Friday, August 29, 2008
Well, I came across this letter from an Emeritus Professor Hubert N Newman to the Institute of Biology. He said that it is a shame that many of us believe that ecology is only just being applied to farming now "as the basic principles of our responsibility for nature, for the care of people, other animals and plants - as well as the avoidance and containment of infectious disease - were laid down about three thousand years ago.". He goes on to give examples (a few given below). Some of you may already know this if you read the Bible:
a) Not overgrazing pasture (Genesis 3:5-10)
b) Overall respect for farmland with weekly, 7-yr and 50-yr fallow periods (Exodus 23:10, Leviticus 25:1-22)
c) Adequate rest for humans AND other animals ie. no 24/7 on the Sabbath (many references, e.g. Exodus 23:12)
d) Care for animals (Exodus 23:5, Deuteronomy 22:10 and 25:4)
e) Warning that we are responsible for the land as its temporary tenants, not its outright owners able to do what we like with it (23:5)
f) Respect for life by not eating blood, or parts torn from a living animal (Genesis 9:14-16)
Food for thought... have a happy weekend....
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Interesting video about corporations. Recommended viewing (tho I would have to say all the videos I post would be interesting and recommended! ;p esp for you J! ;p) If I'm not wrong this was shown here but I missed it that time.
This is part one. The visuals are good and they have quite a few interviews. Some of the stuff actually made me laugh though it wasn't really a laughing matter. It's just the reaction and the expression of some of the things. As an unrelated plus point, the narrator's voice is very soothing and nice - just thot to add that after I saw someone's comment on the video that they thought the voice was really really sexy! ;p haahhah Well, at least there is something to make this series interesting despite the rather serious subject matters. On the other hand, I really did find it very very sad at certain parts, as the situations are described wherein the people suffered and fought for better conditions. Topics were broad and included humanity as a whole, animal welfare and environment, economics, etc. Good for green issues, good for welfare issues. Good to know.
What it made me think is how as an individual, knowing all this and wanting to make a difference, is to do so? Is there really anything we can do? or should do? Seems like there is a macroenvironment where these corporations and other entities exist and there is the microenvironment of our lives which we are in a way, more constantly and completely involved with, like when and how our next paycheck is coming, what to eat, or even where to go for a trip and how to relax. Generally, I would say, it's not, "How am I going to change the world?". The magnificence and scale of that goal seems overwhelming...and impractical.But as they say, the oceans are made of drops of water, every journey by a first step, but in this case, I think we may be one rain drop against millions. So does it still work?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Will be talking more about greenwashing in future posts. Please post comments on
1. Whether we should be concerned?
2. Does this affect just manipulation of consumers (marketing) or does it affect how we see the environment?
3. Does greenwashing give us a false sense of security that we are doing something for the earth and in effect be harmful?
What other issues are of concern?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I came across this blog which helps to answer some of those questions : http://organicclothing.blogs.com/ It also has stuff on hemp, merino wool and other natural fibers! Lots of info; I'm still ploughing through it :-)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Just a short note for now...I read this article about Coke repositioning its marketing on coke having “no added preservatives or artificial flavors.” Apparently Coke was actually created in 1886 by a druggist trying to make a health drink!
In the article, one academic comments that it's "an odd thing for Coca-Cola to do” but I think it is a trend for more people to be concerned about what goes into our food, with "organic", "natural", "no artificial colorings", etc being of top interest. A recent major study on colorings and their effect on children was big news too, probably influencing many parents to look twice at the processed foods they were givin their children.
Friday, August 8, 2008
In a Reuters report of concerns raised in Japan of the same sub, Lieutenant Commander David Benham, spokesman for Commander Submarine Forces, Pacific in Pearl Harbor, said that "We're talking about an extremely minute amount of radiation...it's about half as much radiation as you would find in a 50 pound bag of fertiliser."
Monday, August 4, 2008
The problem is I don't know which block or unit he's in, so even if I did make a complaint, the officials wouldn't be able to locate him. There are noise standards for factories and construction sites, but what about a nuisance problem?
Which brings me to the issue of those void deck celebrations. They don't bug me, but they do if they disturb the peace in the neighbourhood with their singing and music. You know who you are!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
I don't understand :
1. why it took so long to come up with these advisories. Other countries such as Canada, Australia, USA, Hong Kong (ok, not a country) and those in Europe have standards and advisories to warn swimmers for a long time. The WHO guidelines have been around since the 80s. The official said it was to "localise" them. Huh?
2. why the official said that "the water quality has not deteriorated. It's because the standards have become more stringent, so it's just a question of not being to meet the higher grade." It sounds like a "we made the exams difficult so the student grades dropped!".
3. no one admitted to where all this bacteria is coming from. It can't possibly be from the "heavy rains, the dirt, litter and other things that you find on the ground"!