Nature and environment

The earth’s resources are limited and we must become more sensible with how we use them. In order to combat climate change and its consequences, the Postcode Foundation supports organizations that work to develop long-term solutions to climate change as well as establish specific innovative solutions for sustainable energy and fisheries.

The Postcode Foundation supports organizations and projects that conserve natural resources and promote biodiversity both on land in our oceans. We also encourage innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable use of earth’s resources, which in turn reduces poverty.

Below you can read more about some of our projects in the area of nature and the environment:

New climate, new solutions

Cambodia is one of the countries most affected by climate change. In recent decades, the population has been exposed to extreme weather phenomena such as typhoons, severe droughts and great flooding.

The countries’ small scale farmers lack the knowledge and resources necessary to adjust to the new weather conditions. Together with poorly adapted seed varieties, harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizer, their situation becomes even more vulnerable.

The farmers’ irrigations systems are old and lacks the capacity to store the amount of water needed to get through periods of severe drought. Additionally, they are not suited to drain large quantities of water during flooding.

Oxfam is an organization with great experience from working with climate issues in Cambodia. Within this project, several irrigation systems will be restored to ensure the supply of water in times of drought, but also to divert water during times of flooding.

Another part of the project is to educate small scale farmers in climate-adapted agricultural technologies such as improved water and land management, introduction of new crops as well as composting.

PHOTO: Jack Picone, Oxfam

Citizen Scientists help to reduce climate change’s negative impact on bees

All the food that grows in the soil needs to be pollinated. Without pollination there would be no fruit, vegetables, berries or nuts. Bees play a crucial role in pollination when they fly from flower to flower in their quest for nectar. Humans are in no way able to replace the work done by bees. No bees, no harvest.

Sveriges Biodlares Riksförbund works to increase the knowledge about bees. Together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) they work to engage so-called “citizen scientists” across the country.

The main task of the citizen scientists is to collect detailed information about weather conditions and the behavior of the bees. This data will be used to determine the effect of climate change on bees and come up with ways to reduce the negative impact on bees and their vital work.

The challenge of plastic

Pieces of plastic that end up in the ocean never disappear. Instead they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually so small they are called microplastics. These particles form a kind of “plastic soup” transported around the globe with the sea current. When the concentration of microplastics is high they form what we sometimes call ‘plastic islands’. In the Pacific Ocean, there is a floating plastic islandthe size of Texas.

An estimated 270 thousand tons of plastics floats at the surface of the world’s oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, it is estimated that only 15% of ocean plastics float, another 15% can be found under the surface, and the remaining 70% sinks right down to the sea floor. As these plastics break down in the water into micro-particles, they leak a myriad of toxic chemicals into the water, from fire retardants to biocides, which inevitably contaminate marine life and accumulate in the food chain.

The Postcode Foundation supports IUCN in their global efforts to reduce the occurrence of plastic in the oceans. Their work is carried out on an international level engaging representatives from different sectors. The aim is to create a global platform from which they can spread knowledge about the devastating consequences from plastic, but also how to tackle this challenge.

PHOTO: Florian Thevenon