In 2012, the Mexican government granted permission for Monsanto to plant
genetically modified soybeans adjacent tropical forests of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It included continued use of the weedkiller
Roundup; despite its main ingredient,
glyphosate, negatively impacting native bees, impairing behavior and changing the composition of the animals’ gut microbiome.The local Mayan beekeepers were not consulted but one, Leydy Pech realised the whole eco-system was threatened. So she took on Monsanto and after a 5-year struggle the permit was revoked but the fight continues.It remains a great example of needed climate activism for our threatened planet.https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/maya-beekeeper-leydy-pech?
4 billion people cook using dangerous indoor fires worldwide.Smoke from indoor cooking fires is a leading cause of death of children under age five. It kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined.These stoves reduce smoke by 90%, saving women & children inhaling copious amounts of smoke. They reduce carbon emissions by 80% and halve the amount of wood needed. They also reduce burns, again inflicted on women & children in developing countries. 79,000 stoves distributed so far in South America, 1 mill tonnes of CO2 reduced, Half a million lives improved - needs support: https://www.stoveteam.org/why-stoves
Global warming and Net-Zero Transitions are changing our world in uneven ways.McKinsey sets out a range of scenarios across 69 countries - including Australia - outlining the risks & opportunities: htps://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability/our-insights/how-te-net-zero-transition-would-play-out-in-countries-and-regions? but 'the exposure and its effects would be unevenly distributed'As part of this, sovereign risks will be highly dispersed across world, the Pacific, South Asia & Bangladesh in particular. The next Climate & Peace Webinar 6pm Tuesday 15th February address these risks and the choices that we face - headlined by retired Admiral Chris Barr