Weekly Highlights - 5/29/20203 - The toxicity of plastic, trouble with offsets, and a surf industry callout

In this episode McKenzie and I break down three sustainability-related topics that crossed our radar. Somehow, they all tie back to past or upcoming episodes, and chances are your business. Greenpeace has released yet another report, so we’ll look at their warnings about the toxicity associated with plastic production and plastic recycling. We’ll discuss carbon credits and the concern that has popped up with one of the major verifying bodies and then look at a British pro surfer calling out the surf industry for not being sustainable enough. Let’s dive in!

Topic Links:

Greenpeace “Forever Toxic” Report An expose on the chemical risks associated with plastic recycling across a number of industries. Link here: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/reports/forever-toxic/

The Guardian investigates Verra carbon credits Verra CEO steps down after investigation reveals millions of credits sold were worthless. Link here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/23/ceo-of-worlds-biggest-carbon-credit-provider-says-he-is-resigning

BBC examines surf industry’s impacts on environment The surf industry has come under fire for not taking a strong enough action to reduce their environmental impacts. Link here: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-65563622

Resource Links:

MIT Climate Portal, Carbon Offsets https://climate.mit.edu/explainers/carbon-offsets

Impact Ninja, Carbon Offsets vs Carbon Credits: What’s the Difference? https://impactful.ninja/carbon-offsets-vs-carbon-credits-differences/

Terrapass, Carbon Offset Verification: Are Your Offsets Legit? https://terrapass.com/blog/carbon-offset-verification-are-your-offsets-legit/

Bloomberg, Getting Warmer With Cal Penn - Cleaning Up the Murky World of Carbon Offsets https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-04-20/cleaning-up-the-murky-world-of-carbon-offsets-getting-warmer-with-kal-penn#xj4y7vzkg

Sustainable Surf (Sea Trees) Using the global appeal of Surf culture to protect ocean health and reverse climate change. https://www.sustainablesurf.org/

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