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The Environmental A-Z…the letter S…#Smog, Sustainable Agriculture, Solid Waste…The Earthshot Prize

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter S…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

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

 

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter S…

Salinisation…Salinization is the increase of salt concentration in soil and is, in most cases, caused by dissolved salts in the water supply. This supply of water can be caused by flooding of the land by seawater, seepage of seawater or brackish groundwater through the soil from below.

It is also a global problem as Salinity affects production in crops, pastures and trees by interfering with nitrogen uptake, reducing growth and stopping plant reproduction. Some ions (particularly chloride) are toxic to plants and as the concentration of these ions increases, the plant is poisoned and dies.

The solution and different types…

How farmers deal with Salinisation…they avoid over-irrigation by monitoring soil moisture to work out water requirements. good crop selection such as using deep-rooted plants to maximise water extraction. minimising fallow periods using crop rotations and break crops…

Smog…Smog is air pollution that reduces visibility. The term “smog” was first used in the early 1900s to describe a mix of smoke and fog. The smoke usually came from burning coal. Smog was common in industrial areas and remains a familiar sight in cities today. Today, most of the smog we see is photochemical smog.

What is photochemical smog? Photochemical smog is a mixture of pollutants that are formed when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) react to sunlight, creating a brown haze above cities. It tends to occur more often in summer because that is when we have the most sunlight.

What are the dangers?
Photochemical smog can have an effect on the environment, on people’s health and even on various materials. The main visible effect is the brown haze that can be seen above many cities. The brown tinge is caused by very small liquid and solid particles scattering the light.

It all sounds harmful and scary to me…

Sustainable Development…Sustainable development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs…Fine words but what is really the reality?

The-Sustainable-Development-Goals-Report-2021.pdf

Solid Waste…

Solid Waste” means any garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material, resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste.

It is important to note that the definition of solid waste is not limited to wastes that are physically solid. Many solid wastes are liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material.

Municipal solid waste (MSW), commonly known as trash or garbage in the United States and rubbish in Britain, is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public. “Garbage” can also refer specifically to food waste, as in a garbage disposal; the two are sometimes collected separately.

Sustainable Agriculture…Sustainable agriculture is farming in sustainable ways meeting society’s present food and textile needs, without compromising the ability of current or future generations to meet their needs.

Interestingly I watched “The Earth shot Prize” Repairing our Planet…Set up by Prince William it includes Sir David Attenborough who is on the committee…I downloaded it on Utorrent for me it is a wonderful idea and I am so very proud of Prince William and Sir David Attenborough you can tell how much thought has gone into this and they are committed to making the right decisions by including people from around the world…

PLEASE WATCH IT, if you can… the first one was in part about cattle and in particular how much damage they cause to the environment but most importantly how this can be addressed …I believe we can still enjoy our beef if that’s what we want to eat maybe in smaller quantities as I also believe we should increase our fruit and vegetable intake…not just for the environment but for our health… the two go hand in hand.

We need radical changes to how we farm, how we buy, how we eat and what we eat…for our health and the health of the planet…

What worried me though and it should worry you is that while I have been conducting research I read that and I was astounded that despite the focus being on building sustainable and fair food systems the UN summit was boycotted and criticized by none other than scientists, farming groups and social movements…

I was now reading this with a look of pure disbelief on my face…Why?…instead of giving the platform to groups who were building and advocating for sustainable food systems worldwide…the summit centred around major food and agriculture companies who argue that the way forward is through proprietary tech and more chemicals.

This greatly concerns me as we have COPD26 coming up…This post summed it up…Working Together For Planet…There is no Planet B…

This is important as we need to act now...Politicians need to make the big decisions now to end our dependence on fossil fuels and they need our support to do this. This is our opportunity to let our representatives know that we want them to take action NOW….MY BIG FEAR IS THAT THE SAME WILL HAPPEN AT COPD26 AS WHAT HAPPENED AT THE UN SUMMIT…The way forward is not through propriety tech and more chemicals in my mind..so please if you are as concerned as I am please act now…

Thank you so much for reading this and please, please at least have a read..we don’t need a COPD27 because nothing of use was taken forward from COPD26.

 

Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

Australia really is having such a tough time of it…One does wonder what the health implications are going to be as well as environmental concerns.

After my little rant last week which I am not going to apologise for one iota as it has to be said…HOWEVER…

Time for some good news…

There are many factors which all intertwine and make the bigger picture there is no one single cause of Climate Change it is a chain of events…

There are also certain practices and animals which feature in man’s survival on this planet…One of these is Bees…A tiny little flying insect which is vital to the continuation of this planet…

honey bee

It is admirable all of you who are planting wildflower gardens…please keep it up..But also take it one step further as it is a known fact that neonicotinoid insecticides used on farms to repel bugs have caused the dramatic decline in bee populations.

Due to these concerns, the EU banned three of these insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, but France went further and banned the remaining two as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

They were the first country to introduce a total ban…Well done France.

Bees pollinate a third of our food supply and over 90% of all wild plants, so they are critical for global food production.

We can ensure that if we use fertilisers or weedkillers that they do not contain any chemicals which will help decimate the be population any further…We need to listen to beekeepers…

I know you live in a city and there are lots of high rises…They are ideal and we should take advantage of any space however small like this hospital.

 

I love our Royal Family and always will I think they are a great asset to Britain… Prince Charles has always been an avid environmentalist and obviously, this has had an effect this had an effect on his sons who champion many environmental projects…

The Earthshot Prize is one such Global Challenge backed by Prince William…

Prince William, who made the announcement on 31 December 2019, said: “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth”

A marvellous opportunity to make a difference and help save the world.

I am proud of how much is going on in and around the UK…The National Trust which is a treasured institution in my eyes has announced it will plant 20 million new trees in the UK within 10 years, creating 18,000 hectares of new woodland, as part of the charity’s plan to step up the battle against climate change.

This is one example of their work going forward…

The National Trust celebrates its 125th year this year, it has vowed to continue work to reverse the decline in nature through a range of projects, including helping clean up the nation’s rivers and waterways, reintroduce species and repurpose land in favour of woodland and carbon sequestration.

It is also good news when you see the major stores taking positive steps towards sustainability…Asda is another major store to take this step Waitrose already encourage shoppers to bring their own containers…It looks like Asda is also taking that one step further…

In addition to the refill stations, the store will include a “naked florist” offering plastic-free flowers and loose produce with items such as cucumbers and mushrooms being taken out of their plastic packaging. There will also be a range of new recycling facilities, including a reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and cans, hanger recycling and a deposit box for unwanted small plastic toys.

How do you feel about taking your own containers to stores and filling up…?

Here in Thailand the stores and shops are really taking on board the plastic bag ban…If you don’t take your own bags you will have your arms full as they are not handing out bags…The next step will be the markets and the drink vendors so watch this space..

Let’s have a look at other brands which are taking sustainability more seriously…

For some people, time plays a big role in the time they have to spend shopping or transport may be an issue so a company who delivers, recycles for you may be the answer…

Loop…Loop is a global circular shopping platform designed to eliminate the idea of waste by transforming the products and packaging of everyday items from single-use to durable, multi-use, feature-packed designs.

Cruise Ships…I have read with great alarm at some cruise companies who are blatantly even after receiving huge fines still dumping rubbish in the sea so I was heartened to read about this shipping company which has the bold intention of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping line, Hurtigruten is leading the charge. After completely cutting out single-use plastic in summer 2018, the company is taking it further, arranging beach cleans for guests and crew members, monitoring ocean pollution and even launching the world’s first battery-powered cruise, which set off on its maiden voyage on 2 July 2019.

How cool is that I may even book a cruise now…

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…xx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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