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Waste Not! Want Not! Week 21…Climate Change…

Wow…What a week…Climate change is becoming a hot potato for governments around the world…The people are speaking…They have found their voice and a powerful one it is…Well done one and all…

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So much is happening in the world around us that there are going to have to be many changes or life as we know it will not exist…Climate change, food. plastic, waste they are all connected to each other they all affect one another…Seriously the world is in trouble it may not seem like that to many of you cocooned in your comfy part of the world but food affects our health as does climate change everything is interlinked…

Young Greta Thunberg met with some Uk politicians and gave them a few home truths telling them as a young person sees it without any thought of being politically correct just telling it as she sees it…Go, Greta…

It sounds to me that around the world The People have had enough of politicians their inaction and fundamental greed…

This young lady shows her dedication by her actions she travels from country to country not by aeroplane but by train so as to keep her carbon footprint down…

 

If you watch these videos I defy you not to be moved and not to admire a young girls passion and dream for a better world…

She is correct when she said it is not being highly publicised which is the case about many things like this atrocity which happened in Japan…

Have the world’s newspapers allowed themselves to be gagged…Do we no longer have ” Free Press”…It was hard-won… Newspapers began circulating in the 17th century. The first real newspaper in England was printed in 1665. The first successful daily newspaper in Britain was printed in 1702. The first American newspaper was printed in 1690. It was called Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic. The first newspaper in Canada was the Halifax Gazette in 1752. The first daily American newspaper was published in 1784.

Media companies are supposed to serve the public interest. Sometimes that’s at odds with the conglomerate owners who control traditional media voices. I think it is happening more and more that news is being stifled…

There are some powerful people in this world and they seem as if they can stop anything…

This ” Invisible East China Sea oil spill for example…

A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: an almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to Japan and beyond.

Environmental Disaster! Massive dam wall collapse at Australian mine threatens Murray-Darling system...Once again the greed of the Australian government is revealed.

The one thing I love about Australian Press is how they tell it like it is…Australia is just one beautiful country which is being betrayed by its government who allow big corporations to line their pockets …

We need people like Greta Thunberg and Jeremy Buckingham to tell us how it is AND then like the protesters in London last week with fellow Authors and Bloggers Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate who joined the London protests and the others around the world, we as people who live in this beautiful world need to not only agree but stand up and be counted…as well!

Politicians work for us...We as the consumer choose where we buy our food from…We have a voice…That voice is now being heard…Can you hear my voice…Can your children and your neighbours hear YOUR VOICE…

Time to speak out and be heard! Just like Sue Hampton and Leslie Stewart Tate …

Let us start with Sue who is one of my friends on FB and posts beautiful pictures of herself with an equally beautiful baby…Who would have thought I certainly didn’t that she would join the throngs …Yes, there were many people from all walks of life who felt strongly enough to say “Enough is enough” and I will make my voice heard…If I still lived in the Uk I would have joined them…Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate did!

Sue on the front line

Here is Sue’s account...Not the press who showed pictures of the rubbish and mess that was left behind…False News once again…But a lady with the courage of her convictions…xxx

Sue was not there alone she was with her partner Leslie Tate knowing what the consequences that their actions could be…Read all about it here

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Thank you from me Sue and Leslie for your actions…You are both to be admired and congratulated for standing up and sending a message to not only the people but to the government that…

The People have Spoken and Acted…xxx

Thank you for reading this post and please pop over to both Sue and Leslie’s blogs to read the whole story about their arrests and leave a message to show them that they have our support in the blog world…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.

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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Plastic…Part 5…Plastic releases Greenhouse Gases…

Just like Healthy Eating if we do not shop mindfully impacts on Food Waste…The manufacture of plastics and plastic, when exposed to the elements, releases methane and ethylene – two powerful greenhouse gases that can intensify climate change.

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It is little wonder that Sir David Attenborough was moved to give an update as the situation regarding Climate change is worsening by the day…

The first thing we need to do is to stop using single-use plastic, especially products made of LDPE (for example, grocery bags, 6-pack rings, sandwich and snack bags, strawberry containers, and plastic wrap).

We already know that greenhouse gases are released during the production of these materials, and now we have learned that greenhouse gases continue to be released while in use and as they degrade. We need to begin to phase them out entirely. In addition, we need better laws and policies to guide consumers to make better choices. If single-use plastics are banned, consumers will adapt and find alternative ways of bagging their groceries or filling a bottle, these being reusable items rather than items used for a few minutes and then discarded.

Many of us myself included take the easy option because it is there, easy and often free. Although now I realise the urgency I take my own bags and refuse all plastic bags/straws and cups…

Government Policies can help make a difference globally…

However, we have seen how man governments are either paying lip service or blatantly doing nothing…

People Power has spoken…Well and truly in the UK over the last week…I am immensely proud of each and every one of those protesters and it was a peaceful protest which caused much inconvenience as from Monday 15th April: Extinction Rebellion blocked Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square…The aim was to man these sites around the clock until the government acts on Climate Emergency…

The London actions are part of a wider rebellion taking place across the Uk and around the world…Extinction Rebellion has 331 groups in 49 different countries…

We saw…Actor and writer Dame Emma Thomson give a speech she flew all the way from the Us to give this speech…

Actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson said: “Our Government has signed agreement after agreement and broken every single promise they made with staggering regularity. It is time to stand up and Save Our Home. 

“On April the 15th of this year, the international rebellion will begin, all over this country, [and at] four iconic [London] locations, creative non-violent direct action will start to take place. Come down, be with us. There will be talks, politics, music, arts. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, but be prepared to stay. Because now’s the time to save the planet, as we all know there is no planet B. Be there.”

Dr Rowan Williams…joined fellow worshipers and others as St Pauls Cathedral People of all faiths, everyday people, eminence church figures, celebrities are all concerned enough to take a public stance…

The traffic on all designated sites was peacefully blocked there was even a big bright pink boat…

 

There were people’s assemblies, art actions, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces. People brought plants, shrubs and picnics to share.

In fact, quite a festive atmosphere but with a serious message to the government…

For more news and information and how to get involved, please visit Extinction Rebellion’s new website at https://rebellion.earth/

This protest was very well planned and thought through to read all about click here

I have also been told by people who attended these protests that the police handled the situation very well and although arrests were made the police were respectful and everyone had nothing but praise…

It really has been a countrywide protest by the people supported by the clergy,  businessmen and celebrities and has spread around the world…The people are speaking and taking action…

In France, the protesters were met with aggression…Brave protesters in Paris have been sprayed with teargas directly in the face!

Children from around the world are responding to young Greta Thornburg and her calls for action…

My conclusion if the people are doing what they are doing as they are concerned about the future why are the governments of the world making empty promises and not acting quickly to prevent worldwide catastrophe…..It boils down to the same old same old …Profit and greed…

Thank you for reading this post and please if you are concerned about the future of our world and the effect of Climate change …Action is needed now….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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Lastly, the Bloggers Bash annual award voting is live...But only until the 24th so please if you haven’t already voted for your favourites then please do as there are some great blogs who writers have been nominated…

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great Easter weekend xx

 

WasteNot! Want Not! Week 15

I am really heartened by the initiatives which I am discovering that are happening from all around the world…Your comments are also a revelation when I hear from you guys what is going on in your neck of the woods all good stuff…How you are reducing the carbon footprints and coming up with ideas to cut waste and protect the environment.

BUT…Hand on heart…

A heart map held by a hand

Are we truly doing enough?

This young lady doesn’t think so…Greta Thunberg is 15 years old with a wise head on her young shoulders and tomorrow 15th March 2019 around the world young people will skip school to have their say…If one of those young people is your child then I urge you to support them…

A young girl called Greta who shows quiet determination for what she believes in…

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Last week I touched on how an initiative in Mexico 8,409 km from the UK…  a region of the UK has created the country’s first local circular economy.

The traditional system of getting rid of waste is linear: packaging is made, used and disposed of but the local authority in Cambridgeshire along with a local plastics processor and packaging company have joined together to create a model which is circular.

Thank you, Tori, for spotting this update…

The initiative is being led by Huntingdonshire District Council working with Charpak Ltd, a Huntingdon-based plastic packaging manufacturer, and has seen discarded plastics collected, cleaned, reprocessed and reused, all within the local area.

The council says the new approach, which has been 18 months in the making, has helped to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill.

A spokesman for the district council said: “Our residents are already great recyclers diverting more than 55 per cent of waste from landfill. We need more plastics recycled and less going to landfill, so the next step is to improve the quality of materials that are collected for recycling.

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/huntingdonshire-s-circular-economy-for-plastic-recycling-a-success-1-5923327

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This mismanagement of environment issues continues in Australia and another damming report on Water Wars in the Murray-Darling Basin has been issued …It seems young Greta who I mentioned in this post above is worth listening to…Because those in power are not listening once again I urge all you Australians to become a climate voter

What does this mean for the fish in this river basin?

December and January saw three devastating mass fish kills in the Darling River. Now it seems a fourth is on the cards.

A new paper released today by the Australian National University found that water savings in the Murray-Darling Basin may only be one-tenth of the expected amount.

Simply put, greedy corporations and government mismanagement meant too much water was taken from the Murray-Darling Basin and not enough water was put back to allow the river to cope in a drying climate. And now we’re seeing the devastating consequences.

Even in the drought season rivers like this are not supposed to dry out…

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/news-events/all-stories/water-wars-murray-darling-basin

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Monsanto… At long last seem to be fighting a losing battle…slowly but surely people power is winning…There was Costco…

And now?

ONCE AGAIN Monsanto is losing millions of dollars now that farmers in India are switching to indigenous cotton seeds rather than Bt cotton.

The agrichemicals company is known for pushing a form of Bt cotton in India for the last decade. They have been accused of manipulating laws in order to enter the Indian market.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/03/09/monsanto-loses-millions-dollars-indian-farmers-switch-indigenous-seed/?fbclid=IwAR3-i9fRJj1scifNSsrObv8XxZVa390dYmj9cBFGQ97LN0mVgx6gYIhZy1M

Some FURTHER good news is that these edible parks are springing up all over and I think it is a great initiative FOR URBAN DWELLERS…

 

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Good News…The Middle East has opened the First Zero Waste Shop….Reducing your environmental impact in the Middle East just got a whole lot easier. A zero-waste lifestyle shop called EcoSouk just opened in the Hamra neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon.

How good is that? 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/lebanon-organization-pioneers-eco-movement-with-the-middle-easts-first-zero-waste-shop/

Thank you so much for reading this post …Your ideas on how we can save our carbon footprints and the environment we would love to hear any new initiatives or updates please share…I love to hear from you in comments 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.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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