The fruits of my labour…
On Saturday we gained a new little sacolão (fruit and vege store) in the neighborhood. It’s only small, but handy; and only 30 metres (32 yards) from home.
And the good thing is they don’t get their produce from CEASA, the state supplier. With CEASA you can’t guarantee the source. But they get their produce from a smallholder in Teresópolis in the north of the state. They have a choice of organic and pesticide-free veges.
And they’re not expensive.
They already know that I don’t like plastic bags and put the produce in my carry bag.
This morning when I took the photos, there was a big plastic bag of cauliflower trimmings, I asked and was able to take it to add to my compost heap. The bag… well, that will be used to put my recyclable water bottles in for the Tuesday recycle collection.
On with this weeks CTWW.
This week it’s a biggie…
Choose one (or more) of the following activities:
- Say NO to plastic, especially plastic bottles and bags. The world’s largest “landfill” is floating in the North Pacific Ocean and consists of plastic.
- Contact your state officials and encourage them to vote against off-shore drilling.
- Walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation this week. If you must drive, drive less.
- Maintain your car and fix any leaks (oil on the pavement gets washed into storms drains and ultimately finds its way to the ocean). Never toss used oil down the drain.
- Avoid fish and seafood this week. If you must eat it, make sustainable and healthy choices (look for the Marine Stewardship Council label to ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally friendly).
- Take part in a beach clean-up.
- Eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in your home.
- Avoid the use of herbicides and pesticides.
- Scoop pet waste. Letting it sit on the lawn means that it will enter our waterways.
- Stay off the water. If you must boat, do so responsibly (don’t toss things into the water and use a human-powered boat rather than a gas-powered version).
- Dispose of all trash properly and pick up litter if you see it.
Leaves me breathless just reading it.
The plight of our oceans is disheartening. I have eluded to this in the past. Just because we can’t ‘see’ under the ocean, we seem to forget that is is just as susceptible to pollution and predation as the land.
The ocean is threatened by plastic. Obvious plastic that we can see the plastic strewn beaches, the Pacific gyre are a public disgrace; and the less obvious the micro-pellets from our washing machines that enter the water chain. The ocean also is affected by the run off of pesticides and agro-chemicals from our farmlands. Then there are stupid politicians who make assinine decisions like the Australians to dump millions of tons of waste on coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef. The oceans are subject to warming which is changing habitats, the you have massive problems with radiation from the likes of Fukushima in Japan; already 100% of tuna caught off the American coast have levels above the acceptable limits for consumption.
The oceans aren’t safe for anyone, let alone the fish. The governments have stopped testing (American and Canadian) because the results are just too embarrassing. The latest IPCC report classifies Fukushima radiation as an ‘extinction event’. Oh, don’t get that wrong, it’s not just the fish that are affected, ALL LIFE on the planet will be affected. Cancer/radiation related deaths in babies, new borns and foetuses are already increasing on the west coast of the USA.
Now that’s just a tad more than serious.
Why isn’t this in the news? The governments don’t want you to know.
Furthermore, there are problems with over-fishing serious straining the life-cycles of marine life.
This week there was good news. Japan has been banned from it’s ‘research whaling’ (read commercial whaling in disguise) in Antarctic waters. Japan has said it will bide by the ruling, but are already looking at loopholes like reduced quotas.
Not only the visible portions, but the invisible as well.
Man’s irresponsibility is drawing us closer and closer to our own extinction.
It’s time we woke up!
It’s time we let the governments know!
It’s time we got rid of the incumbent arseholes and their pandering to the corporations.
We need to take the dog by the tail and wake the bloody thing up, because until we do, we’re f**ked!
This CTWW by Small is probably one of the most radical we face; certainly it is the most global.
We really need to educate the masses, because most of the populace is just sitting on its sanctimonious backside saying “oh, it’ll never happen!” They are lulled into complacency by the lack of news, the government’s ‘do nothing’ approach. And, worst of all the blatant bullshit of the deniers!
Well, I’ve got news for them: It is happening, here, it is happening now!
- While I am not perfect, there is plastic in my life, but I go out of my way to reduce it to a minimum.
- I am bound by public transport, no car; no car, less planetary resources used and wasted.
- I will not avoid fish, I consider that fish is an important dietary aspect. I do however, spurn fish like panga produced in the Asian sewer known as the Mekong River in Vietnam.
- I don’t go to the beach, but I am active and vocal in keeping our neighbourhood clean.
- I use products that are non or less toxic where possible.
- I am now shopping at the new sacolão who are supporting fruit and vege with no pesiticides and organic produce (this is a new aspect in my life).
- My pet waste is composted. The worms do a good job.
There you have it, my CTWW.
The Pacific Gyre
If you get closer, it looks like this…
Some of those plastic bottles may be yours…
Makes you proud, doesn’t it?