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Mean Green Halloween

I hope you all have a Mean Green Halloween

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Satireday on Eco-Crap

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An Eco St Patrick’s Day

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Change the World Wednesday – 10th Oct

After being ‘double-dog dared’ by SF to be more creative in the kitchen, all bets were off, as on Friday I became a very sick puppy, then Saturday was more of the same; Sunday was a vast improvement, then Monday was a ‘Barra Day’ and sushi.

Even yesterday, I hadn’t fully recovered and my nose is running this morning and I’m still not firing on all cylinders.

All this because I figured I needed more exercise. It nearly killed me.

I need to reevaluate my limits so they are more commensurate with my getting older; what’s worse, is that I need to accept that I am.

On with the challenge!

SF is going on holiday, lucky girl, so she has set a longer challenge than usual.

For this challenge, please consider all the ways in which you can achieve a zero impact. For example, reducing paper towel use is going green … not using them at all is zero impact. Driving less is going green … not driving at all and walking instead is zero impact. Adjusting your thermostat for the season is going green … not turning it on at all is zero impact. The idea is to search out those changes which will, in terms of that particular action, eliminate your impact on the earth. Once you’ve identified the activity, try it out and see if you can maintain the zero impact through the end of the month. And, of course, we want to hear all about it.

 

Or …

If you don’t feel that you can achieve a zero impact on any of your activities, then please find at least one area where you can reduce your impact significantly. And yep, we want to hear all about it.

 

So it’s all about ‘zero-impact’.

As most of you know, my life is pretty frugal. I am old, I have few needs, I don’t have family and I live alone.

Most of my usage has dwindled to zero impact, or very close to it. It’s difficult to think of an area where I can use less of the less I am already using.

An example, my shower head has been on low throughout the winter months instead of high, now that we have some very hot weather for our early spring, I have turned it off all together, the water from the tank on the roof is already hotter than with the setting on high.

I must get the on/off button on the TV fixed (I pushed it too hard one day and it disappeared inside, so I have to rely on the remote and the TV is on standby mode all the time. I don’t like that and have always used the on/off button to avoid standby which uses electricity.

 

Monday Moaning

One pretty similar to this

I was in a car last Thursday, my student always gives me a lift home after class; nice car, a Honda with all the mod-cons. Things that my last car never had.

As the window rolled down beside me, I commented that I wasn’t too lazy to wind it down myself, but then of course there wasn’t a handle to do so.

This set me to thinking just how lazy we have become.

:: Too lazy to wind down the window

:: Too lazy to walk around the car and check the doors are locked

:: Too lazy to get a map out of the glove box

:: Too lazy to reach out and adjust the rear vision mirror with our hand

All these things are adding to the burden on our natural resources, each time you add a new mod-con requires more metal, more plastic, another electric motor, an LCD display and circuitry, etc.

In my day we didn’t have, electric windows, central locking and GPS, now you can’t get a car without them.

When was the last time you asked a car salesman “Do you have a model without that?”

If you really want to be green, you would; if not then you are only paying lip-service to the green idea.

The two concepts, “green” and “lazy” do NOT go together.

You are either green, or you are lazy.

If you are the latter, please get off the planet at the next stop and wait for the next planet with unlimited resources to waste, we don’t want you here!

Monday Moaning

I get so annoyed, I am so sick and tired of corporations buying politicians to do their bidding.

Look at this example. I know it’s more of a political rant, and this blog isn’t a political platform, but the two are inextricably mixed. Until we fix this problem there is NO GREEN!

Stop this culture of paying politicians for denying climate change

Protecting the environment requires a sweeping reform of political funding, only then corporations will stop throwing big money at senators.

Republican senator James Inhofe told the environment and public works committee ‘climate change is a hoax perpetrated on the American people’. Photograph: Bill Clark/Getty Images

 

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.” These words, from WB Yeats’s poem The Second Coming, came to mind as I read the testimony from Wednesday’s Senate hearings on climate change.

They’re not a precise description of what took place, as the two most eminent climate scientists who testified before the environment and public works committee, Christopher Field and James McCarthy, were not lacking in conviction. But they were, as scientists should be, careful and meticulous, laying out their evidence calmly and sequentially, saying nothing that was not supported by the data.

By contrast, the Senate committee’s ranking member (its most senior Republican), James Inhofe, spoke with the demagogic passion of a revivalist preacher. “The global warming movement has completely collapsed … the science of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was finally exposed … The time has come to put these tired, failed policies to rest and embrace the US energy boom so that we can put Americans back to work, turn this economy around, become totally energy independent from the Middle East, and ensure energy security for years to come.”

In other words, Inhofe argued, we should take no action on climate change, which he has described as “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”.

Never mind the overwhelming evidence that has accumulated since the last Senate hearings in 2009; never mind the crazy temperatures the US has been experiencing recently, which have alerted many Americans to what climate change is likely to deliver in the decades to come; never mind the prominent sceptic Richard Muller’s assessment of the evidence, which led to his change of heart. (It told us nothing we didn’t know already, but it should at least have caused the deniers to stop and think).

None of this makes the slightest difference to Inhofe. But how could it? Even if he were persuaded by the great weight of evidence for man-made climate change, changing his mind would be a very expensive decision. It could cost him his seat: not because it would necessarily be an unpopular shift – even in Oklahoma – but because it would jeopardise the massive flow of funds required to remain in high office in the US.

Take a look at Inhofe’s campaign funding. The major source, contributing half a million dollars over the past five years, has been the oil and gas industry.

Of his individual contributors, the biggest is Koch Industries – an oil, gas, minerals, timber and chemicals corporation, that is described by its owners, Charles and David Koch, as “the biggest company you’ve never heard of”. They fund a number of anti-environmental and anti-tax lobby groups. They set up the organisation which founded the Tea Party movement.

The second biggest contributor is Murray Energy, that boasts it is “the largest privately owned coal company in America”. The third is the oil and gas company Devon Energy. The fourth is the Contran Corporation, whose billionaire owner Harold Clark Simmons has a political profile similar to that of the Koch brothers.

If Inhofe were to change his position on man-made global warming, is it credible that he would retain all this funding? No. He receives money from fossil fuel companies because he articulates the views to which these funders subscribe, and because he advances their interests in the Senate. Given that keeping your seat means spending a fortune on television advertising and other forms of campaigning, changing your views on a matter of great interest to your sponsors is likely to be political suicide.

For people like the Kochs, Murray Energy and Harold Clark Simmons, the money they give to politicians is small change. For environmental campaigns, contributions of this size would break the bank. The money available to big business means that there will always be a massive asymmetry of this kind in the potential for political funding. As a result, a political system which imposes no effective cap on campaign finance leads inexorably to plutocracy: governance on behalf of the richest people and corporations.

The first prerequisite for protecting the environment is a functioning democracy. In any other system, those with the most money to spend or, in other circumstances, the most thugs to deploy, win the political battles. The further from democracy a nation strays, the greater the opportunities to destroy the world’s living systems, however unpopular that destruction may be.

The foremost threat to democratic values in countries like the US and the UK is the freedom with which billionaires and corporations can pay people and parties to represent their views. Protecting the environment, like protecting the welfare of a nation’s poorest and weakest people, requires a sweeping reform of political funding, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Opinion:

Yes, the greatest threat to, not only democratic values but the planet, are the billionaires and hence the corporations.

It’s about having a life

This is not only about climate control (as above, that’s just one example), it’s also about big oil, it’s about noxious substances in our food, it’s about anything that affects our lives and well-being that are contrary to nature.

Until the voters (Yes, people, that’s YOU) retake and wrest control of the political system from the money grabbing politicians, the wanna-be billionaires, then the rest of the world is going to suffer.

There is only one answer: Any politician who accepts a dime from a corporation is not worthy of your vote. Is not worthy to represent the people. That applies from the president down.

Only the voter can take this stance.

The politicians who accept these bribes ah, donations think they are getting rich, but the money they get is pennies compared to what the corporations get by having a politician in their pocket.

Until the voters start to vote for the little politician, the independent, and show these repugnicans and democraps that their millions of dollars are being wasted on fruitless campaigns, the status quo will remain.

If you are a repugnican and vote for repugnicans. or a democrap who votes for a democrap, you are responsible for destroying the planet!

What you do at home, recycling, selective rubbish collections, buying green or at the farmers market, is like paddling the canoe with a spoon; you’re going NOWHERE! You only think you’re making headway.

This year in November, you have your chance, throw these assholes out of government. Get the two-party system out of politics.

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This applies not only to Americans, it applies to any country where the corporations control the world.

If you want to be green, vote green!

 

Saturday Satire on Eco-Crap

This is Green, different, but Green

I had one of my posts ‘liked’ Tuesday. Wee small hours, I noticed it and as always when someone likes my posts, I doddle off to see what they’re up to; occasionally I am surprised, sometimes I’m not and a few times I get a ‘ho hum.’  But, I was pleasantly surprised the click lead me to a great blog, a different blog, still a green blog, but different very very different.

Ekostories

It’s a story blog, not one that writes stories, but rather one that writes about stories, green stories, green stories for kids.

There’s a Hair in my Dirt, is the current first post.

Here’s the intro to the Synopsis:

“The story begins with a young worm sitting at the family table being served a customary meal of dirt. He is shocked to see a hair in his dirt. Already upset at being a worm, Junior lashes out at his family, complaining about his species’ lowly status on the food chain.”

But that’s not all, here’s an exerpt:

Father Worm sat back, stretching himself out to his full, glorious three and a half inches. “Take us worms, for example. We till, aerate, and enrich the earth’s soil, making it suitable for plants. No worms, no plants; and no plants, no so-called higher animals running around with their oh-so-precious backbones!”

He was really getting into it now. “Heck, we’re invertebrates, my boy! As a whole, we’re the movers and shakers on this planet! Spineless superheroes, that’s what we are!

Now if that hasn’t got your juices flowing, hasn’t whet your appetite…. go back to sleep.

The essence is understanding nature, not just paying lip service., not just appreciating, not just liking, but understanding.

If you are green, if you have kids, if you are trying to bring up your kids to be more than green, understanding nature, then you must visit this blog. It’s there for YOU! Click on the title link above.

For me, this is one of those gems that can be found in the blogosphere, they are there, but few and far between.

The blog is permanently linked on my sidebar.

Saturday Satire

Green Hummer

Is an oxymoron!

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