Saturday is World Oceans Day, with governments and organisations across the globe celebrating our seas - and condemning the problem of plastics in them. Supermarket company Foodstuffs is hoping to stop some of the litter flow - by fitting its car park drains with litter traps. NZ oceans world's worst for birds eating plastic We ingest hundreds of pieces of plastic every day, study finds 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter Earth's oceans "We've recognised we could do a better job in our car parks in terms of what gets washed down the drain," says Foodstuffs' sustainability manager Mike Sammons. A trial programme will fit stormwater traps into drains in Foodstuffs supermarket car parks across the North Island - catching litter before it enters the water. "On average a year, you get 5000 plastic items washed down the drain in a carpark," Sammons says. The UN estimates 13-million tonnes of plastic leak into the oceans every year. Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says the … [Read more...] about World Oceans Day: New Zealand companies combat plastics problem
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IT'S the planet we live on and is home to more than six billion humans and countless other animals and plants. But with climate change and pollution endangering planet Earth, people are being implored to help protect the fragile environment - and one way to help is by taking action, Earth Day 2019. When is Earth Day 2019? Earth Day is held every year on April 22 and in 2019 this is no different. Organisers settled on this date as it is in the spring but does not conflict with the religious holidays of Easter and Passover. It is also said that one of the organisers, Julian Koenig came up with the idea of holding it on April 22 as it was his birthday and the word 'birthday' rhymes with Earth Day. What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection. The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees. The event takes place around the world and it … [Read more...] about World Earth Day 2019 – What is this year’s theme how can you get involved to protect our species?
In 2017, "Today" show anchor Hoda Kotb brought joy into the world by announcing she had adopted a baby girl, Haley Joy. Two years later, the 54-year-old is bringing hope with the adoption of her second daughter, Hope Catherine. The adoption was kept under wraps until her co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, announced on the show Tuesday that they had an "exclusive" story. Kotb called into the show to make the big reveal. "It's a girl!" she said."I can't believe it," Kotb said through tears. "I mean look, in your life, you think maybe you've gotten what you deserve. But man, I'm so happy she's here." Kotb has been open about her decision to adopt in the past. On World Adoption Day 2018, the anchor said adopting Haley Joy changed her life. "I think sometimes you think either I can't ... or, I waited too long, or circumstances didn't intend for me, and I should be grateful to have this life, and why would I ask for something more? It felt almost selfish," she said on … [Read more...] about Hoda Kotb adopts second baby at 54
Sally Peck Follow 7 March 2019 • 10:47am Here we are, once again, striding into the pages of every parent’s least-favourite-but-would-be-wholesome celebration of the year. World Book Day should be a wonderfully old-fashioned celebration of stories and the love of reading. And where more appropriate to share love of great books than school? After all, this is not a great time for books, in many ways. Libraries are closing. My children’s state primary school – rated Outstanding by Ofsted and, generally, very good – hasn’t had its own library in years. Imagine that. And when the early years children use the local library, they haven’t been allowed to borrow books “because they just lose them”. Recently, one girl on the student council had the temerity to ask for a library within the school. The head said yes – so long as it was funded by parents. The school gave us a wishlist and those … [Read more...] about Parents are ruining World Book Day – so here’s how to embrace its vital message
A CHARITY set up in memory of an eight-year-old Hatton girl has marked World Book Day today by launching the latest in its series of therapeutic books for children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses. Olly The Brave Back at School and The Wibbly Wobbly Tummy, published this week, is the third chapter in the story of the Molly Olly’s Wishes mascot lion as he copes with the next phase of his illness. Three thousand copies have been printed which will form part of the Olly the Brave packs, which also contain a toy lion with its own Hickman line and detachable mane. The charity was founded by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw following the death of their daughter Molly in 2011. Molly was diagnosed with a rare kind of kidney cancer five years earlier at the age of just three, after becoming ill during a family holiday. Despite undergoing several operations and extensive treatment, throughout her battle with the illness, Molly got involved with work to help improve the lives of other … [Read more...] about Molly Olly’s Wishes charity marks World Book Day with new publication to help sick youngsters