I’m back!

Hi all

I’m back!
It’s been a while since I have posting anything on my blog but I have been thinking about how I can both get the most enjoyment out of it and also hopefully inspire others.

I think the way I write postings from now on is going to be a little different as I have personally found that, the scientific aspects of issues I would like to share with the world, are difficult to bring across in the medium of a blog and are perhaps better expressed in another type of format. I have come to learn that the best blogs are ones driven by passions and people’s personal experiences so that is what I will be focusing on from now on.

So I welcome you on a new journey with me and I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or comments on things you hear about not only from my blog but in the general world of green living and sustainability.

Here’s already a little sneak peak into some of the topics I plan to blog about soon:

* Green Smoothies (The life changing fruit, vege but most importantly greens smoothies, convenient, easy, fun and life changeingly healthy!

* Transition Towns

* Chicken keeping in an urban garden. (Coming soon to my garden)

* Happy Cow vegetarian network.

* Aloe Vera – one of the world’s most medicinal plant.

* Tea from the garden

* Window gardens

* Permaculture (This one may be at a much later stage as I am i the early days in learning about this.)

and much more….
By the looks of these topics you may have noticed that they are relatively light hearted and the will hopefully prove to be fun and inspiring.

To keep posted feel free to sign up to the newsletter which I now will be sending either once a month or once a fortnight.

International Animal Rights Day – 10th December 2010

International Animal Rights Day – 10th December 2010.

Palm oil, problems in the cosmetics industry

For those who haven’t seen this video it’s a must!

To compliment the Willie Smits video clip below, this video brings to light the problems of palm oil production and was part of a succesful Greenpeace campaign, back in 2008, confronting the multinational corporation, Unilever,  who then was the biggest “single buyer of palm oil in the world”, but is now working toward “clean[ing] up the industry that’s behind so much forest destruction.”

Save the orangutan – Willie Smits film clip

The Wildlifelines Foundation has recently uploaded a neat little film clip about the work of Dr Willie Smits, orangutan protector and wildlife specialist.

There is a significant chance that the orangutan, one of our closest relatives, could become extinct within the next 5 years because of human activities and consumer patterns. The biggest threats are deforestation and habitat loss due to an increasing rise in monoculture palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a product used in over 1 in every 10 supermarket products (and in most cosmetics, as it is used to make glycerine). It is seldom listed as palm oil on ingredients labels and is often disguised as ‘vegetable oil’.

For more information about the plight of the orangutan and what you can do to help please visit the Orangutan Page on www.wildlifelines.org and view the clip below.

 

 

 

Sustainability for kids


“[Annie Leonard] has teamed up with PBS Kids and WGBH to create eight short, animated videos to show kids how to think more deeply and creatively about the world they live in, and how to make choices based on what they discover. The goal is that as kids look at objects and activities in their daily life, they will begin asking: Where does it come from? What is it made of? What happens to it when it’s thrown away?” – Mother Nature Network

For a taster, here’s a clip on the issue of Garbage:

If you haven’t yet seen the Story of Stuff, I highly recommend you view it below, it’s a highly inspirational free, online, short animated film about all the ‘stuff’ in our everyday lives, where it comes from and how it impacts on the environment.

Sustainably farmed fish?

I recently stumbled across a great article “The Anti-Salmon: A Fish We Can Final Farm Without Guilt.”

If the world is to continue eating fish, without creating a total crash of ocean life, then solutions such as these are increasingly important to ensuring a sustainable future for ourselves, our oceans and all the species that live on Earth.

See also my previous postings about the state of our oceans and ocean species:

* Are our oceans in peril?

* Whales and dolphins in captivity.

UK citizens’ environmental voice!

DEFRA (The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), “a UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.”, has recently published the discussion paper An invitation to shape the Nature of England.

This open and honest method and form of environmental policy making is an inspiration and great example to all councils and governments around the world. Despite the final results and legislation which may result from this document I believe the very fact that that DEFRA have published this a document, with openness and a request for public opinion, is a positive step in environmental policy making.  We have been given the key but it is now our responsibility to open the door.

If you yourself are a UK citizen I would highly recommend reading through the document and sharing your opinion. This is an aspect of environmental decision making where people power matters and together we can demand a better world, a thriving and healthy environment and a sustainable future.

If you are not a UK citizen you may also like to submit your opinion and/or encouragement. I personally encourage anybody, anywhere in the world to demand from your local councils and governments a open, honest and inclusive system of environmental policy and decision making.

The deadline for responses is 30 October 2010 so don’t delay. This is our chance to be heard and make a positive impact for our environment and future.

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This document aims to encourage debate about how best we can protect and enhance our natural environment, and the valuable services we derive from it.
We are looking for a wide range of views on all of the issues set out in this document, or any others that you think we have missed. ” – An invitation to shape the Nature of England.