Newsdesk – April 27

Protesters at the Extinction Rebellion climate demonstrations in London, April 2019. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Greta Thunberg is right – only a general strike will force action on climate change. Every day at work we all contribute to a system that is burning us alive. Earth Strike is preparing for a global general strike on 27 September 2019. And in such dire times, there is no question that a general strike is sorely needed once more. Earth Strike is seeking to revive the general strike in service of a global, apocalyptic problem – one that encompasses the lives of every creature on the face of this planet. The current ineptitude and impotency of the ruling class is unacceptable when the consequences of inaction are so far-reaching. More than ever, it is time for workers – those who will be hardest hit by soaring food and healthcare costs, and by property destruction caused by natural disasters and the rising sea – to exert their power and force the hand of major players (governments and corporations) to avert what is almost certain to be the next global mass extinction – The Guardian

  • Reckoning With Personal Responsibility In The Age Of Climate Change – BuzzFeed.News
  • Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change? – The New York Times
  • Antarctica’s effect on sea level rise in coming centuries –
  • Toronto considering legal action to make big polluters pay costs of climate change – The Star
  • An Emperor Penguin Colony in Antarctica Vanishes – The New York Times
  • Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did – NPR
  • How to stop climate change? Nationalise the oil companies – The Guardian
It’s raining cats and dogs as Jonas Korn rescues baked goods from being thrown away. It is midday on a Saturday and the Falland bakery in the south of Leipzig is getting ready to close. Five baking trays with cakes, donuts and fruit pastries are lined up on a long counter in the entrance area. Behind it, ten boxes are stacked with rolls, croissants and loves of bread.

Fighting climate change by tackling food waste. One-third of all food worldwide ends up in the garbage, with industrialized countries contributing the most. A new foodsharing platform wants to help tackle the impact this has on our climate.”If you were to put all this in a trash can, it would be full. It would fill a 120 liter dumpster,” muses Jonas Korn, the 26-year-old student. The online platform links more than 50,000 “food savers” with businesses that want to give away food for free instead of throwing it away. “According to 2011 estimates, one-third of all food produced globally ends up in the garbage,” says Rosa Rolle, head of the Food Loss and Food Waste Project at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In total, that is 1.3 billion tons of food per year that goes uneaten. The FAO estimates that collectively this food waste has a CO2 footprint of 3.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide – DW Made for Minds

A pile of plastic that cannot be recycled has accumulated in a Malaysian town.

China’s recycling ban has sent America’s plastic to Malaysia. Now they don’t want it — so what next? Malaysia is cracking down on opportunists who are trying to cash-in on China’s decision last year to ban plastic waste imports. “I will take care of my own rubbish,” she says. “You should take care of yours,” said Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change. The rise of illegal recyclers in Malaysia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, has exposed the rotten side of an industry that experts say is often anything but green. Approximately 40% of the non-bottle mixed plastic that his organization gathers is not recycled — either because it’s made from plastics that are too costly or hard to process, have been contaminated with food or other materials, or there simply isn’t a market for that type of plastic. Once unrecycled plastic scrap leaves the facility it becomes an internationally-traded commodity that normally goes through different hands en route from the point of origin to final destination, making it hard to track – CNN