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Welcome to the week.

If you haven’t yet, check out our recent episode with Dr. Amber Wutich. It’s all about how humans have historically responded to water scarcity, and what we can learn from it. The conversation is much more optimistic than you might expect!

Now to the news.

This week:

  • ✈️Aviation emissions

  • 😷The spread of measles

  • 🍎Mandatory lead testing

  • 🤖 Chatbot safety

  • And more

Have a great week,

— Willow

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Cutting food waste is one of the biggest things we can do to cut emissions (while feeding more people). Check out the Action Steps below for some ways to get started!

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⚡️ Climate change:

  • 🌎️ Aviation accounts for a relatively small share of global emissions right now but is going to be difficult to decarbonize and will take up an increasing share of global emissions as global demand rises

  • 🌍️ Climate mitigation is extremely important, but as more and more of the world deals with the increasing impacts of climate change, adaptation is just as essential

  • We need steel to make most things, including renewable energy, but making steel is a very dirty process. Green hydrogen is probably the key to cleaning it up, so how do we get there?

  • 🌏️ The ocean is continuing the break heat records this year, beyond what scientists have expected, and so they’re digging deeper into factors beyond climate change that could explain why

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💦 Food & Water:

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🌎️ = Global news

Read this article for a reminder that many things can be true at once👇️ 

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Last week’s most popular Action Step was using fennel to invest in companies that align with your values.

  • Donate to ReFed to advance data-driven solutions to fight food waste.

  • Volunteer with Food Forward to rescue fresh surplus produce and distribute it to people in need (LA-based, but you can use their resources to get a program started in your community).

  • 🌎️ Get educated about restaurants in your area that are selling food at a discounted price that would otherwise get thrown out using Too Good To Go.

  • Be heard about policy that takes action on food waste, and use the US Food Waste Policy Finder to research current policies at the federal and state level. Share the best practices and recommendations with your representatives.

  • Invest in farms practicing regenerative agriculture using Farm VC.

🌎️ = Global Action Step

What are microplastics?

And where do they come from and why are they in everything, and what can you do about them?

Answers to these questions and more can be found in our microplastics explainer 👇️ 

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