💚 Net-Zero Rocks 🪨

💚 Net-Zero Rocks 🪨

Dennis Kamprad

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Happy Tuesday 👋

Imagine a world where net-zero carbon emissions are a reality. Wouldn’t that be amazing news?

Let me tell you a secret: That’s one of the main reasons why I founded Impactful Ninja and dedicated a whole category to it, called Climate Action!

Every summer, I can feel the elevated heat levels with yet new records. And at the same time, our glaciers and arctic ice are melting like crazy.

And while scientists agree that this climate change is man-made—with carbon emissions as the main driver—I still feel like governments and large corporations don’t seem to act with the urgency needed.

This is why I’m especially happy to share this week’s story with you that potentially helps to capture carbon emissions all the way down to net-zero…

🪨 Discovered: “Rock Flour” Enhances Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration and removal has been at the forefront of science. For good reason: Even if we stop emitting carbon now, they’d still be a great source of removing carbon from the air and reducing our overall net carbon emissions.

And a new discovery could make them even more beneficial. 

Scientists have discovered that volcanic rock dust can greatly enhance carbon sequestration within fields. Even better, they have found an effectively endless supply of this “rock flour” in an Iceland deposit. 

Best of all, scientists found that mining this rock flour would only have minimal impact on the local environment.

Rock flour could meaningfully raise our chances of hitting net-zero by 2050.

Even though the timeline will be long, the scientists involved in the project said that this discovery would “make a meaningful difference in meeting the key target of net-zero by 2050,” which is amazing news.

📢 More Good News…

👉 Asserting the ‘right to repair’: According to NPR, Americans are becoming more and more interested in repairing their broken items, instead of replacing them. However, because of a concept known as “planned obsolescence”, prompting many would-be repairs to invoke their ‘right to repair’, which advocates for making parts and expertise accessible. Legislation is pending, but people are hopeful!

👉 Solar power keeps rural lights on: Besides the environmental benefits of renewable energy, it can also be more reliable. One such case is in the rural hospitals of India, where solar energy has helped them evade the constant power cuts plaguing their facilities. This case shows that implementing renewable energy can help decentralize power and hopefully bring more reliability to remote areas. 

👉 Carbon-free air travel on the horizon: A Scottish scientist won a top prize for his hydrogen-fueled airline proposal. Though we may still be far from net-zero aviation on the global level, this proposal and others like it is a beacon of hope for the future of global travel in the climate crisis. 

Share the news with your friends to make a bigger positive impact on the world and society together!

Stay impactful 💚

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🌎 Events of the Week: World Oceans Day

🌊 Did you know that World Oceans Day comes up this coming Thursday, on June 8th? This day is run by the UN and aims to raise awareness about ocean damage as well as to highlight the importance of the ocean to the world’s ecosystems. The oceans take up 70% of our earth and release 50% of our oxygen, but are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate. This day—and others like it—strives to reverse these damages and work towards a healthier ocean for all of us.

Below are our favorite charities and organizations that are especially relevant for World Oceans Day:

📜 This Week in History

✊ June 6, 1872: Susan B. Anthony was arrested for attempting to illegally vote. Women would not be officially granted the right to vote until the 19th amendment was passed almost 50 years later in 1920.

🏔️ June 6, 1944: D-Day began on the beaches of Normandy. This event would be a major catalyst in winning the war for the Allied forces.

💊 June 7, 1965: The US Supreme Court blocked Connecticut from banning contraception, granting everyone the right to family planning. 

💭 Quote of the Week

When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.

—Alanis Obomsawin, Canadian indigenous filmmaker, documentarian, and activist

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