This week Awesome Stories brings you hope and action for the environment.
I’ve written before about the amazing properties of mushrooms. Paul Stamets created several natural remedies using mushroom spores in proprietary formulas to address environmental problems like pest control, toxic cleanup, and more. Paul has created a company called Fungi Perfecti to promote his books, ideas, and health products, all made from mushrooms. Now, researchers have discovered mushrooms that eat plastic! The Pestalotiopsis microspora and other species of mushroom are capable of subsisting on plastic alone. They consume plastic and convert it into organic matter. Even better, they can do so without oxygen, meaning that mushrooms could be used to clean up the enormous amounts of plastic in landfills. We still need to move beyond plastics with biodegradable materials and packing like those starting to be made from hemp. But this discovery could aid in the cleanup and recycling of the tons of plastic waste we generate each year with our consumption of so many single-use plastic items.
Rising tides are one of the many concerns relating to climate change. Thankfully, as I recently highlighted, youth like Greta Thunberg are mobilizing on a grand scale to demand action be taken by our leaders to address climate change. She is a charismatic young woman whose social-media skills, moral compass, and truth-telling have inspired hoards of youth to take to the streets for a better world and call out the politicians, propagandists, and CEOs who are standing in the way. Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation has dubbed them The Climate Kids. Read his compelling post called The Climate Kids are Coming. This is a rising tide that we can celebrate!
Call to Action
As I’ve recently written, we need massive changes in order to turn the tide on climate change. While I’m heartened by stories like the two ones above, we don’t have time to wait anymore. We each must act, both personally and collectively. Small actions like reducing your consumption do help. Here are 10 tips from the World Wildlife Fund for individuals to help the environment. And we need mass holistic shifts in our political, economic, manufacturing, and lifestyles to address the challenges. Some organizations and leaders are starting to create coordinated plans to address climate change like the Ceres plan called Climate Action 100+ backed by 320 investors and 32 Trillion dollars. Similarly, William Becker wrote a book called The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet. And recently, House Democrats introduced a similar New Green Deal. All are inclusive plans to revitalize our country while addressing climate change on a societal level.
Will you join the green revolution?