Happy Spring!

Well, I think we can say it’s officially spring. My daughter keeps asking me if it’s “supposed” to be this warm or if we’re feeling climate change. Truthfully, I’m not sure. I’ll be honest and admit I’m starting to enjoy this warmer weather but 70 in March in New Hampshire? Is that normal? What do you think? Meanwhile, Passover starts this weekend and my family has been preparing. Of course, it’ll be a small gathering but I kind of prefer it that way. No stress, relaxed cooking and making things we want to eat, including these four ingredient gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. In the meantime, let’s see what happening in climate news.

Food waste and choices play a huge role in global warming. My family isn’t perfect – we eat way too many bananas and other out-of-season fruits – but we’re trying. But an Irish startup claims to work out your carbon footprint from your grocery receipt. Some factors are well known — for instance, animal products are typically more resource intensive than most plant-based alternatives, and importing products increases their footprint — but the app also helps identify other important differences between items, such as seasonality or whether refrigeration was required on the journey to market. It also offers tips on how to reduce shopping emissions.

Here’s one example of the connection between our food consumption and the environment: Palm oil is destroying rainforests. But try going a day without it.

Covid has definitely had an effect on our environment, including population numbers. Stop Panicking—There Are a Lot of Positives to the Baby Bust. We should celebrate that increased empowerment and equality are leading this trend of slowing growth and reducing pressure on the climate and environment...Even as our population growth slows, our outsized consumption patterns and reckless industrial growth in the Global North continue to destroy the planet. We should be more worried about what the climate crisis, pollution and biodiversity loss mean for our economy and society. This rings particularly true in the United States, where our consumption is five times that of the average global citizen.

Interested in a conference? Maine Law’s 2021 Justice For Women Lecture to focus on “The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Women Around the World.The University of Maine School of Law’s 2021 Justice For Women Lecture will bring together an amazing lineup of activists from around the world for an engaging discussion on the impact of climate change on indigenous women. The tenth annual event is scheduled to take place virtually on April 15, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT.

And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!

Like what you see? Make sure to subscribe (look on the bottom of the home page) and tell us what you thought about the articles. Which did you find most interesting or important? You can also follow us on instagram – @greenlifenh. We are all on this journey together. – Rachel

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