Author of stories for children, Scientist and Philosopher organic cotton products, comments on life, the universe and everything, photography. Conservationist, Environmentalist. Lives on the pale blue dot. Humanity must tread more lightly on the world
A recent Greenpeace study discovered a large amount of micro plastic particles entering the environment from a plastics recycling plant. With over 13,000 types of plastics in use, several thousand known to be harmful to humans and thousands of others of unknown toxicity it’s time to cut plastic production and use drastically. Meanwhile…..
A new (relatively) study shows that microplastics have been found in the placenta of a number of women. These microplastic particle can be joined to toxins and pathogens and they are in some cases travelling through our bodies and it would seem into or at least affect newly born children. The long term health consequences have probably not been worked out, yet the fossil fuels industries wants to produce more plastic. These industries need to regulated properly and unnecessary plastic use needs to be curtailed. Still want a free plastic bag for your shopping or a plastic straw for your drink? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412020322297
With 13,000 types of plastics out there in the environment and several thousand known to be harmful to human health and the toxicity of many others unknown we are now long overdue in reducing the amount of plastic we use and what we use it for.
How long will it be before some, if not all of this plastic, ends up degrading in the environment to become micro and nano plastic particles polluting the air, soil or water? We now know these small plastic particles are everywhere including in ourselves. Isn’t it time we questioned how we do things? Convenience is doing a huge amount of damage to the planet.
We need to stop this. It’s becoming increasingly known that plastic is not only disastrous for the environment but also poses significant human health risks.
This is an excellent visual article on how much plastic we are all consuming. What we need to know is what are the long term health effects because of the pathogens and other chemicals that the micro and nano sized particles can carry with them. Where do they end up? Which organs and can they cross the blood brain barrier? This isn’t the way we should be living our lives and it certainly isn’t sustainable yet the fossil fuel corporations want to increase plastic production. We need to stop them. https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2020/12/11/in-pictures-how-much-plastic-are-you-eating
Food is precious. It involves altering and damaging the environment in so many ways. It’s not about whether you can afford to waste it or not because the Earth cannot afford what certain people do.
Do you find it strange that even in these very difficult times that some people are still wasting food? Our food waste consists of cuttings and peelings. There seems to be a problem with certain individuals and their relationship with food. This has got to change. If you waste food then you cannot complain that it is too expensive.
The last gasp of neoliberal, exploitative capitalism that will either cause the planet to be uninhabitable for the human monkey or we will destroy it. There are only two options. Either we change as a species and the vacuencers and vacuous start seeing the bigger picture or we face a dire future with an increasing risk of human extinction. It’s not just about drastically reducing the burning of fossil fuels but a complete reset of human economics and justice for every human being.
Since I first posted this, these words seem even more poignant.
Originally posted 28th May 2021
I think I know how this very brave man felt.
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.” ― Edgar Mitchell
I first posted this two years ago but the fate of trees has not fared well.
14th March 2021
At this time of year, in the northern hemisphere, many trees will be starting to blossom and as we should all know by now, we need our trees to combat climate change since we will in all probability cross the 420ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere sometime during this season.
It’s unfortunate that the value of trees is still not being recognised as so many are being cut down because they stand in the way of the growing obesity of urbanisation, or as in the case of the UK, for an unwanted high speed train, HS2, that is and will destroy over one hundred ancient woodlands. Then there are the people moving house who don’t like the trees in the garden so cut them down. In this time of what is a climate change crisis there should be a preservation order on all trees and it should be an ecoside criminal offence to damage what are a vital part of the planet’s life support systems.
How many people have their heads in the sand when it comes to the reality of the situation that we live in at this time? How many are just hoping that it’s all going to go away or end nicely? How many national flag waving idiots are there still, that believe one or both these issues won’t affect their little bit of the pale blue dot or their lives? How many still believe that scientific consensus is wrong when it says that we cannot pump any further CO2 into the atmosphere?
Looking at this BBC news item it seems that one group of human monkeys are squaring up to another group of human monkeys as to who owns bits of the Earth. So in a future time when Homo Sapiens have possibly gone extinct either by war or climate change would an intelligent visiting alien species or a future evolved and greater consciousness discover these imaginary lines that the dumb human monkey currently draws on the planet’s surface?
Maybe we, if we want to move the species forward, could create International Peace Zones, called IPZs, that would belong to no nation where we separate two nations by say a 20km Earth Zone where there would be no Homo sapiens allowed. Regeneration zones where plants, insects, animals and birds etc could do what they were meant to do, evolve, without the interference of the very human centric mindset of a monkey that thinks he owns the planet. I say he because it’s still a majority of the male monkey that actually causes the problems in regards to the imaginary lines that said monkey draws on Earth’s surface. They are also, in the main, the ones that point guns at each other and I suspect that it’s the ones with the penis, that again in the main, design, develop, sell and run the companies that churn out ever better ways of killing those other monkeys. Time for the Homo sapiens monkey to move on, grow up or shuffle off the pale blue dot and let other life get on with evolving.
Sales figures? Growth figures? Money in? No, the figures that really matter. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere plus the other greenhouse gases, the extent of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and the like. You know the figures that many, if not most businesses don’t give a damn about in the pursuit of profit or their contribution to.