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Good News Snippets With Guest Belinda Hirzel PAKISTAN TREE-PLANTING PROJECT TURNS THE TIDE FOR CITIZENS

Pakistan is fighting unemployment and the threat of climate change by hiring jobless citizens to plant trees. The new ‘jungle workers’ set up nurseries, plant saplings and serve as forest protection guards or firefighters, as part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami programme. The project, launched in 2018 by Prime Minister Imran Khan to counter rising temperatures and extreme weather events, plants on state-owned land across the country, creating jobs in rural areas with a focus on hiring unemployed women and youth. Trees currently cover less than 6% of Pakistan, with thousands of hectares cleared annually for logging and farms.

GEOHACKED BEACHES COULD TURN A TRILLION TONS OF CO2 INTO ROCK

Project Vesta believes ‘green sand’ beaches could help combat climate change, and have plans to test their theory later this year. They predict that spreading ground-up olivine – a common green mineral – over beach sand, and letting ocean waves break it down further, will turbo-charge a natural process that pulls airborne carbon dioxide into the water. Marine animals then use it to build shells, which become limestone on the ocean floor. If successful the project will share how to replicate the process, estimating that spreading olivine on just 2% of the world’s shelf sea would capture all human carbon dioxide emissions.

URBAN WEEDS NO LONGER SHRINKING VIOLETS OF PLANT WORLD

Botanists are chalking the names of weeds on European streets to highlight their role in urban landscapes. Starting in France, the idea has gained traction via social media, with a video of botanist Boris Presseq chalking in Toulouse gaining over 7 million views. London-based botanist Sophie Leguil hopes her ‘More than Weeds’ campaign will help people see and manage them differently. By chalking up Hackney’s highway systems and creating trails to highlight ‘the forgotten flora at our feet’, she hopes to promote

the environmental benefits of weeds, which boost biodiversity by supporting pollinators and create microhabitats providing food for wildlife.

VICTORY GARDENS A GROWING TREND FOR THOSE WITH SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND

Supply shortages during both World Wars lead citizens to plant ‘victory gardens’ to feed their families and communities. Now, with disruption to traditional supply chains increasing both prices and food insecurity, interest in gardening is once again booming. Online queries and seed and plant sales have soared, as backyards, balconies and window sills are utilised to grow food. Seed swap groups have seen requests swell, and green-fingered growers and novices alike are building a sense of connection and community, as allotment gardens grow extra crops for food banks and neighbours share their tips on care and cultivation.

MYSTERY MAILBOX PRESERVES HEARTFELT MEMORIES

In 2011, a mailbox appeared in Geprags Park in Hinesburg, Vermont, painted with the word ‘Dad’. Its origin remained a mystery until June 2020, when a local news site ran its story and Barry Lampke came forward. He and his father George corresponded regularly and after George passed Barry installed the mailbox to continue their tradition. Passersby of all ages began adding notes to their own fathers, whether living or passed on. Barry views the mailbox as a place where people come to have intimate conversations with lovedones and hopes that one day, his own kids will visit it too.

CLIMATE-FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION PLANNED FOR NEW ZEALAND

The 'Building for Climate Change' work programme will raise minimum standards for new builds with a focus on carbon and waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, and warmer, drier homes and buildings. More to come in 2021. Researched, Compiled & Written Up by Belinda Issue #14 | The Inspired Guide | August 1st 2020

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