It's been ages since I last published something on my blog. But not to worry, I'm back online now I have finished knitting my girls Christmas jumpers! This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day to collect money for one of the most important charities in the world: Save The Children.
I will definitely wear a jumper that will properly embarrass my teenage kids but I'm still working on convincing my husband. Maybe I should give him the option to either wear one or make an extra large donation. At least my youngest 2 are ready for their woolly day as you can see on the photo!
Have a woolly day!
In Uk you can simply donate £2 by texting WOOLLY to 70050
I think we can agree that all is said and shown regarding climate change and about the urgent measures that need to be taken but are not. At this moment the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York is in full swing. Every country pledges (again) to reduce their CO2-emission after showing how well they have done in recent years. And this is where it starts to annoy me.
For example; the US claim to have cut their total carbon pollution over the past 8 years by more than any other nation in the world. Great news! But until recently they have been polluting more than any other nation in the world as well. And to put their claim into more perspective: the US has reduced their emission with 649 million tons (10%), the European Union has reduced their emission with 614 million tonnes (13.9 percent).
Even though all (okay; many) world leaders show their best intention to tackle this problem I think the facts show that it is not very likely they will actually take the required action. So its down to us. We will have to take the little steps by ourselves, knowing that if we all do so, it will make a massive difference. A lot of people have started and this has resulted in innovative and brilliant initiatives!
What a great initiative of this French retailer to add inglorious fruits and vegetables to their assortment. It is such an obvious thing to do to cut on food waste that it is (slightly?!) embarrassing that it is not general practice yet! I would love to start each day with a "hideous orange juice" every morning!
Pedro Reyes must have found the best way to use weapons! When he visited recycling plants where government officials turn seized weapons into raw materials Pedro came up with the idea to transform these weapons into musical instruments. Now they could not longer be used to cause destruction and misery but only to brighten people's lives!
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An array of floating attaching barriers and platforms to the sea bed enables us to concentrate the plastic before extracting it from the ocean - a collection process 100% driven by the natural winds and currents.
Instead of nets, solid floating barriers are used, making entanglement of wildlife impossible. Virtually all of the current flows underneath these booms, taking away all (neutrally buoyant) organisms, while the lighter-than-water plastic remains in front of the floating barrier, preventing by-catch.
The scalable array of moorings and booms is designed for large-scale deployment, covering millions of square kilometers.
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Also worth watching is Boyans' Ted Talk in 2013!
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And what can you (and I) do? Obviously we should use reduce our use of plastic so there is less to be recycles or that can end up as waste.
Secondly, you (and I) can fund this project so this theory be put to work and take the next crucial steps towards cleaning up our oceans. Of course you can go to the beach and collect 10kg of plastic waste to do your fair share. But in case you rather help out from your comfortable sofa, you can make a donation here.
There is probably only one good point about producing lots of waste: you can make a lot of art of it to inspire us to consume less and to reduce waste! In his collection Intolerable Beauty the photographer Chris Jordan has made some amazing photos using our daily waste. These items, like cell phones and crushed cars when squished together in dizzying quantities, resemble hypnotic puzzles and abstracted color fields.
In this photo Jordan compares the complex layers of wreckage to the overwhelming detail of the Grand Canyon.
My favorite is the photo of the cell phones. Having read that in 2013 almost 1 billion new cell phones were sold, I am afraid we can make many of these photos without using the same discharged cell phones twice. The impact that our current way of living has on the environment and the -maybe even bigger- problems these products cause when we discard them, is scary. Do we really want to live in a world where we can make Grand Canyons of crushed cars?
Already for a few years I refuse the annual new phone the telephone companies try to convince me to take. Even though my current one automatically switches into mute every 20 seconds after I dropped it in the toilet last year, I am still very happy with it, as long as I don't think too long about where it went for a swim ....
I have lived in a number of cities and countries; The Netherlands, Montpellier (France), Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and London. All these places will be flooded if all the ice in the world would melt. The only place that would stay dry, is the little village in the centre of Nigeria where I was born. But life there would be equally difficult as due to increased temperatures nothing will grow. I think this Climate Change is not exactly leading to a future we should be looking forward to...
If you want to find out if you better book some extra swimming lessons for your kids or to teach them how to survive without food, check this interactive map of the National Geographic!
And if you decide you want to do your fair share in stopping (or delaying) this from happening, check this website for practical tips!
One of the best things of living in the UK is that they celebrate Mother's day in March while the rest of the world does it in May. After just a little bit of bribing and asking if they rather walk to school in the rain, my children completely agreed with me that we should celebrate both times.
Coming Sunday is Mother's Day again! And what a coincident that this morning I came across this website of beautiful ethically produced jewelry! How cool that they are made out of old biscuit tins! A must have for all cookie-monsters like me!