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Tell nestlé to stop trying to patent the fennel flower.

Keep nature free.

They want to charge you for water, although it falls from the sky.

They profit from selling the main cause of obesity, sugar, a drug more addictive than cocaine to children.

Next I suppose they will pay-off governments to profit from the air we breathe.

Tell Nestlé to stop trying to patent the fennel flower.  Sign this petition.

And stop buying their products and sell any of their shares you own.  All of them.

Yellen about the benefits of education.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a speech yesterday that “public education spending is often lower for students in lower-income households than for students in higher-income households.”

The Fed’s unusual comment on education came in a speech, delivered at the Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and named education as one of the four “building blocks of opportunity” that could help reduce inequality, with the other three being parents’ financial resources, starting a business, and inheritance.   Of the four areas, education is where the state can make the greatest impact.

The focus on education is timely, as new techniques, facilitated by IT, are evolving rapidly and offer a chance to rejuvenate learning.

BloombergBusinessWeek:  Janet Yellen on the Broken Way America Pays for Public Schools

Garlic – a wonder food.

Garlic! The French love it.  The Koreans love it.  We love it.

Strong and crunchy raw, or soft and sweet when cooked.  Or crushed into a paste with sea salt to be added to anything.   Tasty? Yes!  And also invaluable as a remedy for common ailments as its antiseptic properties can purge your body and help you sleep.  As the cold season gets going in the northern hemisphere, have a crushed clove of garlic with a spoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon in a cup of hot water before bed and you’ll wake up feeling better, sooner.

And it looks like garlic’s wondrous properties can also help fix trees.  It is being injected in to old trees to save them from disease.  It’s not a sustainable remedy as better woodland management is.  But it has special applications and endorses its therapeutic reputation.

BBC: Garlic injection could tackle tree diseases

DTRTTRW in yoga pants: FouseyTube

More than 15 million people have watched Yousef Saleh Erakat’s most popular video – the Yoga Pants Prank.  It’s funny and it works.

Erakat highlights embarrassing aspects of modern culture, like men gawking at women (when they shouldn’t) and women flaunting their booty in public, which encourages men to be misogynistic and other women to flaunt theirs.  He covers alot of culturally sensitive issues, especially ones faced in bicultural communities like arab/american.

Have a look at this BBC report to get an insight in to Erakat Doing The Right Thing The Right Way.

He has two million subscribers to his YouTube channel FouseyTUBE.

OK, and here’s the Yoga pants video.

Poor in America: conditions influence behaviour too.

Try being poor.  OK, that’s not going to happen.  The closest some people come of us come is “slumming it”.  Or maybe we eat at a roadside kiosk while backpacking during a year “off” before or after college.

Actually not having resources, no cash, no car, no home, no job, no education, no family, no help … that’s hard.   It is a vicious cycle that’s hard to get out of, especially if you’ve slipped in to desperation or depression.

Poor people are more likely than rich people to smoke. To get fat. To get into hassles with cops and creditors. To have children despite no visible means of support. To lurch from one crisis to another.  Sometimes, to have very bad attitudes.  But when you find yourself in their shoes, you begin to understand.  So let’s try not to judge.

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, is an unapologetic explanation for why poor people do what they do, written by someone living below the poverty line in America.

BloombergBusinessWeek: Poorsplaining: What It’s Really Like to Be Poor in America

 

In my lifetime, we’ve wiped out half earth’s wildlife

livingplanetAnd more than doubled the weight of humans (not including all our stuff).

Will they all be gone when my children are my age?

The latest edition of the Living Planet Report is not for the faint-hearted. The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52 per cent since 1970.

We ignore their decline at our peril.

We are using nature’s gifts as if we had more than just one Earth at our disposal.

In a world where so many people live in poverty, it may appear as though protecting nature is a luxury. But it is quite the opposite. For many of the world’s poorest people, it is a lifeline. Importantly though, we are all in this together. We all need nutritious food, fresh water and clean air – wherever in the world we live.

Fortunately, each one of us can and does make a difference.  We can all stop, step bank, think and make a few changes to our consumption pattern and lifestyle.  The kind of changes that will probably make us happier too, like spending more time with family and friends, using fewer chemicals on ourselves, homes and food, enjoying the journey instead of rushing from A to B.

Living Planet Index

2014 Living Planet Report

Report summary

BBC: World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report

Think! … before you do the ice bucket challenge, and a few other things

It’s true that I didn’t fancy the idea of getting a bucket of water over my head to avoid making a charitable donation.  And it’s true that I could be more charitable. But, this video is a memorable way of delivering the message: Water is precious, look after it.

People in Ireland (where there’s relatively loads of water – it’s got a reputation!) are grumpy because the government is bailing themselves out with another new tax, on water this time.  But at the other end of the spectrum,  3/4 of a billion people can’t get clean water.

It’s not just water we don’t think about.  There’s food and energy and community.  Think!  to make the world a better place.

The end of fossil fuels.

The Rockerfeller Foundation plans to divest fossil fuel assets in its portfolio.

The Fund will first focus on limiting its exposure to coal and tar sands, with a goal to reduce these investments to less than one percent of the total portfolio by the end of 2014. It is planning for further divestment as quickly as is prudent over the next few years.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund director Stephen Heintz said the move to divest from fossil fuels would be in line with oil tycoon John D Rockefeller’s wishes,

“We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy,” Mr Heintz said in a statement.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

This is part of a growing movement to divest from the fossil fuels causing climate change and invest instead in clean, sustainable energy.  DivestInvest Philanthropy  reached an historic milestone today of $ 50 billion in pledges.  Over 800 global investors have now committed to divest their holdings in fossil fuels.

Need I say more?  This has been a long time coming, but it is the start of a sea change in opinion and investment behaviour.  This is not just talk, actual money will be divested from fossil fuel businesses and reinvested in alternative energy businesses.  And yes, the timing was influenced by the UN climate change meeting tomorrow, but the plan was set in motion earlier and will continue to be rolled out and built upon over the coming months.  The energy sector is going to be volatile for a while.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Divestment Statement

Press release on Divest-Invest Philanthropy’s website

BBC: Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels

To save nature, just say NO, thank you.

The Economist offers analysis and a guide to curbing greenhouse gases, as the UN conference on climate change approaches.  Here’s their summary table.

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Notice that the Montreal Protocol achieved the most by a wide margin.   The next most effective policy has been China’s one-child policy.  The effectiveness of both is supported by the simple discipline of saying “no”.  “No” to more consumption of CFCs.  “No” to more people.

If we are to align human behaviour with the laws of nature we must learn to say “no” more often.  No to more consumption.  No to more people.  We can all make a difference by reducing our personal consumption and changing the permissive culture of procreation.

To keep the rise in global temperatures within safe bounds will require cutting carbon emissions by around 26 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year by 2030.  That is almost halving the current rate of emissions, not growing them, as we now are doing.   As well as personal efforts, global efforts are needed including a carbon treaty, stopping deforestation, slashing subsidies to fossil fuels and much more (see article).

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The Economist: Curbing climate change The deepest cuts
The Economist: Greenhouse gases Paris via Montreal