How are we supporting Net Neutrality?
You head to the local grocery store in your fleece jacket to buy a package of plastic-wrapped hamburgers which you put into another plastic bag so it doesn’t touch your plastic-wrapped hamburger buns and the large plastic bag of little individually plastic-wrapped pieces of candy. You then bag all the items in double-lined plastic grocery bags. 10 minutes later you get to your friend’s party, unwrap everything, grill it, eat it, and throw away all the plastic.
(But wait…you ‘recycled‘ the bags.)
Our planet’s synthetic plastic garbage, recycled or not, has been around since 1907. There are literally massive islands formed from discarded plastics in our oceans!
Plastic debris in the oceans was first observed in the 1960s, a decade in which Americans became increasingly aware of environmental problems (The History and Future of Plastics).
Unfortunately, most plastic is used for only seconds, minutes, hours, days, or even weeks and then just chucked away. This situation is getting worse and these items are not going anywhere for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. Moreover, why does it matter that you were wearing a fleece polyester jacket in this scenario? I’ll get back to you on that one.
Are you wondering what’s up with the title of this post and how one subject relates to the other? If you haven’t noticed, our planet is in some serious trouble. Every time I check my social media or read the news there’s just more doom and gloom to mentally digest. What can we do? I believe we all can make huge a difference while making simple, responsible choices in our everyday lives. Let me break it down. (more…)
If you drink coffee, can you imagine a morning without it? I cannot. No, I will not. My world doesn’t make sense without that enticing aroma waking me up in the morning. I like to flavor it with cinnamon, honey, and vanilla almond milk.
I’m just going to get to the point. Climate change is directly and negatively affecting our world’s coffee growing regions and their economic security.
This is no joke.
Last year, The Climate Institute reported that it ” is a key global crop and the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries”. In 2015, the United States imported about 19 billion dollars worth and consumers “spent $74.2 billion on coffee.”
Scientific evidence has shown that rising temperatures, long droughts with sporadic extreme rainfall, and pest and plant diseases are ” tightly linked to climate and weather, particularly temperature and moisture.” “Even half a degree at the wrong time can make a big difference in coffee yield, flavour, and aroma.” As it stands, most producers in developing countries are not prepared for even a 2 degree increase in temperatures. Don’t you think we should start making positive changes immediately?
It’s so simple! In addition to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, choose brands that are Fair Trade Certified and Organic. You will be supporting smaller farms that can provide a living wage in safer working conditions. Moreover, many of these farms support “environmental sustainability through organic practices that reduce and/or eliminate the use of harmful toxic agrochemicals, pesticides and other chemical additives. ” Without chemicals, people can work in a safer environment, biodiversity can flourish, and your coffee will taste better and be healthier for you.
FYI – ” Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity’s best defenses against extreme weather and rising temperatures”
For a little extra reading check out the following articles;
Warning: This video not for the squeamish and in my opinion, it’s heartbreaking and unacceptable.
Many of my friends and family members wear jewelry for sentimental reasons. Personally, I wear these pictured bracelets all of the time and I generally start layering from there. This year, I’m absolutely interested in layering ‘for a cause’.
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