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Change the World Wednesday – 7th May

toilet-humor-flushedI’ve had a dodgy belly since Monday, it’s improving.

So I haven’t really any news updates, my mind has been elsewhere, mainly in the throne room.

I’ll spare you the grisly details and move right along.

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This week’s CTWW.

Light Pollution

Did you know that artificial outdoor lights affect the environment? Beyond the use of energy, they affect plants and animals.

Light pollution is totally preventable.

This week, reduce light pollution. Here are some suggestions:

  • Turn off indoor lighting which isn’t necessary. In rooms where lights are required, be sure to close the curtains so that the glow doesn’t escape outdoors.
  • Install a motion detector on outdoor security lighting.
  • Use lights only when necessary … avoid dusk-to-dawn lighting (for example, a porch light doesn’t need to be on all night).
  • Lower the wattage on outdoor lights (a 300 watt flood light is not necessary).
  • Light only what needs to be lit. For example, if you need a front porch light, be sure that it lights the door and not the entire yard.
  • Use full cutoff, low-glare fixtures (also called night sky friendly outdoor lighting fixtures). These fixtures direct the light to the ground. They typically have a cap, on top, which restricts the glow from affecting the sky or other areas.
  • Instead of a light for your driveaway, consider reflectors.
  • Share information on your blog and/or with your friends … many people don’t know the problems with light pollution.

 

Globally, we light up the planet every night.

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When you consider that, it means there is a lot of confused bugs out there.

Looking at Small’s list:

I do turn off unused lights in the house, but I don’t have curtains. Generally the nights here are hot and you need the windows open for the air to circulate.

I have only one outdoor light. Three fittings, but I only use one. It is on only when needed. It is a low wattage CFL bulb in the carport, so it has little upward reflection.

No driveway, problem solved.

Personal Story

There is another aspect to light pollution that Small hasn’t covered and that is the ability to see the night sky. The light pollution in the cities prevents you from seeing the starlight.

Years ago, when I was a tour guide in Bolivia, one of the first stops was Uyuni in the southwest. The trip involved an overnight visit to the Salar de Uyuni; a beautiful place.

Looking across the salt lake from Isla de Pescadores

Looking across the salt lake from Isla de Pescadores

After the salt lake trip we ventured on and overnighted in a small adobe village called Alota. Really it should have been named Notalota.

Before we reached Alota, I had told the tourists to look up as soon as the stepped out of our trucks. We always arrived about 8pm, total darkness.

Alota had no power, no lights, no light pollution. There was no man-made light source for hundreds of kilometres.

As they got out and looked up, there were just gasps; “Oh, wow!”

My tourists were generally city-dwellers, and they’d never seen the night-sky without pollution. Now they were looking at ‘virgin’ sky, the Milky Way looked as though someone had painted it white.

The Milky Way from the Uyuni salt lake, the view was even better from Alota

The Milky Way from the Uyuni salt lake, the view was even better from Alota

These people had never seen so many stars before, they had never imagined that there were so many stars.

Light pollution not only adversely affects the environment, it also stunts our own understanding our our place in the universe.

When you are standing in the dark in the middle of nowhere looking up at the night sky, you succumb to the realisation of how insignificant man is.

 

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Not a CTWW Post – 9th Jan

Of course it’s not, today is Thursday.

Yesterday just didn’t happen. Read Press the Fn Key and you’ll see why. I got some posting done, but didn’t get to all my blogs. But, I did do the dishes…

Today is a pseudo-challenge.

Most of us have gardens, except those poor souls who live in cages apartments.

Why do we have gardens? Generally, because we like nature in one of its many forms, flowers for their beauty, trees for their fruit or shade, veges for their nutrition, or even a lawn for its peace. And, animals and birds for their grace.

The challenge is do something for the wildlife in your garden.

or

If you already do, tell us about it in a post.

Simple Backyard Bird Feeder

Simple Backyard Bird Feeder

Yes, do something that attracts birds or animals to make your garden a place of peace for the New Year.

Only one more week without Small…

 

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Just wondering…

Make you Fink on Friday

This video is in Portguese, I will translate below:

From 7 seconds

“Oh Mom, the chicken. This chicken isn’t real, is it?”

Mom, agrees.

“Where’s the head?”

Mom: “It hasn’t got a head, it’s diced.”

“So the head is in the sea?”

Mom: “No, the head is in the shop.”

“So you cut it like this”

Mom: “Yes, I cut it so you could eat it.”

“But why?

“Mom: “So you can eat it honey. I cut the beef, I cut the chicken.”

“I’m  not eating it. Not animals.”

Mom: “Don’t eat chicken. Just eat the gnocchi, the potato, then.”

“Just the potato and rice. I’m not going to eat the animals. They are all animals.”

Singing.

“Why eat animals, they die, why?.”

Mom: “So we can eat, honey.”

“Why do they die? I don’t like this Mom. I like them standing up.”

Mom: “Okay, you won’t eat them any more, okay?”

“Okay.”

“We need to look after the animals; not eat them.”

Mom: “Okay, you’re right, eat the potatoes and rice.”

“Okay.”

“Why are you crying?

Mom: “I’m not crying, I’m just proud of you. Just eat the potatoes and rice.”

“Okay. I’m not eating the chicken.”

It’s not the best translation in the world, some of the words were unintelligible, but you get the picture.

Errata!

One of the problems with being multilingual is confusion. In this video, I heard pollo, which is Spanish for chicken; in fact the kid is saying polvo in Portuguese, which is octopus. This is why he asks if the head is in the sea. Octopus is quite a common food here in Brazil.

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