It was the plight of the Orangutan which first caught my eye and prompted me to write the first two posts…
Some schools of thought are that it is a massive marketing ploy by Iceland and maybe it was…It did, however, highlight the plight of the Orangutan.
It also highlighted once again the Palm Oil saga…
Sustainable Palm Oil is the best way to go as producing sustainable palm saves and or creates jobs for locals…
But and it is a big but…Deforestation is not only caused by the production of Palm oil it is a far bigger picture…Now I am not an expert I am learning more about the subject every day and from each article I research…There is so much more…
5 major causes of deforestation are:
Agricultural Expansion…The conversion of forests into agricultural plantations is a major cause of deforestation. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock.
Often, small farmers will clear a few acres by cutting down trees and burning them in a process known as slash and burn agriculture. How could any animal survive that and more to the point where does it drive them to go?
Livestock Ranching …The increase in demand for meat is causing major problems in the Brazilian Amazon early 80 per cent of deforestation results from cattle ranching. Because cattle have heavy, flat hooves that flatten the soil and reduce its ability to absorb water and nutrients we get soil erosion. Drylands are especially at risk for overgrazing and reduction in the quality of the soil.
Logging…Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Loggers, some of them acting illegally, also build roads to access more and more remote forests—which leads to further deforestation.
Paper can be made from products without using trees…
One acre of kenaf, a plant related to cotton, produces as much fibre in one year as an acre of yellow pine does in twenty years. Paper can also be made of a material such as hemp… The pulp made from non-resources is also less expensive than paper made from trees.
Some other sources of products which can be used to make paper are agricultural residues (e.g. sugarcane bagasse, husks and straw), fibre crops and wild plants, such as bamboo, kenaf, hemp, jute, and flax plus textiles and cordage wastes.
Making paper from non-tree sources is currently being done in at least 45 countries in more than 300 mills. Non-tree based papers require less bleaching and less energy to produce.
Infrastructure Expansion…Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl as land is developed for dwellings. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day, and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperature swings that can be harmful to plants and animals.
Overpopulation… Ties in with Infrastructure expansion and more thought should be given when initial plans are made…Any cutting that does occur should be balanced by planting young trees to replace older trees felled. The number of new tree plantations is growing each year, but their total still equals a tiny fraction of the Earth’s forested land.
If deforestation carries on at its current rate The world’s rainforests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. It will have the most dramatic impact on millions of species who will lose their natural habitat.
There will then be the impact on climate change as those moist forest floors will dry out without the protection of the trees…Trees are also part of the water cycle as they return water vapour to the earth’s atmosphere we will be left with barren deserts.
Without the protection of the trees, extreme temperature swings will be harmful to plants and animals.
What can we do?
I think we really need to be more proactive in most aspects of our lives we should be buying local and growing what we can ourselves even if you only have a window box…Communal gardens in inner cities are on the rise or rooftop gardens and they have become very popular.
Have at least one meat-free day a week and yes I know you carnivores love your meat…I have two here and the look of shock and horror on their faces is priceless…But there are some very tasty meat-free options for meals now…A nice vegetarian chilli or spag bol, A vegetable curry or a frittata with a jacket potato and a salad. Once a week would that really hurt??
Some argue that veganism is the only sane way forward. A study last year showed, for example, that if all Americans substituted beans for beef, the country would be close to meeting the greenhouse gas goals agreed by Barack Obama.
But there are some alternatives.
Reducing the amount of meat you eat while improving its quality is advocated by many environmental groups. But where do you find this meat? The organic movement was founded on the pioneering work of Sir Alfred Howard. It is still relatively small – in Europe non-resources 5.7% of agricultural land is managed organically – but influential. There are other agricultural models, such as biodynamic farming and permaculture. More recently some innovators have been fusing technology with environmental principles in the form of agroforestry, silvopasture, conservation farming, or regenerative agriculture to create farming methods which all encompass carbon sequestration, high biodiversity and good animal welfare. A recent study showed that managed grazing (a technique which involves moving cows around to graze) is an effective way to sequester carbon. However, while organic and biodynamic meats have labels, regenerative farming, as yet, does not – so you need to investigate your farmer yourself.
If you want to know the true cost of eating meat …
Shop locally ...Check where the foods you buy come from and see if you can source them locally so you can reduce your carbon footprint. Lentil, fruit, potatoes and rice are among the lowest in the carbon footprint table to see how your favourite food effects the Carbon footprint then see attached link.
Don’t drive short distances...Walk…I do and I feel much better…
Line dry your clothes…Weather permitting…
Unplug any devices you are not using…all electronics suck energy when they’re plugged in, EVEN IF they’re powered down. In the U.S. alone, “vampire power” is responsible for draining up to $19 billion in energy every year. Anytime a cord is plugged into a socket, it’s drawing energy – so although your device isn’t charging, you’re still contributing to your carbon footprint. Simple solution? Leave your electronics unplugged at all times, unless you’re actually using them.
Don’t buy ” Fast Fashion”…Try alternatives like re-purposing old clothing, choosing locally handmade garments, buying vintage, or participating in clothing swaps with family and friends.
I do that here and it is a practice that is common here, Thais are very good at recycling clothes …I myself put out a call to friends and family who come on holiday and I get them to leave what they will not wear again as generally what happens is when next year arrives fashion has changed and they will probably just buy more. The only things I buy new is flip-flops and undercrackers…
Fast Fashion is cheap...How is it so cheap?… Cheap labour…Children should be at school and not working in a sweatshop…Often the cotton used is genetically modified cotton sprayed with lots of pesticides (including known carcinogens). This can be damaging to neighbouring non-GMO crops, cause water contamination, reduce biodiversity, and have negative impacts on human health.
Don’t forget that anything made overseas has a huge environmental impact – from the physical act of shipping a product across the ocean to the chemical runoff from garment factories (leather tanneries are particularly bad).
Which brings me back to the fact we should be buying locally it supports local businesses and if we all did so we would reduce our carbon footprint…
What do you do to reduce yours ??
Thank you so much for reading this xx
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx