Recycling and Climate Change…24th February 2020…Are we doing enough?

I have agonised about this post…I have been banging the same drum for quite a while…It does seem however that the more research I do and the more I discover that you would think that I am enlightened,  I have a clear path which I wish to follow and everything is rosy… I am doing the right thing…I AM SAVING THE WORLD…

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It certainly doesn’t feel like that…at times…sigh

Milk or more to the point cows milk…I have never been a great milk drinker even as a child… we had free milk at school and I just didn’t like it…In the end, my mum wrote a note and I was excused from drinking it…I love rice pudding and porridge although I do dilute the milk a little …I just for some reason have never liked drinking just a glass of milk…Yeah, Yeah… a fussy kid I hear you…

Which milk...

All these kinds of nut milk being sold as a better alternative…But are they…I have learnt that when deciding on the carbon footprint of my milk I should also be considering…Oh yes, there is more…Other factors which include how the farming of the crop affects people and native habitats in developing countries, the carbon footprint and water use. And while each product has its trade-offs, some plant milks are more sustainable than others. Sigh…This all adds to which milk I should use when making a rice pudding…

Because coconut trees only grow in tropical climates, the pressure to meet global demand is causing exploitation of workers and the destruction of rainforests… right…

Almonds are bad for bees and guzzle a lot of water during the growing and production of a glass of Almond milk…Ok!

Rice milk…Again the amount of water required to grow rice is a factor…Mmmmm

I could go on...Yep, I really could…This article, however, does it for me and so much more eloquently…

The bottom line for me is to plant more trees…Trees produce water…I am noticing a big increase in the planting of trees both here and around the world…Personally, I love nothing better than walking in a forest or jungle…Trees have that calming effect, don’t they?

There have been quite a few incentives on better ways to travel and Stansted Airport is no exception it is also very close to where I lived before I settled in the Land of Smiles…

Landside Operations Director Anita Harrison said: “London Stansted has been setting the pace among UK airports for years when it comes to addressing our local environmental impacts and we are well within legal limits for air quality, but there will always be more both we and passengers can do.

Stansted already offers a number of cost-reduction schemes aimed at encouraging passengers to use public transport or car share when travelling to and from the airport.

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An online portal which will allow drivers to pre-register their fully electric vehicles was recently launched.

The airport says the portal will be used to improve the experience of local residents registering for their discounted charge of 50p/£1 depending on their location.

The first 1,000 people to sign up will be eligible for a year’s free use of the facility.

This brings me nicely onto what I have been reading lately on social media and news reports…False News once again…It is bad enough trying to filter out what we can do without all this false news.

Child Labour goes on and on…to me it is an abhorrent practise, cruel inhuman so many words I could use to show my disgust and horror…young lives ruined…childhood cut short…Cobalt mining…but…

It is not just electric cars…So before all, you Climate Junkies start sprouting about electrics and the use of child labour…check your own gadgets… A lithium polymer battery is considered a type of lithium-ion batteryLithium-ion batteries are used in consumer products such as cell phones, electric vehicles, laptop computers, power tools and tablets…many made by Apple…just check Apple, Google and Tesla and lawsuits…sigh…

Now tell me that you don’t own or use any of these…

We all need to take a long hard look at what we do and use before we start preaching and demonstrating…

It is very admirable that young Greta is joining a Bristol schools Climate strike…To all you parents whose kids are participating maybe you should tell them this…and then ask them how they are going to change as all their expectations seem to focus on us changing…

  • You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom.
  • You want a TV in every room and your classes are all computerised.
  • You spend all day and night on electronic devices.
  • DO you walk or ride bikes to school or arrive in caravans of private cars that choke local roads and worsen rush hour traffic.
  • You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy…Child labour produces most of these…
  • Does your entertainment come from electric devices?

It doesn’t stop there… the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing and transport.

The more people we have, the more forest and bushland we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.

Now be really radical...Kids…You know you want to…

  • Tell your teachers to switch off the air-con.
  • Walk or ride to school. Switch off your devices and read a book.
  • Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.
  • Learn to research facts and think for yourself and not blindly accept the words and thoughts of others.

Can’t live without your electrical devices…Learn about clean energy…

I do think it is admirable that kids are showing they have a voice but do it correctly and don’t vilify the adults…Get crafty and make your mum one of these…

Thailand is one of the worst users of single-use plastic...I can, however, see the changes and this idea is so cool…

Monk sitting

Monks a common sight here…either walking and collecting food and alms, blessing a new house or car, on the buses or planes where seats are designated just for the monks, the orange-robed monks are a familiar sight…and sound as the early morning air rings with their familiar chants…

One would think that Climate change was far from their thoughts well not so…for the monks here at this temple… Wat Chak Daeng is a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, the monks here have found an ingenious way to both tackle plastic pollution and provide clothing for its monks – collecting plastic bottles from a nearby river and transforming them into the fabric for saffron-coloured robes for monks.

Thanks to Tori..who alerted me to this…I never knew…I knew about the temple made from recycled glass bottles but monks robes from plastic bottles…Thank you, Tori you are a star…

I like the use of circular recycling methods and love how around the world ideas and practises are spreading as it seems we cannot stop the manufacture of plastic we can find uses for the waste product.

Lots of food for thought today…Thoughts on how we can make a difference while in the main sustaining our current lifestyle with a few adaptions for the good of the planet.

Just imagine if we all thought of just one idea which appeals to us…Think of all those bottles we are saving from going to landfill or into the sea…..With so many ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make a difference, we will save the world.

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

43 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…24th February 2020…Are we doing enough?

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    Thank you for the information on the various milk alternatives; Carol. It’s hard to believe how thoughtless one believes in advertising. Thanks also for the information about the rare metals, and their origin. Stansted Airport is on my landing list. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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  3. Mary Smith

    Reading the article about the various alternatives to cow milk I notice most of the oat milk mentioned is made in America, which means it has to be flown to the UK so that’s a pretty hefty carbon footprint. I’m going to check how much is actually produced here. The cows we have in my part of the country graze on fields which are useless for growing crops on. It is all very complicated.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know , Mary it is an absolute nightmare tracking some food items and as you say their carbon footprint is hefty which is why buy local is the only really option to me 🙂 x

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    Excellent piece on the energy consumption of those who are protesting and the younger generation who on the whole have some form of device requiring the mining of precious metals by those who are too young and who are rarely paid a living wage.. As to plastic… we have dropped our recycling of packaging and other waste by at least 50% in the last year…we are trying… Thanks for all the news and updates…I will put in the blogger daily this evening..hugsx

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  6. petespringerauthor

    It can be frustrating when it seems that there is a whole generation of people not listening, Carol, but most things worth fighting for are hard. Education can be a painfully slow process. Perhaps I’m a bit of a Pollyanna, but I do think things are changing for the better. Keep up the good fight!


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete.. I know you are correct and I do really think things are changing I just get overwelmed with all the information sometimes… But a quitter I am not… Haha… Have a fabulous week 😀x


  7. tidalscribe

    Humans are the only mammals to drink baby food into adulthood and the milk of other species at that! So not liking milk is understandable. But milk and cheese are part of man’s diet so why use resources up making substitutes when a cow does an excellent job. But all foods take up resources and apart from eating each other it’s a headache working out which foods are environmentally sustainable.

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  8. johnrieber

    SO MUCH to consider here, Carol…I agree that for every positive there seems to be a negative…in the case of milk, I would hope that the way in which these products are grown/produced would evolve and adapt to the impact that production has on our planet….as for the electronic explosion around the world, I fear that battle has been lost….we have had some power outages in Northern California recently due to fire threats and oh boy, the outrage! Well, that’s because it seems our everyday lives are driven by electronics…just as I am typing on one such device right now!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I fear that is true, John we rely so much on electricity and electronics..I dread to think what would be the outcome if we were without for any length of time.


  9. watchingthedaisies

    Thank you Carol. I always look forward to your posts. The milk issue is a difficult one. I was shocked when I learned last year of millions of bees being moved around in their hives, to pollinate almond trees. It appears to be very lucrative for beekeepers. Onwards and upwards…

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  11. Lisa Orchard

    I worry about the world we’re leaving for our kids. There has been many projects to clean things up, especially our oceans and seas. This is a great step forward and so is planting trees. I’m also worried about bees, but it looks like people are taking that seriously, too and planting flowers. We need to stop using dangerous pesticides, too. That will definitely help the situation as well. 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree, Lisa there is much more awareness now I also hope they stop using pesticides they are dangerous on so many levels the thing is many farmers don’t agree even now which is worrying 🙂

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  12. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    You’re welcome about the article, as always.

    Everything we use and consume has some kind of impact on the environment. All we can do is our best, and try and at least do as little damage as we can to the planet. Hopefully, if we all do at least something, it will add up and be enough.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Peggy…I could do more and I will get there we have ditched the car and I don’t buy aerosols, cook from scratch, grow my own when I can but know I can still do more but I use a phone and a laptop..All we can do is what we reasonably can and a bit more… if we all did it would make a huge difference…

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  13. acflory

    Being on a limited budget has focused my mind, a lot. We buy a cheapish, mid-range mobile phone and use it for a minimum of 5 years. We don’t replace cars or appliances until all possibility of repair is gone. As an example, my Toyota Corolla dates from 1988. And no, that was not a typo. 😀

    There’s also a special joy in growing at least some fresh food at home. We always have a few fresh herbs and lettuce, even during winter [mild]. And in summer we have tree ripened fruit. Nothing beats the flavour. Saving the planet can actually be fun, and delicious! lol

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I totally agree, Meeka it is fun…I re use jars and containers rather than throw away..,like you grow what we can…, eat foods in season and mend when we can and for as long as…It is all you can do …I am going to look at batteries closer when I have to buy a newphone/laptop…If it is still around in another 8 years it could be classed as a classic car in the UK and also exempt from road tax… treat her gently…:)


      1. acflory

        -grin- I actually have a service man here at the moment, fixing my old LG dishwasher. I don’t know exactly how old it is, but I would have bought it soon after moving into this house…15 years ago!

        lol – My Corolla is a ‘Jimmy’! Don’t ask me why. Can’t remember why I settled on that name. Anyway, Jim’s a bit battered in spots but still going strong. 🙂

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