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German Teen Is Leading A Global Plan To Plant A Trillion Trees
Felix Finkbeiner a 19-year-old young man from Germany has founded a global youth movement, Plant For The Planet, which has spearheaded the planting of over 15 billion saplings. Their Trillion Tree campaign aims to get the world to plant 1 trillion trees in the next 30 years. To put that into context, scientists calculate there are currently 3 trillion trees growing worldwide.
Some people doubt it is possible to plant so many trees in such a short time.Managed plantations of trees needed to hold temperatures below the 2-degree C limit from pre-industrial levels could trigger potentially irreversible changes in the planet.
But Finkbeiner says he is also backed by science. Research shows the world has space for up to 589 billion mature trees without competing with agricultural lands, he says.
Tom Crowther, a professor at Swiss university ETH, who led the Yale University study that calculated the number of trees on the planet and advises the U.N. environment program, says the trillion-tree target is a good goal. “Given enough support from the thousands of restoration efforts around the world, it is possible to make a massive dent in this goal,” Crowther says.
“We know it is a complex challenge and no, we don’t have all the answers. But in the end, If we follow the scientists and we act and in 20 years find out they were wrong, well we didn’t make any mistakes. But if we follow the skeptics and in 20 years we find out that they were wrong, it will be too late to save our future.” Finkbeiner argues. His motto is “Stop talking, start planting”.
#Newsclip edit by Plant a Douce, Original article by John Vidal, available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tree-planting-felix-finkbeiner_us_5ab3b850e4b0decad0478b8c, (accessed 27 March 2018) © Copyright 2018 Oath Inc, HuffPost Impact. All rights reserved.
McDonald's to start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants
The restaurant chain is responding to growing public disquiet about the use of billions of plastic straws every year.
Fast food giant McDonald's is to start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants and says it is "really close" to the point where all its packaging can be recycled. The company, which has around 1,300 restaurants around the country, will start a trial in May to use paper straws instead of the normal plastic ones.
It will also try out a scheme where straws are kept behind the counter, and only given out to customers on request. McDonald's has around 3.7 million customers every day, with 90% of the UK population visiting one of its restaurants in the average year.
"The other thing we're looking to do is to move to recycled paper on the straws and biodegradable paper straws and that test, I'm really proud to say, will start next month." The plastic straws presently used in McDonald's restaurants are recyclable but the company has reacted to growing public discontent about their use.
The UK is reckoned to use around 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws each year.
Mr Pomroy said: "The reduction in use of plastics is a hugely important issue for business, for the sector, and for society. We've been on a journey over the past 10 years with recycling, from taking out foam and polystyrene to where we are now - with Big Mac 'clam' boxes that are made with recycled board. The only thing left for us to move forward on are the lids that go on to our cups. Those are complicated, but we're working with our suppliers to find a solution to that.”
#Newsclip edit by Plant a Douce, Original article by Adam Parsons, Business Correspondent , available at: https://news.sky.com/story/mcdonalds-to-start-phasing-out-plastic-straws-from-its-uk-restaurants-11306411, (accessed 28 March 2018) © Copyright 2018 Sky News. All rights reserved.
Taiwan to ban single-use plastic drinking straws, plastic bags, disposable utensils entirely by 2030
Taiwan is set to ban single-use plastic drinking straws in several phases, starting with the food and beverage industry next year. The Environmental Protection Administration announced the plan last Tuesday.
As of next year, food and beverage stores such as fast food chains must stop providing plastic straws for in-store use. From 2020, free plastic straws will be banned from all food and beverage outlets. From 2025, the public will have to pay for takeaway plastic straws, and a blanket ban is to be imposed in 2030.
Free plastic shopping bags, disposable food containers and disposable utensils will also be banned in 2020 from all retail stores that issue uniform invoices – widely used in Taiwan. Additional fees will also be imposed in 2025.
Minister Lee Ying-yuan said a blanket ban is set to be introduced in 2030 on all plastic bags, disposable utensils, and disposable beverage cups.
He added that the reduction in the use of plastic is the responsibility of all members of the public rather than just his agency. The drive will create a better environment for future generations, he said.
Scotland is set to ban plastic straws by end of 2019, according to The Independent.
#Newsclip edit by Plant a Douce, Original article by Kris Cheng, available at: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/taiwan-ban-single-use-plastic-drinking-straws-plastic-bags-disposable-utensils-entirely-2030/, (accessed 22 Feburary 2018) © Copyright 2018 Hong Kong Free Press. All rights reserved.