Humans, the only animal to burn stuff and hence poison itself

I posted this a year ago. Has the situation changed in any way? Probably not.

21st January 2021

As this article suggests 3,000,000,000 humans are exposed to smoke pollutants in their own homes, https://theconversation.com/air-pollution-over-three-billion-people-breathe-harmful-air-inside-their-own-homes-152986?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909+CID_eff88aaf48ed7c3bc025a7194d90b5bf&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Air%20pollution%20over%20three%20billion%20people%20breathe%20harmful%20air%20inside%20their%20own%20homes. We are the only animal to burn stuff and before we discovered fire and cooking our food would have been raw and uncooked. To replace the burning of climate change generating materials is going to require a large amount of renewable resources which have a limited lifespan. We really do need to find what a sustainable number of humans is that the planet can support because at the moment we are way beyond that figure.

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Time for many to ditch the privately owned car

A post I wrote about ditch the private car in the centres of our towns and cities at the very least. Paris is forging ahead with plans for the 15 minute city under the direction of Anne Hidalgo and Carlos Moreno.

May 2020

Over the last few decades our town and city centres, depending on where you live in the world have been overrun by larger, heavier and faster cars and usually very unsuited for where they are being driven. The cities have been taken over by those healthy enough and old enough to drive and not too old not to be able to drive. This has been to the detriment of everyone else in terms of their health and their safety. Take for example the British mini that rolled around London streets in the 60s, 70s and 80s and compare it to the rather larger vehicle that bears the name today. Going back the SUVs and blingmobiles of those trying to show how important they are just didn’t exist or if they did in far fewer numbers. Thankfully some forward cities are making plans to make them liveable spaces for everyone again where they become green, clean and safe for old and young, pedestrians, cyclists and all forms of public transport users. Barcelona is one such city and it is building what are called Superblocks where it joins several blocks together and only essential vehicles can enter at slow speeds Superblocks plan. In this scenario private cars still exist and are parked underground whereas for a sustainable future they will need to be replaced by shareable vehicles such as the Twizzy for short town and city journeys if not using the other forms of public transport.

 

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Remember to look up and not just around

A revisit to something I posted in May of 2020 and especially relevant as Christmas 2021 is only a week away. Our major news media tell us to shop till we drop because it’s good for our first world economies but fail to make the link to exploited labourers in third world countries with degraded environments due to first world consumption. We must make changes at so many levels to reduce the worst effects of climate change and also meet the sustainable development goals.

The randomness of how our lives work out has meant that I have an elderly relative living outside of the UK and therefore I have done more than my fair share of flying over the last five years. In that time Gatwick has redeveloped its Duty Free so that it now is longer and curves away from check in to the waiting hall. It’s very glitzy offering a variety of goods at discount prices to those people already privileged enough to be able to fly. Some people even think it is their right to fly and it never occurs to them that billions of people will never be able to get on an aircraft ever in their lives. They’ll be lucky if they see clean drinkable water before they die. Not only are the prices supposedly cheap but there is little or no information on where these fabulous items for sale will have come from, what environmental damage was caused in their production and were any humans exploited to bring them to this emporium of fantasy land living and consumption. Every so often we hear of a favourite brand being part of those involved in paying Ethiopian workers $7 A WEEK for making branded clothes. Not something that bothers that consumer drug addicted individual. So success, cheap goods bought, credit card debt increased so what’s not to like? On to the departure gates with their very high ceilings where I suspect few look up because if they did it might occur to them that something was wrong with the air that they were breathing. That’s right flying is a very dirty business. All the passengers, the staff and probably the people around the airport are breathing this in. Children living in their featureless boxes that make up the modern estates where everyone has to have a car to get absolutely anywhere are breathing this in. These boxes that their parents are struggling to pay for by working at the airport are all part of the cycle of what we call progress. Then of course there are the far reaching effects of cheap flights and the pretence of making flying environmentally friendly. Biofuels and the sham of CO2 offsetting. There was an old advert for having a tiger in your tank, well now we have the blood of dead orangutans as the forests we desperately need to soak up CO2 are destroyed to produce palm oil so that corporations can greenwash the public with their grand statements on how they are doing their bit. Most people seem to believe all this but maybe if they looked at the ceiling of their departure gate they would see the reality of modern life.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

What will happen to me now asked the shower gel container?

An original blog from May 2020. I think we had already stopped buying shower gel like this and had inherited this part used product. Now we use soap bars for body and for hair. It’s time that we all changed.

It’s Number 5 plastic according to the label. Greenpeace say that the US has only the capacity to recycle 5% of this type of plastic. I don’t know about the UK or other places. So where will it end up? As detritus in our rivers and oceans or will it be incinerated adding extra CO2 to the atmosphere and releasing toxic and health damaging small particles for those living near the incinerators. Meanwhile the Faith in Nature soap was sold in a brown paper bag and the shampoo soap bar in a cardboard box. Neither involved carting lots of unnecessary water around between manufacturer and user. Our convenience is killing us and the planet.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Plasticised paper – tomorrow’s pollution

I was given this small complementary piece of chocolate. First it was wrapped in a piece of what looked like silver foil or paper with a whitish backing paper in contact with the chocolate. Then it was wrapped in this. Will it be burnt ending up polluting somebody’s lungs or will it end up breaking down in the environment and the microplastic particles find there way through the oceans, soil and the food chains until one of us eats it? Modern, convenient life needs to change

Humans, the only animal to burn stuff and hence poison itself

As this article suggests 3,000,000,000 humans are exposed to smoke pollutants in their own homes, https://theconversation.com/air-pollution-over-three-billion-people-breathe-harmful-air-inside-their-own-homes-152986?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909+CID_eff88aaf48ed7c3bc025a7194d90b5bf&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Air%20pollution%20over%20three%20billion%20people%20breathe%20harmful%20air%20inside%20their%20own%20homes. We are the only animal to burn stuff and before we discovered fire and cooking our food would have been raw and uncooked. To replace the burning of climate change generating materials is going to require a large amount of renewable resources which have a limited lifespan. We really do need to find what a sustainable number of humans is that the planet can support because at the moment we are way beyond that figure.

Time for many to ditch the privately owned car

Renault Twizzy

Over the last few decades our town and city centres, depending on where you live in the world have been overrun by larger, heavier and faster cars and usually very unsuited for where they are being driven. The cities have been taken over by those healthy enough and old enough to drive and not too old not to be able to drive. This has been to the detriment of everyone else in terms of their health and their safety. Take for example the British mini that rolled around London streets in the 60s, 70s and 80s and compare it to the rather larger vehicle that bears the name today. Going back the SUVs and blingmobiles of those trying to show how important they are just didn’t exist or if they did in far fewer numbers. Thankfully some forward cities are making plans to make them liveable spaces for everyone again where they become green, clean and safe for old and young, pedestrians, cyclists and all forms of public transport users. Barcelona is one such city and it is building what are called Superblocks where it joins several blocks together and only essential vehicles can enter at slow speeds Superblocks plan. In this scenario private cars still exist and are parked underground whereas for a sustainable future they will need to be replaced by shareable vehicles such as the Twizzy for short town and city journeys if not using the other forms of public transport.

Slowing cities down but speeding them up

 

The office might be harming your health

Many of us have had or have the opportunity to work in offices of various sized companies in various conditions of employment. As a generalisation office jobs, especially in the offices where there are more than two people and a dog belonging to one of them, are often in nice buildings and are thought of as good, clean and safe places to work. Forgetting for the moment the hamsters on the wheels of corporate mediocrity these white collar jobs are thought of as being safer than blue colour jobs in their more hazardous physical environments and yet some research shows that they may not be as good an environment for human health as we all take them for granted to be. Preliminary findings by a team at Purdue University found that people are the main source of volatile organic compounds and that for some of them the level inside an office is ten to twenty times higher than what it was outside. Ozone is bad for us and is produced at the “human” level because of the interactions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds with sunlight, especially UV. The sources of much of these pollutants are our daily economic activities giving us the good life. That will be your colleague’s shiny new BMW, or any other car apart from perhaps a full EV, for example. Having produced that ozone it can enter our supposedly clean offices where the Purdue University researchers found that it reacted with the surfaces and furnishings of the office. An innocent peeling of an orange reacted with the ozone creating tiny one billionth of a meter particles called monoterpenes. These could be toxic because being so small they can penetrate the deepest parts of a person’s lungs. The health of office workers may be at risk long term by compounds that are small and invisible.

Purdue University findings

Remember to look up and not just around

Gatwick airport ceiling

The randomness of how our lives work out has meant that I have an elderly relative living outside of the UK and therefore I have done more than my fair share of flying over the last five years. In that time Gatwick has redeveloped its Duty Free so that it now is longer and curves away from check in to the waiting hall. It’s very glitzy offering a variety of goods at discount prices to those people already privileged enough to be able to fly. Some people even think it is their right to fly and it never occurs to them that billions of people will never be able to get on an aircraft ever in their lives. They’ll be lucky if they see clean drinkable water before they die. Not only are the prices supposedly cheap but there is little or no information on where these fabulous items for sale will have come from, what environmental damage was caused in their production and were any humans exploited to bring them to this emporium of fantasy land living and consumption. Every so often we hear of a favourite brand being part of those involved in paying Ethiopian workers $7 A WEEK for making branded clothes. Not something that bothers that consumer drug addicted individual. So success, cheap goods bought, credit card debt increased so what’s not to like? On to the departure gates with their very high ceilings where I suspect few look up because if they did it might occur to them that something was wrong with the air that they were breathing. That’s right flying is a very dirty business. All the passengers, the staff and probably the people around the airport are breathing this in. Children living in their featureless boxes that make up the modern estates where everyone has to have a car to get absolutely anywhere are breathing this in. These boxes that their parents are struggling to pay for by working at the airport are all part of the cycle of what we call progress. Then of course there are the far reaching effects of cheap flights and the pretence of making flying environmentally friendly. Biofuels and the sham of CO2 offsetting. There was an old advert for having a tiger in your tank, well now we have the blood of dead orangutans as the forests we desperately need to soak up CO2 are destroyed to produce palm oil so that corporations can greenwash the public with their grand statements on how they are doing their bit. Most people seem to believe all this but maybe if they looked at the ceiling of their departure gate they would see the reality of modern life.

To breathe the fresh ocean air – if only we could

You would think that standing on the shoreline of a sea or a vast ocean that you would be breathing in fresh clean air but no longer. The chances are you would be breathing in the remnants of somebody’s cigarette butt, fast food wrapper or plastic bag. We have polluted the planet to such an extent where even the air has microplastics in it. The even bigger issue of course is that very little research has been done on the health effects of breathing these pollutants in. Few of us have released what damage we have done to both the environment and ourselves in the two centuries or so of what is laughingly called progress. Time to change big time and to start shutting down fossil fuel extraction.

The polluted air that we breathe

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