Kindness to animals is future normal. Image by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

Today is the first ever future normal day!

It’s Future Normal Day. Veganism and vegetarianism were already on the rise in 2019. But in 2020, the number of people giving up meat doubled, hitting almost 500,000. And in January, 12% of people asked said they intended to consume fewer animal products this year.

Since the start of 2020, everyone’s been talking about the ‘new normal’. But what kind of normal do you want to see? If you dream of living in a world that is kinder to animals, check out the first ever Future normal Day happening today, April 9th.  

Launched by the Vegan Society, Future Normal Day is about celebrating the animals that share our planet. It’s all about creating a more compassionate future and you can find out more here.

Watermelons being harvested in desert
Growing watermelons in the desert. Image by Desert Control

Is it possible to re-green the desert?

If you’re a green tech geek, you might be interested to learn that Desert Control is turning desert sands into fertile soil. Desert Control uses clay and water, mixed in a particular way, to create nanoclay, a special substance that can be used to water crops, saving an average of 30% water.

Having successfully grown chemical-free courgettes, millet, and watermelons in Dubai’s desert, Desert Control has just secured funding of more than £23 million. The next step for the company is to scale up its rollout. And then it will be ready to re-green desert lands across the world.

As food security becomes more fragile, deserts are growing 12 million hectares every year. And this is just the kind of solution we at OPOH are interested in following up.