Hempoffset.com is live! Win your carbon footprint offset for a year!

We’re delighted to announce that Hempoffset.com is now live Our vision is that stopping climate change will be as easy as calling an Uber. Over the last decade, we’ve seen hemp re-emerge from illegality, cannabis legalization globally and the climate crisis becoming ever more urgent. These trends are set to accelerate, now that the UN… Continue reading Hempoffset.com is live! Win your carbon footprint offset for a year!

Why the Dublin Aviva Covid vaccine experience sucks, and how design thinking can make it better

I was pretty excited to get my Covid vaccine, maybe the whole stupid nightmare was coming to an end? The fact that I was to be vaccinated in Dublin’s Aviva stadium, AKA Lansdowne Road, where I’d enjoyed everything from international rugby matches to Roger Waters The Wall, surely meant that this would be another well-staged… Continue reading Why the Dublin Aviva Covid vaccine experience sucks, and how design thinking can make it better

UFOs explained by Occam’s Razor

The long-awaited UFO report has more questions than answers On June 25, 2021, the US intelligence community released its long-awaited report into UFOs (unidentified flying objects) or, in a desperate attempt to own a new acronym, UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena). The report (which you can read in full here, via CNN) says that 143 witnessed… Continue reading UFOs explained by Occam’s Razor

What does carbon zero mean for my future?

Carbon zero is when we emit, or cause to be emitted, no additional carbon dioxide, CO2, into the atmosphere (besides from breathing!). AKA carbon neutrality and net-zero. A carbon zero economy is when sustainability is at the heart of everything: power, industry, agriculture, transportation, your daily life. Imagine a world where all cars are solar-powered,… Continue reading What does carbon zero mean for my future?

Win Hempoffset merch (and Irish candy) on St Patrick’s Day

Worldwide Giveaway for St Patrick’s Day! Have a green one with these Irish treats and @Hempoffset merch! Get on Twitter and make sure you’re following @GaryJByrnes and @Hempoffset… Find this post, pinned to the top of either Twitter page, post a comment or share… And that’s all! Draw on 17 March 2021, winner contacted, good… Continue reading Win Hempoffset merch (and Irish candy) on St Patrick’s Day

How you can help achieve all 17 UN Global Goals and make a better world

The Global Goals are not luxurious No poverty or hunger. Human beings literally not starving to death in certain parts of the world. Clean water. A toilet. These are not lofty or utopian goals. These are things that should already be. And the UN Global Goals are all about giving everybody on Earth equal rights.… Continue reading How you can help achieve all 17 UN Global Goals and make a better world

Just stop making Jeff Bezos even richer, seriously

Just stop buying shit! We are in danger of being buried under the mountains of crappy stuff we buy online Just stop buying shit. If the virus doesn’t get you, the climate crisis will! And guess what? You can buy a ton of stuff that will lull you into a false sense of security. Let… Continue reading Just stop making Jeff Bezos even richer, seriously

Hempoffset can win Elon Musk’s $100 million Carbon XPRIZE and stop climate change!

XPRIZE Carbon Removal prize details announced Hempoffset, our project to plant one billion acres with hemp, and absorb up to 10 Gigatons of CO2 from the air each year, sounds like a surefire winner! Even better, the hemp crops will be made into hempcrete, a high spec, sustainable building material, and we will build a… Continue reading Hempoffset can win Elon Musk’s $100 million Carbon XPRIZE and stop climate change!

Earth Day Quiz – Nature is us and we are nature

Earth Day Quiz, take it today! We believe that Earth Day is every day, and that nature is not simply a resource to be exploited. Nature is us and we are nature. Earth Day 2022 is Friday, April 22, so join the celebration, take action, and take our Earth Quiz to see how much you… Continue reading Earth Day Quiz – Nature is us and we are nature

Solutions to climate change: How to avoid a ‘ghastly future’ for humanity

Scientists sound the alarm (again!) in a new report in Frontiers in Conservation Science Solutions to climate change must be devised and implemented fast, if we’re to have any hope of a decent future for our species and our planet. A team of 17 scientists has published a sobering report, titled Underestimating the Challenges of… Continue reading Solutions to climate change: How to avoid a ‘ghastly future’ for humanity

The heat is on! 2020 was the joint-hottest year ever!

As if we didn’t need any more reminding, the world is getting hotter 2020 joins 2016 as the joint hottest year on Earth on record. With alarming heatwaves, forest fires and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic, the average global temperature was 1.25C above the pre-industrial temperature (1850-1900). We are inching ever-closer to… Continue reading The heat is on! 2020 was the joint-hottest year ever!

Lockdown Dreams – free flash fiction ebook for you

Bestselling author, Gary J Byrnes, started this crazy Readathriller hemp offset project. But he keeps writing fiction on the side, mainly late at night, as we all pass through this feverish pandemic. Inspired by lockdown, these ten dreamy, super-short tales can be enjoyed on any digital reading device, and can be downloaded right now, for… Continue reading Lockdown Dreams – free flash fiction ebook for you

Solutions to climate change – 3 reasons to be cheerful

Paris Climate Agreement, 5 years on Solutions to climate change seemed impossible not too long ago. And, 5 years on from the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s easy to feel pessimistic. But we are always ‘glass full’ people here (water + air), so here are 3 reasons to feel cheerful about the climate, with a grateful… Continue reading Solutions to climate change – 3 reasons to be cheerful

Will the US and UN deschedule cannabis? Top 5 reasons why they did

UPDATE, 04 Dec 20: Both said yes! At a meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), to be held in Vienna, 2-4 December 2020, the UN will vote on a WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendation to remove cannabis from its list of illegal narcotics. While largely symbolic, such a move would make it… Continue reading Will the US and UN deschedule cannabis? Top 5 reasons why they did

Three reasons to believe in a better world: US election, vaccine, puppies Sadie and Archie

Everything is better after America fired Trump, a vaccine was announced, and our dog Sadie got a little puppy pal, Archie It’s been quite the roller coaster these past days! Or ‘end times’ as lots of Christian folks are calling November 2020. But, how could this be the biblical End of Days, when we have… Continue reading Three reasons to believe in a better world: US election, vaccine, puppies Sadie and Archie

David Attenborough has a must-watch film on Netflix, A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough and his emotional call to action David Attenborough has got to be one of the most-loved people in the world, and he’s part of the fabric of our lives. So his new Netflix film, A Life on Our Planet, comes at just the right time. Just when we think we’re finished, Attenborough delivers… Continue reading David Attenborough has a must-watch film on Netflix, A Life on Our Planet

Who’s next to legalize cannabis? Are you ready to stand up?

Americans don’t just choose a new President on November 3, 2020, they also vote to legalize cannabis Will 5 more US states legalize cannabis soon? Currently, 33 US states have legalized medical cannabis and 11 states have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. On the November ballot, 5 states will put cannabis legalization to the… Continue reading Who’s next to legalize cannabis? Are you ready to stand up?