PET By Gary J Byrnes First published in 2020 by Gary J Byrnes. Copyright 2020 © Gary J Byrnes. The right of Gary J Byrnes to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000. All rights reserved. In this work of fiction,…… Continue reading PET – Read this complete, dystopian scifi story right here, right now
Chuffed to announce that Hempoffset.com is now live We’re one of 287 XPRIZE Carbon Removal qualifiers globally! April 2022 The Hempoffset.com vision is that stopping climate change will be as easy as calling a pizza. Over the last decade, we’ve seen hemp re-emerge from illegality, cannabis legalization globally and the climate crisis becoming ever more…… Continue reading Hempoffset.com is live!
You should never give a joint/weed/reefer to a dolphin. Dank memes for disturbing times In these trying times, haven’t we found some solace in memes, GIFs, reels and TikToks? In a way, where we are now with the internet is the golden age of self-expression. There are multiple, new digital art forms taking shape, then…… Continue reading 420 + Earth Day = Hempoffset
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?
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
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, 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
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
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!
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 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
Changing clocks, daylight savings, Franz Ferdinand We’re so used to changing the clocks for daylight savings every spring and fall. But why do we do it? Enjoying these October evenings? As summer slowly dies (northern hemisphere), those endless evenings have been gradually ebbing away, and our bodies and brains adjusting to the new normal of…… Continue reading Why do we change clocks, are daylight savings for environmental benefits?
Fire Trump: The US Presidential Election 2020 poses an existential threat to the planet A worsening climate crisis is one of the more visible legacies of Trump’s failures. If the US electorate doesn’t fire Trump, we are literally going to hell in a handbasket, brimming with anxiety and despair. We encourage all Americans to use…… Continue reading Why the world needs America to fire Trump
We need you to do us a favor, and help fix the world We believe in surveys, as they are a valuable tool to learn about how we can get people to work together to help fix the world. Your opinion really matters to us. Your opinion can make a difference. Cannabis legalisation in Ireland…… Continue reading Will you help fix the world, and do us a favour, by taking our surveys?
Nationalism and nostalgia are evolutionary dead ends One positive from the pandemic struck me today. We’ve changed. We are focused on the future, the promise of a vaccine, the chance to enjoy and appreciate the things we took for granted just months ago. Think back, think about Trump and his MAGA desire to return to…… Continue reading How to build Utopia: Goodbye nostalgia, hello future!
Time to switch to bamboo toothbrushes Bamboo toothbrushes are awesome. They feel much more pleasant and natural in your mouth, they help sustain jobs in many interesting places, you can easily write your name on them, and they biodegrade completely after use! From the UN Global Goals: Did you know that 1 billion toothbrushes are…… Continue reading How to start saving the world with one bamboo toothbrush
Hempspiracy, a Hempoffset film What 420 means, origin story In 1971, five high school students in San Rafael, California, used the term in connection with a plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop, based on a treasure map made by the grower (sounds like a movie waiting to happen). The group called themselves The Waldos, met after…… Continue reading 420 is a demand for change. Legalize hemp and cannabis worldwide now
Is Europe a country? No, Europe is not a country, and that’s the problem. Europe is landmass and some islands to the left of Asia, plus some far-flung colonial leftovers. The European Union is made up of 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,…… Continue reading Is Europe a country? How the EU can thrive after coronavirus
The world can and will be better soon. To deal with the coronavirus we need to minimise infections by social distancing, until the vaccine is produced and widely available. And the news is good, with curve-flattening measures working, and a vaccine formula innovated, just this week. Longer-term, people should be discouraged from eating wild animals,…… Continue reading Beautiful news: Some cool stuff for you
Chaos, as a brand, is dead Trump’s brand is chaos. And we are easily distracted. As a species, we’re hard-wired to always look out for threats. We now seem to be at peak threat level, with existential crises ubiquitous. Climate change may yet cause the extinction of humanity. Terrorists and dictators threaten massacres and even…… Continue reading Coronavirus forces us to replace chaos and fear with clarity and purpose
Bottled water market worth $305 billion a year Think about how heavy water is. Now imagine the amount of energy that must be used in transporting it from source to your home. Our bottled water often comes from halfway around the world. And it’s expensive. But what about the mains taps in our homes? How…… Continue reading Purer tap water can cut our bottled water obsession