Have a happy planet holidays!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapati, Saturnalia, Newtonmas or any other year end / solstice related holiday, happy holidays! May your days be joyous, peaceful and meaningful! I know I am early, but I wanted to prompt you to think about making your holidays a little greener this year. So you’ve got two…

RTW, Trump, travel and the environment

Well, the unthinkable happened again. First Brexit, now Trump presidency. I watched the results roll in with mounting shock and disappointment. Like with Brexit, so with Trump’s popularity: the people who voted for them are predominantly white, uneducated people who feel the world has passed them by. A friend wrote on his Facebook wall the following:…

RTW environmental impact

One of the questions my friends have asked me is how does a round the world trip fit in with my environmental commitments. Won’t my carbon footprint be a lot higher than it would be if I stayed home? Simple answer is that yes, it will. But not as much higher as you might think.…

Environmental action – food

  Ways to reduce your food and drink footprint General: – Eat what you buy, don’t throw it away. – Compost food scraps (if you can) or put them in the bio bin – Eat organic food and reduce the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers and e.g. hormones and antibiotics that are given to factory…

Environmental action – travel

As much as we like to fly off to exotic locations, I doubt that it is a surprise to hear that flying is very bad for the environment. So what can we do? Take local holidays, and you also help the local economy. Travel predominantly by train or by bus/coach. An excellent site to help you…

Environmental action – stuff

Do you know about stuff? You should really watch the excellent video, “The story of stuff”: http://www.storyofstuff.com/ We all have too much stuff already and we still want more. How can we reduce the amount of stuff? Reduce, reuse, recycle: think before you buy, do you really need it? Can you put something you have…

Environmental action – home

There are a lot of things you can do at home to be greener: – Switch off anything electronic that is not in use: stand by mode uses a lot of energy – Turn down your heating/cooling and put on a sweater or open a window instead – Buy environmentally efficient appliances (A+ rating) –…

Babies and the planet

Six billion and counting. Estimated to hit nine billion by 2050. Now, it’s simple math that even if all the existing people cut down on their consumption and emissions, it will be useless if humans keep breeding like rabbits.

The beef with beef: Part 2

In The Beef with Beef: Part 1, I discussed reasons why meat eating is bad for the planet. In this entry I will discuss meat and your health.

Especially factory farmed meat has many serious issues that can cause health problems in humans.

The beef with beef: Part 1

I’ve referred to the bad side of meat production in Green Diet, and in this entry I will present some facts and figures around behind this, and what might be part of the solution.

Industrial farming is resource intensive and has many environmental side effects. Methane emissions from factory farms contribute to global warming and degrade local air quality, and poor waste management practices pollute local water supplies with little consequence. Many of those animals are fed diets consisting mainly of corn, which also must be grown on arable land. Corn requires large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides, both of which require lots of fossil fuels to manufacture.