Old School Karma

Bad Karma. The belief that people should suffer from a poor situation, illness, or death. If one endures problems in life it’s so because of their wrongdoings in a previous life. Therefore, if they wait better karma will bless them in the afterlife. If that’s the case, then Canadians must have great karma! After all, we take for granted a basic convenience. A convenience that is a necessity. Every day we enjoy a private bathroom with plumbing to do our business. While millions and millions of people don’t get the opportunity to use a plumbed bathroom any day.

Before the invention of the underground sewer pipes, city dwellers dumped their poop. There was no sewage infrastructure under city streets until the end of the Industrial Revolution. In the past, they’d use street channels that oozed toxic waste, making it hard to breath clean air. Today Canadians now have a complex sanitation system which serves communities across Canada. Installing underground sewers have grown civilizations around the world. They’ve grown more intelligent, lifespans have increased and prosperity has risen.

THOSE AFFECTED FROM TOXIC SEWAGE TODAY

But the developing countries still struggle with this same problem. In fact, close to one billion people are defecating in the streets, groves, and fields! India suffers the most. As six hundred million people live in areas with toxic sewage running through the streets. I saw a photo of a water canal in India and the plastic was pouring past villagers. They haphazardly tried to extract a few bottles here and there. The problems have now compounded and trash has further exasperated an already difficult situation.
Consequently, their fate is with filthy, dilapidated cities, noxious odors, garbage, and widespread disease. The developing world still struggles to get basic infrastructure in place. But is it money that can stitch humanity together? Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to solve India’s sanitation problems. He has given the country until October 2, 2019, Gandhi’s 150th Birthday to clean up!

THE DEVELOPING WORLD’S SOLUTION

He’s dedicated 20 billion dollars to build latrines and develop awareness campaigns. Each household received $190 to construct a pit latrine. But those that built the latrines haven’t constructed them properly. They’re built in flood zones and areas where they’ve contaminated groundwater. Plus, some built them in rocky conditions preventing proper drainage. Sometimes a pit isn’t installed at all! They’re using them for bathing or washing clothes.
The Indian community finds change difficult… They also lack the education to craft a well-built pit latrine. In the past millions of people suffered from chronic intestinal infections. Widespread feces have trillions of viruses, fecal bacteria, and parasites. This caused Diarrhea which killed 700,000 children in 2011. The kids missed out on a total of 250 million school days in one year!!  The world bank states India loses 166 billion dollars per year from illness. This still goes on today… and the foreseeable future.
For this reason, women are advocating for proper working toilets. Humility, embarrassment, and harassment comes to relieving themselves. Many women, including pregnant ones, will hold themselves all day until night falls. Darkness gives them privacy and reduces the potential of a sexual assault. Waiting to relieve themselves causes them more health risks. Risks including urinary tract infections and low birth weights of newborn babies. In fact, they’ve told the men if they can’t provide a toilet than they’ll refuse the marriage!

THE REAL SOLUTION

Modi understands change is in the best interest of national development! But, Pit Latrines are not a permanent solution. Only a proper sewer system throughout their communities will solve the sanitation issues. The infrastructure of a city is the heartland for prosperity in a Nation. The poor from rural communities flock to cities to find work. Developing cities such as Noida have risen to become India’s economic capital.
The city’s prosperity has also given rise to challenging the poor sanitation issue in India. They’re currently working to provide a proper sewage infrastructure for everyone. Once it’s complete they’ll become the first zero discharge city! There sewage treatment plant separates the solids, liquids and gaseous waste. They have proposed to treat liquid waste and convert it into field irrigation. Moreover, their solid waste will become manure and they’ll convert the gas waste into electricity.
Foresight, proper leadership and the Civil/Environmental Engineers contribute the most to public health. The engineering discipline designs, constructs, and maintains the physical and natural built environment. These engineers started out as stone masons, artisans, and carpenters. But now, the field is specialized. These professionals learn about physics, geology, geography, material science, and hydrology. Their knowledge can drive the change needed to make a cleaner, safer home.

IT’S NOT BAD KARMA

Right now more than 35 percent or 2.5 billion people of the world’s population lack access to a sanitary environment. The engineers must build cities the right way. Leadership must make this their primary mandate in order to change the world. This act will help us solve climate change and poor sanitation at the same time. The science of Civil engineering propels developing civilizations into a developed state sooner. It is not karma that has cast two billion people to drink contaminated water. At the end of the day, human behavior drives national problems or causes solutions. NAMASTE

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/08/toilet-defecate-outdoors-stunting-sanitation/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-31/india-s-toilet-revolution-unleashes-women-s-earning-potential

https://www.noidaauthorityonline.com/Water-Sewerage.html

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_latrine

The War On Trash: Philippines VS Canada

The world’s recycling statistics show recycling is not effective enough. So, let’s dive into the trash management system that exists today. Recycling household trash makes us feel like we’re doing the environment justice! Besides, we’re told it’s helpful to do what we can to sort our trash.

It reduces the strain on the environment making it vital for the government to sell raw material. Moreover, the recycling program`s purpose is to keep the invasion of material out of landfills… Or does it?

Even though, Canadians recyclers are contributing to a solution. According to National Geographic, we also produce twice as much garbage then Japan. Plus, ten times more than half a dozen countries in Africa! Yet, garbage swamps the lives of the poorest people around the world! In fact, it’s because only nine percent of garbage is recycled! It shows that as a global community we are not doing enough to do justice to the environment!

THE FAULTY SYSTEM

Here at home, the Canadian recycling system sorts trash at recycling process centers. Next, they turn the manufactured material into pulp, pellets, melt it or press it into sheets.

Then, re-manufacturing plants or end markets take these items. End markets like the Philippines and China receive shipments for re-manufacturing post-consumer waste. The system works to reduce the squeeze on the natural environment.

The truth is ninety-one percent of trash is not recycled. So, billions of tonnes of Global garbage is either incinerated or left in landfills. The incineration and gas released from landfills yield more Green House Gas.(GHG). Which further stimulates the world’s Green House Effect.

If fresh water evaporates from global warming we will wither and die. Yet, in the meantime, we’re arguing over trash mismanagement. This noticeable trend should be good enough reason to change our spending habits.  Yet, it hasn’t. So the potential of trash wars is a dilemma that we face today and in the future!

THE CONFLICT

Hence, there’s a standoff between the Philippines and Canada today. The partnership between these two countries has soured. Why would Canada a developed country try to take advantage of them?

Comparatively, Canadians hold a reputation and an International image of peace and prosperity. Our land mass is almost 10,000,000 square kilometers. We have much more space than those in the Philippines. After all, they’re a developing country with a land mass of just 300,000 sq. kilometers.

Canada has 34,000,000 people with an annual GDP of forty thousand (American) dollars per capita. Even though, the Philipino’s have over 96,000,000 people in their population. The annual GDP is just over four thousand dollars per capita. Consequently, they struggle to keep their population above the standard threshold of human development.

In 2013 a Canadian company shipped one hundred containers of “recycling” overseas. Thus, upon arrival, the Filipino Port Authority deemed the shipment unfit to process. They asked the Canadian government to return our containers back to Canada. Regardless, the Canadian government told the authorities no and asked them to dispose of it.

FOREIGN RECYCLABLES BANNED

Six years later the trash still remains at the Port. Filipinos have rallied and their government threatens war! The Canadian supply chain sent unfit products and the Filipinos don’t want to be their junkyard. Therefore, we should set an example for the rest of the world. It’s our responsibility to control the distribution and take back the trash!

Suddenly, it’s not getting any easier. Canada finds it harder to source end markets because now China has banned our products. China told the World Health Organization they will no longer accept foreign recyclables.

There`s too much product and now they want the highest quality material. Thus, Canadian recycling processors now struggle to cope with the volume of trash. There is more supply than demand. Therefore, the recycling program of British Columbia states it will restrict materials in our blue bins.

NEW PLASTIC TECHNOLOGY

For this reason, we’re losing the battle and more must be done through new technological advancements. After all, Corporations need packaging to sell their products. We would rather die than see the world not able to produce household products. Consequently, without packaging the economy would falter.

Fortunately, there are two Zennials making a difference in the war on trash! They’ve developed a process to produces a post-consumer product with dirty plastic. This company is called Biocollection Inc. and is ready to take on the challenge of the future. Together both Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have come up with a solution!

The Founder Miranda Wang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She believes there is a lack of waste management. For this reason, garbage is ending up in our Rivers and Oceans.

The Co-founder Jeanny Yao gained a degree in Environmental science from the University of Toronto. Their business plan is to change the way we deal with our contaminated trash in a more circular sense.
So, they’ve moved away from the approach of breaking down plastics, washing then melting it. Instead, they take the molecules and break them down into a complex method.

The chemical method cuts the polyethylene (plastic) chemical chain into small pieces. These small chemical pieces transform into precursors of higher value materials. Materials found in such things as car parts, electronics, and textiles!
This technology offers a solution for the other ninety-one percent of contaminated waste. In the world of chemicals, it makes sense that we have to use chemicals to fight chemicals. In conclusion, this innovation also has the ability to replace fossil fuels. It will use plastic waste for an industry’s energy needs.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Consumers have the responsibility to make conscious decisions when they’re purchasing items. Make different choice such as buy glass containers instead of plastic. Avoid anything wrapped in plastic, and reuse whenever possible.
The waste management system of British Columbia states its goal is zero-waste. But, what it does is turn the manufactured material into pulp, pellets or sheets. Thus, reducing the pressure of mining, deforestation, and chemical manufacturing in the environment.
The population is rising and there will forever be a need for natural resources. Therefore, continuing to recycle helps manufacturers source post-consumer material. It’s also important to change our buying habits each day by not spending money on over-packaging. Make conscious choices, lobby for change with petitions and join shoreline cleanups. Don’t let trash define us as a Nation!!

https://worldmap.canadiangeographic.ca/

https://www.biocellection.com/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-recycle-plastics-idUSKCN1RZ02J

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/plastic-produced-recycling-waste-ocean-trash-debris-environment/

These Two Ingredients Offer A Quick And Simple Side Dish

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Sometimes all we need in life is a little bit of simplicity! After all the juggling and multitasking throughout the day creating a simple but delicious meal is a nice breath of fresh air. During the work week, I like to make nutritious meals and often they don’t take much time to create. However, the salads are great but they can be boring every day! I decided to share this recipe to give a little inspiration to those used to eating the usual meat and potatoes or chicken and veggie recipes. The two main ingredients are Mushrooms and Kale. Two superfoods that are coincidently also grown in the western provinces of Canada in the months of March and April. They’re easy to find in the grocery store and can be found in the Organic section.

Ingredients;

  • 1 Teaspoon of Grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of button Mushrooms
  • 10 stems of Kale remove coarse stems and tear leaves into pieces
  • One-quarter cup of water

Salt and Pepper to taste

PREPARATIONS

Preheat a large skillet on medium heat, saute the garlic for two minutes turning it frequently, add the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt. Let cook for five to seven minutes until the mushrooms are brown. Add the kale, quarter cup of water and pepper, place a lid on the skillet for ten minutes. Kale should be tender.

Total time: 20 minutes

Eating a diet that has been grown locally is something we can try to do on a weekly basis. Trying one recipe a week is the first step to making a conscious decision to reduce our carbon footprint. The garlic may be the hardest to source locally at the Grocery store because the majority comes from China. There is a BC company that supplies Organic garlic from a small farm that provides eight different varieties. The companies name is appropriately called BC Garlic located in the beautiful Fraser River Valley. The farmer believes in living on the land while nurturing it. The Garlic is available online after harvest time which is usually late July or August! Love, Love, Love this recipe for its simple ingredients, taste, and small carbon footprint!

 

 

 

Learn The Truth About Desertification In The Next 60 Seconds

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Deserts. Hot air that wipes the condensation clean off any surface. It’s a zone that will whip the butt of anyone underprepared to beat the heat! Not much can survive in this kind of climate and if there is life its there because it has adapted over thousands of years. People don’t belong in this kind of weather, we like water! However, these regions, although they can contract and expand naturally they’re growing in size. I know there are good explanations for this phenomenon and of course, they involve humans!

While we learn in Grade six science the extreme cold temperatures are found at the poles and the heat is nearer to the equator. Science also explains the Poles, mainly the Arctic are warming and the cold winds are scattered from the semi-permanent low-pressure system known as the polar vortex. The warming Arctic may be a sign that we’re losing the balance between hot and cold on Earth and the trend is moving to warmer temperatures! If this happens eventually desertification can become a larger worldwide issue.

HISTORY OF DESERTIFICATION

Desertification already covers over one-third of land on Earth. To compound the problem the Earth’s population is rising to levels never seen before! Desertification has historically destroyed large Empires such as the Roman and the Grecian Empire. People starved for food and water and large populations dispersed or died away. Evidence shows that the majority of soil degradation happens in densely populated areas. The main reasons are inappropriate land use such as deforestation, grazing livestock, agriculture, and mining.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

In one lifetime, we’ve seen a sixty percent loss in species and the loss of half the world’s topsoil. It’s something that has happened relatively quietly and quickly. Sometimes I think it’s like driving down the road and watching an accident happen in slow motion. Our appetite for delicious coffee, tasty food, and cotton t-shirts makes us numb to what we figure we can’t control. Coffee beans, Palm oil, and Cotton are grown in warm arid climates. The farmers lack the education to keep the soil beneath their feet fertile. Instead, once the soil dies, they move on chopping trees along the way. They’re after the rich soils which give them ideal growing conditions.

The Amazon has suffered but, no country is immune. From Canada, Iceland to South America every county in between, do it. Canadians don’t have the political turmoil, and our level of poverty is moderate in comparison to warmer arid climates. We have resources that are still untapped and our climate can get pretty cold.  However, every human need is the same and we’re all takers. We aren’t born with the ability to conserve in the conservatory and we’re taking more than we give back. But, what happens when there is no more to take?

“Idealism is like a castle in the air if it’s not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.”


Claude Mckay.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

If we want to achieve something, then we need to provide those that don’t have the proper background and skill. If we don’t know how then we should spend the energy to get it and give it! In the poorest societies, the struggle is real! They don’t have the money and aren’t educated enough to renew their landscape. That’s simply the case! These high-density areas have hardly any natural resources. This is how it happens but what is the solution?

In addition to Ecologists speaking out, they’re also creating documentaries and addressing the ever-growing problem of desertification. John D. Liu born in Nashville, Tennessee is a world-renowned cameraman and ecologist actively producing a solution. In 2017 he founded the Ecosystem Restoration Camps which is a worldwide movement linked to restoring large scale tracks of degraded land. He believes that the harmful effects from humans have not only caused Greenhouse gases, but also the ruins of biomass, organic matter, and diversity.

A WORKING SOLUTION

Moreover, the Common Land project estimates the world loses over four trillion US dollars a year!! All this money is lost because of overexploitation and building the wrong type of Infrastructure around the world.  The firm is responsible for coordinating partnerships between the Investors, Companies, Entrepreneurs, and farmers or land users. There are four zones that this particular partnership addresses, Social Capital, Financial Capital, Natural Capital and Inspiration for the Future.

THE RETURN OF NATURAL CAPITAL

First of all, they’re creating the opportunity which allows the local ecosystem a chance to recuperate from thousands of years of abuse. This abuse is caused by the agricultural sector, which relied heavily on the Earth to produce pastures for livestock to graze. It’s the constant pounding of hooves on the ground and the nipping of new growth from hungry mouths. It is difficult to ask millions of people to stop the cycle since it is their livelihood and the only thing they have ever known! Secondly, Common Land establishes a business case between the farmers and their support network to promote a new way of life for the farmers. They promote sustainable farming practices involving planting trees and crops, beneficial to the biodiversity of the area. Consequently, this new way ends livestock herding and gives the men and woman a new way of making a living through sustainable means.

THE RETURN OF SOCIAL CAPITAL

No one knows the importance of security more than the American people. The American political administration understands they’ll be in trouble if they cannot continue to produce economic vitality, growth, and prosperity at home. The administration feels there will be dire consequences if they continue to trade away its prosperity for financial security. In the end, they will end up losing both! With economic stability so comes national security. Furthermore, the Common Land’s goal is to restore social security by promoting order. Part of the plan is educating people, bringing back jobs, business activities and secur each region.

THE RETURN OF FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Common Land works with the most brilliant minds, passionate hearts, and skillful hands. They offer commercial, public, private and grant sources at different stages of their projects. They develop a business plan that injects the capital needed to fulfill the goal to create a safe, fertile, and profitable environment for the local population. An investment that will start seeing returns in twenty years.

THE RETURN OF INSPIRATION

In conclusion, this organization is bringing back a sense of hope to people that could barely support themselves. People are working hard to stabilize areas of the planet that need help the most. It not only restores hope but also a sense of fulfillment. The people have a renewed role as environmental stewards. What a wonderful opportunity for anyone involved in the process! I wish only good things for this organization and the people surrounding the operation.

 

 

 

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

https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/soil-erosion-and-degradation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertification

http://www.wwf.ca/newsroom/?28881/60-per-cent-of-wildlife-worldwide-has-been-lost

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Liu

https://www.commonland.com/en/4returns

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/12/09/why_economic_security_is_national_security_138875.html

The Essential Grocer`s Guide To Buying Ethical Soup!

Is it possible for a company to become environmentally responsible and profitable at the same time? The answer to that question is a resounding YES! It’s entirely possible. These four companies provide nourishing food and also support the greater good! They`re providing customers quality nutritious ingredients by sourcing them from local organic farms which support local producers.

PACIFIC FOODS

This company has taken corporate responsibility to another level. Their goal is to deliver a product without creating waste! An American company with a mission and a vision to be energy efficient, and they’re using profits to support projects that facilitate alternative energy.

For the past thirty years Pacific Foods an Oregan based company has taken customer service to the next level by introducing a forthcoming business model that could change the future. It’s a straightforward approach to business that won’t compromise the environment. They mean business and if it means eliminating the trash compactor then so be it!

The process starts at the beginning of production. First, the discarded fats and solids are sent to the manufacturing plant to break them down by using bacteria. Then the energy is harnessed to generate electricity. The farm animals eat one hundred percent of the food scraps and the leftovers are sent to compost. Lastly, the waste from the Farm animals fertilizes the farmer`s crops. Simple!

The goal to be energy efficient is priority and it turns out not surprisingly the result is profitable! They supply the North West with products like plant-based beverages such as Hemp Milk, Oat Milk, and Almond Milk. They`re serving up beans, soups, and sauces and kicking their carbon foot print’s butt!

Within five years they’ve realized the energy savings equal to the annual electrical consumption of three hundred and thirty homes or the gas emissions of five hundred cars. If this one company can make it happen then what about a huge company that has been around for years. Do they get it…

CAMPBELLS COMPANY

Campbells Company soup has been around for one hundred and fifty years and they`re the king of the soup aisle! They`ve taken corporate responsibility public by dedicating a portion of their web page to address corporate responsibility. Statistics show the progress of set goals such as responsible sourcing, reduction of greenhouse gases, and reduction of landfill waste.

Their goal is not necessarily to become a zero waste facility but to decrease waste in the percentile. They’re dedicated to sourcing farm animals that are cage or pen free. However, they still have a long way to go before they reach this goal. In their report, they’ve given themselves five to ten years to reduce water, greenhouse gases, and waste between twenty to twenty-five percent. The results so far are a long ways off from achieving their target and it makes me wonder if its a priority.

There are a few wins! Number one they have shown that they’re plants are safe. Secondly, fifty percent of their tomatoes are from a sustainable agricultural program. Lastly, they’ve reduced their water consumption by twenty percent from 2012 levels.

KNORR FOODS

Knorr foods have been around for over sixty years and this company has developed a standard that other companies can model! The name of this standard practice is the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code. It has funded over seventy projects to support farmers and they pride themselves on their class of farmers.

Knorr farmers use environmentally friendly techniques to take care of pests, save water, encourage biodiversity and healthy soils. Their pest management system includes ladybugs, camera monitors and insect attracting perfumes. Furthermore, they`re taught to manage beehives and drip irrigation installations which save thousands of Liters of water a year.

The goal of the Unilever agricultural code is to source one hundred percent of their ingredients from sustainable sources by 2020. If you see a sustainable partnership logo on any canned soup it means the soup ingredients have fifty percent sustainably sourced food.

The Unilever agricultural code reduces environmental impact by using organic ingredients, products from the rainforest alliance certification and Palm oil from Roundtable. It also has one hundred different companies that feed over two and a half billion people every day!

IMAGINE FOODS

Imagine Foods has been doing business in California for almost forty years. This food company has taken a commitment to the environment seriously. They not only support Organic ingredients but also makes recyclable packaging.

Their soups, sauces, and broths are free from artificial ingredients, synthetic pesticides, preservatives,  and Genetically modified organisms. The packages are environmentally friendly because they use less material than other aseptic cartons. (glossy plastic coated cartons) Minimizing conventional packaging reduces the overall carbon footprint for Imagine Foods. These are the facts that sets this Brand apart from traditional soup manufacturers.

We live in a time where we there are so many options and the choices can be overwhelming. Consumers find it difficult to make a choice that involves ethical standards and corporate environmental responsibility. The packaging and marketing often do not go into depth in regards to these matters. So I’ve researched these four out of eleven common brands to make your choice easier. I hope this information finds itself to you easily. So the next time you buy Soup the decision to shop ethically comes easy!

Aseptic cartons can be recycled in the blue bins in Vancouver B.C.

 

https://www.pacificfoods.com/sustainability/

https://www.campbellcsr.com/cr/commitments.html

https://www.unilever.com/brands/?page=1

https://www.knorr.com/ca/en/sustainability.html#

https://www.imaginefoods.com/why-imagine/#our-packaging-the-environment

These Seven Character Traits Will Rock Your World

We’re born and develop a curious nature. As we grow the world continues to grow bigger every year. Babies see things for the first time and they become inspired, interactive! As curiosity grows new adventures gives way to new beginnings!! Then a new magical perspective of the world builds around us.
Of course, from here starts the path into a life where knowledge and success rule our lives! The world is our Oyster! We have many opportunities and we’re taught to strive to be good upstanding members of society!
As a matter of fact, the more we mature the more we gain an understanding of who we are as a person. What we learn and what we want to do play a large role in our lives. We teach Children the fundamentals of being a productive human being!

We`re sent to school and taught to be dependable, practical, and intellectual! We learn to become more civilized, sensible, logical, and responsible! These seven rocking character traits are important in life! Still they come up short in the fight to help us fix our environmental issues.
After twelve years of learning its time to search for success and money. Yet, somehow what we’ve learned has no vision for a sustainable future. The respectful treatment of our environment is secondary to money. Then they’re launched into the “real world”!
I`ve identified how these character traits have let us down in the fight to save the world! If we don’t talk about these problems then solutions will be difficult to achieve.

CIVILIZED

Humanity has changed on a fundamental level. Our society is more sophisticated than ever. We are a civilized culture that has seen great technological advances. Gone are the days of wild Neanderthals, roaming in nomadic tribes. We`re no longer search for food and tools for survival in the same way!
Our self-made world of central air and heating has dulled the harsh weather extremes. We have many comforts available at our fingertips! We are more civilized because knowledge was passed down from ancestors!
With continued social and technological advancements we’re also creating efficient energy consumption. Yet, Government, Religion, and the basic organizational structure fail to address environmental issues. So, our reliance on fossil fuels will continue local and widespread environmental disasters.

LOGICAL

Our environmental policy has to change. Is it logical to teach children the environment is an anomaly in economics? The heart of the current economic system depends on environmental resources.

The health of the environment depends on a sustainable economic system. It’s a relationship where one system needs the other to survive. Therefore, changing needless spending is a pillar for the future of our children.
Our lives depend on a viable and sustainable system. The matter is so important that influential minds have attended Summits. Summits designed to change policies like the Copenhagen accord and the Paris agreement.
Unfortunately, these meetings haven`t shown the results we need.

Now it`s at the forefront of social media. Children are taking up the task to raise awareness around the world. They’re asking leaders to produce results. Reduce carbon emissions instead of talking about it.

It`s a stalemate! We’re feeling the need to talk about our environmental issues today. Yet, talks are ongoing. Solving the problems are far from a solution.
Moreover, leaders can’t do it by themselves. They’re struggling to agree upon a universal solution. The complex supply chain is hard to manage. Supply and demand are rising! Leaders need people to start thinking about what they can do to help! CO2 levels continue to rise so it’s a good idea to take action now! Not later…

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DEPENDABLE

There are lots of dependable people all around us. We can count on them to be there for us! Yet, young children still need time to learn and practice this ability. Their focus is often distracted by grades, video games, sports, and friends!
Our dependants need adults to be dependable and use creative ways to come up with a solution. Even though we’re not born independent it takes time to be dependable.
Distractions don’t go away and life remains busy. Time moves faster and our lives get a little crazier! For this reason, as Parents, we don’t hold our behavior accountable. It’s difficult to live as environmental stewards on a daily basis.
So, Let’s create a centralized resource management system for Earth’s resources. If the Bees, Elephants, or Fish in the Sea could talk they’d agree!? What would they say about us now?

INTELLECTUAL

Is it too late for the next generation? As a matter of fact, Canadians have one of the best educational systems in the world. We’re among the most educated in the world. Canadians can create an educational format which could develop an economic conservation system.
The creation of programs such as supply management, and environmental interrelated disciplines. They would include broad scope courses such as:

  • Environmental Democracy,
  • independent accountability mechanisms,
  • human rights,
  • climate finance
  • defending the defenders.

All these courses should be used as a tool to stimulate change and a new economy. Furthermore, learning about Nature and Recycling is no longer enough! It’s difficult to believe that School Trustees are doing the best they can. After all, the school system still endorses a curriculum on virgin paper!

PRACTICAL

At the moment, we’re more concerned with the experience rather than the weight of our actions. The smallest acts like drinking a cup of coffee have no real significance. But, these compelling facts don’t cross the minds of those enjoying a good cup of JO!
For instance, it takes one hundred and forty liters of water to grow beans in a single cup of coffee. Plus, the production of coffee beans contributes to deforestation destroying habitats. This speeds up the extinction of animals in these regions. But for the majority, this kind of ideology in practical life isn’t convenient.
Also, images from the media tell a story of our practical nature. The photos and videos create catastrophic results on wildlife. Thus, it’s our responsibility to be conservative and live a sustainable way of life. Governments, Individuals, and corporations all have to work together.

SENSIBLE

Our sensible character traits give us a unique awareness of the feelings of those around us. Yet, our range of sensibility is not global. Those that suffer in broad distances don’t have our immediate attention. For this reason, sensibility falls short of being what we need. We don’t see the urgency to make a difference in the lives of strangers.
Mostly, because middle-class Canadians don`t live in extreme poverty, filthy conditions, or environmental degradation. Most Canadians believe their actions here at home won’t affect the lives of those living in poverty. We watch media stories that report piles of trash, air pollution, and contamination. But, it`s yet to give us a reason to simplify our lives here at home.

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RESPONSIBLE

Each individual plays a role to create a greater social system. I pay bills on time, save a little money, and make sure my son is warm and fed. So shouldn’t I fall into the category of an upstanding responsible citizen? Not only is it not good enough anymore. It is equally important to have the responsibility to make our carbon footprint smaller.
To be responsible there has to be a system for accountability. Otherwise, we will continue buying and using single-use plastics. There is only one way to achieve greatness. We should practice one good deed a day to help reduce the global carbon footprint. In conclusion, let’s try to become responsible environmental stewards

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00213624.2004.11506701?journalCode=mjei20

 

 

How This One Snack Inspires Healthier Eating

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Whole foods contain good quality or organic ingredients be glad to know while buying with the intention of eating healthier, it also supports a healthier way of farming. I was surfing the net looking for Local Organic food companies and found a company called Left Coast Naturals which supplies a natural food snack named Hippie Snacks. I imagined myself not writing this review because I don’t really want people to think I’m a hippy! Yes, just because I’ve found an interest in writing about the environment I’m not someone that goes around wearing bandanas, baggy pants, and tie-dye T-Shirts… that is definitely not me!

While shopping at the grocery store I was taking a selfie with my shopping basket to show my Eco wavers how proud I was that I’d taken care not to put anything plastic inside. I’d inadvertently stopped to take the photo next to the snack section looked up and saw the Hippie Snacks. I had a hard look at them because from what I’d read on the Internet I’d seen the company was local. They’re founded in Burnaby B.C. and their snacks don’t contain genetically modified food.  I’m a huge fan of anything cauliflower, this is the main ingredient and it’s the easiest vegetable to hide from kids. I can hide it in anything and my son doesn’t suspect a thing!

There are quite a few flavors you can buy which include Avocado, Sesame, Coconut, and granola snacks.  After inspecting the ingredients I found that there isn’t one that I couldn’t pronounce. Coconut milk is the binder for ingredients like pumpkin seed, hemp and sesame seeds, chili flakes, onion, and dill. I’m hooked and so I threw a couple of flavors in the basket. I decided I was going to tuck into the Classic Ranch Cauliflower Crisps around bedtime since lately, I’ve been eating cake instead. Yes, It’s wrong, but if this makes me wrong, then I’m alright with it!

I first noticed that they looked a lot like mini tortilla chips and wasn’t immediately excited, but after the first bite I was intrigued and couldn’t help myself. It turned into a marathon to see how fast I could get to the bottom of the bag! It was like eating food reminiscent of the everlasting gobstopper from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. With each bite, the different spices came through from beginning to end. The first taste is the sensation of biting into a buttery combination of sesame and cauliflower, which reminded me of Sunday dinner. The crunchiness of the chip carries on with the ranch flavor and finishes off with the taste of dill.

I’ve eaten a lot of chips and there are a few out there that quickly turn me into a ravenous bear. I act like I haven’t eaten in days yet I hadn’t felt hungry when I took the first bite. Those other chips have MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and countless oils like vegetable, soybean, corn and sunflower oil. So I’m not at all surprised that they’re super addicting! Another great reason to love hippie snacks is that the product doesn’t contain any added oil so all that buttery yumminess is actually coming from the naturally occurring oil in the seeds.

This product ticks the boxes for someone looking to find a healthy alternative that you’ll love. It is a local product with quality picked, nongenetically modified ingredients and kids will love them too! Find them online here and try it!