Why being ‘green’ could help you get a date; Sweden is building bridges to help reindeer find food; and 50 countries bid to protect 30 percent of land and oceans

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It’s official! Being an eco-warrior makes you sexier (but we always knew that, right?!)

In case there was ever any doubt, UK green energy provider Bulb surveyed 2,000 people to find out whether the desire to be more environmentally friendly was impacting other, erm, desires.

The survey found that more than half of all respondents (51%) said being eco-conscious was more important to them in a new partner than height or having a good job. And the younger you are, the more important this quality is, with 68% of millennials and Gen Z saying that being eco-conscious is something they look for when dating.

Before you write that dating profile, take note of the fact that 40% of people surveyed said they were more likely to date someone who also cares about the environment. But make sure you follow through on your promises, as top deal-breakers included wasting food on a date, littering or eating meat.

If you’re already in a relationship, best make sure you remember to turn off the lights and learn how to use up leftovers, as the survey found wasting food or energy at home would be the biggest turn-offs in a partner. Almost a third of respondents said that getting complacent on sustainable living could even be enough to end a relationship – yikes!

Sweden is building bridges to help reindeer find food.

The transport authority in Sweden has announced plans to build bridges over roads and railways, so that reindeer can cross in safety, as global heating pushes them to search further afield for food.

Reindeers rely on the plantlike organism Lichen as a key part of their diet, but although the warmer summers actually help lichen to grow, it is the warmer and wetter winters that are the problem.

When rain falls instead of snow and then temperatures fall back to below freezing, sheets of ice form on ground that would usually be covered by softer snow. These ice sheets create an impenetrable a barrier between the reindeer and the lichen, forcing the animals to forage further afield, often having to cross major roads or railway lines, where they are at risk of being hit.

The new bridges will provide a safe crossing option for the reindeer herds on the move.

Read more at The Guardian.

More than 50 countries commit to protecting at least 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean by 2030.

The announcement was made at the One Planet Summit (a key meeting for world leaders hosted by France, the World Bank and the UN) by the 50 or more countries from six continents that form the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People.

Currently co-chaired by the UK, Costa Rica and France, the HAC is an intergovernmental group championing a global deal for nature and people that can halt the accelerating loss of species, and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of our economic security.

In making the announcement, the HAC committed to achieving the target of 30 percent by 2030, in a bid to halt the destruction of the world’s land and oceans, and prevent the predicted mass extinctions of plants and animals.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, cautioned:

“It is one thing to commit, but quite different to deliver. But when we have committed, we must deliver. And with concerted efforts, we can collectively deliver.”

Read more at Earth.org and Independent.co.uk.


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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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