Temperatures flirted with 50 degrees celsius in Los Angeles. Devastating forest fires are engulfing entire towns and much of the US’ West Coast is glowing eerily under a shroud of ash and smoke.
Meanwhile in Antarctica, scientists have discovered warm water channels causing the so-called “Doomsday Glacier”—responsible for more than 4% of global sea level rises—to melt at an accelerated rate.
Climate change is no longer a dystopian prospect. It is part of our present.
Grim as this may sound, giving up hope can only make things worse. Governments, companies and individuals can all do more to mitigate the impact of global warming.
It is within this context in mind that we welcome you to Footprint, a website and newsletter that hopes to serve both as a magazine and a resource.
We hope that our original pieces of reporting, guides and suggestions will empower you to take more action during the climate emergency.
- Up on the site this week, we have Ruth MacGilp diving deep into the murky world of microplastics. She speaks with some of the women committed to ridding the fashion industry of those most “sinister” pollutants: “The link between clothing production and microplastic pollution is indisputable, but rarely discussed in the conversation about sustainable fashion.”
- Jonathan Taylor explores the link between food waste and socio-economic class. With Covid and Brexit set to push more UK families into food poverty, important work is being done by charities like FoodCycle and WRAP.
- Did you know that seagrass covers approximately 0.2% of the ocean floor, yet it accounts for 10% of the earth’s annual carbon storage? Sarah Messerschmidt writes about the important efforts to preserve this miraculous aquatic plant.
- Lastly, Anna Colivicchi profiles the outdoor philosophy of Kate Rawles, who cycled across South America on a bamboo bicycle looking to raise awareness about biodiversity loss. It’s an inspiring tale involving turtles, small monkeys, and a love of adventure.
We hope you enjoy these first pieces and encourage you to spread the word about this newsletter. We are always commissioning new pieces and on the lookout for fresh ideas and perspectives.