I’m going to start this review with a bit of transparency: When @onesignalpub reached out with an opportunity to read an early copy of Saving Us, I was unsure how I’d feel about it. At the time, I knew @katharinehayhoe as a highly regarded climate scientist (👏🏼) but I also knew that woven into the premise of it is an intersectionality I didn’t see fully working: a hint of religious faith. Additionally, I’ve always felt our precarious situation is self-evident. Those ‘distant’ threats are here now, with feedback loops blazing through the strongest of denial & disinformation firewall. So why is this so hard; what can a book about communication really teach us if these climate disasters have no bearing on whether or not people believe in climate change?
Because data is only one part of the equation, experience is another, and this book is the rest. Aptly named, this work exquisitely interlaces data, experience, and reroutes the conversation back to what we are really saving: ourselves—without a planet, there is no ‘us’. Provided within its pages is a topical answer key, giving readers their best shot to increase the potential for collective action with those around them.
While reading, Hayhoe knocked me over with how this assumed difference of opinion can lead to resistance & highly ineffective forms of communication (hi, it’s me 👋). I sometimes find myself curious about the morals of those around me, assuming that aforementioned self-evident moment leads to shared awareness until I notice a divergence in commitment. I am so thankful to have read this book. Not only has it helped to save my jaded, short-fused & wildly conclusive self, but also because it has quickly become one of the most sought after items on my shelf. Out of the 100+ environment focused books I’ve read + conversations around environmental legislation I regularly participate in for work, Saving Us has proven rich in necessity—essential for unpacking seemingly simple pieces of the climate crisis—and has firmly cemented a spot in my most-recommended.
Hayhoe also authored a brilliant essay in my favorite anthology, All We Can Save. I should have never doubted her.
The idea of creating biodegradable and edible cups was born when one morning Miroslav Zapryanov was having his coffee from a single-use plastic cup. He asked himself, "What could help the to-go coffee cause less waste? Why can't you just eat your cup instead of throwing it?". This is how Cupffee (@cupffee ) was born in 2014 with a mission to solve the problem of pollution created by non-degradable plastic and laminated-paper coffee cups.
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Cupffee is a delicious, edible cookie cup that does not alter the taste of any drink, but also remains crunchy for over 40 minutes. Cupffee is completely vegan and biodegradable, which makes it the best alternative to any plastic or paper cup.
400 million single-use plastic and paper cups are used daily worldwide. 99% of it goes into the soil and oceans where it will take 100s to 1000s of years to decompose. In the course of the next 6 years, Cupffee aims to eliminate 5,980 tons of paper and plastic cups; save 32,000 trees from being cut down and save 460,000 kWh of Energy!
The production of Cupffee cups is circular and does not pollute the water. Cupffee is suited in a protective carton holder that makes it easy for users to hold the cup without touching its surface.
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AD. Historically, the diamond industry has been nothing short of disastrous for the planet, but Dan Wojno and Ryan Shearman are aiming to reverse the damage done by creating a new kind of sustainable diamonds created from pollution in the atmosphere and using sustainably sourced energy. 💎
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Launched in December 2020, Dan and Ryan founded Aether (@aetherdiamonds ) that creates its one-of-a-kind jewels with sustainably derived energy and carbon from air pollution, ultimately leaving the planet in better shape than when the diamonds were created.
Dan Wojno witnessed the significant air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand, while on a business trip for jewelry firm David Yurman, prompting him to initiate a dialogue with his colleague, Ryan Shearman, who is now the founder of Aether. This conversation gave rise to the concept of Aether, since the two friends concluded that most of the world's air pollution is just carbon in the incorrect place.
Aether's diamonds are created using a patented carbon sequestration technology that extracts carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the atmosphere and deposits them in a massive vacuum. The trapped carbon gas is then converted into useable hydrocarbon, which is subsequently used to make diamonds one atom at a time in reactors, aligning the carbon into crystalline shape. It takes three to four weeks for it to turn into a rough diamond, which is then shipped to be cut, polished, and put into jewelry.
There is no harm done to people, animals, or the environment throughout this procedure, earning the company vegan certification for its efforts in developing a creative new approach to create sought-after jewelry.
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Ms.Chhavi Anupam, IRS. Principal Chief Commissioner of Income- Tax, Pune
Mr. Sudhanshu Shekhar, IRS. Additional Commissioner of Income- Tax(HQ) (Admin&TPS)
for their valuable time. It was a great pleasure meeting them.
There are very few great dedicated officers who are so committed to the environment and continue building on that legacy with new, ambitious environmental goals.
AnandVan(AVMM) believes that with the help of the Income Tax Department Pune, we can have a significant, lasting impact and make a positive difference in protecting our planet.
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