The 20 Best Things to Do in Kauai, Hawaii (For Nature Lovers)

When Mary and I first met back in 2008, two years before Green Global Travel was born, one of the first things that bonded us together was our mutual love of travel and adventure. It was our first big trip, to Hawaii’s Big Island in March of 2009, that truly cemented our relationship.

We spent an incredibly memorable week together, swimming in private lagoons, snorkeling with Sea Turtles, and watching volcanic lava streaming into the boiling sea. And we’ve been living, working, and traveling together ever since.

So perhaps it makes sense that, in celebration of both our 10th anniversary and her birthday, Mary wanted to return to Hawaii, where it all started. But this time we decided to visit Kauai, Hawaii’s

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4 Steps To Becoming A Green And Ethical Investor

The financial industry doesn’t have the best reputation for helping the environment or slowing the progression of climate change. Fortunately, this is something that is starting to change. Earlier this year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology received a $750,000 grant to study the carbon footprint of major financial firms.

However, fighting climate change isn’t just the responsibility of the financial leaders. Everyday investors need to do their part to fight climate change and help the environment as well.

More investors are starting to appreciate the importance of helping the environment. According to a recent report, the market for sustainable assets reached $12 trillion last year.

Finding good, green investments are important. However, it is also important to choose sustainable investments that

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Pros and Cons of GMOs: Is Eating GMOs Bad For You?

Genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs, have massively changed modern agriculture over the past few decades. And while those in the agriculture industry probably know all about the differences between GMO crops, non-GMO crops, and organic crops, the topic of GMO crops is quite controversial amongst consumers. If you’ve been wondering about the pros and cons of GMOs, read on for everything you need to know.

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How Palm Oil Deforestation in the Philippines Contributes to Climate Change

For anyone worried about what GMOs are doing to our agricultural system and how Monsanto is patenting plants across the planet, there’s another dangerous devil on the horizon. Palm Oil Products have been around for years, but the evils of palm oil deforestation go unnoticed by the average consumer.

If you’ve not gotten the dirty details on palm oil problems yet, then buckle up for a bumpy ride we all need to take. Because the palm oil industry is not only endangering Palawan Philippines (named the Best Island in the World in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers), but the health of our entire planet.

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Do or die: Extinction Rebellion's protest to end with fashion funeral

Do or die: Extinction Rebellion’s protest to end with fashion funeral

‘Die-in’ protesters demand industry takes climate crisis seriously while fashion council insists businesses are listening

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Extinction Rebellion protesters take part in ‘die-in’ outside London fashion week’s headquarters.

Extinction Rebellion protesters glue themselves to the door of London fashion week’s headquarters.
Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian

Not long ago, high drama at London fashion week meant a battle over hemlines or between designer egos. But as the climate crisis challenges fashion’s fundamental viability as an industry, the stakes have been raised, and tempers are running high.

Hours before the first catwalk show of fashion week’s five-day run, the climate campaign group Extinction Rebellion staged a “die-in” outside the central London venue, throwing buckets of fake blood to symbolise how “business as usual” for fashion and other industries is leading toward the extinction of life on earth. Extinction Rebellion is calling for the fashion industry to be “cancelled” and planning continued disruption to fashion week, culminating in a “funeral procession for fashion” to be staged on Tuesday evening.

Sustainability is now widely accepted in the industry to be the metric that matters most – at least in theory. In practical terms there is a good deal of resistance to the suggestion that clothes production should be phased out completely, but a new generation of designers are approaching fashion with sustainability as a first principle.

As a teenager in Liverpool, Patrick McDowell made clothes out of unwanted end-of-line fabrics. “I’ve always done this, so when I heard about sustainability I thought, ‘Oh, there’s a name for what I’m doing.’” His new collection, Fire Fighting Aunties, inspired by his firefighter dad and his mum and aunts who “put out the family fires and rescued us from trouble”, is created from surplus fabric donated by Burberry and crystals by Swarovski and is on display inside the headquarters of London fashion week. The use of quality raw materials means “it doesn’t look like waste, and that’s important”.

“Our generation have been very self-centred,” says the designer Roland Mouret, a 20-year veteran of fashion week, at the catwalk headquarters. “We are the generation who changed fashion from a model of two collections a year to six collections a year. So now we have to take some responsibility.” Mouret has partnered with Arch & Hook to create clothes hangers made from 100% recycled marine plastic. After use they are 80% recyclable, rather than the standard 25%. “The volume of clothes hangers that went to landfill last year in the USA could build a structure the size of the Empire State Building,” says Mouret. “I’m prouder of this project than anything else I’ve done.”

Meanwhile, the online retailer MyWardrobe is reinventing itself as a rental service for the designer clothes it once sold, and Harvey Nichols is introducing an after-care service for shoes and bags to encourage customers to restore rather than replace last year’s purchases.

But “what is happening in fashion so far is not in proportion to the crisis that we are in”, says the Extinction Rebellion activist Sara Arnold, who points out that clothes production is still growing and on course for a 63% increase between now and 2030. “We have actually had warm and productive conversations with the British Fashion Council. But at the moment the industry thinks sustainability can help fashion survive. This is not about the survival of fashion, it’s about the survival of the planet.”

Extinction Rebellion, who brought central London to a standstill in April, plans two days of “swarming” (described by Arnold as “blocking the road enough to slow the traffic down but keeping it moving enough so that people don’t get angry”) over the weekend. “London fashion week has multiple venues so we can cause disruption to personnel trying to travel between them, and call attention to the fact that none of us can continue with business as usual.”

Extinction Rebellion protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside London fashion week venue – video

The shows will be chosen for logistical reasons rather than to target specific designers or brands. “It’s not about blaming or shaming,” says Arnold. “We understand that the fashion industry did not create the toxic system we are all in. But it is part of it, and it needs to change.” A funeral procession will depart from Trafalgar Square at 5pm on Tuesday 17 September to mark the last day of shows.

Arnold studied fashion design at Central St Martins before environmental concerns led to a decision not to design or produce new clothes. She has now founded the clothes rental company Higher Rental. “During world war two, clothing was rationed and ostentatious dress became frowned upon. I’m not saying that’s what should happen now, but that drastic level of action is relevant given that this situation is more profound than the second world war.”

Fashion is a target for the climate activists not only because of the negative impact of clothes production but because it shapes our aspirations. “Culture should be leading the way in facing this issue, but instead culture is being used to deceive us that everything is fine. Culture is complicit in our destruction, when it should be taking responsibility for people getting their heads around this existential problem,” says Arnold. “The fashion industry has a huge voice and it should be using it. When a fire alarm goes off, someone needs to stand up and leave the room, otherwise no one thinks the alarm is real. We need fashion to be that person.

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British Fashion Council’s CEO said the fashion industry is much more focused on having a lower impact on the planet. Photograph: Stuart Wilson/BFC/Getty Images for BFC

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, does not agree with Arnold that the industry’s sustainability efforts amount to mere tweaking. “I think it’s more than tweaking. In London we are seeing businesses come through which are truly focused on having a much lower impact on the planet, whether that’s by upcycling fabric or through circular business models. We hear the message of Extinction Rebellion. Our role is to make the information digestible for fashion businesses so that they can take practical action.”

In an echo of New York fashion week last week, where the choice of Brooklyn over Manhattan for many major shows was seen as symptomatic of fashion wanting to seem less elitist and more in touch with ordinary people, London fashion week has this season increased the number of events open to the public. Alexa Chung, House of Holland and Self-Portrait are all staging catwalk shows to which tickets are on open sale, albeit with a £135 price tag. Anya Hindmarch, who has long been at the vanguard of the shift away from traditional catwalk shows towards more inclusive, experiential events – in recent seasons she has floated giant heart balloons over the capital’s landmarks and filled Banqueting House with a giant beanbag – is celebrating her new collection with a maze inspired by traditional red postboxes installed for the next four days in a Soho car park, with tickets on sale for £12.50.

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Call for participation for Indigenous Terra Madre – Peoples of The Americas

“As Indigenous Terra Madre network (ITM), we would like to create spaces for meetings and exchanges between elders and youth, empower ourselves, devise strategies for the future and strengthen the network”.

80% of the most biodiverse places on Earth are to be found within the territories of Indigenous Peoples, a figure that has shown their importance in safeguarding life on the planet to the international community. From a holistic perspective, Indigenous Peoples’ food systems can provide answers to global issues such as climate change and food sovereignty. Latin America

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National Farmers’ Union sets out plan for achieving net zero

This week, the National Farmers’ Union published their plan for achieving net zero emissions from UK agriculture by 2040, an ambitious target which was also the subject of our recent conference, organised in partnership with the NFU.

Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, said, “We salute Minette Batters for her vision and leadership in setting a bold timescale for achieving net zero emissions from UK farming and are delighted to have our Sustainability Metric mentioned in the report as a way to measure on-farm sustainability. The NFU initiative has completely changed the debate about how farming can respond to the climate change threat. Now every farmer in the land should be asking the same question, how can

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Farms and public health: Does size matter?

In 1977, a local farmer by the name of TJ Gilles published a history of Montana agriculture. Tracing a narrative for the agrarian lifestyle in his home state, Gilles balances a hopeful outlook with fear. He believes in the resilience of the agricultural livelihoods, but all around him – farmers have been disappearing. From the 1950s to the publication of his book When Tillage Began in 1977, the number of Montana farms dropped by half. With a shade of dryness, he wrote: “While the US Department of Agriculture tells us that farming is strictly business, not a way of life, the fact remains that even the most prosperous agriculturalist could probably make more money were his talents applied to another

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Agriculture and a climate of change

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At our Farming and Climate Change conference, we asked, “How can we enable a mainstream transition towards net zero carbon emissions in response to the NFU’s target for UK agriculture?”

This short film captures some of our favourite moments from the conference and features the beautiful Fir Farm in its summer glory.

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What does a US deal on UK agriculture look like?

Prime Minister Johnson has repeatedly touted the potential of a trade deal with the US. He seems to believe that by pivoting away from Europe, the UK can build a stronger alliance with the US and increase transatlantic trade. He is hoping that his good friend, President Donald Trump, who prides himself on his ability as a ‘dealmaker’, will help smooth the way and get the deal done.

The urgency that Johnson is pursuing in this potential deal is underscored by the number of trips that he and others in his Cabinet have planned in the coming months. Already this summer, the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab and Secretary of International Trade, Liz Truss, have visited Washington. Their hope is that

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Global renewable energy initiative aims to bring a billion people in from the dark

Worldwide commission aims to end energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia by driving investment in new technology

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>A woman runs her takeaway restaurant by candlelight during a scheduled power outage in the impoverished neighbourhood of Masiphumelele, Cape Town

A woman runs her takeaway restaurant by candlelight during a scheduled power outage in the impoverished neighbourhood of Masiphumelele, Cape Town.
Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Electricity could be delivered to more than a billion people currently living without it within a decade by linking up small-scale projects into a giant, environmentally-friendly network.

According to a new global commission, advances in micro energy grids and renewable energy technologies could “dramatically accelerate change” and transform lives in rural areas of sub-Saharan African and south Asia.

The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty met for the first time this week to set out plans to accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all people by 2030.

The commission, established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation, plans to bring together leading investors, utilities and policymakers to tackle energy poverty.

Under the initiative, the distributed networks would help connect homes, businesses and schools to small-scale solar power projects to deliver cheap, sustainable electricity that can help power local economic growth.

The commission includes government leaders, energy industry chief executives and representatives from major development organisations, including Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency.

Dr Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and formerly of the US agency for international development, said “a whole new way of thinking” about energy distribution was required.

“We cannot end poverty without successfully ending energy poverty,” said Shah.

“For 140 years we’ve had this mindset that energy access means building big power plants and connecting them to grids, and that’s how you provide electricity.

“Today, new technology frontiers, business models, and our knowledge of alternatives is so strong that this commission will be able to set out a new roadmap to end the energy access problem for 1 billion people across the globe.”

The commission also plans to help set up new regulation in developing countries to accelerate the rollout of new energy systems, and make the projects more attractive to international investors.

“If I want to start a small solar-powered mini-grid programme in a rural part of an under-served country, I could be prevented from actually providing power without permission from the state-owned utility which might own that business opportunity,” Shah explained.

“That’s one of many policy roadblocks that is preventing distributed solutions from really being easy to invest in.”

Shah will co-chair the commission alongside Dr Ernest Moniz, a former US energy secretary,and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank.

Moniz warned that existing plans to end global energy poverty by 2030 are “not fast enough” and should be more ambitious.

“Twenty years ago, energy access might have been defined by having a 20-watt lightbulb. One doesn’t want to denigrate that – the shift from having no light to some light is major – but our ambition is more than that. We want energy access that allows for credible family, community and regional economic development. Frankly, we’d like it to allow for entrepreneurial activity too,” he said.

Moniz said that by relying on renewable energy, particularly solar power alongside batteries, developing nations should be able to attract investment in clean energy and rule out the need for future investments in coal-fired power plants. Adopting such methods could also halt the wood-burning that has led to mass deforestation in some countries, he said.

“Speaking personally, there is a lot of concern about a new round of investments in coal funded by Chinese development banks. There could be a lock-in of emissions for the future. We would rather see distributed [energy grid] architecture, including renewables, and potentially with a role for gas,” he said.

Shah added that economic development and the empowerment of women offered the best chance for a low-emissions future.

“If you’re a woman in rural Bihar and you’re able to all of a sudden access electricity, get a sewing machine, create an income, provide light for your daughter to study at night, it’s just transformational,” said Shah.

“We’ve seen the same thing in India and Myanmar and throughout Africa. This commission embarks upon this task with a huge amount of optimism and a real understanding of how important it is in the lives of so many people around the world.”

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Unilever turns to interactive mapping to boost tea supply chain transparency

Unilever has publicly published a full list of its global tea suppliers for the first time, along with a new interactive map to help customers understand its supply chain processes.

Unilever estimates that more than one million people are supported financially by its tea supply chains. Image: Unilever

The company is notably the world’s largest buyer and seller of tea, purchasing 10% of the global supply each year for use in brands such as Lipton, Pukka and Brooke Bond Red Label.

This means that it, directly and indirectly, supports more than one million people across supply chains in 21 different countries, including India, Kenya and Argentina.

Unilever claims it is the first major corporate of its move to publicly publish a full

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Bristol Airport switches to 100% renewable electricity

Shortly after announcing plans to make its own operations carbon-neutral by 2025, Bristol Airport is switching to 100% renewable electricity.

Electricity supplied to the airport will be generated across Orsted’s offshore wind portfolio. Image: Bristol Airport

The move has been facilitated via a three-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ørsted, which will see the airport’s annual electricity demand of 17 million kWh met with wind generation.

Ørsted has reduced emissions intensity from power generation by 83% since 2006, largely by shifting its business model away from oil and natural gas and towards offshore wind. It is targeting a 98% reduction, against the same baseline, by 2025.

Bristol Airport claims that the areas of its business which use the most electricity are its terminal buildings,

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M&S showcases vertical farming at London store

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has installed vertical farming technology at one of its busiest London stores, in a bid to engage shoppers with the ways in which farmers are innovating in light of climate challenges.

Farmers will visit the unit at least twice a week to harvest.  Image: M&S/Samuel Cane

Operated by urban farming firm Infarm, the new facility was unveiled at M&S’s Clapham Junction store in south-west London on Thursday (12 September).

The unit uses 95% less water and 75% less fertiliser than traditional soil-based agriculture and is capable of producing the same amount of product as 400sqm of farmland.

Infarm operates the unit using internet of things (IOT) technology and machine learning, in order to ensure that the plants receive

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Sainsbury's to launch refillable lines in bid to halve plastics packaging

Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it will launch refillable versions of products such as milk and fizzy drinks in the coming years, as it strives to halve the amount of plastics it uses for packaging by 2025.

Greenpeace had been campaigning for supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s to introduce refillable packaging. Image: Sainsbury’s 

That 2025 target, set in 2018, will see the supermarket reduce its annual plastic use for packaging to 60,000 tonnes or less, compared to 12,000 tonnes in 2017.

Since setting the goal, Sainsbury’s has begun removing plastic packaging from products such as tampons and phasing out single-use plastic bags from its fruit, vegetable and bakery aisles.

But in order to reach it, the firm’s chief executive Mike Coupe confirmed this week,

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Regenerative agriculture is trending in South Africa

Arable farming systems across South Africa are going through a change. Forced by a variable climate and financial pressure, regenerative farming models are increasingly being implemented on cropping, dairy and beef operations as a result. Ethical motivations and issues of family succession are also reasons for adopting the principles of Regenerative Agriculture (RA).

Recent research that I conducted in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Free State in South Africa explored the RA concept and investigated how widely it is being applied and why. The initial line of questioning posed to 59 farmers across this part of South Africa focused on weather data, its utility and how farmers are handling the climate-associated challenges. For these farmers, climate change is their

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JLL targets 'net-zero' buildings by 2030

Property consultancy JLL has signed the World Green Building Council’s (WGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment, committing it to bring operational carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

23 businesses, 23 cities and six states around the world have now signed the WGBC commitment. Image: JLL

The pledge will cover all of its own UK-based workplaces.

However, by signing the commitment, JLL has also pledged to “use its full influence to spearhead the wider adoption of net-zero carbon buildings” – including the 4,500 buildings managed by its UK-based clients.

In order to achieve this ambition, JLL will embed education around net-zero building in all employee training, with immediate effect, and also offer such training to its clients and suppliers.

It will additionally engage more

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How Kohler turned production 'waste' into a new tile line

A half-dozen years ago, inspired by a biomimicry presentation during an annual company innovation retreat, tile and fixtures manufacturer Kohler created its WasteLAB. The idea: Experiment with nonhazardous vitreous and cast iron byproducts from the company’s production facilities, and assess their worth as materials that could be reused in other ways.

This spring, the WasteLAB introduced its first product based on these circular economy principles: a new ceramic line, the Ann Sacks Crackle Collection. 

The “body” of the tiles is made from otherwise landfill-bound pottery cull — broken pieces, if

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Extreme heat is a growing business risk

July was the hottest month on record for the planet, surpassing June, previously declared the hottest month in 139 years. At one point during a mid-July heatwave this year, 128 million people were under excessive heat warnings in the United States.

Climate change isn’t the only cause of these higher temperatures and more extreme heat waves; urban development has a role, too, and leading real estate developers and policymakers are taking action. 

“Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate,” a new report by the Urban Land Institute, explores the likely impacts

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Here are the winners and losers on climate policy in 2019

State lawmakers across the country either have wrapped up their legislative sessions or are on the verge of what they refer to as sine die.

The result is a panoply of policy that’s mostly good, but also bad and ugly when it comes to our nation’s economy, environment and sustainability.

For the most part, states continue to be beacons of hope lighting and leading the way for our nation on climate and clean energy amid lack of leadership at the federal level. In doing so, the most forward-looking states are

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