Britain’s Carbon Emissions Have Declined 93% Since 2013

Before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the British government had been taking action on reducing carbon emissions. 

The state had taken a significant step to reduce carbon emissions to a high degree. The British carbon tax lead to a 93% reduction in coal-fired electricity. A tax on carbon dioxide emissions in Great Britain, introduced in 2013, has led to the proportion of electricity generated from coal falling from 40% to 3% over six years, according to research conducted by University College London.

The British power which had been produced from coal is replaced with less-harmful emission such as gas. This decline in coal-generated electricity was substantial after an increase in the carbon tax during the year 2015. This report also declared the carbon tax, which is also known as Carbon Price Support, had been added at an average rate of £39, (USD 65) to the household bills.

Following The Carbon Price Support in Britain, it was employed in Scotland, Wales, and England at the rate of £4.94 (USD 6.06)/ton of carbon. Presently, the Carbon Price Support has been capped at £18 (USD 22.08) till 2021. The tax is one part of the Total Carbon Price, which also includes the price of EU Emissions Trading System permits.

The plan would have Britain reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI 

How to play your part in reducing carbon emissions 

1. Go Zero Waste

Going zero waste can be a significant step to combat climate change and to reduce carbon footprints. For this, you need to practice the essential 5 R’s of going zero waste. These 5 R’s are refuse, reduce, reuse, rot, and recycle. Make sure to do your best to follow these R’s as much as possible. 

2. Prefer Biking 

Traditional cars are putting out a lot of exhaust, which is polluting the air more rapidly. Vehicles are producing about one-third of air pollution all around the United States. The toxins emitted by cars are not only dangerous for the environment, but humans too. So, prefer to bike more and drive less to ensure fewer emissions of toxins in the air. 

3. Reduce Water Usage 

Now is the time to ensure conserving water and reducing water waste. There is only so much water on the earth, and we can never make more of it. About 96% of the water on earth is not usable. The remaining water is locked away in permanent snow, glaciers, polar ice, etc. So, the only thing we can do is to stop wasting water today so that we can use it tomorrow. 

4. Switch To Clean Energy 

Today is the time to switch to sustainable energy resources to save our planet. There are more methods to get sustainable energy in the present age. Solar and wind power are the most significant options to consider here. 

Climate change has become a vital reality; however, this is not unsolvable. There are plenty of steps that can be put in place to reduce carbon emissions. There is an abundance of things that can help us in saving our planet in the best possible way. Today is the right time to reshape our lifestyles and reduce our carbon footprints.

Amidst The Coronavirus Canada Starts a New Caremongering Trend

The world began to experience the Coronavirus, and fear began to spread. The media and politicians had been accused of “fearmongering” and spreading mass panic. Synonymously, America’s neighbor to the north reacted oppositely and is nothing less than expected. Canada began “caremongering,” a term that did not exist until just a few days ago. A movement that began in Toronto, Ontario, as a way to help vulnerable people; turned into action. Caremongering is spreading across Canada faster than COVID 19.

Within five days, more than 50 Facebook groups, consisting of 45,000+ members, have been set up coast to coast, across Canada’s great nation, to offer help to others within their communities.  Predominantly people who are more at risk of health complications related to Coronavirus.

These groups are offering food, aid, access to medical care, sidewalk snow clearing, and whatever else is needed to assist their neighbors during this uncertain time.

An act of kindness, as a result of the pandemic, has spread across Canada and the world.

In Spain, soup is being delivered to the elderly, in Italy, Italians are playing music from their balconies to uplift the people’s spirit, in the United States, hotels are giving free rooms to the homeless – to help them isolate, and the list goes on.

Canada has once again proven its stereotypes of kindness, humanity driven, and helping others is valid and has become a movement across social media and in their hometowns.

Mita Hans helped set up the first “Caremongering” group.

Mita Hans and Valentina Harper set up the first “caremongering” Facebook group.

Hans was quoted in a BBC article stating, “Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect. It spreads the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever.” She laughs before stating, “I had no idea thousands would follow.”

Hans continues to state, “Anxiety, isolation, and lack of hope affects you. In providing this virtual community that allows people to help each other, I think it is showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven’t lost our hope.”

Canadians who have received the service are grateful. Assistance such as a mother in Ottawa was delivered food for her baby when she couldn’t leave the house, an elderly couple in Halifax had their medicine delivered to their home, a community in Prince Edward Island, gave grocery store gift cards to a woman who couldn’t work due to the Coronavirus, and the goodwill list goes on.

Each day more humans are joining these Facebook groups and helping their fellow humans. Isolation can bring loneliness and feelings of helplessness. Conversely, with these “caremongering” groups growing at a rapid pace, it shows that there are good people in the world, and if we stand together, we can make a positive difference in a time of uncertainty.

A massive thank-you to the “caremongers,” humans who brave the virus to keep us safe and the individuals who do selfless acts of kindness each day. You are all heroes!  

Keep sanitized, wash your hands, self-isolate, stay safe, and be kind to one another!

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate 1 Million Dollars to Food Banks in Canada and The US

In these unique times, unexpected people are going above and beyond to give back during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Yesterday, on March 16th, the Hollywood couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donated $1 million to charitable food bank organizations in Canada and the USA.

Reynolds posted about his charitable generosity on his social media. He tweeted, “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a**hole. If you can help, visit, http://FeedingAmerica.org and/or http://FoodBanksCanada.ca,”

The tweet included a photo of a message which read:

Blake Lively also took to social media to inspire others to assist friends, neighbors, and family if they could. She stated in a comment, “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families. Ryan & I are donating $1 million to be split between @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”

Check out her Instagram message here:

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@feedingamerica @foodbankscanada ♥️

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She ended the tweet with a light comment, poking fun at her husband.

In response to the kindness and generosity of Reynolds and Lively, Dan Niset, the vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, responded by saying “We are so grateful for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s extremely generous donation, and for all of the donations we’ve been receiving,”

He continued and stated, “The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors — children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions — throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Generosity like theirs will make all the difference.”

Let’s help one another; we are all in this together.