environment

Save the Planet with ketchup, yo.

One wicked way to reduce your garbage if you are going to hit up a fast food place!

~Watch for the fake french fry! I died.~

In New York there are Six Nations Against Fracking – Documentary

Please click-through and watch the video on Vimeo!

Be mindful of the actions you partake in and if those actions help to continue life, or destroy it.

2 years after this film was made, fracking is still an issue. Do you think we will ever open our eyes and begin to make vital changes? Or is the future too far away to plan for…

Relevant posts:

Fracking our lives away

Resource Extraction and it’s impact on peoples’ health

 

Wildlife Entanglement

Marine wildlife death by entanglement is something we should all be aware of. Thousands of miles and literally tons of derelict rope and fishing nets are littered into our water.

I found out that there are 682 beaches out there. We must keep them clean and safe in order to sustain life on this planet. So let’s support a good cause and help clean up fishing nets!

Check out the link below to learn about what is done to prevent marine wildlife entanglement.

Source: Wildlife Entanglement – Planet Love Life

Today in 1948: Suffocation by Smog

“Hey kid, want a smog?”
“No thanks, I quit in January. That stuff is bad for your lungs.”

1948 DONORA SMOG:

In Donora, Pennsylvania during the last week of October 1948, a combination of fog and smoke blanketed the town and trapped air.  Days passed. Air pollutants increased and the smog got worse, causing a decrease in visibility…. (more…)

Air Pollution

… is the presence of chemicals, gases and particles in the air in amounts that damage the environment and cause harm to humans and other living things.

Check out the Go Green! Agenda Resurrection project

Resource Extraction and it’s impact on peoples’ health | rabble.ca

Is resource extraction/mining negatively affecting human health?

How do the things we do today in the environment and the economy impact peoples’ health? What about patriarchy and the impacts it has on women? Colonialism and Indigenous communities?


In this podcast, Dr. Baj Mukhopadhyay talks about the Canadian chapter of the global People’s Health Movement and answers some of these important questions.

Source: Extractivism, colonialism, and building a health justice movement in Canada | rabble.ca

Fairphone review: ethics trumps everything else | Technology | The Guardian

Finally! Something like this is being made.

The Fairphone is the first smartphone to attempt to change the status quo to use ethically sourced materials and manufacturing, but is it a decent smartphone too?

Source: Fairphone review: ethics trumps everything else | Technology | The Guardian

What is your pencil’s history?

recycled-newspaperpencilsNewspapers, old money, CD cases, plastic cups, wood scraps, tires and even blue jeans can get recycled into pencils!

Something to consider while you’re busy creating the future, scrawling in your notebooks.

I am forever amazed by the creative ways people stop waste from reaching landfills.

**Purchasing recycled, eco-friendly office supplies can really set the standard for future schools and workplaces. Plus, it sends a message to companies that endorse cheap-labor and poor environmental laws by saying I CARE! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SUPPORT. **

It may seem more expensive at first, but if you substitute that fancy coffee or an unnecessary bus ride, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy various recycled, earth-friendly alternatives.

I try to think of it this way:

  1. Paying a bit more now will help me pay less later (more demand = lower price)
  2. I genuinely feel good about knowing what my money goes towards.
  3. If I continue to make cheap purchases now, I will be spending more in the future (things breaking, extreme weather etc.)
  4. Corporations use slave-labor (extremely under-paid women & children) because I want things to be inexpensive.
  5. Spending an extra dollar gives working families a better quality of life.
  6. Quality of land and water are not considered or cared for when it comes to cheap products.
  7. By supporting corporate companies out of convenience, I am endorsing the possibility of corporate dictatorships fueled by economic demand and poor politics.

I know it is just a pencil, but the ideas are progressive and inspiring.

Sometimes change happens with little things that eventually add up to really big things.


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Have a Leaky Faucet? – Save $$$

What MommaTrash does:

– Stick a bucket under the faucet to catch the drips –

∝ Use the water you collected for pets/houseplants
∝ If you collect enough water you can use it to mop, clean or flush the toilet

Pouring-water

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NOTE: Since she hasn’t had time to fix it, Mom’s been conserving water and saving herself some CA$H. As a long-term solution, fixing the leak would be most economical/environmentally friendly. A leaky faucet is a HUGE money waster for home owners.


Want to know Why I love Peeing ?

Why is America telling me this?

Almost 2 weeks ago a pipeline spill occurred in Alberta, Canada just south of Fort McMurray.
My only knowledge of this occurred when checking my inbox… What the hell, Canada?

Why have I not heard ANYTHING about this in Canadian news & media?  (to be fair, I haven’t checked CBC)

An American source sent me the email and THAT is how I heard about this! I’m appalled by us Canadians. Where have our values gone?!?
Nation of Change, an entirely non-profit American news source that encourages honest journalism about real issues that are not being covered by mainstream media was created because corporations buy mainstream news agencies and filter/sensor most of the news.
e.x. CP24, owned by Bell Media.
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The oil industry is so big, and with so much at stake for politicians (Harper loves his liquid dinosaurs and is still pushing new pipelines) and corporations.  I am sure covering something so close to home during a time of record-forest fires in Saskatchewan AND THE ELECTIONS is not the best move. When spills happen in California, along the Gulf Coast or in Asia, its o.k. to report: We are removed from the issue because it “does not directly affect us” making the news more sensational as opposed to catastrophic.

So what happened?

 “[…] the largest pipeline spill in the province in 35 years, when a 54,000 barrel oil spill became Canada’s worst-ever pipeline incident.”SourceAustralia's Great Barrier Reef

& This is not the only issue that has come up recently.

“Meanwhile, Alberta is not the only place where oil spills are demanding attention. Halfway around the world in Australia, a potential oil spill was found on Friday along the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef, an especially delicate ecosystem and World Heritage Site, has come under multiple stressors in recent years, including development, fossil fuel export, and climate change.” – Source

Australia has been extorted by fossil fuel exporters for a long time. With major detrimental effects on the quality of life for people and animals on the island. If you want to know more, watch the documentary I blogged about in  Fracking Our Lives Away

As shocked as I am, I’m not surprised.

These kind of events remind me to keep my eyes open and my mind constantly questioning, asking for more answers. It is our responsibility to take care of this planet. If we leave major decisions and law-making to a select few sociopaths, the next few generations may not have a planet worth living on.

I will leave you with my mantra, in the words of my favorite band ever: Free Thinkers are Dangerous.

xx Arisetotrash