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The Pollinators


PETER NELSON

 

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.

Watch the trailer here.

And stream for free on Waterbear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet.

 

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Robots Are Already Farming Crops Inside This Silicon Valley Warehouse

Author

ADELE PETERS


SPENCER LOWELL

 

Inside a cavernous warehouse in South San Francisco, 16-foot-tall walls of kale and other greens stretch down aisles twice the length of a bowling lane. Matt Barnard, CEO and cofounder of Plenty, the startup that designed and built the indoor farm, points to two types of mustard greens called mizuna and tatsoi. “This is one of the blends that we are working to position against junk food,” he says.

Barnard wants to change how the world eats by changing how food is grown. The new farm, which will begin selling produce to San Franciscans later this year, is the latest iteration of its indoor growing system, designed to grow food as efficiently as possible in any space, so cities anywhere can have access to locally grown vegetables—optimized for flavor—at any time of year. When I first visited the company’s headquarters in 2017, it used only a small amount of the space, a former electronics distribution center in an industrial neighborhood. A few months later, Softbank led a $200 million investment round in the startup. The new version of Plenty’s farm now sprawls over a much larger part of its headquarters, and the company plans to eventually replicate it near large cities globally.

 

…continue reading at Fast Company.

 

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A Global Alliance to End Marine Plastic Pollution

Previously, we joined Parley and The Sanitation Foundation, formerly the Foundation for New York’s Strongest, for a series of cleanups at NYC’s beaches.

Check out Parley to see how you can help currently.

“The Parley Global Cleanup Network works to protect marine environments from plastic pollution and other threats. Our cleanup collaborations remove plastic waste from beaches, remote islands, rivers, mangroves and high seas, and intercept ocean-bound plastics in coastal communities.

Together with our partners, we respond to plastic emergencies, raise awareness, and develop and implement programs that can help end the cycle of pollution long-term. Parley cleanup collaborators and volunteers share our vision for solutions and champion the Parley AIR Strategy:

AVOID PLASTIC WHEREVER POSSIBLE
INTERCEPT PLASTIC WASTE
REDESIGN THE MATERIAL ITSELF”

 

…continue reading at Parley.

 

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Innovation In Sustainability & Waste: Part II

The Zero Waste NYC Workshop and The Sanitation Foundation, the official nonprofit organization of the NYC Department of Sanitation, have teamed up for a webinar around the amazing advancements happening in the sustainability world. Find out what’s going on and how you can support innovative companies and brands that are changing the world.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

 

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New EPA Administrator Michael Regan Champions Environmental Justice

Author

ALEXANDER C. KAUFMAN

CAROLINE BREHMAN / NYT/POOL

 

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Michael Regan as the nation’s 16th Environmental Protection Agency administrator, tasking the former North Carolina regulator with rebuilding a rule-making body that saw scientists and staffers leave by the hundreds under the Trump administration.

Regan, 44, the first Black man to run the agency in its 50-year history, was confirmed with support from every Democrat and 16 Republicans, ultimately securing his job with a 66-to-34 vote.

He takes the reins at a historic turning point, where class and race are increasingly understood as corollaries to how much disease-causing pollution Americans face throughout their lives.

A vast team of Cabinet officials responsible for dealing with climate policy will likely be welcomed help. Regan faces an agency reeling from four years of upheaval. Compared to the start of 2017, the EPA’s payroll was nearly 900 employees shorter by the time former President Donald Trump left office in January.

 

…continue reading at Mother Jones.

 

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Lights, camera, climate action: How Earth Angel is trying to fix the film industry

Author

KEYSHAE ROBINSON

EARTHANGEL.NYC

 

Picture this: You’re watching television.

It gets to the part of the show where the good guy has taken a beating. The bad guy is going to get away. Suddenly, there’s a flash in the protagonist’s eye, and you know tables are going to turn as the hero stands tall once more. The bad guy stumbles and this is it, the climactic moment in which justice is about to be served — and you think to yourself, “I wonder if that prop desk they shattered was from ethically sourced timber, and if the producers have done everything possible to reduce their carbon footprint?”

Okay, you’re probably not thinking that. But Emellie O’Brien is. She’s the founder of Brooklyn-based Earth Angel, and works with Marvel Studios, Netflix and others to ensure the productions are environmentally conscious.

Movies carrying a budget of $50 million dollars produce roughly 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a 2018 study released by Columbia University. Using strategies ranging from customized waste allocation, eco-education of crew members and carbon tracking, Earth Angel has been leading the charge in reducing the environmental footprint of production sets since its founding in 2013.

The seeds for Earth Angel were planted in O’Brien’s youth, O’Brien said. Her time spent as a Girl Scout provided the roadmap to a “leave no trace” philosophy that continued on with her throughout university, where she majored in film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts .

“It really wasn’t until college that I began to learn about these various environmental crises from joining different sustainability groups and watching documentaries. My whole push to study film in the first place was because I wanted to help make socially and environmentally conscious content, so this has all come full circle for me,” she said.

 

…continue reading at Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

 

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