens of our planet since Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. However, it’s possible that things are looking up somewhat. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world, we do have vaccines that may eventually get us past this. And in the meantime, the Biden administration in DC is putting environmental programs in place that may get the US back on track. So perhaps it’s worth doing a little partying (and educating) on behalf of this year’s annual celebration of the environmental movement, which is set for April 22nd. Once again, most Earth Day celebrations will be virtual. What follows is a sampling of some that you can attend. For a more complete... Continue reading…
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The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a surge in young people wanting to study science and healthcare, universities have said.Centres across the UK have noted a significant rise in applications for courses such as biomedical sciences and pharmacology from teenagers who say they want to “stop the next pandemic”. In February, the university admissions site UCAS said applications for nursing courses had risen by almost a third, with increases seen from both 18-year-old school leavers and mature students aged 35 and over.Although UCAS said it was too early to publish figures for individual courses, HuffPost UK reached out to universities across the UK who confirmed they had received a huge rise in interest in science and healthcare programmes.Kingston University said nursing applications had increased by 67% and midwifery courses by 26%, while biological sciences applications were up by 36%, pharmacy by 32% and biomedical sciences by 25%.Dr Gianpiero Calabrese, a pharmaceutics lecturer at the south London university, told HuffPost UK the surge of interest showed “how more young people are realising just how crucial healthcare and science-based roles are to our society”.The Covid-19 pandemic had played a “massive part” in the increase in nursing applications, the university’s head of nursing, Dr Julia Gale, added. “The public has seen what amazing job nurses do and how hard they work, so it has brought a highly-respected profession to the fore. “Seeing this on the news every day has made people want to come into nursing to make a huge difference.”At Brunel University in west London, Dr Anthony Tsolaki, a senior lecturer and undergraduate admissions tutor, said he noticed students are “moving towards areas related to the pandemic”. “I have a strong feeling that there has been a shift to study microbiology, genetics and epidemiology,” he told HuffPost UK.“This will be more discernible in the next academic year probably. I teach Microbial Pathogenesis and my lectures on Covid-19 have been well received.”Anglia Ruskin University in East Anglia said it had seen a 40% increase in applications for biology-based courses and a 32% increase in biomedical science since the start of the pandemic.Covid-19 may have also contributed to young people becoming more interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses as a whole. Bath University told HuffPost UK it had received 18% more applications for pharmacology, 12% more for biomedical science and 17% for biochemistry.It also pointed to an increase in courses in mathematics, statistics and data science, which “suggests that there is a greater interest in statistical modelling and the use of mathematics to understand trends and explain data”.Reading University said it had also seen a rise in overall applications for science-based subjects, particularly in pharmacy as well as mathematics and statistics.The pandemic’s impact on a surge of interest in the sciences has not been limited to 17-18-year-olds. Open University, which specialises in mostly mature students, said visitors to their free Openlearn science courses had seen a six-fold increase since the start of the pandemic.No figures are available yet for the number of students choosing to take science or healthcare-related GCSEs, Btecs or A-levels, but one biology teacher said she had been “bombarded” with questions about Covid-19 and health since the first lockdown.“My colleagues and I have definitely noticed more pupils asking us how viruses spread and how Covid was caused by climate change,” one Leicester secondary school teacher told HuffPost UK.“Some of them – including kids who have never expressed much of an interest before – specifically requested I teach them about the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it had wiped out a lot of young people.” We want to be able to protect our families and loved ones and stop the next pandemic.” This recent interest among her students may be partly because some have been tragically impacted by the virus. “We’ve had kids who have lost grandparents and parents to Covid, so it’s definitely something that has played a huge part in their lives.”One such case is 17-year-old Mo from Sheffield, who has lost three family members to Covid-19 in the past year including both his grandmothers.He tells HuffPost UK that although he did have some interest in science before the pandemic, he had only planned to study physics at A-level alongside English and history. “It wasn’t until my [maternal] grandma got sick in April that I became interested in biology and medicine,” he told HuffPost UK.Mo is now taking biology, chemistry, physics and history at A-level and he plans to study biomedical sciences at university in 2022. “I’m not at all surprised that more young people are choosing to study science than ever because of Covid-19. We want to be able to protect our families and loved ones and stop the next pandemic.”“I think our [Muslim] community here were given confusing or bad messaging when the pandemic first broke out. No one was wearing masks and a lot of people got sick really quickly and weren’t self-isolating. “Becoming a scientist would allow me to go back to my community and give them the right information, so we can stop something as deadly from happening again.”Exam boards Pearson, OCR and the International Baccalaureate said it was too early to say whether there had been an increase in science GCSE and A-level courses.But a new Natural History GCSE is currently under consideration by the government, which OCR said reflected the growing interest and appreciation of the environment during the pandemic.The proposal would focus on biodiversity, ecology and conservation in order to teach pupils to “understand what their role should be and could be in protecting for the future”. In a public consultation with more than 2,500 responses from young people, teachers and naturalists, the exam board received suggestions of topics that were “inspired by the current pandemic”.One student proposed including biosecurity as a topic and another said they would want to learn “how land-use change could lead to more pandemics in the future”. Jill Duffy, chief executive of OCR, said they were “stunned” by the enthusiasm for the Natural History GCSE proposal. “We know that young people are very engaged by the debate on the environment but the pandemic seems to have made everyone appreciate the value of nature even more,” she said. The proposal has been widely endorsed including by Sir David Attenborough, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams.In response to a parliamentary question last summer on the proposal, schools minister Nick Gibb said the government was “exploring the option of introducing a new GCSE in natural history after receiving a proposal from exam board OCR, but have made no commitment at this stage”.One student, 15-year-old Kabir Kaul, said lockdown “encouraged me to appreciate and value the wildlife on my doorstep a lot more” and the pandemic had led to an increase in interest in his school’s wildlife society.″I have seen more members share their bird sightings, and some often ask which bird feeders are suitable for different species,” he told HuffPost UK. “With more of my generation appreciating, and in a small way, protecting the biodiversity around them during the pandemic, I am optimistic that this knowledge will stay with them in the long-term.”Related...7 Things That Contradict The Claim Britain Is ‘Not Institutionally Racist’I’m A Secondary School Teacher. 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Easter weekend is upon us and if you’re lucky, you’ve got four glorious days off work to fill. There’s just one problem: it’s our second Easter in lockdown – and we’re not sure another walk or day in front of Netflix will cut it. Never fear, though, because we’re here with a guide of alternative things to do, whether you’re spending the weekend alone, with friends, or are in desperate need for child-friendly entertainment.In no particular order, here are 13 ideas to get you started. Catch up with friends and family outdoorsLockdown rules changed on Monday 29 March and this weekend will be the first opportunity to make the most of it for many.Up to six people from six different households can now meet (a return to the rule of six), or you can meet in a larger group if this only contains two households (e.g. two families of four people, totalling eight people). Gatherings must take place outside, but you’re allowed to spend time in private gardens. Bringing food? These recipes will help you up your picnic game.Play Ginger’s Big Drag Bingo After a day outdoors, get the Prosecco on ice and prepare for a hilarious bingo-meets-game show night, hosted by drag superstar Ginger. Expect bingo combined with “NSFW comedy, pop anthems, the funniest memes and guest performances from your fave London Queens”. Doors for the online show will open at 7.15pm BST on Friday April 4. Buy a ticket for £8 here. Try an art classHome is the perfect place to practise your art skills (you can hide any misfires off camera). Artist Angela Chao will be hosting a free watercolour workshop suitable for adults or kids on Saturday April 3 from 4pm – 5pm BST (register here). Alternatively, there’s an online life drawing class this Sunday hosted by Brixton Life Drawing at 10am - 11:30am BST (register here, classes are pay what you can). Enjoy outdoor sportOutdoor sports facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, plus open-air swimming pools re-opened earlier this week. Book a session at your local venue to shake off that lockdown fatigue. Make Easter masks Making some Easter masks can be a fun way to revamp (and prolong) your Easter egg hunt. Get the kids to draw out some ears and the top half of a bunny face, cut it out and attach some elastic. Or, save time by downloading and printing free printable masks online – easy.Stream online theatreMissing the thrill of theatre? Treat yourself to a performance from your sofa by using an online streaming service. The National Theatre has a variety of shows accessible any time from £9.99 for a one-month subscription.  Get crafty Craft projects are a great option if you’re tired of screens – and you don’t have to be particularly artistic. The HuffPost team recently tried out a number of kits – from pottery to scrunchie making – with surprising success.Read our reviews here. Alternatively, make some simple Easter decorations with the kids by following these salt dough instructions or sitting down to some good, old fashioned egg painting.Try an online festival for kids Kinder Surprise has teamed up with top entertainers and educators to create the Kinder Masters of Play Festival. Fancy a dance class with Diversity star Jordan Banjo? How about a drawing workshop with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph?Events are free and happing live throughout the Easter holidays, with videos available to watch back at any time. Find more details online. Chat with Sir David Attenborough (kind of)Environmental movement Earth Optimism has teamed up with the Cambridge Festival to bring viewers an exciting event ‘In conversation with Sir David Attenborough’. The broadcaster will be discussing his hopes for the future of our planet, plus answering some viewer questions. The talk will be streamed live from 2pm– 3pm BST on Sunday April 4. You can register for free here. Make a spring focaccia gardenSorry sourdough bloomer, spring focaccia gardens are the latest bread tread – and they look as good as they taste. We asked George White, founder of The Focaccia Florist, London’s first floral bakery, for his top tips and a recipe for beginners. Follow the instructions here.Order an at-home restaurant boxRestaurants may be closed, but you can still enjoy restaurant-quality food. See if your favourite eatery is offering takeaway or order an at-home cookery kit, which will give you a delicious meal after a few simple steps.There’s lots of options, from Michelin-starred feasts to award-winning pasta. Read our recommendations here. If you want a traditional roast for Easter Sunday, try Blacklock, which delivers nationwide. Go on a new bike rideSeven people told us why they fell in love with cycling during lockdown – and it’ll inspire you to get pedalling. This is something you can do with mates, family or solo, so plan a new route and feel that glorious spring breeze.Join the jury For an online immersive game that’s had rave reviews, try Jury Duty, which has shows throughout the bank holiday weekend. Participants will be asked to look at the evidence, search an online database for clues and interrogate a defendant (a rather convincing actor) live. You’ll then need to decide: guilty or not guilty. If that’s not your thing, you’ll find other online immersive games (including online escape rooms) here. Related...7 Ideas For Upcycling Furniture To Use In Your Garden14 Simple Ways To Make Easter Special For Kids – Even In LockdownWorth The Faff Or Too Much Hassle? We Reviewed 6 Craft Kits14 Easter Treats You Really Shouldn't Feed Your DogBehold, The Ultimate Easter Egg Taste Test For 2021
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The Year the Earth Changed is an hour-long documentary that Attenborough describes as a "love letter to planet Earth."
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Before the pandemic, it felt like a movement was brewing, as more people turned their backs on plastic and prioritised the future of the planet. But when Covid hit, we didn’t always have the luxury of shunning single-use products.Health took precedence as millions of people wore disposable face masks for personal safety. And after a few hours of use, they’d be discarded in bins – or on the streets. In fact, you probably saw them littering gutters and waterways, wreaking havoc on local wildlife. Even the nation’s pets were impacted, as My Family Vets saw a rise in face mask ingestion cases in dogs. Disposable face masks are made from polypropylene fabric, a type of plastic.  According to action group Waste Free Oceans, they can take 450 years to decompose in nature. Roughly 8m tonnes of general plastic waste ended up in the world’s oceans every year, before Covid. But the emergence of Covid will only increase those figures if PPE litter continues to rise.One year in, some good news is finally emerging. While such masks have been considered non-recyclable, there are companies now finding ways to repurpose all of this waste.So, where can you recycle your mask?Wilko has become the first major business in the UK to offer customers the chance to recycle their disposable masks with drop-off points dotted around 150 stores nationwide. The pilot scheme will run for three months from April 1.Once full, collection bins are taken away by recycling specialists ReWorked, where – after a 72-hour quarantine period – masks are washed and shredded down into raw materials, which can be refashioned into products ranging from other safety materials for businesses, to building materials and furniture.The hope is that this recycling scheme will provide an easy way for people to safely dispose of used PPE while enabling them to do their bit for the planet.The scheme is the latest in an ongoing series of measures implemented to make a positive difference to the environment. Wilko has pledged to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2040 and has joined The UK Plastics Pact, which focuses solely on reducing the use of single use plastic.Other companies in the UK that are providing mask recycling points for staff and corporate customers include Pennells garden centres, Health Vet Clinic, Unilever, BMW and The Cotswolds Company. Businesses can join the scheme and sign up for PPE recycling points here via Reworked. TerraCycle also offers a mask recycling service. Businesses or individuals can buy a Zero Waste Box, fill it with disposable masks and PPE, and then send it back to the company (postage is pre-paid) where it will then be recycled.Around the world, researchers are finding new and innovative ways to repurpose masks. At RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, they’ve discovered disposable face masks can be recycled to make roads.A study found that using the recycled face mask material to make just one kilometre of a two-lane road would use around three million masks, preventing 93 tonnes of waste from going to landfill. Related...13 Hair Hacks To Save You From Horrendous Lockdown LocksYour Face Mask Could Be Recycled In A Surprising WayDavid Attenborough Makes 4-Year-Old Boy's Day By Replying To His LetterA Minute Of Kindness: Recycling Tech Waste For Kids
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey looks set to be totally revelatory based on clips we’ve seen so far – but it’s not the first time members of the royal family have lifted the lid on the goings on at Buckingham Palace.Throughout the decades, senior royals like the Prince Of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and even the Queen herself have gone in front of the camera and shown a more human side of the royal family.And of course, there’ve been a fair few infamous interview moments too, not least Prince Andrew’s unbelievable sit-down with Emily Maitlis back in 2019.Here’s our timeline spanning 60 years of the royals’ most memorable interview moments, starting with the very first one...1961 – Prince Philip on PanoramaThe Duke Of Edinburgh’s appearance on Panorama in the early 1960s was groundbreaking not because it was especially controversial, but because it marked the first time a member of the royal family had agreed to do a sit-down television interview.Prince Philip spoke with broadcaster Richard Dimbleby about the Commonwealth Technical Training Week, an initiative of which he was a patron. 1969 – Royal FamilyIt was the idea of press secretary William Heseltine to give a filmmaker unprecedented access to record the royals going about their business, in a bid to make them appear more relevant at the end of the 1960s, a decade in which many had begun to consider them out of touch.The end result was Royal Family, which charted a year in Queen Elizabeth’s life with her family. As well as the usual regal affairs you might expect, the doc showed off a more human side to the Windsors, including scenes showing Prince Philip grilling sausages at a family barbecue and the Queen treating her youngest son to an ice cream.Whether the Royal Family succeeded in its mission is still up for debate. BBC Two’s then-controller David Attenborough (yes, that one) felt removing “mystique” around the royals was a potentially dangerous idea, while some critics praised the 90-minute special for showing us more of the royals’ personalities.It seems the Queen herself was not a fan, though, as she reportedly had the documentary banned, and it’s not been shown on television since 1977 (although it did briefly leak online in 2021, before being taken down due to a copyright complaint). 1994 – Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role Two years before his divorce from Princess Diana was finalised, Prince Charles appeared in the authorised ITV documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.This 90-minute special was made up of several interviews between the Prince of Wales and Jonathan Dimbleby (notably the son of the reporter who interviewed Charles’ own father on Panorama more than 30 years earlier), marking 25 years since his investiture.Dimbleby said at the time that he had no intention of “painting a glossy portrait” of Charles, and this was infamously the first time the prince admitted to infidelity with Camilla Parker-Bowles during his marriage to Diana.When asked whether he’d been faithful throughout his marriage, Charles responded: “Yes ... Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”Many felt the interview was Charles’ attempt at winning back public favour after many had been won over by Diana in the years prior, but if that was his intention, it backfired somewhat.A poll by The Sun the day after the documentary aired discovered two-thirds of respondents felt he was “unfit to be King”, following his admission.In the biography The Firm, The Troubled Life Of The House Of Windsor, royal writer Penny Junor claimed Charles’ family were “flabbergasted” by his public admission, with Prince Philip in particular “incensed”. 1995 – Princess Diana on Panorama A year later, Princess Diana was able to have her say about her marriage on Panorama, and made headlines the world over. The interview with Martin Bashir took place in Diana’s sitting room in Kensington Palace, with sound and recording equipment having to be sneaked in so as not to arouse suspicion.The hour-long special was noted for being the first time Diana spoke publicly about her husband’s infidelity (including the oft-quoted line “there were three of us in the marriage”), but it was revelatory for a number of other reasons, too.Diana’s Panorma interview saw her speaking about her own extramarital affairs, including with James Hewitt, as well as her experiences of self-harm, post natal depression and bulimia.She also addressed her feelings about the British press, describing them as “abusive” and their treatment of her as “harassment”.John Birt, who was director general of the BBC at the time of this interview, later noted it “marked the end of the BBC’s institutional reverence – though not its respect – for the monarchy”.In March this year, Scotland Yard confirmed they would not be conducting a criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir over allegations he tricked Diana into her landmark Panorama interview.2011 – Sarah Ferguson on 60 Minutes Australia In 2010, Sarah Ferguson was secretly recorded by the News Of The World’s Mazher Mahmood (dubbed the “fake sheikh”), offering access to Prince Andrew for half a million pounds.“Look after me and he’ll look after you,” she was heard saying. “You’ll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want.”The Duchess Of York later admitted she was “devastated by the situation”, saying in a statement: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused. It is true that my financial situation is under stress however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened.“I can confirm that The Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions.”A year later, she was asked about the matter during an interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes, and ended up walking off the set.“Don’t try and trick me now because I’m not going to play this game,” she said, before urging producers to “delete that bit”, feeling the interview was going in a “too tabloid-y” direction.Eventually, after the interviewer persisted with his questions, the Duchess walked off the set completely, claiming she needed to “take five minutes”.2017 – Heads Together For much of his adult life, one of Prince William’s key causes has been working towards destigmatising mental health conditions.In 2017, he teamed up with none other than Lady Gaga for the Heads Together campaign for a four-minute online video in which they spoke over FaceTime about the need to discuss mental health openly.William complimented Gaga after she penned an open letter discussing her own experiences of PTSD, telling her: “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo… It’s time that everyone speaks up and feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health.“Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.” 2017 – Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy  In honour of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, Princes William and Harry commissioned two authorised documentaries for ITV about her.The first of these was Diana, Our Mother, in which both princes gave their first ever interviews about what the Princess Of Wales was like as a parent.“Arguably [it was] probably a little bit too raw up until this point,” Prince Harry admitted. “It’s still raw.”The two princes both spoke fondly of their late mother, with Harry describing her as “a total kid through and through” and William recalling an incident in which she arranged for supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford to surprise him after school one day.“One of her mottos to me was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’,” Harry fondly remembered.The other documentary was Diana, 7 Days, which focussed more on her death and the immediate effect it had on those around her, particularly her grieving sons, who were both children at the time. 2018 – The Queen’s Green Planet Though not a traditional interview, the Queen teamed up with broadcaster and fellow nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough in 2018 for an ITV special discussing the environment and climate change. Among other things.One thing The Queen’s Green Planet was noted for was that the monarch showed off her sense of humour, commenting of a nearby helicopter: “Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk? [That] sounds like President Trump.”The Queen also spoke of her hopes to plant more trees in a bid to affect climate change, stating: “If all countries continue to plant, it might change the climate again.” 2019 – Harry and Meghan: An African Journey A year after they were married, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle made a trip to Africa, so they could look at how a charity initiative started by the Duke of Sussex 15 years earlier had progressed.Of course, the documentary ended up revealing a lot more, most notably how the Duchess Of Sussex was adjusting to life in the spotlight, and the difficulties she was facing as a result of press intrusion.The moment that most captured people’s attention was when journalist Tom Bradby asked about the “pressure” she was under, and its “impact on your mental and physical health”.“I would say … any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she explained. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um... yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”“Would it be fair to say ‘Not really OK’?” Bradby then asked. “It’s really been a struggle?”Meghan responded simply: “Yes.”In a piece she wrote for the New York Times in 2021, Meghan spoke about how much this exchange had meant to her, recalling: “My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”2019 – Prince Andrew on Newsnight At the time, it would have been fair to assume that Harry and Meghan: An African Journey would be the royal family’s most revelatory moment of 2019.But in November 2019, Prince Andrew sat down with Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace for what turned out to be a disastrous interview about allegations of sexual abuse that had been made against him, as well as his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.During the interview, the Duke of York “categorically” denied accusations from one woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions, including when she was 17 years old.“It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he said.Prince Andrew dismissed her claims that he had been “profusely sweating” when they danced together at a nightclub, insisting that he had a medical condition that meant he was unable to sweat at that time as a result of “an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War”.He also said that he was at a Pizza Express in Woking with one of his daughters on the day of one of the alleged incidents.“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do,” he insisted. “I remember it weirdly distinctly.”Following the much-publicised interview, Prince Andrew suspended his public duties “for the foreseeable future”. In May 2020, he permanently resigned from public duties to his connections with Epstein, who died in August 2019.2021 – Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show Oprah Winfrey announced in February 2021 that she had a sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the works, and there was near-immediate speculation about exactly what they’d reveal.What no one saw coming was that the much-awaited interview would be preceded by a much more light-hearted appearance from Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.One that featured an open-top bus tour of LA, a quick pitstop to the mansion from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, an impromptu FaceTime call with Meghan and yes, even some rapping.We were not ready, and frankly we’re still not ready.2021 – Oprah With Meghan And Harry And here we are. Oprah Winfrey has promised an interview with Harry and Meghan where “nothing [is] off limits”, which will air in the US on Sunday, before it’s shown on ITV on Monday 8 March at 9pm.Of course, we haven’t seen it yet, but an early press release announced the Sussexes would be discussing marriage, life under public pressure and their “future hopes and dreams”, among other things.Subsequent clips have also teased Harry sharing his fears of “history repeating itself” before he decided to move with his family to Los Angeles, as well as claims from Meghan of the palace “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.The 90-minute interview is one we’re sure to be talking about for a long time to come.READ MORE:Meghan Markle Claims Palace Is 'Perpetuating Falsehoods About Us' In New Oprah ClipBuckingham Palace To Investigate Bullying Claims Made Against Meghan MarkleBen Fogle Expertly Shuts Down Piers Morgan's Meghan Markle Question On Good Morning Britain
An Indian man has died after his rooster slashed him in the groin with a knife tied to its leg during an illegal cockfight.According to police, the bird fluttered in panic and cut its owner, 45-year-old Thangulla Satish, last week.Police inspector B Jeevan said Satish was injured while he prepared the rooster for a fight.“Satish was hit by the rooster’s knife in his groin and started bleeding heavily,” the officer said, adding that the man died on the way to hospital.Jeevan said police filed a case and were looking for more than a dozen people involved in organising the cockfight. If proven guilty, the organisers can be jailed for up to two years.Officer Jeevan said the rooster was brought to the police station before being taken to a local poultry farm.“We may need to produce it before the court,” he said.Images of the rooster tied with a rope and pecking on grains at the police station were widely viewed on social media.The incident occurred in Lothunur village in Telangana state and brings into a practice that continues in some Indian states despite a decades-old ban.Cockfights are common in the southern Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka despite a countrywide ban imposed in 1960.Animal rights activists have for long been calling to control the illegal practice, which is mainly organised as part of local Hindu festivals usually attended by hundreds of people, though the crowds sometimes swell to thousands.The cockfights are often held under the watch of powerful local politicians and involve large sums of betting money.Last year, a man was killed when a blade attached to his bird’s leg hit him in the neck during a cockfight in Andhra Pradesh.In 2010, a rooster killed its owner by slashing his jugular vein in West Bengal state.According to police, the rooster involved in last week’s incident was among many other roosters prepared for the cockfight betting festival in Lothunur village.As the practice goes, a knife, blade or other sharp-edged weapon is tied to the leg of a bird to harm its rival.Such fights continue until one contestant is either dead or flees, declaring the other rooster the winner.Related...Attenborough Warns UN 2021 Is Last Chance To Save Planet From 'Runaway' Climate ChangeUp To 150 Feared Dead After Glacier Breaks Off And Floods Indian Valley
In his new BBC series, Sir David Attenborough explores a lifelong passion he’s never previously documented on TV before: colour.“He was absolutely thrilled and excited, and that was lovely because that meant it was a subject he was hugely interested in,” explains Sharmila Choudhury, executive producer on new BBC series David Attenborough’s Life In Colour.“He tried to make a series about colour right at the beginning of his career in the early fifties, but at the time there was no colour television.”The two-part series reveals for the first time how animals view colour and how in some cases, their world looks entirely different to the world we see.Viewers may feel equally excited, because the veteran broadcaster appears on location with animals – something he hasn’t done in several years. Exotic shoots took place in far flung destinations including Costa Rica, where he delivers lines alongside an A-list line-up of co-stars: Macaws, hummingbirds, and frogs. “We haven’t seen him with animals for quite a while now,” says Sharmila. “You’ll enjoy it just from the amount of David there is. I think he’s really extraordinarily good when he’s interacting with animals and his passion for the subject really shines through.”The episodes reveal the mind blowing ways animals use colour for survival. They change colour to protect themselves from prey, attract mates, hunt, to trick and to manoeuvre – or to find the strongest food source. “We hope this’ll give people a new perspective and understanding of the natural world, something they haven’t talked about or known about before,” says Sharmila. Startling scenes depicting the secret world of colour animals experience were shot using some cameras developed specially for this series.In one memorable encounter, a group of vulnerable chital deer fail to see a tiger encroaching on their turf because their eyes can’t recognise its iconic orange stripes. It’s shocking to learn that their eyes cannot process the colour, but see a green-greyish tone instead. Of course, the tiger has a higher chance of making its kill by camouflaging itself until moments away from its prey. Working in partnership with scientists at Bristol University, production company Humble Bee Films were able to reveal on screen how a tiger is seen by both human eyes and deer eyes.“I think, like us, he was absolutely amazed,” says Sharmila of David’s response to the tiger scene – filmed in response to new research from Bristol University, which reveals how orange stripes help tigers discreetly approach their prey. “I think you’ll agree when you see the difference – how the tiger literally disappears – that is quite extraordinary.”“We’re always trying to find new ways of telling stories about the natural world,” explains Sharmila, who has worked with David on documentaries for over 20 years. “The one thing that struck us is that nature is so infinitely colourful and yet we tend to take it for granted. Have you ever thought about why tigers are orange or why zebras have stripes or why flamingos are pink? For us, the infinite variety of colours in the natural world, generally it’s wonder and beauty – but for the animals, it’s usually a tool for survival.”It’s a story that hasn’t been told before. “We’ve known for some time that many animals see colour very differently to the way we do,” continues Sharmila. “Some see fewer colours, there’s some mammals that have less colour receptors than we do, but then again there are birds and insects which see the same colours that we do, plus they see extra colours.”Pioneering ultraviolet and polarisation cameras helped the crew capture the most astonishing scenes, revealing colours viewers couldn’t ordinarily see with the naked eye. In one scene utilising new UV-camera technology, the crew capture a crab spiderchanging colour from yellow to white to mimic the flower it’s perched on to catch its bee prey.In another, polarisation camera technology helps us understand more of the world from the perspective of a mantis shrimp, which has a staggering 12 colour receptors in its eyes. By contrast, humans have only three. Other sequences reveal how zebras use their stripes to employ a phenomenon called motion dazzle to confuse their prey, and cuban snails which practice polymorphism: appearing in many different colourful forms to confuse the birds that eat them.David’s 70-year interest in the story of the secret natural world of colour meant he was “completely involved” in the creation of the series from pre to post-production. “He has a lot of books on his book shelf about it, he reads scientific papers, he is very knowledgeable and that’s what makes him such an inspiration to work with, he really sets the standard for all of us,” says Sharmila.In his nineties, he is absolutely up to scratch with the technology. “He has been involved in discussions about cameras we were going to use, he knows many of the scientists we’re working with himself.” While Sharmila and the team say they were “very fortunate” David was keen to accompany them on shoots (other locations included the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland and Richmond and Windsor parks), a number of stories from international territories had to be shelved due to the pandemic and replaced with scenes shot in the capital. To keep safe during post-production, David installed a home recording studio. “A dubbing editor sits in his car, feeds a cable through his window to David’s dining room while the rest of the production team is back in Bristol,” explains Sharmila. “David hangs up all these duvets around the walls for extra sound proofing. It’s quite a remarkable sight.”A home studio set-up might be the most ordinary thing about this extraordinary series, which is as escapist as it is educational and reveals so much little known information about the hidden ways colours can deceive, protect and bring strength. More than that though, the series is a shimmering visual delight, revealing the incredible extremes of colour found both in plain sight and undercover.In its concluding segment, the ultraviolet greens of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef look unfathomable – it’s the latest surprising way nature is resiliently responding to climate change, given the detrimental effect increased heat has had on the reef. When it comes to climate change, Sharmila says it was a very deliberate decision to not focus on it in this series. “You can’t just continue with doom and gloom messages in every single programme because it becomes wearisome and you lose the impact,” she explains. “Life In Colour has very little in there - that’s not part of the subject matter. I think sometimes people do need to see programmes that are about something else.“At the same time when there are clearly stories that need to be told and are relevant, if we’re making a series about habitats, for instance, you need to point out that these habits are going, they’re gone.”There’s plenty of other programmes for that – namely David’s recent masterstroke, A Life On Our Planet, filmed in part in derelict Chernobyl, a location which acts as a metaphor for the dystopian future we may face if climate action isn’t taken now.But Life In Colour offers something different – as well as being a totally fresh perspective for a nature documentary, it is joyous to see the broadcaster back filming alongside the animals he so loves. In these most trying of times, David Attenborough casting a cheery smile at a macaw and lifting a giant leaf to reveal a tiny poison dart frog is the tonic we all need.READ MORE:'Red Wall' Voters Strongly Back Green Policies, Study FindsSir David Attenborough Has One Simple Request For Any Fans Who Want To Get In Touch With HimWhat Do Chernobyl And Climate Change Have In Common? 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Voters in “Red Wall” seats strongly support green policies and defy stereotypes that they aren’t interested in the environment, a new study shows.Polling by YouGov for the Centre for Towns think tank found that people in villages, communities and small towns are just as likely to say protecting the planet is important to them personally as people in cities.Some 94% said that the issue was very or fairly important to them, and support for policies to tackle climate change and cut waste have increased markedly in the past five years at the same rate in both towns and cities.Backing for new “green jobs” and energy efficient infrastructure stands at 79% for big cities, only narrowly ahead of the 75% support in small towns.Support for more wind and solar power to replace coal, gas and and oil is fractionally higher in small towns (86%) than it is in cities (85%).And even when given a choice between the options of protecting the environment versus economic growth and creating jobs, support was similar between cities 63%) and small towns (58%).The report also found high levels of support for a tax on carbon emissions by business, with backing marginally higher in villages and small towns (88%) than in core cities (84%).Support for limiting the number of times people can fly each year is almost equal in small towns (39%) and cities (40%), with highest backing in rural villages (45%).However, the one area of real difference between towns and cities was on plans to tax car use, with less metropolitan areas having much less access to public transport.And on the government’s policy of ending the sale and use of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, people in villages, communities and small towns (32%) are less likely to support the idea compared to those in cities (44%).The study suggests that Boris Johnson will get support electorally in seats he won from Labour in the 2019 election if he pursues green policies that some had assumed would not be popular in working class areas.Sir David Attenborough is also a unifying figure across different parts of the country and different classes, and support for the conservation charity the National Trust is similar too in all areas.As the UK prepares to chair the global climate change talks this year, Johnson has already pledged that wind power could power every home by 2030 and has put investment in green jobs like insulation and turbine manufacture at the heart of his “levelling up” agenda.Analysing British Election Study statistics, the think tank found that around 60% of the public felt that measures to protect the environment had not gone far enough, levels that have nearly doubled since 2015 in all areas.When asked specifically to name the most important environmental issue ‘climate change’ was the second ranked issue, with 60% of respondents naming it as one of four most important issues, narrowly behind ‘the growing amount of waste we produce’ (on 61%).“The high level of public concern about waste is notable, and may reflect the aftermath of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series in 2018, which highlighted the highly damaging environmental impact of plastic pollution,” the report says.Attenborough is trusted across all areas, often four times more than groups like Extinction Rebellion.Shadow cabinet minister Lisa Nandy, who co-founded the Centre for Towns, writes in the forward to the report: “Despite frequent suggestions to the contrary, environmentalism is not the preserve of our “woke” cities – it matters to us all.“We hope this report will be both a call to arms and a wake-up call for those who make stereotypical, wrongheaded assumptions about the views of people in our towns and cities, finding divisions where none exist.”But Nandy added: “The consensus breaks down in one area: transport. Campaigns that fail to take into account the reality of life in towns where buses are scarce and alternatives are lacking may prove counter-productive. Being radical is no substitute for being relevant.”The study states that on average, people who live in towns in England tend to be more socially conservative, relatively uncomfortable with social change and are more likely to identify as English, while city-dwellers tend to be more socially liberal on issues such as same-sex marriage or immigration.The report’s author Will Jennings, Southampton University’s professor of political science, said: “Despite a growing electoral divide between our towns and cities, there are many areas of consensus on environmental issues and signs that the divide between voters on green issues may be shrinking.” * The survey of 1,721 UK adults was conducted online by YouGov between 25th and 29th June 2020.Related...Attenborough Warns UN 2021 Is Last Chance To Save Planet From 'Runaway' Climate ChangeWant To Live A Greener Lifestyle? These 10 Top Brands Can Help2020 Broke All These Climate Records – Despite The Pandemic
Museum Alive includes three exhibits that bring extinct creatures back to life. | Photo: Allison Johnson / The Verge Remember dioramas? They were the friggin’ best. I’d jump on any excuse to grab a shoebox, fire up the hot glue gun (okay, Dad handled that), and strategically place plastic tigers and shrubs in their tiny cardboard habitat. I might have learned something, too, but that was beside the point. I was a tiny god with a world of my own creation in my hands. That’s not unlike the sense of wonder I felt just now watching a miniature prehistoric habitat spring to life on my dining room table. That little bit of magic happened courtesy of Museum Alive, an augmented reality iPhone app available today featuring narration by none other than Sir David Attenborough. It’s an extension of his Natural History Museum Alive film and includes three... Continue reading…
Sir David Attenborough is to warn world leaders that this year’s climate change talks are the last chance to prevent “runaway” global warming.In a video address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the veteran broadcaster and naturalist will declare that the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November marks a key moment to avoid damage to the planet becoming “unstoppable”.Attenborough has been invited to speak by Boris Johnson, who will chair the virtual meeting and will call on fellow leaders to tackle climate change to help avoid countries sliding into conflict over increasingly scarce natural resources.The 94-year-old BBC broadcaster will tell the UN meeting: “If we bring emissions down with sufficient vigour we may yet avoid the tipping points that will make runaway climate change unstoppable.“In November this year, at COP26 in Glasgow, we may have our last opportunity to make the necessary step-change.“If we objectively view climate change and the loss of nature as world-wide security threats – as indeed, they are – then we may yet act proportionately and in time.”The security council is currently made up of the UK, US, Russia, France and China, as well as India and Mexico.Its latest session will be the first leader-level discussion it has held on climate, and is the first time it has been chaired by a British prime minister in nearly 30 years.It comes as countries increasingly face the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, which is forcing populations to move and creating competition over increasingly scarce resources.Of the 20 countries ranked most vulnerable to rising global temperatures, 12 are already in conflict, officials said.Ahead of the meeting, Johnson said: “From the communities uprooted by extreme weather and hunger, to warlords capitalising on the scramble for resources – a warming planet is driving insecurity.“Unlike many issues the security council deals with, this is one we know exactly how to address. By helping vulnerable countries adapt to climate change and cutting global emissions to net zero, we will protect not only the bountiful biodiversity of our planet, but its prosperity and security.”Christian Aid’s climate policy lead, Dr Kat Kramer, added: “Millions of the world’s poorest people are already living with the impacts of climate change, which is forcing displacement, devastating livelihoods and putting pressure on communities who are competing over resources such as land and water.“In some countries these impacts become the drivers of local conflicts which can be instrumentalised by leaders and escalate into violence and war.”Related...Try David Attenborough's 10-Minute Rule To Connect With NatureSir David Attenborough Has One Simple Request For Any Fans Who Want To Get In Touch With HimMichael Palin Shares One Of David Attenborough's Most Hilarious Blunders
Sir David Attenborough has warned that human beings are destroying themselves by destroying the natural world.The naturalist and broadcaster previously shared his worry that “people will take their eyes off the environmental issue” because of Covid-19.Now, speaking on the Call Of The Wild podcast with Cel Spellman, the 94-year-old has said: “Human beings are all pervasive, everywhere… you can’t get away from human beings anymore. There are oil slicks and bits of plastic floating in the remotest part of the oceans. We have destroyed nature.“We’ve been so clever that we’ve found methods and techniques of actually destroying nature in order to put in what we choose, and we’ve done it without thought over vast areas of the planet as though the planet belonged only to us.“We depend on the natural world for interests, for everything that’s beautiful and wonderful. But also we depend on it for every breath of air we take and every mouthful of food we eat. And if we damage the natural world, we are damaging ourselves. And we have been doing that without care for decades.”Asked for his tips on how to repair our relationship with nature, he said: “One of the simplest things that you should do if you get the chance, when you get the chance, is just naturally to stop.“Sit down. Don’t move. Keep quiet. Wait 10 minutes. You’ll be very surprised if something pretty interesting didn’t happen within 10 minutes. Doing that in a woodland, if you haven’t done it, is extraordinary. Don’t get too impatient either.“And then, speaking for myself, then you’ll realise how ignorant you are, how you can’t actually recognise what that birdcall is, which you ought to be able to, I certainly ought to be able to do.“Mind you, I can’t hear either, my age, but, nonetheless, there are things to see and there are wonderful things to see and extraordinary things happen.“The real time when it really is exciting to do that is if you do it in a place where you don’t know at all, I mean, you go into a jungle in the middle of Costa Rica or something, and then you suddenly see extraordinary things that you really don’t know anything about.”Sir David Attenborough is on Call Of The Wild with Cel Spellman and WWF on Apple, Spotify and all podcast providers.Related...Wildflower Meadows Are Saving The Bees, And Making Us Feel Great TooSir David Attenborough Has One Simple Request For Any Fans Who Want To Get In Touch With Him8 Ways The Government Has Slashed Its Own Environmental PromisesPrince George 'So Sad' Watching David Attenborough Doc, Says William
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