This is a start of a new monthly feature at Zero Matters, slotting in between my larger blog posts. Every month I will share what my environmental eyes and ears have been glued to; in the hope it will inspire and energise you, my readers.
Edited to include only the most interesting, exciting, educational and motivating links regarding the climate and sustainable living!
The EV path to success
Big news in the electric vehicle space this month!
Tesla Model 3 becomes the best selling vehicle in Europe – The Verge
As policy encourages London drivers to ditch diesel vehicles 6x faster than the rest of the UK – Clean Technica
Fully Charged launch a great, hopeful, #stopburningstuff manifesto and video special (including a small part on infra-red wallpaper! 🤯) – Fully Charged on Youtube
The bigger picture
Reasons to be optimistic that action works, but we need to knuckle down (with nice visuals) – The New York Times
Change can be good
Positive stories about how everyday people are reacting to climate change – The Guardian
The majority of top Finnish businesses won’t return to pre-covid travel levels – Yle News
Part of the solution
How to find balance in our lives and avoid the addiction to more (behind a paywall, but free trial is available) -“Dopamine Culture” by Russell Brand and Dr. Anna Lembke on Luminary
Inspiring young Vertical Farmers and Turbine Technicians – The BBC
Why Carbon offsetting projects need more regulation – Friends of the Earth
But, ultimately, they will help put a global price on carbon – CNBC
Big business is growing up
Google CEO says we are “losing time” in the climate fight, but ignores questions about Googles support for anti-climate policy lobbying – Bloomberg
Not directly climate related, but why “morally bankrupt” big tech needs financial or regulatory incentive to do what is best for us – Your Undivided Attention Podcast
Bill Gates believes climate innovation will lead to 8-10 Teslas plus Microsoft Google and Amazon equivalents – SOSV on Youtube
Climate Friendly Pet Food? – CNBC
Will the Metaverse save us?
Can Virtual Reality save the planet? – Columbia Climate School
Do we really trust Facebook to create the Metaverse? – The Atlantic
What does an all digital future mean for the climate? – Eurogamer
Will cloud gaming make it worse? – VentureBeat
An optimistic podcast featuring Sheep, Drag Queens and energising stories – How To Save A Planet
Are you trying to sell me toys or save the world ? – “Why I want to F**k Captain Planet” by Blindboy
The Economists more serious take on environmental podcasting – To A Lesser Degree
How the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain and why finding balance is essential – Dopamine Nation by Dr Anna Lembke
A classic on deliberate and sustainable living. Once you get past the dry intro and information about the price of nails it’s clear why this has inspired so many – Walden by Henry Thoreau
And lastly a portrait of a global economy that overproduces goods; where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs. Having worked in the game industry I could certainly relate to the idea of infantilized adulthood that this book explores. – Consumed by Benjamin R. Barber
See you next month!
That’s it for this month’s link roundup! In the mean time stay optimistic about a greener future ahead!
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