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“Not Going To Take It Anymore”

This article hit a very sore spot which has been festering and growing larger for quite some time. I have a problem with cruise ships. 🚢 Large carbon footprint. Host ports beginning to grow tired of thousands flooding their cities. Environmental damage done dredging harbors and bays to accommodate larger and larger ships. Dumping at sea. Talked to several local business people. Gelato vendor gave out lots of free samples but no purchases. Restaurants say cruisers don’t eat locally because they have already paid for their meals on board. Well known regional artist told me yesterday that his gallery has never sold his work to cruisers. They have to carry art on board ship and possibly plane. Shipping/mailing too expensive. Many cruisers after they purchase cruise package are cheapskates. Then there are the free flights adding more carbon to atmosphere. There are more and more stories of tourist destination communities wishing they never joined the tourist rabbit hole spiral. So cruise shaming and flygskam people. (Unfortunately I will never make a Panama Canal passage unless there is a green 20 passenger boat from Astoria, Oregon through the canal and back.)

https://www.travelweekly.com/Arnie-Weissmann/Travel-shame-travel-virtue

#flygskam #cruise_shaming #travel_shaming #reducetarian

This meshes with something I was going to mail but did not. See below.

**The Reducetarians are convening a three day international meeting today to promote a more sustainable, equitable, and compassionate food system. Great. Part of their mission is how to reduce the carbon footprint.

I was going to send them the following letter:

[Several years ago I wondered how to label myself with all the new nomenclature for different diets and environmental movements. I decided on “Reducetarian”. (Not knowing about your Reducetarian movement) Someone trying to reduce their carbon footprint by any practical method. The old three Rs reduce, reuse and recycle plus like your organization reducing meat, dairy, seafood and overall food consumption. A more ethical diet. But on top of that less flying, staycations, regional trips in our hybrid. Combined shopping trips. Buying local foods, cut flowers on and on. Promoting local businesses and farms. When I heard of your organization I thought, great. Then disappointment. I read you were going to convene another international Reducetarian summit. What kind of carbon footprint will all that travel produce? Why not regional meetings accessable by teleconferencing to “reduce” your carbon footprint instead of a large conference where most have to fly? Makes no sense for supposed reducetarians wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. True reducetarians fly less. #Flygskam]

On top of this all the environmental organizations complaining about carbon footprints, degradation of the environment but yet hold large international conferences instead of teleconferencing. Certainly the important “might” have to meet face to face but now hundreds or thousands. Such people and organizations can only be called hypocrites. How about #conferenceshaming #conference_shaming for a new shaming topic? How about I shut up? I’m just tired of all the crap people are doing not thinking of the consequences or just not caring. #selfish

Like Howard Beale in “Network” said https://youtu.be/WINDtlPXmmE

#made_as_hell

Flying Somewhere? Really?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/jul/19/carbon-calculator-how-taking-one-flight-emits-as-much-as-many-people-do-in-a-year?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FIREWORKS

It’s that time again. Fireworks will once more fill the atmosphere with particulate matter and numerous heavy metals to be inhaled by human and non-human alike. These ‘delightful’ aerial displays rain down billions of plastic pieces to pollute our waterways and soil year after year. Let alone the noise pollution. Something to think about on this Fourth of July. Please inform your family, friends and community of the toxic and environmental dangers of fireworks. Fireworks are deadly for numerous reasons. There are safer alternatives. Just say no to fireworks.

Thank you.

(Photo is screenshot from YouTube)

http://fireworkspollution.com

http://backcountryattitude.com/toxic_fireworks.html

https://youtu.be/KhDEEN4gcpI synchronized drones

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Night_festivals

The Future Is Written

An incredible thought provoking series of five CBC podcasts that delve into climate change and how it is presently affecting and will affect future water supplies, food production, weather, human activities, energy production/use, wildlife, cities and numerous other critical aspects of British Columbia. In reality the consequences of climate change affect us all. This ‘may’ be our future. Perhaps our future is already written.

I will see little of the effects which will change the way people will live. I wonder what our son, his wife and our four year old grandson will experience. It could be an amazing era or a depressing period of human cultural evolution. Wish I could witness more of the coming changes. Changes that will occur. All we can do is modify the coming events.

These podcasts are an important insight into the future. The future predicted by the crystal ball has and will become reality.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2050-degrees-of-change/id1243639929?mt=2&i=1000386306761

Pay For the Paper Privilege

A wonderful idea that needs to be required everywhere. Pay more or use your own cup. Many carry their own reusable water bottle so why not a coffee/tea container. Take responsibly.

‘Latte levy’ of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42564948

(BBC)

 

 

Just Say No To Fireworks

As you ooh and aah at the fireworks this New Year’s Eve just remember the the particulates and heavy metals in the smoke and the plastic and other pollutants that are spread across the environment and pollute the air you breathe. Try to remain out of the clouds of smoke. If your local community does not care about the environment and the health of their citizens take action to inform your representatives of the dangers of fireworks and the much better alternatives. Synchronized drones, laser shows and White Night Festivals sans pyrotechnics are much better and safer alternatives.

#fireworks # trash #litter #pollution #particulatematter #airpollution #plasticpollution #health #dangers #plasticsucks #lasershow #alternatives #whitenightfestival #drones

http://backcountryattitude.com/toxic_fireworks.html

http://fireworkspollution.com

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150618/ka-boom-fireworks-create-an-eco-bombshell

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=97959&page=1

http://flowingdata.com/2014/09/26/drones-programmed-for-light-painting-in-the-sky/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Night_festivals

Car parts made from plant based material

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/money/2017/02/09/watch-how-car-parts-made-tomatoes-and-shredded-cash/97712714/

‘Plastic Pollution, Rural Roads and Bogs’ In Wales

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fmwz4

Keystone Pipeline Letter

Dear Mr. Kerry,

 

The Keystone XL pipeline will tranport an incredibly corrosive and deadly product across our country with the real possibility of destroying wildlife habitats, polluting our groundwater and surface waterways and destroying people's way of life. All this for a neighboring country whose government's attitude towards climate change is diametrically opposed to our own beliefs and for a few jobs. Big money from big business is the only support this pipeline has. Its proponents care nothing of the environment. An environment we have a stewardship to maintain come climate change or big money. If we do not have a clean and viable environment to live in then what else matters? So some brothers may make more money? They can't count what they already have. They are selfish and if our government gives in to their misinformation and dubious tactics it is just as selfish. It is the coming generations that will reap the horrors of the pipeline approval. This is the defining moment of the present administration. Will their commitment to a cleaner, healthier and safer world turn out to be real or another lie and disappointment? The real people have spoken. Your legacy and our future is in your hands. Choose wisely.

Thank you.

“Be Seeing You”

I posted the following on my Google Plus page:Google funds ALEC…?If this holds true and until I hear differently, I am suspending my use of Google Plus and those Google accounts that I can. 'Don't Be Evil' Google? I think not. Why should I support a company or use a service that is funding an entity that works against my beliefs particularly concerning the environment? I am boycotting the Evil Empire. I am returning to “South Of Tonight” at WordPress. Any future photos and videos I post can be viewed on Flickr (DeltaGypsy), EyeEm, Instagram though reluctantly, Tumblr, Vimeo, App.Net and Twitter as Iquitoz. Thanks to Google I am leaving this community. So long for now. “Be seeing you.”

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