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Thrivability Matters | November 2021 Newsletter

Talking Energy and Technologies

While the environmental impact of traditional energy sources such as coal, oil and gas are undeniable the intermittent nature of renewable energy have elicited a need to explore additional options in terms of where and how we get our energy, as well as how we store it. At COP26 more than 40 world leaders committed to what is now being called The Glasgow Breakthroughs. An initiative to encourage global private investment in low carbon technologies. The five sectors to be targeted first are steel, road transport, agriculture, hydrogen and electricity. The initiative aims to draw in trillions of dollars in private finance for cutting emissions. And while it may sometimes feel like we are getting nowhere slowly, places like Tasmania, the Orkney Islands and Iceland are leading the way in renewable energy generation and serving as a beacon of hope for those of us still in the dark.

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Thrivability Matters | October 2021 Newsletter

Talking No Poverty and Zero Hunger

More than 700 million people live in extreme poverty. That’s 700 million people living on less than $1.90 per day. Furthermore, 690 million people are suffering from hunger. Targets to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030 have been completely disrupted by the pandemic with the impact of Covid-19 affecting the world’s poorest, the most. This month we’ve looked at policy changes, social protection systems and how a global food and agriculture overhaul is vital to our efforts to achieve no poverty and zero hunger. COP 26 takes place in Glasgow this year, with meetings opening up 31 October. Considering that the poorest nations are least responsible for environmental degradation caused by climate change but most affected by it’s impact, we’ll be keen to hear how various parties commit to the SDG targets.

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Thrivability Matters | September 2021 Newsletter

Talking Sustainable Cities and Communities

In their 2017 Global Status Report, the United Nations projected that the world will add 230 billion square metres of buildings by 2060. That’s an entire New York City added to the planet every month for the next 40 years. And more than two thirds of the expected population of 10 billion will be living in urban areas by the same time. Rapid urbanization places severe strain on fresh water supplies, sewage systems, the living environment and public health. As is often the case, those living in poverty are the most vulnerable. This month we’ve been looking at what cities can and are doing in order to adapt to the challenges they face now, and in the future.

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Thrivability Matters | August 2021 Newsletter

Talking Life on Land and Below Water

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report this month and made it clear that the next decade is going to be pivotal in terms of securing the future of our planet. It maintains that the climate crisis is unequivocally caused by human activity and that the direct impacts of climate change are only going to get worse. Hopelessness can often be paralyzing, but the report is clear: we can STILL mitigate what we’re doing – if we act now. At THRIVE we focused on Life on Land and Life Below Water this month. Protecting and promoting ecosystems and biodiversity both on land and below water is key to their survival. And ours. With that in mind, we have five tips to help you get involved. Remember, action is the antidote to helplessness.

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Thrivability Matters | July 2021 Newsletter

Talking Industry and Innovation

This month we’ve focused on industry, innovation and infrastructure. Achieving socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development is vital if we want a prosperous future for humanity. Building partnerships, investing in infrastructure and fostering innovation are essential to solving our economic and environmental challenges. If all that sounds a little beyond your control we’ve also had a lot to say about sustainability at home. We are not powerless against climate change and much of what we can do begins at home. If you’re keen to see how your country fares in terms of achieving the SDGs use this performance index to see where your country ranks.

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Thrivability Matters | June 2021 Newsletter

Talking Clean Water and Sanitation

This month, THRIVE focused on water scarcity, which is sometimes referred to as water stress or water crisis. It may seem hard to grasp when you’re living in a first world country and clean water is readily available each time you turn on a tap, but billions of people lack access to this basic service. One in three, according to the World Health Organisation. And if you think living in a city or a first world country exempts you from the problem then consider that demand for water in cities is expected to increase by 80% by 2050 and that of the world’s largest 500 cities it is predicted that 19% of them will be in conflict with rural areas over water. 2018 – 2028 has been declared Water Action Decade and you can see what your country is doing to secure your water future supply here. Stay informed and take action.

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Thrivability Matters | May 2021 Newsletter

Talking Inequality

This month we’ve been talking about inequality. The first attempt to organise a national movement for women’s rights took place in New York in July, 1848. One hundred and seventy-three years later and women are still fighting for equal pay, equal opportunities and, in some places, even having to fight for reproductive freedom! This continued inequality also means that women and children are more negatively impacted by the effects of climate change. So it’s great to see that 52 of the people driving tangible policy change on this Climate 100 List are women. And although we tend to focus on gender inequality, imbalances in society also act to endanger and exploit children, people living in poor communities as well as people discriminated against based on their race or sexual orientation. So here are some tips on how we can work together to reduce inequality.

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Thrivability Matters | April 2021 Newsletter

Talking Climate Action

This month, our focus is on climate action. If you’re receiving this newsletter, chances are you care about the environment and want to join in the effort to combat climate change. You might also feel frustrated by the lack of progress, or even feel powerless to help. The one thing we cannot afford to do is to stop talking about climate change. We have an amazing collection of blog articles being published this month, offering up-to-date information on the challenges and breakthroughs in the field of climate action. If you’re wanting something a little bit more practical, we’ve also provided a handy list of five things you can do in your personal life to take part in climate action. We’re also sharing the latest buzz on things outside the Hive that you may wish to check out to help you keep the conversation going. We simply can’t keep quiet and leave climate change to run its course. Keep raising awareness in your communities and pressing for change.

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