‘What else can we do?’: Violators demand the right to roam the minister’s 12,000-acre estate | Access to the green space

‘What else can we do?’: Violators demand the right to roam the minister’s 12,000-acre estate |  Access to the green space

It’s hard to know what access to nature minister Richard Benyon normally finds at his gigantic Berkshire estate when he goes out on a Sunday afternoon. It is unlikely, however, that it is a group of intruding activists singing out loud, disguised as psychedelic animals and accompanied by a troupe of all-female Morris dancers. But … Read more

“Give me a tax break for that”

“Give me a tax break for that”

Antoinette Johnson Peart, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, General Services and Distribution Center for NestlĂ© Jamaica. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Nestle Jamaica is lobbying the government to consider green tax legislation and incentives for companies to encourage them to take better care of the environment as part of plans to reduce the country’s carbon footprint … Read more

Mother and son leave urban life behind to clean up the trash-filled beach

Mother and son leave urban life behind to clean up the trash-filled beach

When Thien Binh first moved to Binh Lap village, Cam Lap municipality, earlier this year, she was surprised to see the beach right next to the village covered in plastic waste. Locals called it a “carpet” that hindered fishermen’s efforts to get their boats out to sea. Binh, 41, explains: “Every day hundreds of plastic … Read more

Plastic can be an essential accessibility tool for people with disabilities. What happens when we ban it?

Plastic can be an essential accessibility tool for people with disabilities.  What happens when we ban it?

As a person living with a physical disability, there are some elements I need to help me live an independent life. Pre-prepared veggies, ready meals and straws, some of which are made of plastic, are absolutely essential for people like me. I have limited use of my hands and this has made preparing and cooking … Read more

Climate activism cannot ignore the built environment: it generates half of the emissions

Climate activism cannot ignore the built environment: it generates half of the emissions

With Indonesian islanders recently suing cement producers for climate damage, buildings are receiving much-needed attention for their heavy carbon footprint. The built environment generates nearly 50 percent of global annual emissions. However, buildings hardly receive climate activism commensurate with their impact, despite the concrete being the the second most consumed material after water. Legal actions … Read more

Dozens of Superfund sites in NJ

Dozens of Superfund sites in NJ

The United States Environmental Protection Agency makes a distinction between the redevelopment of land that has been designated as Superfund areas and other contaminated sites such as brownfields. For the former, there are nearly 60 sites in New Jersey that have cleared some level of remediation to be declared safe for reuse, and these now … Read more