Earth News|Collected: Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram; Walmart pledges a 2040 zero emissions target; and Magawa the mine-detecting rat

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Walmart commits to zero emissions by 2040

Walmart has pledged to become carbon neutral across its global operations, committing to become a zero emissions business by 2040, without relying on carbon offsets. The retail giant is planning to electrify and zero out emissions from all of its vehicles, including long-haul trucks, by 2040 and power all its facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2035.

The pledge was announced as part of Climate Week NYC this week, and includes a promise to protect, manage or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030, as part of the work of its Foundation arm.

“We want to play an important role in transforming the world’s supply chains to be regenerative,” commented Walmart president and chief executive, Doug McMillon. “We face a growing crisis of climate change and nature loss and we all need to take action with urgency.”

“The commitments we’re making today not only aim to decarbonize Walmart’s global operations, they also put us on the path to becoming a regenerative company – one that works to restore, renew and replenish in addition to preserving our planet, and encourages others to do the same,” he added.


Sir David Attenborough joins the ‘gram

If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you’ll know the whole team at Earth Collective are mega Attenborough fans. So, you can imagine how over-excited we were to be able to follow him on Instagram. Sir David released his very first Instagram post this week, an IGTV video, which at the time of writing this article had already amassed 10,612,184 views, 40,176 comments and 2.6 million followers.

Sir David begins the video by introducing himself – as if he ever needed an introduction, however it was a smart reminder that this legend has been in the game for SIXTY YEARS! He continues to explain why he’s decided to join Instagram now. We’ll hand over to Sir David here to explain:

“And I’m making this move and exploring this new way of communication to me, because as we all know, the world is in trouble. Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. Fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on and on. But we know what to do about it. And that’s why I’m tackling this new way, for me, of communication. Over the next few weeks I’ll be recording messages to explain what the problems are, and how we can deal with them.”

Sir David ends the video by inviting us to join him or to “stay tuned”. And you can do that, right here.


Meet Magawa, the award-winning mine-detecting rat

This one is a little off the ‘good news for the planet’ vibe, but here at Earth Collective, we love to see humans and animals working together to save lives. Magawa, the an African giant pouched rat, is only seven years old, but already has an impressive resume. After being trained by the Belgium-registered charity Apopo to be a HeroRAT, Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career. HeroRATs are the only animals who can safely detect these mines due to their light weight and keen sense of smell.

The little guy works just half an hour a day, but can scan an area the size of a tennis course in 20 minutes looking for the devices – something that would take a human with a metal detector one to four days.

Now nearing retirement age, Magawa’s hard work and dedication has earned him the prestigious PDSA Gold medial, for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia”. Magawa joins 29 other animals to receive the award, however he is the first ever rat.

Well done, Magawa. We thank you for your service. You can find out more about the award and about Magawa in the video below:



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