Recycling and Climate Change…3rd February 2020…Nature-based solutions and Jute Bags…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It was interesting to hear how snowmobiles for many are a problem by causing noise and pollution and there was much interest in the electronic version used in  Lapland which had zero emissions…Thank you, Tori, for bringing that to my attention.


What is happening this week on my radar???…

Climate Change…Is always in the news now…

Is it as bad as many people claim? Or is it hype as many others claim?

Take the Paris Agreement…The world was up in arms against Donald Trump when he withdrew America…Since Donald Trump dropped that bombshell the Paris agreement has gained momentum and got stronger…Individual states have taken up the banner and are tackling Climate Change state by state instead of relying on the central government.

I say good for them…They should be applauded.

I have always believed that as individuals we should all be pulling our own weight and contributing to reversing Climate Change…Yes, we need governments to step up in some areas BUT there is much we can do from within our own homes…

1 million Women…A website which encourages and helps women do just that…

The aim for 1 Million Women is to empower millions of women and girls to act on the climate emergency…I am a member…Are you?

Look deeper…Take Lake Chad it was once one of the largest bodies of water in Africa…in the last 50 years, it has shrunk from almost 10,000 square miles to 965…Why? Three things inefficient damming, irrigation plus climate change. I am seeing this in other places as well …The Mekong river…it isn’t just climate change …it is inefficient damming again by China and I daresay irrigation…

To me, that indicates that it is governments who hand out contracts without thoroughly investigating what the adverse effects will be.. the problems we are seeing around the world are an indication that in some areas we as individuals need to take a stand and do something it can only get worse.

Generally, those affected are small communities which many of us don’t even know exist. It is not just a climate problem but a justice problem…There are still about 1.3 billion people in this world who have no electric there are 2.6 billion who still cook on open fires…I see that here…It is all going into the atmosphere…We need to be providing access to electricity and cooking stoves through renewable sources and not fossil fuels…We need to open our eyes and see…

It is a global problem and not just the rich, educated peoples problem…

Nature-based solutions help communities reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, strengthening their resilience and reducing their vulnerability to impacts like storms and droughts.

Also on my radar has been new headlines blaming climate change for the loss of homes built on the shorelines or reclaimed land…I remember quite a few years ago when I lived in the UK…The river Stort which was close to where I lived if we had heavy prolonged rain then the fields and the roads would flood quite badly…

Someone then had the bright idea to build a housing estate on the land which was brought of a local farmer…There were no surprises to us, locals, that when the rains came so did the floods…

Homes built on reclaimed land from the sea are always at risk from the sea reclaiming that land…It is untrue to always blame Climate change.

What happens to workers, miners, loggers when mines close…The Just Transition Movement is leading the way…

We all know the oceans need cleaning…Already there is one plastic-free cruise ship but we need to be more vigilant as well if you are on a cruise and see rubbish being jettisoned into the sea…Please don’t ignore it take pictures and report them…It is well and good money being spent on devising cleanups…It needs to be addressed at the source…Stopped!

In the meantime ..Good News!

If you want to know more about this cleanup …

An alternative to single-use plastic bags...I love what these young scientists are discovering…Bags made from Jute...they are biodegradable after three months buried in soil, and can also be recycled.

Old tyres…Made into bed beds…

These are so pretty…

Finally, thanks to Tori..she alerted me to what trees for life are doing to replenish trees in Scotland…

Rewilding the Scottish Highlands…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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!

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

37 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…3rd February 2020…Nature-based solutions and Jute Bags…

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Wolves have been successfully reintroduced in Yellowstone Park. The Beavers which were rewilded such a lovely word…In the UK are causing probelms so the thinking is now other different animals need to be rewilded which with hopefully balance things out…Nature has its own hierachy which needs to be balanced to work..I find it all fascinating …

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  3. tidalscribe

    I’ve just joined the one million women I hadn’t heard of them, must go and check if my sister in Australia has!
    For a few years there were five of us in the house all working and some doing shift work – if son was late shift we would come home later in the afternoon to find an empty house with all the lights blazing! Probably in the grander scheme of things that didn’t make a lot of difference – businesses leave lights on all night.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Good to hear…It sounds like a great organisation and definitely the changes we need to make are led by women it is very encouraging the more I learn…It must be a male thing I always say to my grandson it looks like Blackpool illuminations you can always tell where in the house he has been as every light is on….

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing

    Great posting, and a powerful statement, Carol. As wonderful it is, having a big community of cooperators, as sad its sounding here in Germany. No one is willing to give away their SUV’s, only the costs for energy are increasing. Our farmers want to get more money for doing what they at least have to do for their own benefit. Using RoundUp and pesticides is harmful for their property too.

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  5. lisa thomson-author and blogger

    Very profound awareness post, Carol. Thanks for sharing all the videos, too. It can be an overwhelming issue but the way you have separated this into various aspects helps to understand it. I recently posted about my concerns of climate change and how I need to do more to help in my daily routine.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Lisa it certainly can be overwhelming…I will pop over and read your post it is always interesting to read others take on climate change and I always come away learning something…Have a great week 🙂


  6. petespringerauthor

    I like reading your column to learn about all the stuff I didn’t know was happening, Carol. I love the idea of making biodegradable bags from jute. Brilliant!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete there truly is much going on around the world much of it good although still lots to do. But it is good to be aware and it doesn’t hurt to be hopeful about the future 🙂 x

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  7. doandersen

    one whale takes 35 tons of Carbon Dioxide to the bottom of the ocean when it dies. But during its life a whale removes 35 tons of CO2 from the world!!!

    save the whales, 1000 whales do as much as a forest!

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