New Councillor of Culture, new eco-report!
For those new to our region and wondering what this is, Refugia Eco-Reports are a requirement put on the Councillor of Culture by RRS 6(c)(i) to update the region on our progress on reaching the environmental goals outlined in the RRS, these being:
12. The Region defines the goals for both its Members and the Region collectively in the following ways:
a. Reach an average Environmental Beauty score of 1,100 on or before December 31, 2021, and maintained thereafter.
b. Reach an average Eco-Friendliness score of 3,200 on or before December 31, 2021, and maintained thereafter.
Here's the report covering February 2022-April 2022.
There are two main pieces of data for our eco-report: eco-friendliness, and environmental beauty.
We had a dip in our overall eco-friendliness in March, dropping to a low of 1794.04 on the 4th, and maintaining around that level for most of the month. This is probably due to a surge in new members, however we have since recovered over April and dropping slightly towards the end of the month. At the end of April we were sitting at 2034.83, which is very close to our position just before the big drop in February.
Environmental beauty is much along the same lines as Eco-Friendliness, with a drop to a low of 783.87 on 4th March, before recovering again. As of 30th April we are now sitting at 835.22, which is only a little lower than the levels recorded just before the previous eco report in February.
We're doing well to recover quickly from drops in our eco stats despite our growth as a region which is fantastic news. It's really heartening to see nations of all ages contributing to Refugia's goals. We do look like we're heading into another dip, so let's all work together to improve our current stats throughout May!
Refugia is a region that attracts many environmentally friendly folks. While there are many of you deserving of praise, here are just a couple of people I'd like to give a shout out to in this report.
Allokyus has raised their eco-friendliness by 315.61 points from 2512.37 to 2827.98 since the previous Eco-Report in February 2022.
Degenerac has raised their eco-friendliness by an impressive 836.4 points since joining us earlier this year - from 486 to 1322.4.
Dyllonia has raised their environmental beauty from 1773.84 to 2027.72, an improvement of an impressive 253.88 points since the last Eco-Report.
Raising stats takes time, but every small percentage increase in eco-friendliness and environmental beauty helps us to become a more environmentally friendly region overall. To those interested, hereís a resource to help make answering issues easier. It uses effects from previous answers to the issues to give you an idea of whether certain answers will raise or lower your stats.
Have you been working on improving your Environmental Beauty or Eco-Friendliness stats lately? Tell Tiralta all about it for a chance to be featured in the next Eco-Report!
This month will see the return of the eco challenge in which we try to collectively and individually raise our eco-friendliness stat, with prizes for the winners! We've had a 27.3% rise in population since the last annual Green Week in December 2021, so this will be a great way for nations new and old to work together to reach our goals.
Keep an eye on the RMB for more information about that later on!
Before we get into the new advice, hereís a reminder from the last Eco-Report.
And on to the new advice!
One way we can try to reduce our impact on the environment is by reducing our food waste.
If you have some foods that are close to expiring or leftovers which don't quite make a full meal, why not get creative in the kitchen to help avoid food waste? If you're stuck for ideas, this recipe site can help you discover new ways to use what you've got.
You can also regrow many vegetables from scraps, and for some you don't even need outdoor space or soil - just a cup of water on a windowsill.
Lastly, some positive environmental news from the real world!
In Zurich, Switzerland, natural gas supply networks are being turned off and residents encouraged to install alternatives.
Meanwhile, in Tokyo, Japan, a major rail network is now powered by 100% renewable energy.
In Austin, Texas, USA, scientists have created an enzyme that breaks down plastic quicker - this could potentially reduce the time it takes for plastic to break down from centuries to mere days or even hours!
And finally, off the coast of Tahiti, oceanographers have discovered one of the largest coral reefs ever found, in pristine condition.
With the good news in mind however, I think it's important to echo the words of our previous Eco-Report:
That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed this Eco-Report. ^.^