A destroyed West African rain forest and obese Westerners, London

First blogged on the 19th of March 2021 forests are still being destroyed to grow cocoa to make sugar laden chocolate and those addicted to it fat.

19th March 2021

Pile it high chocolate representing a destroyed rain forest somewhere on the planet with probable economic slavery thrown in of the growers paid far below what first world workers would earn so Westerners can stuff themselves with sugar laden products that make them obese and ill. Economics if not the dirtiest game then certainly one of the most dirty games that humans play. 15th of September 2018.

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Environmental loading – part 1

I first posted this back at the end of January 2021. Imagine now the countless, like sand grains on a beach, nano and micro sized plastic particles that have in that year been distributed from one pole to the other and to the highest mountain tops and deepest ocean depths. There’s also some making their way round your body which could cause you major health issues. We need to change.

29th January 2021

In this part of my blog I will cover “normal” everyday, taken for granted things that are anything but.

We used to use these, millions, perhaps billions of people use them every day. We never gave a second thought. They are cheap, they come in multi-packs usually and you put them in the bins when they are worn out. But why are they worn out? It’s because they are plastic and every time we use one small bits of plastic break off and are washed into our water systems. They become microplastic and nanoplastic sized particles. What’s happening to all those degraded bits of plastic? They are for the most part out there in the environment beyond the little bubble of our daily convenient lives. What most people don’t realise is that they have come back. These small pieces of plastic are found in rivers, sea, oceans, the soil and the air. They are everywhere. At first we were concerned that they were in marine creatures but they have traveled much further than that. Some initial research shows that they are in plants, in some of the vegetables that we eat. To come full circle they have been found in the placenta of women so we are even poisoning unborn children. Why? Because some plastics can be endocrine system disruptors and the small particles themselves can also join with heavy metals, pathogens and other toxins. So make the cleaning pads you have the last ones you buy and seek out an alternative that is non damaging and non loading on our shared environment. These plastic based products are not “cheap”.

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Plastic waste, unnecessarily wrapping food

I posted this a year ago and since then little has changed in terms of unnecessarily wrapping food but polluting the planet has got worse from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the highest mountain tops to the depths of the deepest oceans.

26th January 2021

We recently had to shop at a supermarket at a major London railway station and everything was wrapped in plastic. The illustration isn’t from the shop as it was far worse than that. This has to stop. Not just because of the sad photos we see of wildlife tangled up and dying in our rubbish but what it is doing to humans as well. Microplastic fibres were found in the placenta of women having recently given birth. These plastics can be endocrine disruptors and can also attach themselves to heavy metals and toxins so we are not only poisoning ourselves as adults but also future generations.

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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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It’s Veganuary – have you made any changes at all?

I posted this a year ago and Veganuary is here again so time to try reducing your meat intake or going meat free.

January 2021

We are rushing away from the start of the New Year. Are any of your New Year’s resolutions intact? Do you know about Veganuary? Perhaps it’s time that you took a small step to improve your health, save the lives of some animals and protect the environment with special reference to the Amazon rainforest. So thing about reducing your meat intake, try vegetarian and vegan options as there are plenty of good ones.

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Paris – A vision by Anne Hidalgo

I posted this originally a year ago. To combat climate change and reduce our fossil fuel emissions by 50% by 2030 we are going to need many more cities to do what Paris is doing and that is to get rid of private car ownership.

14th January 2021

I’m a big fan of Paris, it’s a wonderful city, but unfortunately like so many others it’s overrun by private car ownership and use despite having a brilliant public transport system. The Champs-Élysées is a great avenue and space but for most of the time it is clogged with cars. I saw Miguel Induráin win one of his Tour de France races there in the 90s, an amazing event with it is thought a million people watching. This should give you some idea of its size.

Thankfully, Paris has a visionary mayor who wants to convert the city into a city for people and she, Anne Hidalgo, has this incredible plan for the Champs-Élysées. Other cities need to start following her and start converting such places into places for the many and not the privileged few, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pariss-champs-elysees-get-green-makeover-180976737/?fbclid=IwAR0cj53g1eVGftGgNjb-XAiGRI572mgpFub9wtz_DIgJTN74ramvlYsWpP4.

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Eat less meat – it will be good for you and so much better for the planet

I posted this last year. It’s Veganuary again so now’s the time to at least reduce the amount of meat you eat.

January 2021

It’s Veganuary and if you haven’t thought about it already then consider eating one or more meals with no meat products. This photo that I took in Paris was of some apt graffiti on an aptly named street sign, The passage of the small butcher. There are so many things wrong with the fast food and intensive animal farming industries and they contribute massively to environmental destruction and climate change. This includes fossil fuel subsidies so fish can be caught to feed to herbivores and the tearing down of rain forests and other environments to either graze animals or raise crops to feed to animals. None of this is sustainable and there really is no such thing as cheap eats fast food. There is also the human health aspect and for this additional reason all fast food outlets should be taxed in lieu of the damage they are causing to the planet to serve a convenient lifestyle. So every meal should carry a damage to the environment tax of at least one dollar, one pound, one euro and any other local currency to make people pay the real cost of this style of eating.

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Litter and waste. Time to get tough on everyone from the individual up to the corporation and country

I posted this a year ago and the scene was exactly the same a few years ago. Somebody, despite the notice saying not to do it, couldn’t be bothered to take home what they wanted to donate to the charity shop because it was closed. In my book that makes them a litterer and they should pay a fine for having “dumped” their rubbish. Then of course somebody desperate, much more desperate than the people who had dumped the material outside the charity shop, came along and scattered the donated goods.

January 2021

Let’s make 2021 the year that we also ask for the people responsible for the state of the planet pay. In the UK there seems to be little that’s done against those individuals, criminals, organisations or even our country. What do I mean by that? The microplastic pollution is out there. It covers every part of our environment and it appears to be in most living organisms including us. The corona virus is making it far worse with discarded face masks filling our landscapes, seas and oceans. Since this waste is potentially very dangerous those who discard it need to face the proper penalties and it needs to be taken for the serious problem that it is. First we need to catch the individuals. If we do what would be a suitable punishment? How about a week street cleaning and the street cleaner gets a week off? Fly tippers? Well that should carry heavy fines and a prison sentence for repeat offenders. That might already happen but we obviously don’t catch enough of them. Corporations? We need to protest to our governments to make them pay heavily for using non recyclable materials. Governments? We must stop 1st world governments dumping our waste on 3rd world countries. A government that does this is no better than an illegal fly tipper. OK, I’m being frivolous but we need to start somewhere. Waste, especially plastic based waste, is something that needs to be taken far more seriously than it is.

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Plastic soup. In (was 2021) 2022 let’s start getting rid of the plastic in our lives

I posted this on the 3rd of January 2021 but in reality we’ve done little or nothing to stop consuming plastic. The detritus of which pollutes every corner of the environment and even ourselves.

3rd January 2021

Soup, at least in the UK, is sold in various packaging but this has to be the worst. Tin cans may require energy to be melted down to become cans again but at least they won’t end up as microplastic and nanoplastic particles in our bodies like the breakdown products of this plastic soup container might. We don’t know what these small plastic pieces will do to us health wise but on their journey they can pick up toxins and pathogens so it would be best if we were not consuming them. They are already in every part of our environment so if we want to stop that happening we have to use our consumer power as one way of making that change. So if you are buying soup leave this sort of soup on the shelves. If enough of us did it we might get the retailers to wonder why their products are not selling.

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Convenience or sustainability. For 2021 (2022 now) make it sustainability

I first blogged this on the 3rd of January 2021 and since then a lot more plastic has entered our environment and we need to change that. France has recently said that fresh produce can no longer be wrapped in plastic. If they can do it so can we and also do a lot more.

3rd January 2021

If you can afford it, because despite not being wrapped in the plastic pollution packaging sustainable options are sometimes more expensive, start using less plastic. For the health of everyone it’s the logical choice. We know the breakdown microplastic and nanoplastic particles are everywhere in the air we breathe and the food we eat. Recent research shows they are even in the placenta so how much more serious does it have to become? Are you going to wait until babies are found to have serious problems or are you going to change? It’s up to all of us. Start small, together we are many.

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