Integral Ecology Committee - Special Edition
COP27 Wrap Up
The Integral Ecology committee is
diligently working on its April meeting for the family. Until then,
we’d like to leave everyone with a quick wrap-up of COP27 that
concluded in Cairo with a few of the noteworthy items.
The most significant steps forward are:
- The UN climate summit agreed on Sunday to set up a “loss
and damage” fund to support poorer countries ravaged by climate
impacts, overcoming decades of resistance from rich nations who
contribute the bulk of the world's emissions.
- The COP27 deal also says that “safeguarding food
security and ending hunger” is a fundamental priority and that
communities can better protect themselves from climate effects if water
systems are protected and conserved. By contrast, last year’s Glasgow
Climate Pact made no mention of agriculture, food, or water.
With the ongoing war in Ukraine, the conference faced a conundrum with
the energy crisis potential with Europe; we will have to see if the
progress made over the last 27 years is able to continue to move
Here’s one holiday factoid that gives us another idea of how we can all
do our little part to help our planet.
Some 2.3 MILLION pounds of wrapping paper goes to landfills every year
according to Earth911.com. The Japanese tradition of furoshiki, the
swaddling of gifts in reusable squares of cloth, is a festive form of
packaging that does not compromise forests. Something to