Air fresheners – what a stink

I posted this last January. It’s interesting what many take for granted without considering the true cost is in terms of the planet’s degradation and resource use.

January 12th 2021

As humans, many of the species are obsessed primarily in how something looks and after that in how something smells. For some of those more fortunate to have not just a roof over their heads but also a proper floor, windows and doors the smell of the interior is something that needs more than open windows to allow the fresh air in once in a while. As always of course there’s an environmental cost in addition to any human currency costs that varies depending on what type of air freshener is purchased.

Take for example the air freshener in the photo. Energy was used to create both the contents and the container both of which are probably on a one way trip in many cases. Then there’s the fuels used to transport canisters of perfumed gas around. Beyond that there’s the question that although air fresheners may smell great are they actually doing you harm? Like so many things we buy we assume that there’s a regulatory body with the consumer’s interests at hearth and not the corporation involved in the production. Is that the case? https://www.madesafe.org/toxic-chemicals-in-air-fresheners/ As for plug in air fresheners, that’s another story.

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Plastic wrap your boat – can humans get any dumber?

I blogged this at the end of 2020. It takes our regard for the rest of the planet to a new low.

29th December 2020

It’s necessary to step back sometimes and ask yourself is humanity stupid or is it becoming dumber by the day? While some in the little bubbles that they live in might think that this is a good idea the reality is somewhat different. First there’s the unnecessary extraction of long dead trees and other vegetation which in itself causes lots of pollution. Far worse though is the global pollution this and other plastic causes. For some time researchers have been finding the broken down plastic accumulating in marine organisms as nano and microplastic particles. Then they discovered that these particles could be found on the highest mountain tops and the deepest ocean trenches. We haven’t been producing plastics for that long but we have polluted the whole planet from top to bottom. In the final step for this plastic pollution to come back to haunt us recent research has found microplastics in placentas. We are already potentially poisoning the next generation of children and all because somebody thinks that it’s a great idea to shrink wrap their boat. Just don’t, reduce your use of plastic NOW.

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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/.

See more of Gerry Newton’s wonderful art, https://www.geraldnewtonart.com/.

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

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

A dispute – corporations and tax

I took this photo recently of what was presumably a Cafe Nero on the corner of Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, London. It appears from the notice that the bailiffs had to repossess the property judging by one notice on the window while a second describes the amount of tax paid by the organisation, a reference that I have seen before. Cafe Zero featured in Private Eye’s logos as they should be. Not that they are only ones. Not many years ago during a London Pride event the large crowd started shouting, “Pay your tax” as the Starbucks float went past. Our societies are becoming very broken yet governments seem unwilling to tackle taxing companies and corporations enough for our services to function correctly. When rich individuals or organisations are able to donate and fund political parties democracy is undermined and one person, one vote no longer works as it should. The system is well and truly broken apart for those making up the 1%.

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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/.

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The Gulf Stream and what it might do in the near future

This is an excellent piece by the New York Times on what may happen to the Gulf Stream in the near future because of the human primate’s burning of fossil fuels. We have effectively been “playing with fire” as a species and apart from the majority of the several thousand scientists involved in climate change telling us about what will happen if we heat the oceans and atmosphere, have been misled by global corporations centered on profit and wealth creation and their propping up of puppet governments. Humanity is in for a rough ride, how rough it will be will be determined by how quickly we act and it’s not just about buying an electric car, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/03/02/climate/atlantic-ocean-climate-change.html?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=799160eb16-briefing-dy-20210304&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-799160eb16-43669565.

Air fresheners – what a stink

As humans, many of the species are obsessed primarily in how something looks and after that in how something smells. For some of those more fortunate to have not just a roof over their heads but also a proper floor, windows and doors the smell of the interior is something that needs more than open windows to allow the fresh air in once in a while. As always of course there’s an environmental cost in addition to any human currency costs that varies depending on what type of air freshener is purchased.

Take for example the air freshener in the photo. Energy was used to create both the contents and the container both of which are probably on a one way trip in many cases. Then there’s the fuels used to transport canisters of perfumed gas around. Beyond that there’s the question that although air fresheners may smell great are they actually doing you harm? Like so many things we buy we assume that there’s a regulatory body with the consumer’s interests at hearth and not the corporation involved in the production. Is that the case? https://www.madesafe.org/toxic-chemicals-in-air-fresheners/ As for plug in air fresheners, that’s another story.

Plastic wrap your boat – can humans get any dumber?

It’s necessary to step back sometimes and ask yourself is humanity stupid or is it becoming dumber by the day? While some in the little bubbles that they live in might think that this is a good idea the reality is somewhat different. First there’s the unnecessary extraction of long dead trees and other vegetation which in itself causes lots of pollution. Far worse though is the global pollution this and other plastic causes. For some time researchers have been finding the broken down plastic accumulating in marine organisms as nano and microplastic particles. Then they discovered that these particles could be found on the highest mountain tops and the deepest ocean trenches. We haven’t been producing plastics for that long but we have polluted the whole planet from top to bottom. In the final step for this plastic pollution to come back to haunt us recent research has found microplastics in placentas. We are already potentially poisoning the next generation of children and all because somebody thinks that it’s a great idea to shrink wrap their boat. Just don’t, reduce your use of plastic NOW.

This was a west African rainforest

It’s important to remember where are food comes from especially at this time of year. While it would be impossible to trace all this chocolate back to west Africa it’s important to consider where the main ingredients have come from. Cocoa and palm oil are used in many forms of confectionery and have and continue to be the cause of much destruction in forests along with health risks involving pesticides and unsafe working conditions, low pay and even child labour. Yet the large corporations are in the money and what lies behind the glossy packaging is neatly covered up by swish and slick advertising and marketing. So this Christmas at least take some time to think about where what you buy and eat comes from because we are already taking too much from our shared environment.

Dark Waters – A film review

Just before the corona virus caused so much mayhem in the UK I went to see Dark Waters, a film about how one lawyer, Rob Bilott, took on the Du Pont corporation and won. It is an intriguing story of one man’s fight over decades to get justice against a huge business giant. If you are able to watch it, you will be left looking at some of your pots and pans and wondering whether they are harming you. The story concerns PFOA-C8 a commercial version of which is called Teflon. It is one of what are called forever chemicals. In this instance per and poly fluoroalkyls. The C8 refers to eight carbon atoms that are surrounded by flourine atoms. The chain is very difficult to breakdown if not impossible biologically and a large percentage of us have these chemicals in our bodies. While C8 versions have been withdrawn C6 and C4 versions, PFAS variants I believe they are called, are in every day use. However, the long term toxicity of C4 and C6 products are not well known. If you buy your coffee or food takeaway then you are certainly coming into contact with the supposedly safe versions. From the little I have read the companies dispensing takeaway cups and food containers don’t know what type of waterproof coverings are used in them. Perhaps when the corona virus allows it will be time to invest in a reusable cup for your coffee addiction but check what it is made out of first.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9071322/

Wanton Damaging of the Environment and the Destruction of Exploited Labourers’ Work

Why do we allow corporations to get away with this? It is time that corporations and their executives were brought to answer for their actions. They enhance and further the us and them, the haves and have nots in our society.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44885983

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