Posts Tagged ‘Green’

Are NZ electric vehicles green? Yes but maybe no

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
electric vehicles

The number of electric vehicles on the world’s roads is surging, hitting a record number last year. That would seem to be good news, as the world tries to wean itself off fossil fuels that are wrecking the global climate. But as electric cars become more popular, some question just how environmentally friendly they are. Read more

Family of seven put kerbside rubbish bin out just five times a year

Monday, June 28th, 2021
kerbside rubbish

We might think that being greener at home means being more mindful. But Bindi Chouhan and her family of seven, who generate less than five rubbish bins worth of waste per year, say that most sustainable things they do on a daily basis are mindless. The fourth-generation Indian-Zimbabwean grew up in a micro village of Read more

Removing the stain of climate change from washing products

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

There’s a train coming and we’re all on the tracks. We know it’s coming, everybody’s talking about the train and how much it’s going to hurt when it arrives. But no one’s actually doing anything to stop it, or even slow it down. That’s how facing down climate change can often feel. Governments convene, agree Read more

Recomposting may offer the latest option in green burials

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Having one’s body composted after death and turned into about 1 cubic foot of soil could soon be an option for Washington state residents. The approach, called recomposition, is currently being discussed by lawmakers and, if approved, could become a legal third option for after-death care by 2020. “A lot of people might be reluctant Read more

Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Every minute, every single day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans. In the name of profit and convenience, corporations are literally choking our planet with a substance that does not just “go away” when we toss it into a bin. Since the 1950s, some 8.3bn tons of plastic have been produced Read more

What does it mean to be a green Catholic

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The Catholic Church has a rich history of being environment conscious. Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote Octogesima Adveniens, a 1971 apostolic letter that warned against the consequences of unchecked human actions. “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation,” he wrote. In Read more

Organic habits: Why nuns are pioneering the green movement

Friday, August 19th, 2016
Nuns opt for green

Catholic sisters have always responded to the pressing need of the historical moment, whether for hospitals, orphanages, and schools, or for peace, justice, and civil rights. Today we live in a world where, in the words of Pope Francis, “any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based Read more

Why green vehicles aren’t all that popular

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Green motoring is not actually green

When it comes to automotive technology, green cars are certainly the latest trend yet, despite all the talk about the latest Tesla, many of us still don’t actually drive such a vehicle. Electric vehicles – or EVs for short – are certainly greener and the benefits speak for themselves. They don’t require fossil fuels and they’re Read more

Conservatives behaviour “unseemly”

Friday, May 15th, 2015

“We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries.” “Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.” “Too often, attention is diverted from the needs of populations, insufficient emphasis is placed Read more

Poor need to be part of the ‘green economy’

Friday, June 1st, 2012

As the international community prepares for Rio+20, the UN conference on sustainable energy, CAFOD is calling for attention to be given to the poor and displaced as the heart of a ‘green economy’. “We think it’s an important event, and an important opportunity, but more to try and put poverty reduction and poor people’s livelihood Read more