Emily was honoured to be invited by the Academy of Chocolate to talk about her new initiative Chocolate Futures at L’Escargot in Soho, London.
The audience was made up of a small but knowledgeable group of Craft Chocolate and Bean to Bar practitioners and enthusiasts including her long time friend and chocolate mentor Coady Chantal Founder of Roccoco Chocolates who has been instrumental in the start-up.
The idea is to improve the quality of cocoa beans produced by small farmers in Indonesia before they give up growing it altogether. Many farmers live too far away from a bulk cocoa processing factory to make cocoa a viable commodity. By improving the quality and introducing them to Fine Chocolate makers in the UK this could be reversed. There is plenty of diversity in Indonesian cocoa and the country is huge but there is much to learn and improve.
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The Original hand carved gilded wooden POSH Graffiti gold letters by Emily Readett-Bayley fit in perfectly in this interior with the natural fleeces sold by our stockist and friends at Wildash London and #POSHGraffiti and #WildashLondon tags; natural wool, woodcarving, lettering, graffiti, sustainable, ethical, artisanal, ethical interiors, ethical gifts, handmade
Rattan Baskets from Operation Planet Basket outside house
Emily’s Look Out was featured in Coast Magazine September 2017
When you lake in the panoramic view from Emily Readett-Bayley’s home – which stretches far our across the North Sea, and along the North Norfolk coast, encompassing Cromer’s iconic pier – its easy to see why it was deemed The perfect place to station a lookout post during the Second World War. ‘I think it’s probably one of the best views along the east coast of England.’ says campaigning designer Emily who Is lucky enough to live on this cliff-top site.
They are one of the harshest environments on the planet and also one of the most important in terms of carbon storage. New research hopes to reveal the role these threatened bogs could play in the climate change story
The good news
The good news is that if we block drainage canals, peatlands can be partly restored by preventing water levels from declining further. Planting native plants in degraded areas can also help by retaining water. Further damage can be mitigated by such measures, but whether damaged peatlands will ever recover their lost carbon and ecological potential, Kolka says no one knows, and if they can, timescales could be in the thousands of years.
One potential way to secure the world’s vulnerable peatlands is through the global carbon market. Indonesian entrepreneur Dharsono Hartono spent nine years working to secure a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) for his Katingan Projectin Borneo. Today it’s the largest land use VCS project on the planet, covering 157,875 hectares (390,000 acres) of peatland containing a gigatonne of carbon, according to Hartono, and is a vital community project promoting less carbon-intensive agriculture. Carbon storage varies by peatland but generally is 30–70kg of carbon per cubic meter (35 cubic feet).
“This is a long-term business, you just have to be persistent,” Hartono says, adding that now that his “product” is ready he’s on the look out for buyers.
Hartono started the project with a focus on climate change, but he says it has since transformed: “It’s become a story of the people,” he says, who are the “heart and soul” of the project.
Thirty-four villages surround Hartono’s concession in a buffer area that is partly peatlands as well. In order to protect the main site from fires, the project also has to change neighboring farms. Hartono and his team have spent the past few years helping communities shift from slash-and-burn farming to what he calls “climate-smart agriculture.”
“You have to find a solution, you can’t just tell people not to burn,” he says.
[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last] POSH Graffiti free standing wooden letters feature in the MY WAREHOUSE HOME blog in September 2016
These freestanding wooden letters and numbers are timeless in both appeal and aesthetic
Wood Hand carved from sustainable timbers, these freestanding wooden letters and numbers are timeless in both appeal and aesthetic. Add texture to walls, doors and tabletops with this sustainable option from Posh Graffiti. Freestanding natural wooden letters, £5.75 each, Posh Graffiti[/two_third_last]