Can you save Planet Earth by yourself?

Governments could do more to help protect The Only Planet… but governments need profitable economies.
For example Governments could outright ban plastic packaging… but this would negatively affect the economy, and may be unpopular.
Where major legislation has been implemented it has been successful.
for example
Clean Air
Cigarette Smoking
Landfill Tax

We could believe that legislation changes which drive individuals to change their behaviour are much more effective than the efforts of individuals alone to change their own behaviour.
To be honest I totally agree with this suggestion.

Thinking of the problems I wrote about ocean pollution…
there are some laws relating to protection of the UK coastal waters
but with no funding for the policing of these laws, they are weak.
In Europe and the developed world we may think that the environmental problems are not really there, but where there are affluent post industrial societies reaping the economic benefit of their industrial past, we will have exported the environmental problem to Asia, Africa and some parts of America, and Africa, where mining and heavy industry are prevalent.

Photo Courtesy of Newcastle Libraries Flickr

More on clothes, Primark, and textile recycling

I went into Primark later to look for a fringed scarf.
I do like scarves, they allow a dull dresser like myself whose main fashion influence was Andy Warhol (he said he always wore black because then he wouldn’t have to decide what to wear with what) to look smarter.
Scarves can be matched with an outfit to brighten it up, they have many other uses, keeping you warm when its cold, in winter substitute scarves for wooly hats and you will look much more glamorous.
In summer wear them draped keeping the sun off, which is handy for people like me with Lupus who are advised to stay out of the sun.
They can be a headscarf worn in many different ways, or even a blackout curtain for putting over your eyes which is what I do when I’m staying somewhere which hasn’t got thick curtains in the summer!

Primark: I went in via the main entrance on Northumberland Street. That is a very very big shop.
I needed to be on the first floor for scarves.
By the time I had been in the shop a few minutes I decided to leave. Too many clothes, too little time…
There is a Primark scarf I have had a few years which is in good condition, similar to this one

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However most of the products do not have a long life, either due to flimsy quality or being so very on-trend, and there are not enough clothing recycling bins for it all. This is an extremely popular shop and it was very full of customers, looking to buy. Textiles, how many many tonnes of it!

There is a problem with the fashion industry if it encourages this disposable attitude to clothes. The sheer volume of textiles generated is unsustainable. We do recycle, we do pass on, we do give clothes to charities, but even the charities are finding it hard to cope with the quantity of low grade clothing and disposable textiles.
Today I’m emptying the wardrobe and drawers in my bedroom as a couple of friends are helping me move my bedroom furniture, as I’m planning on getting a new carpet.
I didn’t realise how much stuff I have got. Its too much. How many long sleeved black tops do I actually need?
When I put it all back I’ll see if anything can be purged.

Chasing Coral

Climate Change and Coral.

I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Chasing Coral”.
Strangely classified under “Controversial”.
I can only assume as it included the theme of global warming, which some people seem to believe is “controversial”?
A camera crew goes to great length to actually film, evidence, in actual footage, coral bleaching.
I encourage you to watch this film and decide if it is controversial.
There is a psychological phenomenon known as
cognitive dissonance, in which a person who holds two opposing beliefs will become very uncomfortable, and try to make themselves feel better.
For example, animal lovers who eat meat, will not wish to acknowledge that factory farming exists and that they might end up eating factory farmed food.
In the same way, people who do love their country, town or city, yet have a lifestyle which harms the planet, maybe they have shares in a power company or drive a highly polluting vehicle for sport, they will try to justify this by saying climate change is either not real, or is a natural (non man made) event part of long lasting historical climate fluctuations.

As ocean temperatures worldwide rise, the coral reefs are dying due to water temperature rising.

As the coral reefs die, whole ecosystems become homeless. The fish which depend on the coral die. The human communities which depend on the fish become destitute.