Category Archives: Environment

Waste not! Want Not!… India plants 66 Million Trees…

The news and the headlines are coming thick and fast…So what do we believe? Do we take everything we see as gospel…Do you do your own investigations before you comment? …What do you really think? Do you think we are doomed?… Do you think that if we ditch our cars, adopt a vegan diet, never fly again and get out our pushbikes that the world will be saved?

Father and kids on a bike ride

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What do I think? I think for years and years we have been bombarded with headlines which tell us… Too much salt is bad, Don’t eat trans fats, Fruit is bad it is high in sugar, Meat is unhealthy, Carbohydrates increase body fat, 97% of Climate scientists agree…with Climate Change…Blah! Blah! Blah!

The answer to all of those is we are thinking, independent individuals, who go by facts, logic and explanation or we should.

Forbes says: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#66d9499b3f9f

Interestingly New British research is saying Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong.

I am not saying that Climate change isn’t important I just think we are ( as usual) being blinded by all this hype as usual and other things which have importance are taking a back seat …Clever politicians…While they are inactive except for furnishing their own agendas…we are busy doing what we can about climate change…A good diversion…This lady is not for turning I see exactly what they are doing and it is not for the good of any of us lesser mortals…

Deforestation is also important…But lots of good news and tree planting and this is awesome news… India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of a record-breaking environmental campaign…

forest trees and sunlight

I love nothing better than walking among trees they elicit a feeling of calm for me…Not so for those humans and the wildlife who have their habit plundered and destroyed without a thought…

Chemical poisoning of our soil, waterways and food continues…Soil contamination or soil pollution as part of land degradation is caused by the presence of xenobiotic (human-made) chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment. It is typically caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste.

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A sight I grew up with my grandad tilling his fields he didn’t use pesticides but unless you are in the know…The soil looks the same contaminated or not…Chemical contamination must stop for the health of us all…

Waste or disposal of waste is a huge problem worldwide…I touched on this in last Monday’s post and again governments need to get their acts together once and for all and address this problem with a vigour that has been sadly lacking. I also believe that governments need to get tougher on manufacturers who should be contributing to providing proper means of collection and disposal of the packaging they create for the goods they sell.

Adele has a question?… Blister packs? How do you recycle them for free?

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If you take regular medication or use disposable contact lenses then some help is now available for recycling…I also read that if you break the packs down separate the foil from the layer you can recycle separately.

If anyone knows of how you can recycle these pill packets for free please let us know and help Adele out…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/uks-first-contact-lens-recycling-scheme-launches

https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/collection-programs

There are some clickable links on the post which may offer some help…

Here are some free recycling packs if you are in the US as I know many of my readers are.

For all you Coffee lovers…A treat!

 

A good move in the right direction from the UK government and given the logistics, next year sounds good…Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned

The fact some cancers are on the increase because of chemicals…Food contamination is a matter of serious concern, as the high concentration of chemicals present in the edibles poses serious health risks. Protecting the public from the degrees of the harmfulness of contaminated foods has become a daunting task. This article highlights the causes, types, and health implications of chemical contamination in food.

No mother should have to have a worried look like that on her face….Wondering how she can feed her children…

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Too many children are starving…Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. No child and no mother should have to worry about where the next meal is coming from especially when there is so much food waste in the world…

Food waste and a solution in the US…

Food waste and a solution in the UK…There are some interesting and shocking data here…

Too many arms are being sold and fueling wars…

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Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Even though the Arms Trade Treaty has been in place for four years, the global arms trade is still on the rise. As world leaders meet to discuss the treaty, we must remind them that there is still work to do.

Pharmaceuticals…We all have the need for medicine at some point and for some, they are needed daily…At what cost to a struggling health service?syringe-1884784_640

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Medical costs are spiralling out of control…as are peoples dependency on pills. Does the cost of research really warrant the vast profits the big pharmaceutical companies make year in year out and every year sees an increase… Governments would do well to educate people and make sure they knew about correct nutrition and then they wouldn’t need as many pills and potions.

It is a proven fact that a healthy balanced diet can help and reduce many ailments…

What a sad image …

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Homelessness is on the increase… In a survey spanning five generations, homelessness charity Centrepoint found the young are more vulnerable than ever thanks to growing up in insecure private rentals and then not being able to afford to rent without financial aid.

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Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

In 2017/18, some 103,000 young people approached local authorities for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness shocking statistics on a young homelessness crisis that shames Britain.

A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that just under 553,000 people are homeless, with approximately 65% staying in sheltered accommodation. Out of every 10,000 people in the United States, 17 experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018.

Dignity is a human right and it seems that in every country I checked the homeless figures are very high and increasing year on year because there are not enough shelters and governments ignore the basic human right to shelter and dignity.

What is just as sad is the fact that many are servicemen and women who have served their countries with honour and bravery who often return injured and traumatised and end up on the streets and so desperate that many take their own lives.

Have I left anything out? I am sure I have… It made me sad to write this as in this day and age much of this should NOT be happening and we need to make politician understand this and also understand that they work for us the people who elect them.

We also need to do something our selves it doesn’t matter how small every little helps…x

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waste Not!Want Not…Week 24…Dead Gray Whales…Fat Bergs…

Week 24 …Where do the weeks go?… The research is going well but it takes me off on so many tangents and boy does it leave me with lots of questions…

I see a headline either the news or FB…Today it was this one…Not happily playing like this picture…Dead on the beach…

Grey whale blue sea

Photo credit: spieri_sf on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Scientist Sounds The Alarm On 9th Dead Gray Whale Off San Francisco…Whales dying of malnutrition…

Of course, it had the addition of the picture which was going to tug at your heartstrings and getting you to comment and push the share button all in the space of about 5 seconds…

blue string heart shape on wooden pallet

Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay

Wow, if you had a product to sell and made a sale someone would be rubbing their hands together…I didn’t!…

I have in the past just pressed share but so many times either through someone else’s comment or just because I wanted to know more …I discovered there is a bigger picture…

9 dead whales… 3 maybe 4 were because of a collision with a boat…That reduces the odds…

Are malnutrition and starvation the same thing?

Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy intake, below the level needed to maintain an organism’s life.

 Malnutrition results from a poor diet or inability to absorb nutrients.

It was said that discounting the trauma from a collision that those figures were high…maybe as a result of warming oceanic conditions, which have contributed to shifting food sources.

But the inability to absorb nutrients can be caused by illness, it could be caused by foreign bodies in the stomach or digestive system. We have seen the stories and pictures of the amount of rubbish/plastic in animals stomachs. Microplastics are a danger generally eaten by the smaller fish but who eats the smaller fish?

The story from the Blue Water Task Force states that the much-needed rainfall has brought highly polluted stormwater and debris to the beaches. Hence the surfers can’t surf and the beaches are closed …Health reasons...But what about the marine life???

My point being please don’t just take a horrified look at a picture or headline …DO your research… Please x

7 miles down in one of the deepest parts of the oceans…Unbelievable…Plastic Waste

How low can the depths of mankind’s waste and inability to dispose of correctly reach…

Water…

drop falling into water

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.      

W. H. Auden

I am sure many of you have thought about what flows away from your house through the water system …Where does it end up? Either in your septic tank ( If ) you have one or it goes to a sewage treatment plant through a sewage system. I have watched the videos and it is a great system so how do our waterways get polluted?

Chemical waste from factories is sometimes dumped into rivers and lakes, or directly into the ground. Pesticides (chemicals that kill insects) applied to farmland enter surface water and groundwater, often in large quantities. … I think that statement makes the situation perfectly clear …Don’t You!

I can hear you going phew! She isn’t going to blame me…We don’t get off scot-free…Sorry!

I am as guilty of this as anyone..Well, I am not now as hubby watches me like the proverbial hawk…He is just happy there is something he can blame me for…I am happy to let him have that one…haha

FAT BERGS!

The motto do not wash any fat down your sink even if accompanied by boiling water…

Thank you so much for reading this post If you have any thoughts please add a comment I always respond 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

Waste Not! Want Not!…Week 23…Bees and coffee grounds…

I am going to be looking at the many types of pollution over the next month or two and how as an individual we can help…

How does pollution affect us and which types of pollution affect us as humans?

To live we breathe air but the quality of the air we breathe does determine whether we live or what impact it has on our health…

I will be covering all of those when I have finished my research as much research is pointing at CO2 as the enemy I am not convinced…What do you think and why?

Today though I will be looking at the many positive actions that are being taken by individuals, communities or charity organisations…Good New stories…I think we all need those as much of the news is doom and gloom…

What I love about Climate Change is that it is bringing out the creativity of many individuals and that to me is good it is creating a society where people look at solutions and what is better than that?

Take Revive Eco who are finalists from Scotland in the Chevas Venture 2019...This is the 5th year the Chivas Venture competition has supported the world’s best social startups with $1 million in funding and expert coaching. Applications were to social entrepreneurs from around the globe who are using business to solve social and environmental issues. The finals take place today 9th May in Amsterdam and I wish all the finalists good luck…

 

Or these guys…Save the bees…

Both are worthy winners as are the others…Check it out…

Capri …a beautiful small Italian island situated 5km from the Italian mainland in the Bay of Naples…Known for its beauty and coastline it has been written about( Somerset Maughans) The Lous Eater and filmed…The soaring Faraglioni Rocks …Capri has been known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a favoured resort of the Roman emperors. Most notoriously, the emperor Tiberius had his villa on the island, the location (supposedly) of debauched orgies. Those who displeased the emperor were flung to their deaths from the cliffs. The island is world famous and is very touristy, especially when swamped with tourists in July & August, but other times of the year it is calmer and more relaxing.

Well, it sounds like official mean business…and good for them…Tourists are now banned from taking any plastic to the Italian island and risk fines of up to €500 if they are caught using plastic bags, plates or cutlery as the Italian island introduces new draconian laws.

The ban, which started this month, has outlawed traditional plastics in a bid to protect the surrounding coastline near Naples.

Capri a beautiful Italian Island

 

Photo credit: Rich Jacques on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Mayor Giovanni De Martino and the local head of the green group Legambiente have welcomed the decision.

This decision is not just confined to Capri...I think it is a great step forward…

News from New Zealand is that the government are close to finalising a plan to plant 1 million trees… I think trees and forests are very beautiful and peaceful and the habitat on wildlife and flowers and we need all of this preserved to preserve life as we know it…Deforestation is killing so much…

Bluebell woods

World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, which takes place on June 5 every year and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide.

China is this year’s host for World Environment Day on June 5th 2019…China with its growing green energy sector has emerged as a climate leader. The country owns half the world’s electric vehicles and 99 per cent of the world’s electric buses. By hosting World Environment Day 2019, the Chinese government will be able to showcase its innovation and progress toward a cleaner environment.

Maybe I was a little harsh about them using the army to plant trees but given the amount of smog in their cities, I really hope they are serious and it is not all show.

Mindfulness And Meditation Will Now Be Part Of The Curriculum In 370 Schools In England…

Mindfulness and meditation

 

Image by John Hain from Pixabay

I think is one of the best ideas I have heard for a while…I have always believed that when a child acts up much of the time it is because they do not understand their feelings and emotions…often this comes out as anger because of their frustration. Schools in England have started to look at this problem in a different way by teaching Mindfulness and meditation this is an initiative being run under a Mental Health study that the Britsh government is running until 2021…

Lots of good news stories this week I do hope you enjoyed them and it makes you feel more positive I look forward to your 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!

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

 

 

Waste Not! Want Not!…Week 22…Hydrating shampoo bar and pollutants…

Another week where Climate Change is high on the agenda and for the brits I suppose it makes a welcome change from Brexit…

It was also heartening to see how many people are coming out to say hey…We feel strongly about this…We want action…

green foot prints eco system

Today in my FB news feed was an article published by The Independent Newspaper  stating

MPs make history by passing Commons motion to declare ‘environment and climate change emergency’

1,457 EDMs were tabled by MPs during the 2015-16 parliamentary session. Data on EDMs is given in the House of Commons Sessional Returns under ‘notices of motions for an early day’.

My question is how many get any further than that or get passed?

It seems to be around 4% and it is worrying that the respected House of Commons library could not find any examples of a national or parliamentary declaration of a “climate emergency”

I do hope that after everyone’s hard work that the 100 MP’s signatures required to give this motion a chance happens.

I have read much before writing this post including some info I found through DuckDuckGo where searches throw up information which Google doesn’t …No surprises there…I am currently reading through a pdf on climate change and it is very interesting in that even scientists cannot agree as to the urgency or severity of the risk to life on Earth…

Many of their findings are based on info from NASA and interestingly figures on what plants need to grow and survive and what man needs to survive which are two different things…

Planet Earth

 

Photo on Visualhunt

Nature itself has gone through changes over many millions of years and man and nature have all adjusted and survived maybe not in exactly the same form but have evolved with the climate changes…

Most scientists agree that to some level(s) mans impact on greenhouse gases has interrupted the natural cycles of the Earth thus accelerating the natural change process.

What they don’t agree on is the impact on man and nature…

The Science says we need to be vigilant to keep our land, air and waters free of real pollution, particulates, heavy metals, pathogens, but carbon dioxide (CO2) is not one of these pollutants. Carbon is the stuff of life. Our bodies are made of carbon.
Every day a normal human exhales around 1 kg of CO2 — the simplest most chemically stable molecule of carbon in the earth’s atmosphere.

There are many critics and nasty comments about young Greta Thunberg but one of her statements when reading her speech on the haters was that she was talking to some scientists to ensure that the statements she made were true…

To me, Climate change is a science based on many factors based on research…

My question is are all these articles we see in the news, om social media is it Joe Public being fed what governments want us to know,. Is it a person or organisation who is reading and telling us what they think we want to know or telling us what their thoughts are but are those thoughts based on proven facts and science or is it just an individuals perception?

I am not a scientist or educated with lots of letters after my name unless a banking degree counts but I am also hopefully not blindly led and don’t believe everything I read…I also do check links and facts and lately by means other than Google as they, as we know, tend to show us what they think we want basing it on past searches.

I have also been wary of government officials who are given a position as head of a department when they have no expertise in that particular field…It happens…

I believe the real issues are pollution, but what constitutes pollution?

  • What are the different types of Pollution? Environmental Pollution occurs in different forms; air, water, soil, radioactive, noise, heat/ thermal and light. …
  • Air Pollution. …
  • Water Pollution. …
  • Soil pollution. …
  • Noise pollution. …
  • Radioactive pollution. …
  • Light pollution.

This is just one report on how reports can be misleading…The China Water Risk…

What are your thoughts…I would love to know do you think Climate change is a risk or just overhyped? And why?

What is not a pollutant?

Myth: CO2 is a pollutant.

Fact: Totally false. We challenge you to prove otherwise. CO2 is in our every breath, in the carbonated sodas and waters that we drink and in the dry ice that helps us keep our food cold and safe. We breathe in 400 parts per million and then exhale 40,000 parts per million with no ill effects.

To read more…

Lastly, I do believe we have a problem and we must address pollution or it will upset the natural cycle of the world but we also really need to do our own research as much of what is in the media is half-truths at best…We do need to look at the chemical pollution of our foods and health products and plastic is a huge, huge issue and these need to be addressed…

Victoria Zigler my intrepid reporter sent me these…Details of a hydrating shampoo bar something I haven’t tried yet but I will as anything which stops chemicals going in the water system is good…This shampoo bar is 100% natural and artisanal. Composed of aloe vera, natural glycerin and castor oil, it gently cleanses the hair and body, leaving the hair fibre hydrated* and full of vitality.

NO parabens, silicones and SLS. 100% vegan.

Thank you, Tori…x

The latest on Monsanto...US government declares Roundup is not dangerous to humans despite two landmark cases that found glyphosate caused cancer.

roundup weedkiller on shelves

 

Photo credit: JeepersMedia on Visual hunt / CC BY

It seems despite these cases, Costco removing Roundup from their shelves and many other countries, France has a total ban and many others bans with provisos…

The only course of action to me seems that the consumer needs to speak and hit where it hurts and stop buying anything which has connections to Monsanto…

What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading and commenting on these posts …There are definitely some battles going on coupled with many untruths…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

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…

green foot prints eco system

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

CarolCooks2…Weekly catchup…Plastic, Cloud Eggs, B3, Komoto Dragons and Dare to Dream!

Welcome to my weekly roundup time to take a pew, grab a drink, settle down and enjoy if you have missed any posts or if you just like to catch up once a week…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

A mixed week this week with its fair share of news on the plastic and climate change front and the inability of those who can to stop greedy manufacturers and do what needs to be done pronto to stop all this waste and destruction of our oceans and the ecosystem…Yes, I did have an ickle rant…haha

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/01/plastic-the-latest-news-part-2-around-the-world/

It was then over to Sally’s for her weekly roundup…Lots of news, book reviews, cats and beans…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-cathaoireacha-cats-more-cats-irises-and-beans/

Eat smart and healthy…Tips and recipes and my views on my new toy my smartwatch…which told me this morning ” You went to sleep at 00.27 last night, which was a little late”…It does amuse me with its little nuances…But I really confused it( for a while) when I had a few cat naps the other night…haha…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/02/healthy-eating-eat-smart-no-more-diets-2/

Over to Sally’s again for our new series on how to prevent nutritional deficiencies Vitamin B3-Niacin…I am loving this series as I am learning so much about what the food I eat contains and I like to know always have and always will…

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-vitamin-b3-niacin/

Time for my first post on the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April I do let myself in for some things don’t I…But I do love a prompt…The first one was a book review…Food Forensics…Did that surprise anyone?

food forensics book cover Mike Adams

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/03/food-forensics/ 

Time for a rant…No surprises there then…I will be making one all-out assault on clearing my house of plastic and making sure it doesn’t enter my doors again…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/04/waste-not-want-not-week-18-washed-up-on-the-beach-dead/

Did you know that the humble Cabbage is categorized amongst the oldest vegetable worldwide as it dates back thousands of years? Brassica oleracea, which is the wild forerunner of cabbage, was first discovered in Asia Minor and in eastern Mediterranean regions. Soldiers in Mongolia and China preserved the first pickled version of cabbage in brine.

Cabbbages

But it was Beer which holds the title of the earliest recorded recipe…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/04/the-4-earliest-recorded-food-recipes-beer-nettles-pyes-and-wild-boar/

Cloud eggs…A different way to serve eggs and maybe to encourage children who don’t like the white of the egg …Let them help make them like my grandson did and he never used to like the white as much as the yolk but eats it all this way…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/05/cloud-eggs-aston-style/

After the busy week, I have had…School holidays…I am surprised any cooking got done so I opted for quick and easy meals…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/05/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-14-spaghetti-bolognese-chilli-con-carne-and-thai-shrimp-cakes/

April’s Ultimate Blog Challenge was one piece of advice you would give …Dare to Dream was mine…

Dancing cow diva figurine

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/05/one-piece-of-advice-dare-to-dream/

Back over to Sally’s for some wonderful advice and also showing you what delicious foods you can eat when changing to a healthy eating plan…So many beautiful healthy foods…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-weightloss-all-the-delicious-foods-you-can-eat-by-sally-cronin/

Last but not least how the Indonesian government is trying to save the beautiful Komodo Dragon from extinction…

komodo dragons

https://johnrieber.com/2019/04/06/saving-the-komodo-dragons-komoto-island-closed-to-protect-these-amazing-creatures/

Thank you so much for reading this post I hope you enjoyed it…If you did please share or reblog any articles I and the animals will be grateful for any shares 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 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

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

 

 

Plastic…The latest News…Part 2 around the world…

The Blue Planet Uk...How amazing is that? The BBC most certainly know how to make programmes like this… If you haven’t watched then #recommended# 

Blue Planet

 

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

I can’t wait although I am scared, to say the least, what Sir David Attenborough has to say on climate change…

I thought today I would have a roam around the world to see what initiatives are going on although I do believe that however many initiatives are going on we need to be looking at the source i.e…My pesky manufacturers, they need to be pulled up sharp and told to sort it and pronto or face the consequences so we need to look at who we are electing and how they are going to tackle that…Rant nearly over…haha…

Become a climate voter...I am sure if you google it you will find a party in your area …

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns the world is running out of time to contain climate change.

I do believe that the amount of plastic generated affects the climate quite simply they are interlinked…

Plastic has invaded our everyday lives and is in everything we buy and use in one form or another…

Each year this figure increase and it is said that in 10 years time production and consumption with double it currently stands at 8 million metric tons finds its way into our oceans.

Worldwide it is estimated that 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the beaches…

Plastic bags, disposable napkins, plastic straws, plastic takeaway cups, glitter I could go on how could we not notice how could we not realise…did we not see the warning or more to the point heed them…I will be honest here I have read and seen lots over the years and still I didn’t heed the signs…I suppose I was guilty of thinking or not thinking and thought the problem was being addressed…By someone else…

plastic waste bottles straws bags

Image by Stefan Schweihofer from Pixabay

Complacency is the word …

Let’s have a look at how many good serious and inventive ideas are being implemented around the world to make good use of plastic or eliminate the need for plastic and find other ways of producing what we need…

Thailand…

An obvious choice as I live here …Thailand is looking to ban the use of very thin single-use plastic bags in 2022, followed by single-use plastic glasses and straws three years …Thailand is also to ban foreign plastic waste from 2021. Thailand and other southern Asian countries are buckling under the sheer weight of imported plastic waste.

The UK...

In January 2018, the UK announced a 25-year plan to set the global gold standard on eliminating plastic waste, according to environment minister Michael Gove.

Australia …

Unlike other governments I couldn’t find much on outright bans it seems to be that it is happening state by state…South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, have state-wide bans on single-use plastic bags, and Queensland is set to follow in July 2018. Ministers also endorsed a target of 100 per cent of Australian packaging being recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025, to be delivered by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation.

Canada…

In January 2018, Canada put a stop to plastic microbeads. Although microbeads were permitted to be manufactured and imported for non-prescription drugs and certain natural health products until July 1 2018.

New Zealand…

Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage has confirmed that single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out in New Zealand with regulations to come into force from 1 July 2019.

Germany…

Germany’s minister for agriculture, food and consumer protection. Klöckner wants to halve the amount of food thrown away in the country by 2030. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet adopted a concept to reach this goal on Wednesday. It is not only aimed at end consumers — i.e. customers in supermarkets — but also at companies, organizations, politicians and scientists. Klöckner made it clear that reducing waste is an “economic, ecological and ethical obligation” for everyone.

France…

2016 saw France become the first country to announce a total ban on plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, to be brought in from 2020.

India…

India pledges to beat plastic pollution by 2022…Wow, that is fighting talk as they probably have more plastic waste than many countries worldwide. India was the host to World Environment Day 2018 and they have taken 5 steps to fast track it already…

Holland…

With effect from January 2016, free plastic bags were banned… Although alongside France they have agreed to a Plastic Pact this is being condemned by the break free from plastics movement and Hollands recycling Network as they feel it should be law and not voluntary…

The Phillipines…

The 3rd major pollution contributor to plastic in the oceans…It seems that plastics, consumer makers are making the pledges… 

Spain…

In October, Spain became the 32nd country to sign up to the UN Clean Seas campaign, which aims to ‘turn the tide on plastic.’

South Africa…

The government wants to ban... A lot of wants but no clear policies…

Finland…

Collective working in Finland received a Plastics Roadmap, which is the first step toward a new, sustainable plastic economy. Of the more than 100 proposals made, the roadmap presents a set of key actions to find solutions to challenges caused by plastics.

Rwanda…

Pleasing to see that here the call to end plastic waste has been escalating and even becoming a priority during the recent Annual World Economic Forum where consumer products companies were pressurised to put up more stringent strategies to curb plastic waste.

Switzerland…

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2019 – Governments and companies are working actively around the world to create a circular economy for plastics.

The USA…

This article published in Jan 2019 show s current legislation by state…Plastic bag and paper bags…

My conclusion…

The countries I have chosen to highlight are based on my readership on my blog…There seems to be a trend for this circular economy for plastics which I highlighted in week 15 in my Thursdays  Waste Not! Want Not! post and it seems a very positive action. Many countries are focusing on single-use plastics which is a start and Thailand is banning imports of plastic waste which is a fantastic move as I believe as a country we should all be responsible for our own plastic waste.

Some are taking a bit of a back seat I believe and although the UK’S 25-year plan is admirable I hope it has a big effect on the environment sooner rather than later…I like to see wording like banned from now or a year in advance…We don’t have 25 years to address this problem…

The EU’s Clean Seas campaign has a good sign up rate however I know that some countries who signed up and agreed to the EU’s fishing quota charter are blatantly ignoring them so I do hope they enforce this much better.

As well as government pledges there are also many local pledges which are great to see but ultimately it is the source of the problem which needs addressing not recycling and cleanups they just keep it from escalating as fast.

But please also remember that textiles also cause environmental problems those glittery tops and dresses when washed all go into the water system and those clothes you recycle often go to landfill and because they are sewed with plastic threads etc they don’t decompose very quickly…Thinking about tossing old clothing in the bin? Don’t. Not even if it’s shredded, stained or no longer on trend. You know those old nylon tights you used to gym in back in the day? Chucking them in the bin for being smelly and stretched out of recognition involves taking 30 to 40 years to decompose.

green foot prints eco systemThank you for reading and please continue to send me your local initiatives for my Thursday’s posts with pictures if possible xxx

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading and have a lovely week 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

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

 

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