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We’re proud to launch #TheEnvironMentalIssue at COP26

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We’re proud to launch #TheEnvironMentalIssue at COP26

The campaign highlights the importance of health in climate change discussions

The sustainable newspaper made with algae ink raises awareness of a potential link between rising temperatures and neurological conditions. It also aims to raise funds for much-needed research – and has already provoked a discussion in Parliament

Front cover of black and white newspaper supplement The Environmental Issue, featuring a young girl with freckles

As world leaders discuss climate change at the UN’s COP26 summit in Scotland, the official agenda fails to address the effects of rising temperatures on our physical health.

That’s why during COP26, we proudly launched EpiCC’s #TheEnvironMentalIssue, a living newspaper made from algae issued in partnership with The Herald (Scotland’s broadsheet newspaper). It highlights a potential connection between climate change and neurological conditions such as epilepsy and calls for funding for further research. 

EpiCC (Epilepsy Climate Change) has been set up by Professor Sanjay Sisodiya, Director of Genomics at the Epilepsy Society, after he noticed colleagues raising concerns about heatwaves and their impact on neurological diseases, including epilepsy.

After the Epilepsy Society’s local MP Sarah Green read the newspaper, she raised the issue in Parliament to Boris Johnson who committed to do more on the issue. 

Watch as Sarah Green MP challenges Prime Minister Boris Johnson

#TheEnvironMentalIssue was produced with algae ink, using sustainable technology to replace petroleum-derived products. It was printed on Mohawk paper with recycled fibre, with pulp sourced from sustainable forests, and manufactured using electricity generated by wind power. The overall carbon impact of the project has the long-term equivalent of removing 30 tonnes of C02 from the atmosphere.

Read #TheEnvironMentalIssue

You can read a digital copy of #TheEnvironMentalIssue here.

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