Category Archives: Climate Change

Not Disney!…The Ants and the Grasshopper…


Imagine living where your village receives an average of 3 Days of rain PER YEAR.

That’s correct ..it’s not a typo…3 Days of rain PER YEAR…

Then you find out that it stems from the burning of Fossil Fuels in countries like the USA…

The country is Malawi…Malawian Farmer and Climate Activist Anita Chitaya started her quest in her own country as when your crops dry up and die through lack of water an alternative has to be found…

Anita’s theory is that if you go to someone’s house and talk then it is possible to reach an amicable solution…

That’s where Zak Piper and Raj Patel stepped in they filmed her trip across America…where Anita found her theory was less successful in the US.

Raj Patel who is a successful author…Inflamed and Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice(Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2021) he co-authored with Rupa Marva…Stuffed and Starved-The Hidden Battle for the World Food System(Melville House 2008)

This film does not shy away from acknowledging the ways in which the issue of Climate Change is about far more than growing food.

To craft a world that can support everybody is always intersectional”(Patel) ” It always involves class, it always involves race, it always involves gender”

This short clip of the film was an eye-opener I can’t wait to be able to watch this award-winning film…

It seems this film will be shown at @COP26 in November 2021 hopefully then it will be available for public viewing…and at The United Nations Food System Summit on the 23rd September in New York…

The themes in Anita’s journey in front of the camera are vast: climate change, hunger, women’s empowerment, colonialism, racial inequality and faith. It is a film with a vision of planetary importance. It speaks to the themes of two major events in 2021 that will shape the planet for generations to come: the UN Food System summit and the UN Climate Change Summit (COP26). Global climate and social change movements are ready to use the film, and a growing group of influencers are ready to offer their support. From 350.org, Greenpeace, and the 200-million member La Via Campesina to the Orthodox, Presbyterian and Catholic Churches, from Boots Riley to Michael Pollan, a diverse and wide coalition has formed around our film, united by the potential to transform perspectives, relationships of power, and our planet.

Sounds like a well-received and pretty important film…

Thank you for reading this post it has reinforced to me how much we should be taking Climate Change seriously before it is too late…xx

Plastic Free July 2021…The Good News Stories…

Plastic Free July…Be the Change…

Who is going to join me for Plastic Free July…? (Sign up for the challenge here) It’s never too late even though we are in the last week of July…every little helps and there are some great ideas on the website..small changes combined DO make a difference.

Personally, Plastic Free July has been a stepping stone for me and will not stop on the 31st of July…If you have been looking at the figures and watched the video on the biggest garbage dumps around the world I hope that has encouraged you to think about your waste and how you can reduce it I know many of you are already aware but we can all do more…

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

Whilst I agree we should do more to reduce the plastic we throw away TODAY I am sharing the good news stories…the ones which give me hope..it doesn’t mean however that we should be complacent…

We all buy books and to get that hardcopy in one’s hand is special it could be made all the more special if the cover was plastic-free…

Plastic Free reading…

Plastic Free tells the incredible story of how a simple community initiative grew into one of the worlds most successful environmental movements.

To ensure that traditional plastic lamination wasn’t used, the publishers worked through alternatives and decided on using the reverse side of the coated artboard, so the surface was a bit textured, and used a dry trap varnish for protection. They loved the effect so much they have now used it for other titles.

Normally, the boxes are plastic shrink-wrapped onto the pallet with plastic straps. To get around this the publishers used metal straps instead.

I think this is a huge step forward in many ways…one which we could find so easy do as the buyers of so many books…I am getting my copy, are you?

You can purchase a copy of the book here

I don’t go out partying as much (not) at all at the moment as I used to but the market is huge for the ages of 18-45 and Heineken have stepped up as all manufacturers should do and hopefully will follow suit and will do something about it…

I am particularly showing big business as they have the market to make these changes on a larger scale ALTHOUGH I am not for one minute discounting my own efforts or yours for collectively we can make a difference…it is a combined global problem and we all need to play a part…

Green spaces in cities help offset climate changes and provide physical and mental well-being for their citizens Biodiversity – all living organisms, including plants, animals and microorganisms – is essential for human existence. Yet when we think about biodiversity, we rarely picture a city in our minds.

With this goal in mind, the Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030 was launched last month, as part of the BiodiverCities by 2030 initiative. The commission is made up of a diverse group of city experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia whose passion for and expertise in biodiversity conservation and climate change will steer its objectives to make cities safer, more fulfilling and cleaner places to live.

When I look at some of the designs they seem very futuristic to me and I wonder how they will work given the population of the world..when I see lovely green plants going all the way up a tower block will they look like that all year round I am guessing given how plants change during the seasons that unless thought is given to mixing types of plants they maybe won’t…Just some thoughts…

A mouse believed to have been wiped out 150 years ago has been found alive and well on a remote island in Western Australia. 

Distinguished by its shaggy fur, the Gould’s mouse has been hiding in plain sight for decades: researchers monitoring the rodent thought it was a different species. This week scientists set the record straight. 

The resurrection of the mouse is a rare piece of positive news against a backdrop of population declines. However, it’s not the only cause for celebration down under: in May,

Tasmanian devils bred on mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years, delighting conservationists.

The UK launched a trial to suck CO2 from the air

Stabilising the climate means rapidly slashing emissions. However, scientists say sucking historic emissions out of the air is also vital if we are to keep warming to internationally agreed levels. 

A £30m project to do just that was announced in the UK this week. As part of the trial, scientists will test the most effective ways of drawing climate-heating carbon out of the air, including planting trees, re-wetting peatlands and spreading rock chips that absorb CO2 on farmland. It will be one of the world’s biggest carbon capture projects. 

“Greenhouse gas removal is not only essential, but it also has the potential to become big business,” said Prof Cameron Hepburn, from the University of Oxford, who is coordinating the trials. “As we rebuild societies and economies following Covid-19, we have an opportunity to orient ourselves towards the green jobs and industries of the future.”

There are lots of good things going on around the world…Hopefully with what we do on an individual basis and what governments and manufacturers do it will be enough…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
—Margaret Mead

Thank you for popping in It’s lovely to see you and read your comments… see you tomorrow for my A-Z where the middle letter this week is the letter K…Anyone for Chicken Tikka?…

 

 

 

The environmental A-Z… the letter A…week 1

 

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

But don’t worry one of my regular readers( Chel) came up with an idea for me…all these good ideas to keep the grey matter active…Thanx Chel x

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

Not wanting to bore you I decided to run with Chels idea on the opposite weeks to my new idea…Chels idea for me was to go through the alphabet (as) is getting a norm for me but with the said letter (A) for this illustration as the middle letter…e.g. wrAps which of course need no explanation I mean who doesn’t love a spicy chicken wrap?

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change…

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

Air Pollution…

Air is composed of a number of gases, mostly oxygen and nitrogen with smaller amounts of water vapour, carbon dioxide, argon and other trace gases.

The open burning of waste from individual residences, businesses and dumpsites are a large source of air pollutants. Globally the emissions from CO2 from open waste burning are relatively small compared to total anthropogenic CO2.

Anthropogenic carbon emissions are the emissions of various forms of carbon – the most concerning being carbon dioxide – associated with human activities. These activities include the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilization, etc., that result in a net increase in emissions.

Regional CO2 emissions from developing country’s in Asia and Africa are a concern …it is often highlighted here as although it is illegal… farmers and individuals carry on burning the sugar cane fields.   

We humans however can breathe easy. The average human exhales about 2.3 pounds of carbon dioxide on an average day. (The exact quantity depends on your activity level—a person engaged in vigorous exercise produces up to eight times as much CO2. as his sedentary peers.

Conclusion: Air Pollution leads to Air Quality which is a measure of the level of pollution in the air.

An air quality index is used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is forecast to become. Public health risks increase as the AQI rises. Different countries have their own air quality indices, corresponding to different national air quality standards. Wikipedia

Algae Blooms…

No, they are not beds of pretty flowers…

They are…Sudden spurts of algal growth, which can affect water quality adversely and indicate potentially hazardous changes in local water chemistry.

As algae blooms grow, they deplete the oxygen in the water and block sunlight from reaching fish and plants. … And when the algae eventually die off, the microbes which decompose the dead algae use up even more oxygen, which in turn causes more fish to die or leave the area.

What can we do at home? 

  1. Recycling items — and properly disposing of items that cannot be recycled — keeps them from making their way to rivers and oceans. Even cigarette butts have a dramatic environmental effect when people drop them on the ground at a beach or riverside area.
  2. Eliminating or minimizing your use of harsh chemicals provides the surest way to protect global waters from chemicals. When chemicals leach into a body of water, they can devastate ecosystems. Nitrogen and phosphorus, commonly used in fertilizers, lead to a surge in algae growth when they enter a water body, killing off existing aquatic life, for example.
  3. Proper disposal of hazardous materials such as paints, motor oil and pharmaceuticals keeps them out of the water supply. Inquire with your municipal centre about chemical pickup or drop-off locations in your area.
  4. Water that runs down streets after rainfall, or after you wash your car with a hose, carries toxins from streets and yards that eventually may reach waterways. Sweep rather than hose down your driveway if you need to get rid of debris. When washing your car, use a bucket instead of a hose. Having porous outdoor surfaces like gravel, as well as gardens, also minimizes runoff.
  5. Get involved with local initiatives to plan responsible water use systems and ensure that healthy waters become a component of any development initiative. Attend city council and town hall meetings regularly to contribute your input, or even run for a position on the city council or your county board of supervisors. Even if you’re not an expert on water use, you can put the issue on the agenda, bring in expert consultants and educate yourself and the public. By exercising a direct impact on local planning, you’ll also be protecting waters at the global level.

Personally, I think each one of us needs to start taking responsibility for the world we live in…the time has come for individuals to feature in a look at their own home and surrounding areas and take responsibility…Make a difference!

Alternative Energy Sources…

Is the energy that does not come from fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas), BUT from wind, flowing water, solar energy and biomass.

Wind and flowing water are simpler to understand… the wind is another source of solar energy…Winds are caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth’s surface irregularities. For as long as the sun shines and the wind blows, the energy produced can be harnessed to send power across the grid.

Flowing water…Hydropower uses a fuel—water—that is not reduced or used up in the process. Because the water cycle is an endless, constantly recharging system, hydropower is considered renewable energy. When flowing water is captured and turned into electricity, it is called hydroelectric power or hydropower.

Solar energy is the transformation of heat, the energy that comes from the sun. It has been used for thousands of years in many different ways by people all over the world. The oldest uses of solar energy are for heating, cooking, and drying.

Biomass is the fuel developed from organic matter waste of living organisms like plant waste, animal waste, forest waste, and municipal wastes. In biological terms, the word biomass refers to organic plant matter, which is converted into fuel and used as an energy source.

That’s all for today…I hope I have explained it in layman terms and made some things clearer as I believe we should all have a clearer picture in our minds as to what we can change and how…

See you in two weeks for the letter B…next Wednesday it will be Part 1 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being A as in toAst.

Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you feel a need… I love to chat it makes my day…Love Carol x

Saturday Snippets…17th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has once again seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours happening early morning at 4 am my fingers are firmly crossed that the ceilings stay intact…

Right next to my house I have an expanse of land which has banana and mango trees, a pond and now they are clearing the land a little around the trees and the water some Asian open billed Storks have suddenly appeared firstly there was a big flock which stayed some time to feed and then took off but the last week has seen 2 lone ones who come and stay for the best part of the day and then disappear I am guessing to the wetlands some 10k from here.

I do hope they stay as we have a few varieties of smaller birds there and I would love to see the bird population grow and expand…I love watching them from my balcony…

This month as you know is National Pumpkin month and Halloween…I am already seeing posts of scary movies and houses…lots of soups and Halloween goodies…Today the rain has carried on from the downpour last night and it is a dull and drizzly day now and a tad colder…

I am bread making again today this covid has everyone baking more bread it seems which is good that home cooking is getting a revival, I have experimented with a few different types of bread lately, pretzel bread, butter rolls, cream cheese rolls, soda bread and our favourite the dutch oven or crockpot bread..it has such a lovely crust and soft inside due to the steam..the dutch oven mimics the commercial ovens who often use steam which how they get that crust…obviously on a smaller scale the dutch oven replicates that by heating the dutch oven and then popping in your dough and replacing the lid…hey presto just like the shops make but with no nasties…

Because of the rain and downturn in temperature, I have been getting repeated requests to make more pies and chocolate brownies…Lemon Chicken has been on the menu this week as well as an Indian curry…more soup and of course fish…A teriyaki style fish and the sea perch.

Did you know?

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured to the bedframe by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep on…Hence the phrase…Goodnight, Sleep tight!

Good News:

Zero emissions have to be good…Right?

Time for some music…

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place on Wednesday (Oct. 14)… now while much of it is not for me I was pleased to see that the passing of the great Van Halen was honoured…

Jack White paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen during his SNL performance

Jack White, who was the Saturday Night Live musical guest on Oct. 10, remembered the guitar legend by playing a blue Halen-designed guitar.

White noted on Instagram that “Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made to my specs.” Halen, who died on Oct. 6, was also remembered at the end of the episode by host Bill Burr, who wore a Van Halen T-shirt as the cast and guests gathered on stage to close the show.

What really made me happy was that Fleetwood Mac returned to the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100…something to do with what I thought a clock did…Tik Tok whatever next however sparked by that viral skateboarding TikTok video featuring the song, Fleetwood Mac’s former No. 1 single “Dreams” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 17) at No. 21, landing on the chart for the first time since its original 1977 run.

I think I prefer the original but it has caused a revival for Fleetwood Mac….It even inspired Stevie Nicks to Join Tik Tok…The power of Social Media…I think  I have now sussed out why Aston has taken up skateboarding…again…

Call me old-fashioned or behind the times but I prefer this version…Enjoy!

Even though I have stopped writing my regular posts on the environment etc...I still read and take notice…I read this post earlier and it resonated with me the writer Cynthia Kaufman articulated it far better than I ever could she put into words much that I believe in…I hope you pop over and have a read…

Thank you Cynthia I thoroughly enjoyed the read it made a lot of sense to me…

Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

Bread and Butter...Bread fresh from the oven…are you drooling yet and fantasising about that crusty bread and butter…

I came across this lovely video the other day…about a man who loves to produce butter he doesn’t wish to go into huge production he is just happy with his craft…

I am now on the hunt for artisanal butter…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbors and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Climate Change and Health …my last post…

This year we have seen wildfires in Australia, USA, parts of the Arctic, the Amazon and central Asia have also experienced unusually severe blazes.

Image by Monika Schröder from Pixabay

We are being encouraged to use electric cars, buy local to cut our carbon footprint, practise circular recycling, cook from scratch and use nose to tail eating to cut waste…Tesco in the UK is championing cutting waste…the list goes on…Frankly, I am doing my best and I am still confronted with stark headlines…telling me to do more!

On top of this, we haveCovid-19, the deaths, the effect on the economies of the world which no doubt will hit us in our pockets at some point, when will it stop?…

Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay

I am currently reading Salt, Sugar and Fat and I am astounded at the amount of money being spent by big corporations on research and advertising all aimed at selling their products …it is a vast machine which monitors our shopping habits, which uses scans to see how our brains light up to certain products so that they can get the science right and produce a product which when it hits our taste buds and the info travels to our brains it hits what they call our bliss point so we eat more…we get addicted…our children get addicted…obesity figures grow year on year, the teeth of the nation suffer more decay, diabetes type 2 is on the increase…allergies are on the rise, health conditions which can be directly contributed to the number of chemicals we consume are on the rise and wouldn’t exist more than likely if it wasn’t for the world’s consumption of too much sugar, fat and salt by eating processed foods.

Climate Change…like you and you and you… I do my very best…However, it isn’t just down to me or you…New research shows that around a fifth of all carbon emissions in recent years has come from the assets and suppliers of multinational corporations – and the flow of money indicates that pollution is effectively being outsourced from the developed to the developing world.

Getting this information on record could help to spur more radical climate action from private business, the researchers say – and stop the trend for outsourcing emissions. We all live on the same planet, after all.

Sources:

https://www.sciencealert.com/one-fifth-of-all-carbon-emissions-can-be-traced-back-to-multinational-companies

https://unctad.org/en/Pages/DIAE/FDI%20Statistics/FDI-Statistics-Bilateral.aspx

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0895-9

Between reading sugar, Salt and Fat and the fact that emissions are being outsourced and not attributed to the country of origin and also not being recorded for us to see…Yes us as it affects us all and we can keep doing what we are doing and to what aim? When we are being assaulted, monitored and targeted from all sides by huge multinational corporations…and not forgetting the block editor…x

That’s all from me…I will be concentrating on my writing and my recipes…cooking which I love and of course Saturday Snippets…xxx

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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

The Story Of Plastic …Part 2

Asia particularly is drowning in plastic…Trash becomes trash after it has been used…once it has served its purpose…Most solutions are consumer not manufacturer led.

Trapped in Plastic

I think this beautiful image drawn and painted by Rishika perfectly depicts my drowning in plastic comment…she really is a skilful artist…Thank you Rishika for letting me use this image…

Cleanups although admirable are not the solution they don’t make the problem go away…

Having taken the western world’s plastic for decades … Countries like China and Thailand have now stopped this practice and handed it back to western countries …But what are countries like India doing to solve their mountains of plastic now that they are still taking in some waste from abroad? Their waste mountains seem to be almost legendary around the world

The Alliance to stop plastic waste is a non-profit organisation that has partnered with companies from around the world to eliminate unmanaged plastic waste in the environment so far it is made up of thirty global companies from plastics and consumer goods …

Sadly where will it end and when…Exxon Mobil and Saudi Arabia’s SABIC have joined together to open the worlds largest plastic manufacturing facility of its kind having received billions in US tax breaks and other subsidies.  The latest estimate is that 194 billion will be invested in the US into 355 new or expanded facilities for petrochemicals primarily for plastics from now to 2025.

The facilities will convert hydrocarbons such as ethane and propane to ethylene a chemical used to make everything from polythene to antifreeze.

Ethylene, with worldwide consumption of 133 million tonnes/year, is the chemical industry’s primary building block

Can Polythene be recycled?

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) can…

HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys and some plastic bags. HDPE is the most commonly recycled plastic and is considered one of the safest forms of plastic.

My concerns are around the manufacturing process and not the end product…For example, Propane is a relatively clean-burning fuel which is attributed to its lower carbon content.

However, its combustion produces waste…such as particle matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, greenhouse gas, methane and non-methane organic carbon.

These huge plants springing up are they going to be using steam fracking or green fracking? Scientists favour green fracking however due to demand will cost override environmental and human health concerns?

Because, without rigorous safety regulations, it can poison groundwater, pollute surface water, impair wild landscapes, and threaten wildlife.

Lastly, just in case the letters confuse you they sure confuse me at times although I am getting better…This older posts on the plastic symbols explains all…

https://carolcooks2.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

More about that in Part 3 next week…

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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 fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx