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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

Plastic Part 6…PET and Climate Change…

There has been so much in the news about Climate change that I thought I would break it down and explain how it comes about…

green foot prints eco system

Climate change is bought about by Global Warming which is characterized by a general increase in average temperatures of the Earth, which modifies the weather balances and ecosystems for a long time. It is directly linked to the increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, worsening the greenhouse effect.

Although the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon the increase in greenhouse gases is linked to human activities.

The massive use of fossil fuels is obviously the first source of global warming, as burning coal, oil and gas produce carbon dioxide – the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere – as well as nitrous oxide.

I have previously mentioned how everything I talk about in my blogs is interlinked one has an effect on another…and so it goes…

Fossil fuels are used to produce PET…( Polyethylene Terephthalate)

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This is the most commonly used plastic for consumer products which include:- Water bottles, soda bottles and some food packaging.

It is intended for single use only….One time usage…as reusing increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. It may leach carcinogens and should NOT be reused.

Still confused about the numbers on plastic bottles then click here for a guide

So to the solution...The first way to prevent climate change is to move away from fossil fuels. What are the alternatives? Renewable energies like solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.

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The German government realise what a problem this is and plan to close all 84 of their coal powered power plants.

https://www.latimes.com/…/la-fg-germany-coal-power…

Roughly 27 % of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80 % by 2050. Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022. It sounds to me like Germany are serious about using renewable fuel.

Italy voted overwhelmingly to keep their country non-nuclear. Switzerland and Spain have banned the construction of new reactors.

However, statistics show China and the USA are the largest users of fossil fuels which makes for scary reading…https://cdiac.ess-dive.lbl.gov/trends/emis/prc.html

Which brings me to the conclusion that all these demonstrators do have a point…Governments need to be made to take notice particularly the ones at the top of the list as they are certainly making a huge contribution to Global Warming.

It is heartening to read about towns which are making their own efforts to combat Global Warming like the Finnish town of  Li in Northern Finland

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=980637838806635 

Globally is it going to be enough? I do hope so…

China who are top of the list for burning fossil fuel and it seems their answer is to deploy the army to plant trees…All well and good but is it addressing the true problem?

Thank you for reading and I do invite your comments what do you think about the most polluted country planting trees????

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 have a great week  xx

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Climate Change, Lemongrass salad, Carbonara and homemade KFC Chicken…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and have a read most of all enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First post of the week …Plastic and greenhouse gases…There is so much in the news at the moment about Climate Change and also it seems like the general public have had enough of politicians empty promises and inaction and are speaking and being heard…Personally, I applaud them…I have also had mixed reactions to my stance on this from “Well Done” for taking a stand to adverse reactions as well…

green foot prints eco system

I am all for healthy debate…What I don’t like is scaremongering and false press I also don’t like it when people make comments like and I quote ” As for the extinction brigade why are they not working like the rest of us they all should of been arested on day one for all the problems they greated

A typical response from someone who has not done their homework on the subject but just caught snippets and drawn their own conclusions …How is that a healthy debate?

The only way for people and politicians to be made to take notice is for them to be inconvenienced… What are your thoughts? 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/22/plastic-part-5-plastic-releases-greenhouse-gases/

Food…I need to calm down and eating is a great way to do that definitely a stress reliever…A lovely Lemongrass Salad…One of my favourites as it also uses Tamarind which I love to cook with…

Thai Lemongrass Salad with tamarind dip

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/23/healthy-eating-eat-smart-lemongrass-salad/

Salt…Once upon a time salt was a very valuable commodity and then we were told it posed a health risk and now??? Sally will reveal all in this excellent post…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-health-column-food-myths-do-you-have-enough-salt-in-your-diet-overweight-sugar-cravings/

Climate Change …The activists and the Australian Governments shameful actions revealed…If Climate Change concerns you it is a must read and if it doesn’t then it is a must read…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/25/waste-not-want-not-week-21-climate-change/

Now to Sally’s post the R’s of life and survival in the modern world…This week the subject is reason …An interesting and thought-provoking post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-survival-in-the-modern-world-reason-by-sally-cronin/

I am back with my week in the kitchen…School holidays have another 3 weeks to go before school starts again…This week I have showcased food which the kids love to eat and help make…Carbonara, my take on KFC chicken which is hopefully a little healthier than the real deal…the kids love it as well which is always a bonus,,,

homemade KFC Chicken

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/26/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-16-carbonara-kfc-chicken-strips-thai-larb-moo/

Thank you for joining me again this week and don’t forget to leave a comment if you have an urge to speak…I love 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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead 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.

green foot prints eco system

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