A month ago in my Monday Moaning I wrote of the plight of São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.
They didn’t have water. The reservoirs that supply the city were down around the 30% mark.
A month later and the plight has become critical, the reservoirs have fallen to 11.9% of their capacity (last night’s news).
Now literally, they don’t have water.
The water company is pleading with people to save water, substantial discounts are being offered to those who reduce their usage by 20% from their previous average, those who use more than their previous average will be fined heavily.
Don’t say, “But that can’t happen here!” Because it is happening! NOW!
In some areas of the world the water situation has become serious, it’s up to you to see it doesn’t get worse.
Back to our regular programme…
The BIG question!
Did I go vegan for a day? The answer is no… I did two days. Nothing fancy, just simple salads and a home made garlic and herb vinaigrette.
I did it this time just to show you I could, normally I don’t plan them, they just happen, and normally they are more vegetarian than vegan; I do like eggs and cheese with my salad.
In my perambulations for last week’s post, I did fine this. Grateable and meltable vegan cheese on Bunny Kitchen. Just thought I’d say.
Yes, this week’s CTWW is about bees.
We’ve all heard that Bee populations are declining. Since bees pollinate the majority of our food crops, worldwide, their decline is a cause for great concern. Why are they in trouble? Research points to GMO agriculture and the use of pesticides. It’s time to take action! Here’s your challenge …
This week, take action to protect honey bees. Please choose at least one action from the following list:
- Plant at least one native, flowering plant in your yard. Avoid hybrid plants … they don’t produce enough nectar or pollen and are useless to bees and other pollinators.
- Plant a vegetable garden.
- Let pests live (natural pest controllers, like Lady Bugs, need them for food).
- Keep your lawn and garden pesticide-free.
- Eliminate chemicals in your home.
- Provide a year-round, clean source of water for bees (rainwater collection, a small garden water feature, bird bath, etc.).
- Leave some dead trees or plants in your yard … bees will nest in them. Or, place a bee house in your garden.
- Buy organic food.
- Take up beekeeping.
Well, let’s see how I stack up with that lot.
My most prolific flower is the passion fruit; I currently have three that I am training along the house, fence and garage, and more in the plantling stage, three in the ground and about twenty saplings in a planter as standbys.
I have a few tomatoes and garlic around, mainly I have herbs and fruit.
The gulf fritillery caterpillars must be destroyed, or they eat the passion fruit vines to death. Other than that, insects are free to roam.
My lawn is pesticide free, in fact, my lawn is lawn free… I don’t have one.
We talked about harmful chemicals a couple of weeks ago. I am experimenting with orange and vinegar air freshener so that I have one less chemical.
Now the water feature here is a no – no.
Standing water is used by the Aedes aegypti mosquito to produce larvae, Aedes aegypti is the source of dengue fever, which is deadly, and seriously prolific here in many city areas.
Yes, lots of dead material around here, but not enough for natural beehives.
Buy organic, when I can.
Oh, the neighbours would be up in arms if I did that. My area is urban, the houses very close together. The authorities would pounce with a heavy pounce.
Well, there’s my summary.