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Weekly Environmental news update March 2020

Weekly E.C.O. roundup
Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days

As always, we give you the top eco stories from this week on Sundays. We hope you enjoy!

McDonald’s to remove plastic toys from happy meals

Earlier this week McDonald’s announced that they are to remove plastic toys from their happy meals in an attempt to help protect the environment. The act will result in the removal of 3,000 metric tonnes of plastic from the company’s outgoings.

The company have said that from 2021 that all UK happy meals in the UK will include a soft toy or paper-based book. In May the company will run a five week programme asking customers to return their single use unwanted plastic toys to restaurants so they can be recycled to build equipment.

Coronavirus will drastically cut CO2 emissions this year

Coronavirus has seen devastating effects with 290,388 confirmed cases and 11,963 deaths worldwide. As a result of the outbreak people are being told to work from home and self isolate. Flights have been grounded and fewer people are using the roads. Research from the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air have said that China’s emissions dropped by a quarter in February compared to 2019. Last month in China passenger car sales dropped by a staggering 80%.

While this initially sounds like good news there may be repercussions later as governments and businesses attempt to bounce back from coronavirus.

Nature returns to cities in Italy amid coronavirus isolation

While the past few weeks and months have been uncertain for many amid the coronavirus outbreaks there has been a glimmer of hope. As a result of the lack of human activity the canals in Venice have become clearer than they have been in years. Due to the clarity of the water it seems to be attracting more creatures than usual including swans and fish.

During these tough times it’s good to take some time to acknowledge Mother Nature’s presence and beauty.

Coronavirus should be a wake up call to our treatment of wildlife

Although it hasn’t yet been confirmed it is believed that coronavirus may have originated from pangolins on a live ‘wet market’ in Wahun. The small scale-covered creatures are kept in cages in Asia in appalling conditions, often in a state of dehydration and hunger, until bought for food. Undoubtedly people will continue to eat animals worldwide but the question is why treat them inhumanely and leave them in squalor until they are killed.

While China has enforced a temporary ban on these ‘wet markets’ it is a temporary measure which means that if the virus was a result of the markets incidents like this could well happen again in the future.


Lauren works as a digital fundraiser for a charity and volunteers in her spare time for a small animal charity doing all things digital. On the last Sunday of the month you’ll catch her out on a canoe litter picking on the Thames. Her favourite eco product is BECO soap.

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