Our world needs change on lots of levels. Now is the time to be part of this change. Find out about 5 small but significant things you can do in 2017 to live a more ethical and sustainable life (from the 1 Million Women website). Ask yourself 'what's the most important change I'd like to see this year?' and 'what steps can I take to see a positive outcome in this area?'. Good luck!
Some platforms help us to be creative and productive rather than merely passive consumers in a marketplace. In this month's 'Be Inspired' feature we showcase outstanding organisations and their founders, including iFixit (facilitating repair), Green Collect (transforming waste), Etsy (enabling local craft), and the ‘Thrift haul’ movement (redefining fashion).
Oxfam has released a new report revealing the shocking scale of the global inequality crisis. Just eight billionaires are as wealthy as the poorest half of humanity. With a staggering net wealth of $621bn, they co-exist in a world of extreme poverty where one in 10 people are surviving on less than US$2 a day. Check out the Global Rich List to see where you sit.
A new Greenpeace USA report reveals Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are taking some of the greatest strides towards 100% renewable energy, while companies such as Netflix, Amazon Web Services, and Samsung are lagging. See how companies compare. Sign the petition and give feedback to Netflix to encourage a cleaner world.
Disappointed by the April 2016 decision by Australia’s Consumer Affairs ministers to agree to a national standard for free range eggs of 10,000 birds per hectare – more than six times the pre-existing voluntary stocking limit of 1,500 birds per hectare – CHOICE has embarked on a new campaign of opposition to the new standard.
In March last year, France introduced a palm oil tax, as part of their new biodiversity bill. The Indonesian and Malaysian governments have protested against the tax. » Mongabay
Woolworths will sell its 527 Woolworths branded fuel convenience sites to BP (if approved by the ACCC). BP will become Australia’s largest petrol station owner. » AusFoodNews
John West has won the 2016 Banksia Gold Sustainability Award. The judges commended John West on having “the courage to talk to, encourage and engage with their consumers”. » Ecovoice
Single-use plastic bags to be banned in Queensland from 2018. Plastic shopping bags are only used for an average of 12 minutes, but can take up to 1,000 years to disintegrate. » ABC
The Victorian Government will advocate for the labelling of palm oil on all food. The EU implemented specific oil labelling in 2014. The US and Canada have adopted similar measures. » Zoo.org.au