Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s. These were surprising revelations presented during the National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC) by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, conveying more urgently the urgency in addressing the increasing vulnerability of millions of people to the impacts of climate change.
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Catholic institutions from around the world are making new commitments to divest from fossil fuels. A group of 19 institutions, led by Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announces its divestment today. The full list of divesting institutions is available here.
Rural communities in and around Dili are showing a positive change in their perception of the value of trees since Jesuit Social Service Timor-Leste began its reforestation programme. Through its clean water project, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) is making the communities see the intricate connection between forest and water resources, motivating them to cut fewer trees and plant more seedlings. For every tree that is cut down, the community must plant 10 seedlings or more to help with forest regeneration.
Regis High School completed its ambitious Green Roof Project, when Greensulate finished the installation of nearly 25,000 square feet of an extensive green roof on its upper roofs in time for the Regis 2010-2011 school year. The roof top project, which includes a 20kW solar panel array, also houses two bee hives, a classroom, scientific monitoring equipment, a weather station, green roof temperature and soil moisture monitoring stands, a flow rate measurement system, biodiversity monitoring equipment, and an astronomy observation area. A network of paths and platforms connect the stations, making the space easy to navigate.
Just how much organic waste does Concordia collect? Since Waste Not, Want Notstarted in September 2016, more than 143 metric tonnes have been collected in the compost bins with orange lids. Fifty-seven metric tonnes of this total would have previously ended up in landfills.
Waste Not, Want Not is a collaboration between Concordia students, faculty, staff and the administration. It aims to establish a complete compost cycle at the university.
Here’s how you can help the university reduce its environmental impact. Want to get involved in sustainability? Looking for some tips on how to lighten your ecological footprint on campus? Concordia offers students, staff and faculty more ways to get involved in campus sustainability efforts than you’ll find time for.