Change the World Wednesday – 16th Oct

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This weeks challenge is a little difference from Small’s normal CTWW challenges, but nevertheless an important one.

This week please consider human rights as it relates to the environment. A good place to start is by reading The Human Right to A Safe and Healthy Environment.

 

THEN …

Leave a comment below or write a post discussing our environmental rights, whether or not they are being realized and how we, as individuals, can help maintain or realize them.

Generally, our human rights are being stiffled by governments and corporations.

My immediate thought on reading the challenge was health and the right to know what we are eating, drinking and putting on our bodies.

Many countries have laws relating to product labelling, just as many countries don’t.

We have the right to know.

To know if:

The food products we buy are made with GMOs so that we can make an informed decision as to whether that product will be a part of our diet, or not

The product contains some form of additive, preservative, sweetener that may or may not be prejudicial to our health.

The product contains some agent or chemical that is considered to be cancer causing or harmful in any other way.

Advertising about products is the truth, and not just something the companies would like us to believe.

Frankly, there is so much bullshit out there that people are confused, and as a result cannot make informed decisions.

The public are bombarded with dubious evidence from company sources, that are seriously at odds with independent assessments.

Governments should be mandating that companies cannot use in-house, biased information for their products, but must be, by law, compelled use to independent testing and reports by specialists that are not chosen by the company.

The use of professionals, doctors, veterinarians, dentists, nutritionists, etc to endorse products needs to be banned. These people will tell you that black is white for money. It’s bullshit! Professionals making claims about any product should be held accountable, struck off, if their views are contrary to independent evidence.

Lobbying should be banned, as it contravenes the basic human right to know the truth.

opposelabellingCompanies need to be banned from political donations because some of the biggest are the worst; for example the First World is up in arms over the rate of the morbidly obese, yet one of the greatest culprits is the soda industry, but because they collectively donate billions, governments aren’t interested in the problem and fob it off elsewhere.

Governments have lost sight of the fact that they represent THE PEOPLE, they have become self-serving entities whose only interest is the next election. The people themselves have lost sight and keep putting the same fools into government.

If we want to claim our human rights, we have to change the paradigm, because the current one IS NOT WORKING!

Until we take back control we will continue to be abused by the very people that we have elected to ensure our human rights.

It is our right to know!

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8 responses to this post.

  1. I’m very keen on detailed food labelling because certain preservatives give me migraines. Preservatives end up in everything from bread to dried fruit so I really need to check labels. I don’t drink wine for this reason as most of it contains preservatives.

    The “lobbying should be banned” bit though I’m not sure I agree with. If I write to my local MP requesting that they take action on climate change, isn’t that lobbying?

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  2. overturn Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission for starters…

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  3. This goes nicely with what I wrote which was about proper education to change the world. I agree very much on the proper labeling of food. Here in the US the corporations have done a good job in preventing us from knowing what we are getting when we shop, I have given up trying to figure out what is in each so-called food and switched to an all whole food diet and cooking everything from scratch to avoid the GMOs but even then I have to do my research. I recently learned most of our sweet potatoes are no GM crops, so that is another food I will need to grow myself.

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