Recycling and Climate Change…9th March 2020…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of the latest news on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you so much to everyone who reblogged and commented last week…Your comments are valuable to me and even when I am feeling a little down they brighten my day…It is lovely to see how many of you are doing what you can to recycle, buy local, grow your own very heartening…

I was wandering around the internet the other day and I came across this it is an old speech by a lady I have always admired and listening to her speech I was struck by how much foresight she had back then …

She was the first world leader to make a speech on Climate Change…

What a woman...It is such a shame we don’t have any woman politicians who can take her crown…She always conducted herself with such dignity…This is one lady who would have put the gutter press firmly back where they belong…

Taking it one step further I was very pleased to read this statement…UK’s carbon emissions down 29% since 2010…

I was also pleased to read how the town of Peterborough…has emerged as the UK’s electric car capital with more ‘ultra-low emissions’ vehicles per head than anywhere else in the country. It looks like to me that the UK should be applauded as they seem to be streets ahead in the Climate Change race…

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Photo by Mike from Pexels.

I am against all forms of animal exploitation…I do not go to zoos or parks who parade animals for money…The methods used to train and keep them are against all the laws of nature as it was attended…by all means visit places which conserve them in their natural habit and there are many although visitors are restricted and not allowed during breeding times but that is fine with me…or take a boat trip where you may see one of these beautiful creatures in the wild …


Humans are not imprisoned unless they have committed a crime and even then they are not paraded in public view…Why should innocent animals be any different… I hope this bill goes through…

I did mention Pony Painting parties last week I believe and I did contact the R.S.P.C.A …not for the first time in my life I will add and this was no different to me they are an organisation with no teeth…

For that, they are in my Naughty Corner this week…

I sent them the link to the parties and asked for their opinion…I received this back…

We do have concerns about events where horse and pony painting is used as entertainment. We understand children love getting close to animals but we would urge any such encounters to focus on fostering compassion towards animals and providing education about how to act safely around horses and ponies and meet their complex needs.

It is essential that people are responsible around animals and make sure that they are never put in a situation where they are anxious and stressed, which may result in harm to the animal or the people around them. If people are taking part in activities with horses and ponies, they must be given plenty of breaks in a quiet place where they can rest undisturbed and be aware of signs that they are experiencing stress. People must always make sure any products used on their coats are non-toxic.

RSPCA Advice Team

My response to this:

Thank you for your response…

I do understand that children need to be taught how to treat animals with kindness…Children also need to be taught certain other things like you don’t paint animals…Full stop!
.Scenario child is allowed to paint said pony…They don’t know what is toxic and what isn’t …They painted an animal so that must be ok. They are at home and get into mummy’s makeup box or daddy is painting and left the room unattended.
They paint their pet hamster or mouse could even be the dog or cat…Get in the poor animal’s eyes or just cover it with so much paint or makeup that the poor animal suffocates. I am not one to scaremonger but I have brought up 6 children and have a few grandchildren…All who have dabbled in the makeup and one who painted the dining room table a lovely shade of red…That had no relation at all (and we have )had our own ponies to being allowed to paint them( the ponies)…Animals are animals to kiddies…
I am disappointed with your standardised response as most parents who would take their prince and princesses to these parties know diddly squat about ponies and their care…I am sure that unless you had a complaint of ill-treatment pony painting parties will go on and no one knows actually what is going on as regards proper rest and acting on signs of distress in the pony.
Kind Regards…
Their response…
We are sorry that you are disappointed with our response, we don’t agree with animals being used in any forms of entertainment but sadly we have no enforcement powers and we cannot stop these events taking place. Where we can we always try and discourage such events and/or offer advice to ensure the animal’s welfare.
Kind Regards 
No teeth…The reason I wrote to the R.S.P.C.A is that I think people become desensitised and while pony parties come across as very pretty and nice …Ask yourself how the pony feels… 
Back to some more good news…
McDonald’s Australia is taking action on plastic cutlery…

The fast-food chain has announced plans to axe plastic cutlery in favour of wooden utensils, which will soon be available in all 900-plus stores across Australia.


Plastic cutlery will be phased out by the end of this year. Question?

Is the wood from sustainable sources? Answer…

McDonald’s conducted a three-month trial on wooden cutlery in nine outlets across New Zealand late last year.

The latest move by McDonald’s Australia comes after its pledge announced 18 months ago to phase out plastic straws by the end of this year.

The business has also removed plastic lids from McFlurry cups and replaced its salad bowls and sundae cups with fibre-based alternatives.

We will never completely eradicate plastic and as such it has a use in our lives I do however think we should be more aware of where we can use plastic sustainably, what type and whether there would be a better alternative…
There are many inventive ideas for circular recycling which on their own do not have much impact but collectively with other incentives around the world will have an impact.
We also need to show and make our voices heard as the only way manufacturers and governments will take notice is by our habits…if we feel strongly about plastic waste then don’t buy fizzy pop and in all honesty, is it good for our health?
I think we need to take a good long hard look at where we as individuals can make a difference not only to the environment but our own and our families health…
We need to encourage our children and grandchildren to look at the bigger picture to do their own research…to not make a doctors visit or rely on creams our first port of call for minor injuries and the such when something quite natural can do the job…
Only this morning my 15-year-old grandson woke up with extremely puffy lips with blisters/spots…He had apparently been eating mango at football last night and bitten through the skin of the mango…One of his fellow football mates told him that he shouldn’t do that as the skin could make his lips swell up with a  reaction…They did…
On entering into his room to enquire how his lips were earlier I spied a bag with crushed garlic beside him…He had gone onto U-Tube and came across this antidote… It has made a difference …My point is he did his research ..takes after Nannie…and came up with a natural cure which may or may not have worked but he took it on himself to try it and so far it is reducing the swelling…
I also learnt something that garlic has another property I wasn’t aware of…..He will also not be trying to bite through a mangoes tough skin…again…Lesson learnt!
Some great ideas from WWF on what can be made from recycled plastic…
These dog collars are pretty cool as well all thanx to one lady’s desire to help animals and the environment…

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

56 thoughts on “Recycling and Climate Change…9th March 2020…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    It’s time for the world to embrace more female leaders. We, men, have screwed things up pretty well so far.

    I agree with your take on animal exploitation. There are far too many instances of animals being used by humans to profit.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Indeed, Pete, it is about time it stopped but I am afraid I don’t think it will so many things are wrong with this world if you really look …But I have to believe it will change maybe not as much as I would like but in many small ways…
      I see no sign ..not in the Uk anyway of another Maggie Thatcher…sigh…I hope you having a great week 🙂

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  3. koolkosherkitchen

    I am not so sure about wooden utensils, Carol. We are trying to reduce paperwork and recycle paper in order to save trees, but we are talking about millions of disposable wooden utensils – what’s the logic of it?

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Absolutely…I did mention the fastest-growing bamboo record in my Saturday market post yes it can be invasive but is a great source for many items we use including cutlery 🙂

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      2. koolkosherkitchen

        Exactly! Also, very decorative and very pleasant to use, as we had a chance to find out. At one event, they had everything bamboo: plates, cutlery, serving platters and bowls, etc. Not a shred of plastic to be seen!

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      3. purpleslob

        That must have been amaZing!! On a different note, how are you faring?? Husband went to Aldi’s, and they were out of TP! Scary! Our PP’s Spring Break has been extended 1 week. So far. I see it lasting longer!

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      4. koolkosherkitchen

        Schools closed, colleges and universities too. Professors were told to report to work, even though classes are cancelled. I asked, what’s the sense of driving for an hour to sit in an empty classroom, only to drive back for another hour, I was told, and I quote, “So that you get paid.” Huh?!

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      5. koolkosherkitchen

        Nope – pray! They did come to their senses, though. Starting tomorrow, we are on a complete lockdown. Today we still have a chance to go get personal effects and/or materials, if any. My husband is going with me – to schlepp stuff.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think.. They are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t… Nothing is a perfect alternative.. Plastic pollutes and does not break down… Wood if sustainable sources are used is better and is biodegradable… Maybe they should stop handing out cutlery altogether and then we would have the hygiene police out in force… No winners here… Xx… We just need to do what we can and hope it is enough…. Sigh

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  4. Adele Marie

    Maggie Thatcher, I didn’t know she spoke about climate change so far back. She is known in this country as the woman who caused our current housing crisis, caused the death knell of the unions, encouraged people to put profit before anything else and brought us war with Argentina. But, I listened to the video and have to admit that she was a front runner, why didn’t they listen to her. xxx

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  5. Jim Borden

    wonderful post; I admire your convictions and agree with all that you have to say. Two of the reasons I became a vegan 13 years ago were because of animal rights and the environment (the third reason was the health benefits).

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      1. Jim Borden

        I agree, we each have to think about what it best for us. My concern is that most people don’t put much conscious thought into what they are eating and the impact of such choices.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Absolutely, Jim…I try really hard to unravel the minefield of information out there and I suppose it has to be down to a personal choice as long as we are certain and happy that we have made the right decision for our health and the planets health…Thank you Jim I value your comments have a great rest of the week 🙂

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      3. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you, Jim I am due another trip to Bangers.. A few days is enough and then I retreat back to rural life but I love that few days in my favourite hotel.. Shanghai Mansion in China Town..

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      4. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Ahhh but I live on the outskirts so I can walk like you do to the markets the farm is about 2 hours away really rural ..A house is being built there by my son but I have no wish to live as rural as that I like my walks..I also like my visits to the farm for a few days..I really have the best of both worlds I think…My son lives between the two he travels back and forth as does Lily as her school is there…Aston stays mainly with us as his school is in town..Hence why Lily will be here for the next 10 weeks as it is the long school holiday so dad and mum can get on with the planting of rice etc while we babysit…It works for us…

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  6. Sue Dreamwalker

    Such a great post Carol… and I so enjoyed watching that video too of Margaret Thatcher.. One I hadn’t see before.. She was one strong lady who was not for turning!!…. And the political world world wide, could do with more of her essence and backbone in leadership… 🙂
    Thank you for bringing awareness Carol…
    Much love and enjoy your week my friend…

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