We are faced with a new virus COVID-19 that affects the lungs and airways, our very lifeline! This is the time to learn and know what belonging to a community is. All of us are in this battlefield and victory will only come if all of us without exception do our part. It is a global pandemic and each of us, each family, each community, and each country needs to do its part to stop the pandemic. Coronavirus knows no borders or ethnicity. We are so connected that if any of the stakeholders let up, the pandemic will not stop. Globally there are now almost 500,000 cases and more than 22,000 deaths. In the UK we now almost 10,000 cases and 477 deaths.
This blog is meant to collate all the salient facts that have been disseminated so far about this health crisis.
Does recycling help the environment or are we just going around in circles?
One of the original goals of the recycling movement was to avert a supposed crisis as the nation’s landfills were running out of space and to reduce carbon emissions and the greenhouse gases as we reduce the need to manufacture new products, hence less mining, drilling and logging. But because more and more materials types have been added to the recyclable list, the process has become more complex and expensive than expected. In addition, recycling, especially of plastic waste mitigates carbon impacts only to a limited extent.
Food Supply and Climate Change
What are You Putting on Your Plate?
We had the hottest July this year on record for Europe, the effect of climate change and our actions. Often we hear of train delays and cancellations due to soaring temperatures or flooding. Such unprecedented weather conditions such as soaring temperatures, flooding, wildfires and storms are attributed to climate change caused by global warming. Food supply and consumption is one piece of the whole pie of actions that cause global warming
One to one with a Tree – a personal relationship
What’s your relationship with a tree?
We are not talking about tree hugging, though hugging trees is good for your health as it increases your levels of oxytocin hormones which helps you feel calm, happy and promote emotional bonding.
We are talking about a relationship which most of us take for granted and yet is so crucial to our very existence.
The Cycle of Plastic - From You, to the Ocean, and Back
A small study was done recently where eight participants in various countries recorded everything they ate, then had their stool sample tested. Every stool sample tested from the participants contained traces of microplastics. Of the 10 different types of plastic being tested for, 9 of the were identified in the stool. Six of the participants ate seafood, meaning the participants didn’t have to have seafood to have ingested plastic.