Climate change affects the whole planet, so why is the sustainability movement so white-washed? Enough Black-owned brands exist within the stratosphere to dominate a large chunk of the eco-friendly fashion, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle industries, yet are often left out of the conversation. Let’s chat: we scoured the web (and our own personal belongings) to curate a list of the best Black-owned sustainable brands that we can support to support the planet.
It’s as reliable as the changing of the seasons: Another year, another Earth Day and another misguided missive about the outrageous energy consumption of the cryptocurrency space.
Last week, the New York Times published a piece that sought to remind readers of the “astonishing environmental costs” of cryptocurrency mining. It was a prime example of what’s quickly becoming an editorial subgenre, including references to dubious research — claiming that Bitcoin (BTC) mining alone will push global warming above Paris Agreement levels — and a baffling misspelling of Ethereum.
For those who believe in the transformative power and potential of blockchain, these often misguided or underresearched criticisms are difficult to take in, primarily due to the rank hypocrisy from the critics.
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Earth Day is globally acknowledged each year by industry leaders piloting initiatives to uphold robust and planet-friendly food supply chains. This year’s highlights include Lycored spreading “love letters” that flower into tomato plants, while upcycled basil is being transformed into aromatic vodka in a new Rethink Food partnership with “Manhattan’s first distillery since Prohibition.”
In corporate initiatives, Danone Institute North America is awarding up to US$160,000 for projects promoting resilient and sustainable local food systems. Meanwhile, CP Kelco’s latest sustainability progress report highlights significant reductions in the supplier’s resource consumption.
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NASA – Best Photo from Last Week
Planet Earth at Twilight
No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet’s nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside’s upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture was taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles. But you can check out the vital signs of Planet Earth Now.
Image Credit: ISS Expedition 2 Crew, Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA
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