Together we will stop climate change, by crowdfunding hemp crops all over the world. This will create employment and opportunity, and we will share the profits. Join our global tribe today. We need your courage, ingenuity and strength. Time's running out…
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 Avoiding a Ghastly Future. It states that ‘future environmental conditions will be far more dangerous than currently believed. The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms—including humanity—is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,’ and wonders if any of our existing political or economic systems are capable of dealing with the disasters that lie ahead. The report also calls on scientists to speak out ‘candidly and accurately’ when engaging with government, business and the public.
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 the 1.5C temperature rise that will bring significant climate emergencies, and the 2C rise that will spell almost certain disaster.
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 nod to Mr Ian Dury.
20% off everything in our store until 11:30 pm, December 31 2020, when you need to stop shopping for fabulous items and get some Champagne. So you can now get super gifts for yourself, or share the love, with 202020 awesomeness. Every sale means hemp planted, so you’re also helping to save the planet. Discount applied at checkout, on orders of €10 and over, just contact us if you need any help.
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 the good news that it’s not too late if we act now. He has a vision. And it’s not that complicated. We must halt the growth in the world’s population. We must intensify efforts to create no-fishing zones. We must change our meat-eating obsession. For it’s no longer ‘just’ about saving the planet, it’s about saving humanity.
2020 is unforgettable, so grab this souvenir Covid-19 t-shirt
Great for yourself, or for someone you love, this exclusive design Covid-19 t-shirt is available only to Readathriller readers. A unique memento of an unforgettable year, grab yours now so you can help to influence a positive outcome to 2020. Available in black or white.
Text reads: COVID-19 SUCKS BALLS* SO WEAR A MASK
VOTE TRUMP OUT
LEGALIZE WEED WORLDWIDE
BE THE HERO
RUB A FURRY ANIMAL *The coronavirus is teensy balls of genetic material and when we suck in air, we are sucking balls of virus. So wear a mask if you don’t want to suck balls. Designed by primates. Copyright 2020 Readathriller.com – Hemp offsets CO2
This product is print-on-demand
Our Covid-19 t-shirt is printed when you order it. This is called print-on-demand and is much more sustainable than printing loads of something, only to throw most in the bin. Gary J Byrnes thrillers in paperback are available print-on-demand also. All Gary’s digital bestsellers are FREE until we get the vaccine, more here.
We need to work together with you, and our partners all over the world, to build the next-generation, sustainable living ecommerce experience. The first step is understanding what we all want and need, and what will make it easier for us to stop climate change. Taking our 60-second survey about online shopping shows that you care. And you’re helping to shape a better future for us all. So, thank you!
Give the gift that never stops giving, a gift card for sustainable living products and exclusive branded items from our store
Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Readathriller gift card, for €10, €25, €50 or €100, so they can buy what they like from our sustainable living store. Every purchase made by the lucky recipient means hemp planted, and we’re a step closer to stopping climate change.
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 the 1950s. Think Brexit and the Conservatives’ fantasy of a return to the 1930s. Think about all the deluded nationalists around the world. They all want to take us backwards, to some imagined older, ‘better’ time. These are all bankrupt ideologies. But there is a better way…
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 thrown away each year in the US alone? That’s enough to stretch around the Earth 4 times! 🤯
Plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills and in our oceans, and are consumed by wildlife and fish who mistake them for food. It’s time to say no thanks to plastic toothbrushes and yes please to more sustainable and eco-friendly ones, like our bestselling bamboo toothbrush. 🐟 🐬 🐠
Manifesto and call-to-arms to prevent a dystopia in which humans become unnecessary, or serve machines
This Manifesto is about defining a simple, clear and direct set of rules for the people and companies that construct artificial intelligence, algorithms and technology.
This Manifesto aims to prevent a dystopia where: humans are governed by AI and algorithms; where tech’s appetites for resources and power have destroyed the environment; and where surveillance capitalism knows no boundaries.
All humans are invited to contribute to this manifesto and to share its ideas, for the benefit of all humankind and nature.
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 come so many of us don’t want to drink tap water, even though it’s cheaper and so much better for the environment?
The world is sliding to hell in a handbasket and it can often seem overwhelming. Well, fear not. The time to start taking action to save the planet is now. Learn to take the spectre of imminent catastrophe in your stride by making a decisive difference. Arm yourself with these actions and be the hero…
1. Be aware of your carbon footprint, cut your emissions, save the planet
What is your carbon footprint? It is a measure of the amount of CO2 you help generate, mostly through your everyday choices. The average for industrialised countries is 11 tons of CO2 per person per year. The world average is 4 tons. The target for all of us? 2 tons. If you want to accurately measure your carbon footprint, this calculator from the WWF is a good start. If you fund the planting of just one acre of hemp with Readathriller, you pretty much offset your CO2 for a year, so watch out for our CO2 offset packages, coming soon. Meanwhile, use our CO2 offset calculator tools and buy some hemp seeds and away you go into an instantly more sustainable future.
Meat CO2 calculator for you to use and benefit from today. It’s so easy to make a small change to your lifestyle that can make a huge difference to climate change. Just commit to replacing a number of meaty meals every week with a vegetarian or vegan option, and the benefits soon add up. A cheeseburger meal has a CO2 footprint of 4.35 kg! As an added bonus, you’re also making a difference to animal welfare. Reducing meat consumption helps put pressure on the meat industry to treat animals humanely if it wants to have a future. Start with just one meal a week and see the difference!
Because we want you to enjoy a fabulous online shopping experience in our sustainable lifestyle and hemp marketplace, we now offer FREE SHIPPING on most products. It may take a little longer for your order to arrive – that’s because we use surface shipping to minimise environmental impact.
Free shipping is one way for us to work with suppliers all over the world to bring high quality, sustainable products to you. Reasonably-priced products from Readathriller can’t compete with the big ecommerce brands that own fleets of airplanes, or have cosy relationships with global express delivery brands. And that’s what makes us different. Our main aim is not to maximise profit by squeezing out all competitors, but to save this planet.
This is a new kind of capitalism
Readathriller.com represents a new model of capitalism, one that puts buyers, suppliers and planet on an equal footing, recognising that we need to share the results of human ingenuity and the bounty of this planet fairly, while looking after the planet herself. Planet Earth is the capital that we all share. That’s a fundamentally different way of looking at our economy. Try it.
Why the Readathriller sustainable hemp marketplace?
We know that you’ll love our eco-friendly products:
We source hemp products wherever possible.
We supply products that replace single-use plastics.
We supply products that help you to reduce your impact on the environment.
We supply print-on-demand products (e.g. t-shirts) that are printed only when ordered; no wasteful stock created, to be dumped if not sold.
We work with our suppliers to minimise plastic packaging.
We use surface shipping, part of bulk deliveries where possible, to minimise the environmental impact of transporting our products to you. Delivery may take a little longer, thank you for your patience and commitment.
This is the world’s only marketplace that’s designed to stop climate change. This is where every product you buy means a hemp plant planted and CO2 removed from the atmosphere.
As we fund the planting of hemp crops, in Ireland and around the world, we will bring new hemp products to market – right here! Sign up to Thrill me!, our email newsletter, and you’ll be among the first to know!
Get shopping today, save the world and spread the word!
We’re building a completely new kind of hemp and sustainable lifestyle marketplace, one which sells the products you want and need, delivers great value for money, and actively stops climate change. We will benefit the planet both by displacing products that are harmful to our air, land and water, and by planting hemp for every purchase, so that the marketplace itself powers the plant engines that absorb CO2 from the air, stopping climate change.
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