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New anti HS2 petition goes viral

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Farming can fix the climate crisis

Farming can fix the climate crisis

Farmers and communities from 75 countries gather at Oxford Real Farming Conference focussing on solutions

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Diving Deep

The Life And Times Of Mike Degruy

For some, the ocean is an unknowable adversary.

For Mike deGruy, the ocean was his home, her inhabitants his family. As a filmmaker and activist, Mike pushed the boundaries of what human beings thought was possible to explore the depths of the ocean and show the world the lives of his sea creature friends. Tragically, Mike died doing what he loved—but the story of his life with his underwater family is told in cinematic glory in DIVING DEEP: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MIKE DEGRUY.

Featuring never-before-seen footage artfully assembled by Mike’s wife and filmmaking partner, Mimi DeGruy, DIVING DEEP is a call to action on behalf of the world’s oceans. The bio-doc includes funny and poignant commentary from Mike’s friends and collaborators, filmmaker James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle, British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, and the deGruy children. You may not have heard of Mike deGruy’s work to save our oceans but seeing it will change your perspective forever.

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New anti HS2 petition goes viral

Dame Judy Dench, Chris Packham and other celebs lead call for an end to the despised, unnecessary and devastating infrastructure project

One week ago today, Chris Packham launched a new petition calling for an immediate halt to HS2 -

Stop work on HS2 immediately and hold a new vote to repeal the legislation

Already, the petition has over 125,000 signatures blasting through the 100,000 requiring a debate in parliament.

This vastly over budget, bloated, vainglorious project was already deeply unpopular as an embodiment of the so called chumocracy - this government's determination to concentrate wealth in their inner circle. Now, given the ongoing pandemic and reduced needs to travel and increased need for healthy natural systems a tidal wave of opposition is gaining pace.

There Is No Case For HS2 In 2021

There is no case for HS2 in 2021 . Costs have more than doubled since it was voted on in Parliament & it won't be carbon neutral until well beyond 2050 , our target for achieving #NetZero .

A £100 Bn new high speed train line in the UK didn’t make sense before coronavirus. It makes absolutely no sense now.

Jonathan Pie has described HS2 as 'a giant fucking train set that shits money while tearing up the countryside'

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Farming can fix the climate crisis

Farmers and communities from 75 countries gather at Oxford Real Farming Conference focussing on solutions

Photo credit - We Feed The World

THOUSANDS of farmers and activists across six continents will come together at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC Global) on 7th January to show that small-scale farming can fix the climate and ecological emergency.

ORFC Global delegates, including representatives of indigenous communities from the Amazon to Alaska, are pushing for food, farming and nature to be at the top of the COP26 agenda this November.

Farmers around the world who practice climate-friendly methods, including regenerative and organic farming, will share their success stories over the course of the seven-day global conference.

Colin Tudge, Oxford Real Farming Conference co-founder, said:“Agriculture in its present form is both a cause and a victim of all that is wrong with the world – from social injustice and political unrest to mass extinction and climate change. It is treated as a business, like any other, and required above all to compete for profit in the global market.

“What we need is real farming - based on the principles of agroecology and food sovereignty. ORFC Global will bring together farmers, food producers, activists, policy makers, academics and many others from around the world who are already showing how things could, and must, be very different.

The ORFC is part of what is becoming a vital global movement - to restore agriculture to the centre of the world stage and to ensure that it operates in the best interests of all humanity and of the natural world.

Photo credit - We Feed The World

Elizabeth Mpofu, small-scale organic farmer, coordinator of the global farmers’ movement La Via Campesina and co-founder of the African Women Collaborative for Healthy Food Systems is one of 500 speakers at ORFC Global. She said:

Small-scale agroecological farmers around the world, the majority of them women, are producing food and resources for their communities while reducing CO2 emissions from agriculture. It’s as simple as that. Agroecology is the way forward. It’s a climate-friendly farming system.

Jyoti Fernandes, smallholder and coordinator of The Landworkers’ Alliance which represents farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers in the UK, said:

“We are in a climate and ecological emergency, but we already have the solutions. Agroecology reduces carbon emissions, sequesters carbon and increases biodiversity. On top of this, small-scale farms using local supply chains reduce transport, waste, packaging and refrigeration.

Photo credit - We Feed The World

“By growing food locally, we are cutting out the need for imports of crops that may have been grown on land cleared of forests. Leaders need to wake up to the facts quickly and set targets for a transition to agroecology.”

The call from farmers comes in the face of multiple global threats. The climate crisis, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, economic inequality and poverty continue to be caused and exacerbated by industrial farming, with huge monocultures devoid of workers relying on chemical inputs and geared to global markets. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the weaknesses of global food systems.

The conference will host sessions put together with partners in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Wales and Zimbabwe.

Full seven-day ORFC Global 2021 programme

Images from We Feed The World