Latest recycling and environmental news…23rd September 2019

Good morning…I hope you all had a glorious weekend…Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

Lots of protests the school children and their supporters were out in force last week all around the world…It is lovely to see such passion…Young Greta in many ways is to be admired for taking a stand…


Do the majority of these kids really take a look at their own pampered lives…AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE?

For example, many children here want air-conditioning in their classrooms…In fact, in some schools, there is a very distinct class line depending on which programme parents/children choose and pay for…air con will be in every classroom for the better off the other children open the windows and may get a fan …This is a quite recent generational thing and growing…You get what you pay for…

Something which was a luxury is now becoming a necessity…Note: I have aircon(pre ) installed in the house we do not use it…we use fans to cool the air…Just saying x

School classes...Many lessons are now computerised and hands up…How many TV’s do you have in your house and do all your kids insist on a TV in their bedroom??? Personally, I have been a wicked parent and we have never allowed or had TV’s in bedrooms and still, don’t… we have one TV situated in the lounge… devices are all well and good but no one needs every single new device which comes out on the market…

It is also how you dispose of those devices when broken or unwanted…Don’t just throw them in the general trash…

Greta was very admirable taking a boat instead of flying around the world…Not practical in every situation but we should all consider alternative means of transport where possible…

However...How many of these striking children arrive at school in private cars which worsen rush hour traffic instead of walking, taking the bus or riding a bike????

Trendy Teenagers… Are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy, their entertainment comes from electric devices.

I hope all these striking and protesting teenagers are looking at their own lifestyles.

I hope…When they are in school or continuing with their day to day activities that they consider this…Will they be changing their lifestyles like they want us to? Are they considering what their constant use of electronic devices does to the environment or are they only intent on joining the masses …
Will they…

  • Walk, ride a bike or take a bus to school
  • Tell the teachers to turn off the aircon
  • Make a sandwich instead of buying fast food
  • Turn off your device and read a book

Will all you prince and princesses who have been brought up to be selfish and are pandered by adults who pamper their kids because they have a need to show the world how much they have and that they love their kids… Look at their own lives instead of telling the world to look at ours…

Have you done your own research to ascertain the facts or are you just blindly following others?
Who are the people behind your protests are you a means to their ends? Once they have done with you …Will you be able to continue your lives…unscathed?

These are all questions going through my head…Does anyone else have the same questions? Is it just me?

What I do admire is those two little girls who took their concerns to both McDonald’s and Burger King…They were undeterred by the lack of initial response from these two companies and persisted in collecting their signatures…Writing their letters…They enabled the help of Anita and Hugh…


Burger King is removing all plastic toys from their children’s meals…Way to go Burger King and… Well done Emma and Kaitlin…

They have achieved this by quietly writing their letters ( after school) Collecting their signatures and unwanted plastic toys….What a result…Love it!

It’s the little people who get great results by quietly doing their thing…

This next horror story because it is… came through my friend Pat…She lives in a beautiful part of Australia and is gradually seeing her world destroyed by bad, greedy government decisions…I made a promise to highlight this for her…

This is apparently now reached crisis point…People cannot even clean their teeth…They have 2 dams and one is completely dry the other is at 8% capapcity almost dry…The water is still being diverted or illegally stolen…The Murray Darling River is running dry..

Life expectancy if you live in this area is 37 years for men and 42 years for women…Yet corruption continues to be sanctioned by successive governments…

When will man stop and realise what damage they are doing to both the planet and its inhabitants????

green foot prints eco system


That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…


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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

20 thoughts on “Latest recycling and environmental news…23rd September 2019

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  2. Adele Marie

    I adored this post, Carol, and I agree with you and hope that the people who are protesting for climate change are looking at their own lives. We don’t have air-con in Britain, as far as I know, and we rely on fans in the summer. Their voices are loud and I hope they are not being used by whoever as a means to an end. I wonder what is being pushed under this blanket and when we will realize something like 5g has already happened while we were looking the wrong way. xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Adele…I am glad it’s not just me…I think the same as you…What I have read about 5G is worrying and like you say attention is being diverted and why…I do think we should be aware and somethings need to be addressed re Climate but like other issues in the past ..people jump up and down..governments give a knee jerk reaction and then 30 years down the line we get told …Oh, that isn’t as bad as we thought…Or even more worrying we know we told you not to worry but…Profit over health all the time…xxx

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  3. johnrieber

    Powerful and troubling stories today, Carol, with not so many “silver linings”…but the conversation is ongoing and that is what we need…no more pretending all is OK…thanks for sharing all of this important information!


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, John…I was an impressionable kid once and I know how easy it is…I think we all do…I just want to know what or who is behind all this and what is truly their agenda..I am ever the question asker,,, haha…Thank you for your support :)x

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  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    Excellent points Carol… Lets hope our children’s voices are heard as leaders sit up and take note this is just the beginning..
    I agree with the School run, rush hour etc… I think in our country the UK governments made this issue worse.. For it used to be schools had catchment areas where by most were in walking distance of a school.. Now they graded school and their performance statistics and gave parents the options of applying for better graded schools which could be miles away.. Hence the extra traffic..
    Its bliss at the end of our street in school holidays we can actually get out of our junction if we venture out at school drop off and pick up times.. 🙂
    I was so pleased to hear about the dropping of those little plastic give away toys that are neither here or there..
    We are making slow steps forward..
    Much love my friend and thank you for bringing awareness ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sue…I know those two little girls did so well and all done quietly they got results no shouting and big crowds just collected their signatures and got the job done. I have seen although I was young. Ban the bomb, the dustman’s strike, the coal miners, and other demonstrations there was always someone or an organisation behind them string pulling…Young people are easy to influence and I am not saying for one minute that there isn’t a cause to take steps to save the planet but much is natural and the world over centuries has seen many phases yes there are man-made issues which need to be addressed…We all need to look at what we can do and collectively in our own homes worldwide we could make a difference. ..But all this blaming of cows for global warming keeps people from looking at the real causes and much is man-made, however…more could be done rather than crucifying people for taking a plane..sometimes either for distance or personal safety, it is a necessity …But taking a car to school when it is a few miles could easily be addressed by car sharing or public transport or arranging buses. This is almost another post…haha…Thank you, dear Sue, for your valued contribution to the conversation….Hugs xxx

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker

        I am with you one hundred percent there Carol.. Change has to start with altering our own consumer habits and looking at ways in which we live and contribute.. if we all looked closer to home and saw the wastefulness we ourselves contribute and be more mindful of our own habits rather than pointing fingers.. I so get that..
        One of the reasons we do what we do… There is such a long way to go, but at least even if I think at times many are just making the noises, its bringing that awareness that we have to start and change..
        The world herself has undergone her own ‘Cycles’ of changes throughout millennia, she has heated up, cooled down, gone through floods and ice-ages, this time we have populated more of the earth and its our time to experience these changes first hand..
        But we have lost our ablitiy to live WITH Nature, respecting the eco systems in place and have upset the balance in many animal communities..
        It all has a knock on effect..
        So we have to learn to live in that balance again.. Mother Earth may well teach our species a thing or two before she has done.. But will we ever learn? is another story…. ❤ Much love Carol.. and thank YOU

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I just hope it strikes a chord with some and they do their bit however small… it all helps ..Thank you for dropping by and your comment Scott 🙂



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