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Hemp captures more carbon than trees

I don’t think it will be long before we see fields and fields of hemp, just like we see fields of rapeseed at the moment. For example, I often wear hemp t-shirts which need to be washed way less than cotton ones.

Shah is working with the farm to develop new carbon-negative materials that could be used in manufacturing and construction.”

With Margent Farm’s hemp fibres, and using 100 per cent bio-based resins, we can produce bioplastics that can replace fibreglass composites, aluminium and other materials in a range of applications,” he said.”

We can use the wealth of textile science knowledge that humans have gathered over thousands of years to produce a range of textile fibre composites with properties suitable for non-structural products.”

Shah added that the plant has the potential to help solve a wide variety of issues.”

Hemp is a terrific crop that enables us to tackle a multitude of human-generated environmental problems – air, soil and water for example – whilst being productive in offering us food, medicine and materials,” he said.

Source: Hemp “more effective than trees” at carbon storage says researcher | Dezeen

UK government survey into climate change and net zero

The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a report today showing the results of a an online survey into public perceptions of climate change and net zero.

Broadly speaking, ‘net zero’ is supported, but most people think we’ll achieve that through energy efficiency.

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Climate change was perceived to be affecting other countries more than respondents’ local area within the UK although half of respondents (50%) felt that their local area had been affected to ‘at least some extent’.

  • Eighty-three percent of participants reported that climate change was a concern.
  • Fourteen percent of participants perceived climate change as affecting their local area by ‘a great deal’ compared to 42% of UK participants perceiving climate change as affecting other countries by ‘a great deal’.
  • Eighty-six percent of UK participants perceived other countries to be experiencing climate change effect to ‘at least some extent’.
  • Around half (54%) of participants perceived their local area to be experiencing climate change effect to ‘at least some extent’.

Source: Climate change and net zero: public awareness and perceptions | GOV.UK

The ideology of e-s-c-a-p-e

Book cover: 'Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos' edited by Jem Bendell and Rupert Read

Taken from Jem Bendell’s chapter ‘Deeper Implications of Societal Collapse: Co-liberation from the Ideology of E-s-c-a-p-e’ in the new book Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos, edited by Jem Bendell and Rupert Read.

The chapter is an auto-ethnographic one where Bendell examines his own assumptions and motivations for writing.

Entitlement involves thinking, ‘I expect more of what I like and to be helped to feel fine.’

Surety involves thinking, ‘I will define you and everything in my experience, so I feel calmer.’

Control involves thinking, ‘I will try to impose on you and everything, including myself, so I feel safer.’

Autonomy involves thinking and feeling, ‘I must be completely separate in my mind and being because otherwise I would not exist.’

Progress involves thinking and feeling, ‘The future must contain a legacy from me, or make sense to me now, because if not, when I die, I would die even more.’

Exceptionalism means assuming, ‘I am annoyed in this world because much about it upsets me and so I believe I’m better and/or needed.’

He continues:

To reject the ideology of e-s-c-a-p-e is to have little place in public discourse today. That is not by accident. The ideology of e-s-c-a-p-e has been conducive to the rise of certain power relations which are embedded in capitalism and all political systems. That ideology is reproduced and spreads through those economic and political systems. There is a relationship between material contexts and the deep rules or ‘operating systems’ of all societies and economies, on the one hand, and the ideologies that become widespread on teh other. You may recall that Karl Marx once wrote about how the ‘mode of production’ of goods and services incentivizes certain ways of understanding oneself, the world and society (Cole 2007). It is clear that the ‘mode of transaction and consumption’ is as important as the mode of production for how we understand ourselves and the world. There is an iterative relationship between material contexts on the one hand and ideas about self and society on the other, especially when those ideas reshape what is considered (or is possible to experience as) a material resource.