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Change the World Wednesday – Special VII

I am really annoyed, actually, make that a tad more than pissed off.

I had a FaceBook acct more than a year ago, decided after two months that it didn’t suit my purpose and closed the acct.

About two months ago I decided to give it another try. So I opened a new acct.

I just liked a page and went to refresh my page and they want me to confirm by a phone number my acct. There are no other options.

I refuse to divulge my phone number on the net for anybody.

I can’t even get into my acct to shut the damned thing….. Arrrrrggggghhhhh!

My FaceBloodyBook acct is inactive!

Rant over, now on with our regular programme…


On with Reduce Footprints‘ Change the World Wednesday Daily Lenten challenges.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 29th March

Address your “standby” habits. Unplug cell phone chargers, coffee makers, space heaters and other appliances and devices when not in use.

No vampires in my house, I keep plenty of garlic on hand. Actually, I do have one, the TV, but I switch that off manually every night. The remote control is too dicky and doesn’t always work, so it’s easier not to bother.

CTWW Daily Challenge –  30th March

Take some time to read Huff Post Climate Change, which includes blogs, news, and community conversations about Climate Change.

Huff post is a valuable source of information and I have used it as a source here on Eco-Crap in the past. If you want to keep abreast of national and international eco-concerns, then Huff Post is good.

CTWW Daily Challenge –  31st March

Celebrate Earth Hour TODAY with millions of people around the globe by turning off your lights for one hour, beginning at 8:30 pm.

A contentious issue with me. Turning off your house lights for one hour makes you use another light source, an electric lantern or candles. I have read that to replace a light with just one candle increases your carbon footprint. It is a different story for monuments and government or civil structures to do the same because they do not use an alternative light source.

I do bow to the fact, that Earth Hour does make people conscious of green issues, therefore does have a positive effect.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 1st April

Find the lowest carbon impact method of getting around today (walk, bike, take public transportation or carpool).

No car, no choice. I walk or bus everywhere.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 2nd April

Reflect on, and discuss, the fact that the richest 20% of the world’s population consumes 80% of the world’s resources, and those who contribute least to the causes suffer most from the effects of climate change.

The haves, and the have nots. This can be translated as the 1% against 99%, this is a part of what Occupy Wall Street is about. Many think that OWS is about banking and and raping the country financially; it’s not. It is about all inequalities.

The haves have always trampled on the have nots. It is the have nots that have suffered throughout history. And, it won’t change, unless YOU do something about it. This is not something that can be left to the neighbours, because they are leaving it to the neighbours, so nobody is doing anything. Everybody just sits back thinking “Someone will do it!” But they WON’T because YOU are the ‘someone’ who is supposed to be doing it! The only people trying were the ones from OWS, and YOU stayed at home, so they have become a non-event because YOU didn’t support them.

Americans spend eight months of their lives with junk mail

CTWW Daily Challenge – 3rd April

End junk mail that wastes resources. Stop unwanted catalogs

I take my junk mail back to the shops and supermarkets when I pass them. Or if I catch the delivery people, I refuse to accept. One of the biggest sources of junk mail in my box is the evangelical churches; I hate it.

In Brazil we do not have any orgs that will help reduce junk mail. I do wish they would print it on paper that you could at least light the BBQ with, then it could be recycled eventually as ash on my garden.

Farmer's Markets, the way to go. Brings communities back together too.

CTWW Daily Challenge – 4th April

Buy food that’s being grown or produced locally, using local farms and local farmers’ markets where possible – . Bonus: Grow some of your own food and herbs in your garden, allotment or window sill, or join a community garden.

We’ve discussed this before. In Brazil that’s difficult. I used to sell veges and herbs at my front gate, but I don’t have the garden I had then. I have found a place that sells fresh milk from the gate. It is on the way to work. But to stop and get 2ltres (about 3 pints+) for R$6 ($4) it would cost me an extra R$5 in bus fares, in effect doubling the price of the milk. But oh, what a luxury to have real milk, not pasturised, not homogenised, not adulterated, nor sold in a cardboard box. They are reforming at the moment, but I have resolved that when things are underway again, I will stop and get some. As for the bonus, I do grow a little, peppers and herbs, sometimes tomatoes and passionfruit.

Well, that’s it for this week. Can’t wait to see what Small Footprints has lined up for Monday 9th April. See you there.

Monday Moaning II

The last ‘moan’ (previous post) has been a festering sore for a long time, using the vulnerability of kids as the target for corporate propaganda.

This ‘moan’ is a real “WTF bitch session!”

Did you know this?

The Obama administration approved planting GMOs at more than 50 National Wildlife Refuges this past summer as part of a plan to restore and manage habitats, including supplementing food for wildlife.

National Wildlife Refuges Center of New Lawsuit Over GMOs

Government approved practice of planting GMOs in the nation’s Wildlife Reguges

National Wildlife Refuge land in eight states planted with genetically modified crops is the target of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by a number of food and safety groups last week.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, this marks the fourth in a series of lawsuits targeting the government approved practice of planting GMOs in the nation’s Wildlife Reguges.

Citing National Wildlife Refuges as sanctuaries for endangered flora and fauna as well as home to other critical species, the suit was filed by groups including Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Food Safety and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who claim that the U.S. government agency broke federal laws when giving approval to farmers to plant genetically engineered seeds on the public land, mostly in the Midwest.

The crops in question are mainly Monsanto’s controversial Roundup ready seeds—such as corn, soy, cotton and canola—known for a number of environmental issues including creating pesticide resistant “superweeds” and insects. Further, claim the plaintiffs, the pesticide-reliant crops are damaging to the environment, and the lack of any significant review of the crops planted on wild lands adds more concerns for the food and safety groups, who state that glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide—has shown to degrade soil ecosystems, pollute waterways and wetlands as well as harm plants and animals, including some endangered species.

Source: OrganicAuthority


How infinitely stupid can you get?

This is a perfect example of “Don’ give a fuck!” as long as our buddies in corporations make a profit while they destroy the world.

Folks, things are really getting out of hand.

This is just another nail in the coffin of the planet. Occupy Wall Street has the right idea. It’s not only about the bankers, everything, just absolutely everything about the current and recent governments is just so categorically wrong!

The Planet is Dying while we do Nothing

If the people don’t stand up to what’s happening and take responsibility we are going to be faced with the inevitable.

Our planet is becoming untenable, uninhabitable, and we are just sitting back watching.

If we are to stop this degradation, we have to bring down the current system. The time has come for drastic action, there is no time left to take small steps, while they help, they are but a drop in the proverbial bucket. Every caring person has to stand up and be counted.

Occupy Wall Street numbers hundreds in more than 80 places around the world. They should have the support of tens, nay hundreds of thousands. It is the hour for us to get off our lethargic asses and join them. The current system must be brought to its knees, NOW! Or we and our kids will not have a future.

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