Leaving the lights on, polluting the planet, polluting the night

I posted this almost a year ago. It’s quite simple really, the more we leave lights on, the more fossil fuels are burnt and the subsequently the planet heats up. We need to reduce our fossil fuel emissions by 50% before the end of this decade.

13th January 2021

Leaving the lights on when not necessary is wrong on so many levels. Doing so pollutes the environment and pollutes the night. Every light left on causes wood, coal, oil or gas to be burnt increasing atmospheric CO2 and enhancing climate change, or it causes a bit of radioactive waste to be produced lasting thousands of years, or it wastes renewable energy and resources causing unnecessary environmental loading and resource extraction. Your pocket and bank account may be able to waste planetary resources and cause significant pollution but the planet and its environment cannot. Just remember also that there are countless humans out there who haven’t the ability to squander like you or your society might be doing. This lack of lighting severely restricts the progress of many individuals and societies especially in terms of the education of children. Finally, beyond the human centric view of the world it is important to consider that before two centuries ago the night was mostly dark but now humans have invaded and polluted it with no consideration for the creatures whose domain is the darkness. We need to give back the night just as much as rewild the wilderness.

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Rewild and give nature a chance – organic cotton bag

This is the first Scientist and Philosopher Rewild bag. It uses a Teemill base design on an organic cotton bag so hopefully lighter environmental loading than many other materials.

Nature is under attack as the human population shows little sign of stabilising. During the last two centuries or so since the start of what humanity calls progress of the industrial revolution we have grown from 1 billion humans to 7.79 billion in 2020. We have hacked away at forests and ecosystems with no thought to sustainability or the future of ourselves or other species and ecosystems. Controversially, this time is called the Anthropocene, the sixth great extinction in this planet’s long history. We need to learn to live within the bounds of the finite planet and that means moving humans out of places and turning them back into wilderness. Why? Because we are too many and we have taken too much.

Check out how these products are made using organic cotton. We need to live in not just a sustainable way but one that causes the least environmental loading on the planet. You can even send these items back to be made into new things when you have finished with them.

This is the link to the bag, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/rewild-revised-v1b-shopping-bag/.

Rewild V1B bag

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

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Freedom of the seas design V1B – organic cotton bag

This is the first Scientist and Philosopher bag in the Freedom of the seas – Protect our oceans series. It uses a Teemill base design on an organic cotton bag so hopefully lighter environmental loading than many other materials.

The seas and oceans of the world are suffering in so many ways. There’s plastic pollution and acidification. They have absorbed the majority of the heat caused by burning fossil fuels and are filled with various forms of our industrial waste. Our ships make the world beneath the waves incredibly noisy. They also kill creatures such as whales directly. All the waters are over fished subsidised with fossil fuels and some of the catch fed to herbivore farm animals. We humans have and are continuing to completely mess up this part of our small planet.

Check out how these products are made using organic cotton. We need to live in not just a sustainable way but one that causes the least environmental loading on the planet. You can even send these items back to be made into new things when you have finished with them.

This is the link to the bag, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/freedom-of-the-seas-v1b-shopping-bag/.

Freedom of the seas V1B bag

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton clothes 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/.

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

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

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Killing the Earth for shopping

I first posted this on the 3rd of January 2021. Our attitude in 1st world countries to consuming goods that are produced unsustainably by exploited 3rd world labour causing great damage to the environment continues.

3rd January 2021

Western, first world countries rely on cheap and often exploited labour to fill the shops and increasingly so the internet with cheaply made throw away rubbish. Perhaps no more so than in the fast fashion industry which is always so shocked at finding exploitation in its supply chains. Shops turn over at quite a rate either for a new brand or a refit and this is where they also exploit the environment. Here we see one shop being refitted for a brand and at the end of it the wood and whatever materials are covering it will be placed into landfill or burnt causing more pollution. If workers were not being exploited and there was an actual true value put on the resources used for this “cheap” hoarding this sort of waste and wanton destruction of the environment for the business as usual model of capitalist growth would not be possible. Make 2021 the year when you shop and consume less. Our political leaders want us to consume more but we must stop if we want to have some sort of sustainable and equitable future.

Freedom of the seas design V2B – organic cotton bag

This is the second Scientist and Philosopher bag in the Freedom of the seas – Protect our oceans series. It uses a Teemill base design on an organic cotton bag so hopefully lighter environmental loading than many other materials.

The seas and oceans of the world are suffering in so many ways. There’s plastic pollution and acidification. They have absorbed the majority of the heat caused by burning fossil fuels and are filled with various forms of our industrial waste. Our ships make the world beneath the waves incredibly noisy. They also kill creatures such as whales directly. All the waters are over fished subsidised with fossil fuels and some of the catch fed to herbivore farm animals. We humans have and are continuing to completely mess up this part of our small planet.

Check out how these products are made using organic cotton. We need to live in not just a sustainable way but one that causes the least environmental loading on the planet. You can even send these items back to be made into new things when you have finished with them.

This is the link to the bag, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/freedom-of-the-seas-v2b-shopping-bag/.

Freedom of the seas V2B bag

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton clothes 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/.

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Let’s get real

I posted this on the 2nd of January last year. In this last year we’ve had COP26 but nothing has really changed apart the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has continued to climb. Another year has passed in the decade where we must make significant reductions in the amount of fossil fuels that are burnt. We must all act now.

2nd January 2021

The marketing and advertising industries have been pushing the unsustainable dream life for those with enough money in their pockets and bank accounts for decades. Meanwhile countless numbers of 3rd world workers and their environment have been sacrificed to maintain this neoliberal drug fueled party for those 1st world party goers that are able to get into the club. Thankfully, some are waking up to the fact that the party has gone way too far and on for way too long. Hence some suitable rebellion like this climate change graffiti. Some in polite society may call this vandalism but when big money and fossil fuel corporations have been the neoliberal drug dealers supplying the party goers this is one of the only ways of fighting back.

The 2010 International Festival took place between the 16th and 25th of July and Les Machines de l’île, https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/, were part of it and were spectacular and well received. Apart from a few moaners complaining about the loss of parking spaces during the few days of the festival. It’s really clever engineering. Photo from 24th July 2010.

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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/.

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When the government fails the people, the people need to act

I posted this on the 1st of January 2021 and a year later people are still going hungry. We need system change.

1st January 2021

All over the world there are examples of the political class failing the people in so many ways. They answer only to the rich one percent and to powerful corporations. It therefore leaves people to act for themselves until the failed political system can be truly wrested back into the interests of the many. Great initiative by a charity in Shrewsbury, UK to tackle food waste and deal with some of society’s failing to be inclusive. https://www.shrewsburyfoodhub.org.uk/

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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/.

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Freedom of the seas design V2B – organic cotton T-shirt

Free UK postage 31st December until 2nd January on all our Teemill organic cotton products

This is the second Scientist and Philosopher T-shirt in the Freedom of the seas – Protect our oceans series. It uses a Teemill base design on an organic cotton T-shirt so hopefully lighter environmental loading than many other materials.

The seas and oceans of the world are suffering in so many ways. There’s plastic pollution and acidification. They have absorbed the majority of the heat caused by burning fossil fuels and are filled with various forms of our industrial waste. Our ships make the world beneath the waves incredibly noisy. They also kill creatures such as whales directly. All the waters are over fished subsidised with fossil fuels and some of the catch fed to herbivore farm animals. We humans have and are continuing to completely mess up this part of our small planet.

Check out how these clothes are made using organic cotton. We need to live in not just a sustainable way but one that causes the least environmental loading on the planet. You can even send these items back to be made into new things when you have finished with them.

This is the link to the T-shirt, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/product/freedom-of-the-seas-v2b/.

Freedom of the seas V2B

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton clothes 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/.

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

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

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

Wasting resources just to make a building site look pretty

I blogged this at the end of 2020. Will things have changed in the building industry? Probably not. The buildings on this site are almost complete and a couple of weeks ago it looked as if the desks used by the admin and management people had been dismantled and appeared to be heading for the skip. Not hard to see the waste on so many levels.

30th December 2020

This for me instantly says a waste of Earth’s precious resources and more pollution but then I always look at things in terms of environmental impact and at least over medium time scales of hundreds or thousands of years. That may sound like an eternity to some but even a thousand years is a blink in geological time. If we look at human history though it has been the last 200 years plus that we have really started to mess things up. Certain things exemplify the fact that we either haven’t got a clue what we are doing to the planet or we just don’t care. While a group of people must have sat around and thought up this idea of making the hoarding of a building site look pretty they must have been as far removed from thinking that it was in any way detrimental or wasteful of resources as could possibly be. That’s the biggest problem to overcome. People for the most part live in very small bubbles. If the material for these hoardings caused a large hole to be dug outside their dwelling or the burning of these panels at the end of their short life filled their lungs with acrid smoke they may have thought differently of the whole idea in the first place. Professional people may have all sorts of qualifications but that still doesn’t mean that they are “Earth wise”. Something we need to rectify if we are to have any chance of solving the problems that we ourselves have caused.

Parklet

I hope this parklet still exists as London hasn’t exactly moved forward in the last 12 months of reducing unnecessary private car journeys or spaces to park them in.

December 2020

Our town and city streets have been taken over by a growing number of ever larger, ever faster and ever more polluting vehicles that sit for the majority of the 24 hour period rotting away in the sun, rain, wind and snow. An incredible waste of global resources and land use in our dense towns and cities that cry out for more public space. Cities such as Paris under the mayoral leadership of Anne Hidalgo are changing the city into a place for people rather than cars with the plan for the fifteen minute city. Everything you need will be within 15 minutes walking or cycling. It’s not an easy thing to change and many car owners and businesses object. Being a recovering petrolhead I can see their point but our towns and cities need to be a place for all people of all ages and abilities. In London we are way behind Paris and other European cities but some schemes are being trialed like this one. A great place to stop and chat with your neighbours and friends. We all have neighbours but do we actually know any of them? Maybe we are about to find out.

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