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A Christmas scene

First posted in December 2020. The plastic is still out there and getting worse so try and have a less plastic Christmas and more environmentally friendly one.

Some people might say that I’m being very negative about Christmas and I suppose they would be right in a sense. However I’m personally not very happy living in a very heavily polluted world. Is this Christmas scene polluted? Well that depends. We are all living in a soup of microplastic and nanoplastic particles that we are eating and breathing in. How serious is it? We don’t generally know but since pathogens and toxins can hitch a ride on these tiny particles we don’t really want to find out. A recent study found microplastics in the placenta of women so how much damage are we causing to unborn children? So here’s the link to this photo as I like to make connections and join the dots. Young children attending the Christmas events on this scene in a shopping centre are probably already carrying these tiny and potentially harmful particles in their bodies. Now we need to ask how much of this Christmas display is plastic and what’s going to happen to that plastic going forward. Maybe some of it will go on and end up in the future brothers and sisters of the young children who come to see a plastic wrapped Santa. We need to change and we all need to become aware.

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Christmas wrapping and packaging – make sure it’s properly disposed of

First posted in December 2020. Time to remember that the tiny bits of plastic from Christmas’s past are still out there and polluting the environment and ourselves. They are very real “ghosts” so try and be a little less plastic this Christmas even if it’s a little less “pretty”.

There will be literally mountains of wrapping and packaging waste associated with today. Try and make sure that it is properly disposed of. It’s in your interest as well as everyone else’s as just like a boomerang some of it might come back to you and you will be eating it or breathing it in as microplastic and nanoplastic particles. We live in a soup of this stuff already so don’t make it worse. We’ve already messed this planet up enough as it is.

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What looks Pretty is often Plastic and very Polluting

There have been several scientific and medical papers published this year that have identified nano and micro plastic particles being found in our blood, lungs and even in the placenta of women having just given birth. The long term effects of ingesting these plastic particles is not yet fully understood but could have long term health implications for many of us, as it’s not just about the plastic particles but what other toxins and organisms that can hitch a ride with them into our bodies. So look beyond the visually pleasing and consider what you buy this Christmas.

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The Christmas tree and climate change

I’ve posted this a couple of times but it’s just as relevant today. How Christmas is celebrated has to be reevaluated in relation to our species connection and current abuse of nature.

January 2021

I have written about this before but since most people will have forgotten all about the Christmas trees they bought and disposed of without much thought here’s a timely reminder. The tree in the photograph and countless others are now releasing CO2 into the atmosphere adding to the already very high levels not seen since before the last series of ice ages began 2.58 million years ago. That’s natural right? Well no, if the trees hadn’t been cut down they would still have been soaking up CO2 rather than releasing it. Apart from that these trees are grown as monocultures. They have replaced natural ecosystems displacing the plants and all sorts of creatures when they were planted. When they were cut down all the wildlife that had re-established itself was again disturbed and in some cases driven off. Then there are all the pesticides that were used and you brought into your home. They are not good for you or wildlife. So make a note for yourself for December 2021 to find a more environmentally way of celebrating Christmas. If you have time try to get your local authority to do the same too.

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Christmas starts to haunt us

I blogged this for the last two Christmas seasons and it’s just as relevant. If something doesn’t make us immediately sick or we don’t connect it to an illness that we might have or develop in the future then we tend not to think about what could be causing us problems. The fact is that there are a lot of pollutants associated with Christmas and some of them could be very well accumulating in our bodies. Something we should all consider.

December 31st 2020

Christmas already started to haunt us with the first pack of glitter covered Christmas cards. You’ve probably forgotten about the individual specks of glitter but they are out there somewhere in the environment adding to the countless billions of other micro and nano sized plastic particles that will eventually enter the food chains and the food we eat. Then there’s all the wrapping materials that will end up in landfills or burnt producing toxins or shipped off to a faraway land that doesn’t have proper recycling facilities and no way to deal with the waste. Then there’s all the Christmas trees now decomposing. Maybe they will end up rotting down or maybe they’ll be burnt but what of all the pesticides that they were covered in, what will happen to them? Christmas may have looked pretty but it has been very damaging to the environment.

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Christmas chocolates – what’s not to like?

I posted this again last Christmas. If we are eating these then we in general will be living cosseted lives. A year later and countless people will not including many just out of our sight as well as far away.

December 2020

Those of us lucky enough will have received or will have bought chocolates for Christmas. So, not that I’m religious, but this is a religious day and there are a lot of people out there going hungry, many this year, in first world countries like the US and the UK, because governments have failed to provide sufficient support in the time of the corona virus. But let’s go back to those of us fortunate enough to have chocolates in our house. I’m old enough to remember when boxes of chocolate weren’t wrapped in non recyclable plastic films. Then inside there’s probably a non recyclable tray and some of the chocolates will be wrapped in non recyclable plastic as well. Since I grew up our demand for chocolate has grown and therefore a lot more land has been turned over to cocoa production. All these years later and there is still child labour involved in its production despite some very rich powerful corporations running most of the show. What else is in the box? Well there might not be much, there could still be some palm oil and since Greenpeace’s 2019 campaign we should all be aware of the problems in that particular industry. Then there’s the milk. Does it all come from happy cows or is there some intensive dairy farming in there? All things to be considered. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t remember all this stuff either when buying chocolates but a note to self is to try to be better informed in my future choices and purchases. We can change the world, we need to change the world and it starts with you and I.

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A Christmas scene

I’ve published this for the last two Christmas periods. How much plastic polluting tat is in your Christmas? We need to change.

December 2020

Some people might say that I’m being very negative about Christmas and I suppose they would be right in a sense. However I’m personally not very happy living in a very heavily polluted world. Is this Christmas scene polluted? Well that depends. We are all living in a soup of microplastic and nanoplastic particles that we are eating and breathing in. How serious is it? We don’t generally know but since pathogens and toxins can hitch a ride on these tiny particles we don’t really want to find out. A recent study found microplastics in the placenta of women so how much damage are we causing to unborn children? So here’s the link to this photo as I like to make connections and join the dots. Young children attending the Christmas events on this scene in a shopping centre are probably already carrying these tiny and potentially harmful particles in their bodies. Now we need to ask how much of this Christmas display is plastic and what’s going to happen to that plastic going forward. Maybe some of it will go on and end up in the future brothers and sisters of the young children who come to see a plastic wrapped Santa. We need to change and we all need to become aware.

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.

Morges, Switzerland – a dying Christmas tree

I blogged this in December 2021. Morges will have another tree now or soon. I saw one one similar in London last night. All around the world these dying trees are being decorated with uninitiated humans either ignoring them or thinking and saying, “doesn’t it look pretty”. They are an environmental nightmare. I can’t see why like countless other places around the world they can’t just plant a living tree and decorate it once a year. It would go a little way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

December 2020

If this dying Christmas tree can be here for the celebration of Christmas then why can’t it be here permanently? This applies to any other village, town or city that somehow celebrates by a tree’s death. It would be better if they planted a small growing tree and year on year reported on it’s growth, the amount of CO2 it was absorbing. It would outlive most of those who planted it. Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate life with a living thing rather than something that is dying?

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Happy plastic Christmas

Just because it’s pretty and it’s Capitalistismas please think about what you are doing in the long term as regards polluting the planet. I blogged this originally in December 2020 and it’s still relevant. Our relationship with the natural world is all wrong for so many reasons and on so many levels.

December 2020

Humanity has lost its way. We either have to decorate places with dying trees chain sawed out of a pesticide sprayed monoculture forest or we roll out plastic lookalikes. Why? Because it’s tradition. I don’t suppose they had plastic Christmas trees in say 1850 or in the time of Jesus so I guess it can’t be a particularly old tradition. It’s all to do with things looking nice. It doesn’t seem to matter that we are exposed to pesticides if we have real trees or are exposed to microplastics some of which at some time will come from this plastic representation of a Christmas tradition. Future and hopefully cleverer generations will look back at our uneducated and ill informed madness. We really do need to start being a bit more sensible and find better ways to celebrate the season than the ones that are currently potentially poisoning us.

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A tree is for life and not just for Christmas – a repeat of previous years

Posted originally in January 2020 and again before Christmas 2021. If you haven’t already, think about whether you need a dead pesticide covered tree in your home that is adding to the problem of climate change.

January 2020

This Christmas think about decorating a local living tree. Cutting down trees for the short season of Christmas is environmentally damaging and disturbing ecologically. If it continues to grow it will soak up more of our CO2 emissions. Literally whole communities of animals, birds and insects will be made homeless. This tradition hasn’t existed for that long and you don’t have to do it just because somebody else does it.

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