How countries around the world are changing the environment for the better
In our quest to build a better future, we’re always intrigued and inspired to hear about some of the innovative ways other countries are tackling waste, recycling and pollution, and so we’ve gathered up some of the more interesting revelations and news stories from around the world recently to share them with you. Read on and be inspired!
At the end of January this year, Ireland voted to drop fossil fuels from public money, making it the first country to divest public funds from coal, oil and gas investments. This has been in aid of tackling climate change forces, which are contributing to famine and other environmental influences. These changes are likely to come into effect within the next 5 years when the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will be required to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries. You can read the full article here.
Making positive changes to transportation, Germany have recently announced that their new passenger train system will be a zero-emissions mode of transport, thanks to the hydrogen power which will only emit steam into the atmosphere when in use. Find out more about this revolutionary design which will cut carbon emissions in thisarticle.
Are you guilty of bringing plastic cutlery into work to avoid doing dishes at lunch? Well, in France that’s no longer an option as they have become the first country to officially ban plastic cutlery, dishware and cups. We think it’s a fantastic initiative, but this commitment to environmental progress has not been without its challenges – you can catch up on all the latest news from this story here.
When it comes to best-practice management for waste and recycling, Sweden has certainly caught our attention. The country is now so efficient at processing their waste, they import waste from other countries to keep their recycling plants working. Less than 1% of rubbish in Sweden is sent to landfill – an impressive target that the UK and Ireland are still some way off from. Find out more about this top performing country’s waste and recycling habits here.
Plastic is rarely celebrated due to its destructive nature and long-lasting negative impact on the environment, and in California there is now a state-wide ban on carry out plastic bags, putting to bed forever the question of ‘paper or plastic?’ at the checkout. With the number of plastic bags in circulation in the UK and Ireland at an all time low since the 5p charge was introduced, it may only be a matter of time before this policy is applied to shores nearer to home. Find out more about California’s motivations and the subsequent behaviour shifts from the introduction of this policyhere.