Everlution Newsletter

For Tuesday 27 October 2020 provided by Ecoprofit.com.au (#letsfindsolutions)

News for green investors and organisations, stock watch & grant opportunities

A Sustainable, Poverty-Free World Is Possible

New research has found that there are enough resources on this planet to support a population three times larger than today, and still provide a decent standard of living to all.

Far from returning us to the ‘stone age’, sweeping environmental and economic reforms could take our global energy consumption back to what it once was in the 1960s, when the world was home to only 3 billion people.

If we go about this in the right way, researchers think by 2050, we could support a population nearly three times bigger, with each and every one of us receiving shelter, food, proper hygiene, high quality healthcare, education, modern technology, and limited access to private vehicles and air travel.

At the same time, we could also cut our global energy consumption by 60 percent. That’s only a quarter of what we’re currently forecasted to consume by 2050, and under this utopian scenario, everyone’s receiving the same slice of pie.

“While government officials are levelling charges that environmental activists ‘threaten our way of life, it is worth re-examining what that way of life should entail,”?says?ecological economist Julia Steinberger from the Universit? de Lausanne in Switzerland. “There has been a tendency to simplify the idea of a good life into the notion that more is better. It is clearly within our grasp to provide a decent life for everyone while still protecting our climate and ecosystems.”

What the ‘good life’ means is obviously subjective, but the authors say if we focus our efforts on low-energy housing, widespread public transport, and diets low in animal-based foods, we could be well on our way to achieving ‘goodness’ for the greatest number.

While some studies suggest Earth is not equipped to deal?with the lives of over 7 billion people, such projections are?often based?on continued global economic growth, high-consumption modern lifestyles, and a fixed carrying capacity for the planet.

?In reality, making equal room for all the new people expected on our planet will require massive, large-scale changes to global consumption habits, widespread deployment of modern technology, and the elimination of mass global inequality, researchers say.

But the daily comforts of modern life might not have to change all that much. In fact, the new study is a rebuttal against the “clich?d populist objection” that environmentalists want us all to return to cave times.

“Yes, perhaps,” the authors?write, tongue-in-cheek, “but these caves have highly-efficient facilities for cooking, storing food and washing clothes; low-energy lighting throughout; 50 litres of clean water supplied per day per person, with 15 litres heated to a comfortable bathing temperature; they maintain an air temperature of around 20 ?C throughout the year, irrespective of geography; have a computer with access to global ICT networks; are linked to extensive transport networks providing 5000 to 15,000 km of mobility per person each year via various modes; and are also served by substantially larger caves where universal healthcare is available and others that provide education for everyone between 5 and 19 years old.?

Grants/Subsidies/Funding ? Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has released this grant program to encourage recovery efforts in areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires by:

  • supporting recovery of native flora and fauna
  • involving local communities, community groups and Traditional Owners, in delivering bushfire recovery activities for native flora and fauna.

The program is confined to bushfire-affected areas within the eastern and southern part of Australia affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, or adjacent to an affected area.

There is $10 million available for this grant opportunity.

The minimum grant is $5,000 and the maximum grant is $150,000.

You must complete your project by 1 April 2022.

Eligibility:

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an incorporated and not-for-profit organisation including but not limited to
    • community associations including community and environment groups
    • non-distributing co-operatives
    • companies limited by guarantee
  • Traditional Owners, Indigenous Organisations or an Indigenous Enterprise, evidenced through providing an Indigenous Corporations Number (ICN). If you don?t have an ICN, you may provide a statutory declaration stating that your organisation is at least 51 per cent owned or controlled by Indigenous persons
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community property, crown land, or other land managed on behalf of the public
  • a Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project lead in a joint application to enable an individual, partnership or community group to undertake their project (see section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • a local governing body as defined by the?Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act?1995

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

To apply go to:

https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=fceb5c45-e481-2f5c-1be2-ed8f32351094

CTI launches October specials month

As climate change events increase in number and ferocity, so does climate change risk for businesses and organisations. To remove or control this risk, organisations need to be equipped with the right practical knowledge.

Carbon Training International (CTI) offers courses that give clear direction to understand how to deal with climate change risk.

CTI courses include Strategic Carbon Management, Carbon Accounting, Applied Energy Efficiency, Reducing Fleet Emissions and Carbon Offsetting.

For all courses commencing in October, CTI is offering a 15% discount.

You can easily enrol in one of CTI?s online webinar courses at https://co2ti.com/. Just choose your preferred course and course start date. Extra course dates can be arranged.

The good news: carbon emissions and business costs are linked. The more an organisation reduces its carbon emissions the more it reduces its costs.

Eco-tip for the day ? Buy used or make your own

Buy used products whenever possible. Some sources include:

?Alternatively, whenever possible, make your own products to cut down on waste and control the materials used. Great inspirations can be pyfound at Pinterest DIY projects or apartmenttherapy, such as household cleaning recipes or a great?homemade toothpaste recipe.

Share watch ? Wide Open Agriculture (ASX:WOA)

WOA has announced that its plant-based milk product, OatUP, has been certified ?Carbon Neutral? by Climate Active, the Australian government backed initiative for climate action.

OatUP will now become the world?s first Carbon Neutral oat milk product, with its production and sales equating to zero net greenhouse gas emissions. This formal certification was achieved through an official audit of OatUP?s production eco-system, combined with WOA?s extensive plan to actively calculate greenhouse gas emissions and reduce these emissions via technology and increased operational efficiencies, while offsetting any remaining emissions via carbon credits.

Climate Active certifies organisations, products, services, events and precincts against the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (the Standard). This certification allows OatUP to use the official Carbon Neutral trademark (pictured) on packaging and the term ?carbon neutral certified? in future branding.

WOA is Australia?s leading ASX-listed regenerative food and agriculture company. The Company?s innovative Dirty Clean Food brand markets and distributes food and drink products with a focus on conscious consumers in Australia and South-East Asia. Products are chosen based on their market potential and the positive impact they deliver to farmers, their farmland and regional communities.

The company is based in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. WOA operates under a ?4 Returns? framework and seeks to deliver measurable outcomes on financial, natural, social and inspirational returns.

The share price for the last 5 years is shown above.

Financial indicators

The VIX fear gauge up by 4.14 points since last Tuesday EST to 32.46.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average down since last Tuesday EST by 510.04 points or 1.81% to ????27,685.38, the STOXX 600 down 10.75 points or 2.93% to 355.95 and the Shanghai Composite index down 76.38 points or 1.92% to 3,251.88.

Gold on 1,910.10. US 10-year Treasury Bonds on 0.797 and oil on 38.73. Cryptos Bitcoin up 1,276 points since last Tuesday or 10.78% to 13,113.

ASX 200 down 133.60 points or 2.16% since last Tuesday to 6,051.00. The Aussie dollar on 71.33US cents.

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Eco Market Spot Prices

LGC $38.50

STC $37.80

ESC $27.25

VEEC $35.90

ACCU $16.20

Sources:?RenewEconomy, demandmanager,? Reuters, SMH, Market Watch, Crikey