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Sea Asparagus With Pesto Cheese Sauce

If you’re lucky enough to live on the coast or just stop in for a visit make sure to check out the local farmer’s market! It’s a good place to enjoy the trappings of wild and natural produce. The food is simple, homegrown and tested by the pallets of countless foodies. Not to mention quite often won’t be found on the grocery store shelves! It didn’t take long to find a vendor selling fresh Sea Asparagus. This ingredient is not exclusive to Canada and can be found in Hawaii, parts of South Africa and England. I usually keep my eyes peeled for unusual looking produce to keep life interesting. Since this unusual vegetable, is mostly found in restaurants I thought I’d share this amazing recipe. It’s a quick and easy side for chicken or fish.

Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons of Pesto
  • 2 tablespoon of Grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons of Garlic Cream Cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Two cups of Sea Asparagus

Mix the pesto, cream cheese,oil and garlic together in a sauce pan. Stir until thoroughly mixed together. Toss in the sea asparagus and stir until coated. Cover and let simmer for ten minutes

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These 4 brands sell the most ethical dairy foods

There are 10% more Canadians concerned about farm animal welfare now than in recent years! The Dairy industry abides by the Canadian food inspection (CFIA) guidelines. However, there are some practices that are questionable. But, thankfully there are Canadian Farms dedicated to raising animals with an ethical Dairy approach. Support these companies looking to make a difference in the Dairy industry.

It’s not ethical Dairy if…

The Dairy food industry accounts for 18.9 Billion dollars of Canada’s annual GDP! It’s 215,000 Dairy workers who have mandatory routines to maximize profits. These routines are also not necessarily there for the welfare of the animal. There are 20,000 Dairy farms treating 1.2 million cows the same way.

For instance, a newborn Calf is separated from its Mother. Why? Because they drink the Mother’s milk supply. Or conversely, so we can drink the milk intended for them! As a Mother, this makes me angry. Everyone knows the separation of Mother and Baby causes major stress. They cry for one another and suffer emotional and physical pain.

Support a better way

At present, there are no governing laws making it mandatory for companies to label animal welfare. Yet, large factories are using marketing terms to hook “health conscience shoppers”.

Such as, natural, grain-fed or vegetarian. These labels do nothing to guarantee the welfare of a cow. Watch out for free-range labels, as well, because the CFIA doesn’t do any inspections.

What can Dairy drinkers do to make a difference? If you buy Organic Milk you’ll guarantee an animal a better life! They’ll have access to quality food, pastures, better indoor air quality, and space.

Most big farm factories treat their animals in tightly confined quarters with antibiotics. These animals are living with death and feces which is why they need it. However, an Organic cow is never treated with more than two rounds of antibiotics.

I’ve listed three companies that are trying to provide ethical dairy options for the consumer. They’re looking for ways to make a difference one way or another.

Ben and Jerrys

Firstly, we have Ben and Jerry’s nondairy ice cream which wins the medal for an ethical ice-cream product! They’ve created it with almonds but have kept their ice creams great tasting!

11 flavors fall into the zone

  • Cherry Garcia
  • Chocolate caramel cluster
  • Coffee caramel fudge
  • Chocolate cookie dough
  • Caramel almond brittle
  • Chocolate fudge brownie

B&J’s supports Fridays for Futures. They also believe that climate change is a big problem. They’ve put their pints of ice-cream on an endangered list due to global warming. Cocoa beans and nuts like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts and coffee production will begin to suffer. Hot weather without cold spells will mark a time when production will decrease and prices for the commodity will increase.

Since 2002 they’ve launched a carbon offset program for their manufacturing facilities. Then in 2007, they created a global warming campaign. B&J’s teamed up with David Mathews to help send a message!

Climate change will change life as we know it! They have a long history in the fight to raise awareness for climate change! This company also strongly believes in fair trade with farmers.

They’ve sourced five major ingredients from farmers that treat people well. Cocoa, Sugar, Vanilla, Coffee, and Bananas all come with a certification of good ethics and great taste.

Activia

Next, Activia yogurt is a brand name you can look for while searching for an ethical dairy product. These flavors below do not contain Genetically Modified Organisms.

  • ACTIVIA Dailies:
  • Acai berry, blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Honey Ginger
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Mango Turmeric
  • Peach
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla

Activia’s parent company Danone is part of the Certified B Corporation. This organization knows that the world’s problems cannot be solved by governments and nonprofit organizations alone.

The B Corp. “envisions an economy as a force for good.” Their shared core beliefs come from the idea that businesses must be the change the world seeks. 

They run ethical businesses, above all else… including profits. They follow a principle where each company is interdependent upon one another. Thus responsible for one another and future generations.

Oikos

Finally, the Oikos brand is serving up sweet and delicious yogurt and managing to align their goals to an ethical dairy cause. Global warming.

Triple zero boasts zero preservatives, zero artificial sweeteners, and zero fat. There are 14 flavors that don’t contain GMOs.

  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Mango

Oikos’s also has a new Organic line with both plain and vanilla flavors which also do not contain GMOs.

Danone

Danone the parent company committed to becoming Carbon neutral as of 2050! From farms to facilities they are the first of 100 companies that align their carbon trajectory with the Paris agreement.

Equally important, a nonprofit initiative will govern the science-based target they intend to meet. Not only do they monitor their progress they’ll help them stay on track to reach their goal.

Danone has plans to take responsibility for their packaging by switching their current plastic packaging to Biomass bottles. However, not all biomass plastic degrades. It’s projected that the plastic industry is leaning into bio-based plastics that still won’t biodegrade properly.

The biomass plastic in many cases will only degrade in higher temperatures. So, there won’t be enough heat to make the biomass disappear when it’s dumped into the ocean.

It’s important that we support ethical Dairy companies when we’re shopping. Next time you’re at the grocery store and reach for your favorite Dairy product you’ll know more about the ones too trust.

You’ll know which brands have taken corporate responsibility to the next level. A place where corporate profits don’t rule the board meetings. They’ve taken social causes and animal welfare to the heart of their business.

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Street Lights Contribute To Climate Change

The photo is a stunning portrait of Earth, as the light sparkles like scattered jewels. The creation of a network of fine webs that glow like embers across the night sky. These street lights are a beautiful sight and create the street climate we know today. They’re lighting empty parking lots, near-empty office towers, streets, highways, and commercial parks. These are humans shining their equivocal lanterns of life.

The idea to create an after-dark street climate originated in the fourth century from the city of Antioch. This city used torches to guide nightwalkers through the darkness and kept robbers at bay. Still, we assume street lights are necessary to keep us safe. Even though we’ve created revolutionary technology. We have cars to take us safely and security systems to keep us safer. Yet, people instinctively use the front porch light for peace of mind.

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Street Climate 2020

The population has increased and we’re lighting the night skies more than ever! Our antiquated street climate is misdirected, inefficient and not necessary. For instance, we light up parking lots in the middle of the night for security reasons. Yet, there are night vision security systems that can scan the scene. Motion-activated sensors will light up corridors, parking lots, or office spaces. Office towers have security measures such as card locks, elevator fobs, and concierge security. Yet street lights still remain on all night long.

What do you do when you have money to burn? Most would rather buy anything other than a utility bill! The majority of burglars look for alarms and many of them won’t break into a house with signs of one present. The chances of an intruder burglarizing a home increases three hundred percent.

Burglaries also happen more often in the daytime than they do at night. The light signals someone maybe home. Yet if there’s a Burglar who wants inside there is no light outside that will protect you. A “>home security system is in every family’s best interest and please turn off your lights before you go to bed… Lights give us a false sense of security.

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The cost to taxpayers

In Vancouver alone over fifty thousand street lamps are lit yet we have headlights to guide our way. Large stretches of main Highways do not use street lights. Yet the main streets of cities and towns are lit up like a pumpkin till dawn.  We’ve created a street climate which burns taxpayers dollars throughout the night.

Vancouver taxpayers pay  $6,530,000 to burn street lights each year. This expenditure is a fixed expense and if public funds are low we could see the sell-off of this public system. It happened in Toronto when out of desperation, the government sold its street lights in 2005. They sold their street lights to the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association. So, for the next thirty years, they’re on the hook for a whopping 420 million dollars.

This works out to double what Vancouver pays on an annual basis. But Vancouver has 1/6th the landmass as Toronto so we generally will pay less. But, it’s easy to see how quickly our tax dollars are spent!

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The cost to our planet’s climate

Moreover, Canadians produce eighty-one percent of Green House Gas Emissions  (GHG) from economic activity. We use gasoline for transportation and produce non-renewable electricity. This includes lighting buildings and street lights.

The good news? Over eighty percent of British Columbia’s electricity comes from non-GHG emitting sources. These sources come from Hydro dams, biomass, wind, and solar energy.

However, as of 2017, the majority of the world is still getting its energy from burning fossil fuels. Unfortunately, at this moment, the world’s dependence on fossil fuels is causing CO2 levels to skyrocket! Even though countries are having trouble transitioning away from fossil fuels. Cities can change the amount we depend on them by turning off street lights.

A plan to offset emissions

As of 2009 the Copenhagen accord composed guidelines for Canadians. Canada agreed to create a GHG emissions reduction plan to 30% below 2005 levels. The deadline? 2030! The mission is to keep the global temperature from rising less than two degrees Celsius. Can we do it?…

It won’t be easy. Between 2005 and 2018 over 5, 200, 000 Canadian babies were born. Canada is also a desirable place to live. Therefore, many people from around the world want to live here. In fact 700, 000 people have immigrated to Canada in 2019. For the sake of curiosity, I calculated the amount we’ve grown in thirteen years. I combined births and immigration and subtracted deaths. This number totalled 2, 129, 363 more people since 2005. Our population will most likely continue to rise. We are a stable country with resources and wide open spaces.

We’re growing in number and our economy has also grown significantly! A study conducted by the Canadian Government found that even though we’ve grown the GHG output per GDP has declined by 16.4%.

The implementation of new technology is the largest factor in this statistic. It’s wonderful to see that advancements have made a difference in creating a sustainable future. Canada is on track to help make an impact on the world’s temperatures.

Canadian Graph Of GHG Emissions

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Implementing Change

However, there is always room for improvement! The Copenhagen accord is a good initiative, but it falls short in effectiveness. It’s based on cooperation from every developing country. Leaders won’t guarantee that countries are going to do their part.

Therefore, cities must reduce consumption and reliance on energy in a different way. The biggest way for any city to contribute is by turning off useless street lights. In conclusion, reduce the light from the street lights and put money back into the taxpayer’s pockets.

Researchers have found that the city of Tucson had developed smart lighting technology. The city adjusts the illumination of the street light depending on the time of night. When dusk starts the lights are turned on up to 90%. Once midnight scones around they’re reduced down to 60%.

Check out the email address below which is dedicated to the City of Vancouver’s street light program. If you also believe this is a good idea please feel free to send them an email in support. outdoor.lighting@vancouver.ca

Sample letter:

To whom it may concern,

As a concerned taxpayer, I am writing to tell city officials it`s time for a change. City officials should analyze the street light systems further. It is our responsibility as concerned taxpayers to reduce Green House Gases. Moreover, by limiting the use of street lights between the time frame of 1 am and 5 am will make a difference. Also, the city should limit the lighting used throughout the city during nonpeak hours. Turn off lights that are serving empty parking lots, streets, and public spaces. We`re currently using Fifty thousand street lights on Greater Vancouver Streets. Therefore, the consumption and frequency of these street lights are very high. We must take action and reduce reliance for the sake of the future.

Sincerely,

Jane

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Arts and Crafts

So my preschooler has finally “graduated”… yep! the word is slightly ambiguous but the thought and the community around it was quite touching! I like to think of it as a preschool participation party. A farewell to the kids that spent the last two years together. Very sweet!! One of the events that led up to the dinner was a pizza and poster night! My husband and I showed up armed with a few photos not really knowing what to expect. When we arrived I realized that each family received their own poster paper. They provided all the materials; glitter felt, stickers, glue, and metallic paper. I’m a creative person so quickly took charge! After about an hour I had successfully completed the poster. A proud mama moment. At that moment I felt accomplished and thought it looked pretty good! I looked at it again when we got home and thought…all this glitter, all this plastic. How long would it last? Well, I guess it depends. When Jacob has grown up the glitter will be. Once his children are born the stickers will also be… Yet, this poster will be long gone.

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The Important Role Of Conscious Shopping in 2020

When someone sees another struggling with debt and overwork good friends want to help! So as a good friend the effort is made to sit and talk and ask them how they’re feeling. Friends are valuable because they have the viewpoint of someone looking in from the outside. So they see many different angles of the subject, therefore, offering good advice.

The conversation is in the person’s best interest, but sometimes they don’t see it that way. Instead, they’ll internalize it, consider points made, then make excuses. Excuses that make it okay to continue living the same way. For instance, I don’t need the same things in life. Life will work itself out. I’m different then everyone else! Or it’s just the way the world works why bother? The reality of the situation can be so powerful that it makes those suffering feel powerless. Until one day they make a change OR the day comes when life makes a change for them!

From one person to another it’s important to have these conversations with friends. I know you care about the future of the environment. Show them the steps towards conscious shopping. Explain that becoming a conscious shopper will make a difference in the world. We know we can’t leave the inevitability up to the future. But, this conversation could be enough to take action. Help them figure out how they can reduce and reuse before they recycle!

Conscious Shopping

I’m very happy you’ve decided to join me and discover more about the environmental movement. It’s sad to see the news stories pop in and out of our daily lives. The great garbage patch is getting bigger. Whales have washed ashore along the Coast with bellies full of plastic.

They’re thousands of stories swirling around that tell us we’re going to be in trouble! It’s important for middle-class Canadians not to ignore environmental issues. If we’re not having conversations, then the problem is still being ignored. We’ve got our excuses! I believed mine. I thought because I was doing my part recycling it was good enough!

Five years ago while recycling I had no idea the great garbage patch was growing into the 1.6 million square kms. It sucks because I didn’t realize that it wasn’t only what I do with garbage that matters! I assumed It was the only way, but realize now I didn’t see the bigger picture. I needed a friend to tell me I was wrong!

To solve the problem I should’ve stopped buying over-packaged anything! Produce, toys, soap, electronics, office products, and personal health care products. Then one day I had an epiphany! I woke up and realized that it’s not just me. It’s everybody! We’re all running our daily lives in the same way, uneducated, groomed by the media and allowing our impulses to rule our consumerism.

So I set out to create this blog to spread the word.  

Climate Change costs taxpayers

The biggest issue faced today is the global losses caused by natural disasters. Yes, some say it’s an act of God and there isn’t much we can do about it. However, the United Nations warns that the accumulations of Green House Gases (GHG) have reached levels not seen in three million years. The largest concentration of GHG comes from carbon dioxide, which is largely the product of burned fossil fuels.

2018 turned out to be the fourth costliest in thirty years of natural disasters. The average insured losses per year are around 41 billion US. But, this past year turned into a devastating 80 billion dollars in insured losses worldwide. Yet, that’s still not the big picture because almost half the people who were victims of natural disasters didn’t have insurance to protect them. The grand total of all losses occurring from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, typhoons, earthquakes, and tornadoes was 140 billion US dollars. 

Conscious shopping techniques

As a friend, I want to tell you that with good intentions we can reshape our reality. It’s the simplest things we can change like our conversations with the people around us. It helps to reset the brain, which allows us to rethink how we live our own lives by just talking. It really helps that there is momentum in social media, news stories, and the “resistance” movement.

We can ease into a conversation armed with information easier now than ever before! What are our dreams? How do we see the future of our children? Talking will keep the issues we face at the forefront of our lives, but the solution, however, can only come with action.

Conscious shopping takes our daily actions to a whole new level. I’ve been writing, learning, and trying to live consciously since January 2019. It was my new year’s resolution to take action and begin the journey. However, I’ve found it hard to prepare as a full-time Realtor and Mom.

Yes, in order to use less plastic there has to be a battle plan. My intentions were good, but I was blind! You don’t just wake up one day and say, “today I’m going to stop using plastic. To shop consciously there are things to remember.

Take Action

Don’t use plastic bags! Always remember to bring cloth bags! This is tough since they’re continuously moving from the car to the house. Shopping involves knowing where your cloth bags are at all times! Spontaneously picking up an onion after work can end up becoming a shopping trip with half a dozen things by the end. If the bags are not in your hand, chances are they’re in two places either the trunk of the car or at home.

Secondly, buy Bulk. The idea of going to the store to pick up a prepackaged item is causing climate disasters. Conscious shopping means we’ve got to bring our own glass jars. Mason jars work perfectly and they look great in the cupboard too. Go with the wide-mouth jar or bring a funnel so you don’t make a big mess while you pour. Ask the clerks in the deli section or checkout to give you the tare weight of your jar before filling it. Mark the tare weight of the jar on the bottom and you’re ready to go!

Finally, when you buy items that you continually use go with ingredients that are found locally. It not only stimulates the local economy but also reduces the carbon footprint of the item. Your shopping habits can be the life or death of a good local supplier. It’s important to do your homework and discover new products to buy within the community. Farmer markets, Google, Facebook, and Varagesale are good resources for online shops.

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The Surprising Hidden Cost Of Your Next Cheap Purchase!

We try to live our lives to the fullest, enjoy experiences with family and friends, eat amazing food and see things that excite us! A good cheap purchase can ignite the flame of happiness. When it comes to living a life we all very much want the same things.  A good life.

We’re not only similar in our own wants and needs our physiology is alike.  People around the world are buying the same things. We want gadgets and comforts that make lives easier. Making a cheap purchase releases the endorphins chemical in our brains.

Our brains give us a sense of identity and facilitate psychological growth like our bodies, they’re also physiologically alike. Compare the brains and bodies from two different parts of the world. It’s clear to see they’re not that different!

So, the next cheap purchase can actually contribute to our internalized identity. For instance, a knock off Louis Vuitton purse from China can give someone an ego boost. The brain’s connections and circuits are all acting under the same principals and fundamentally. Most people feel the same way after an exciting cheap purchase!

It’s really quite interesting that Science has shown genetics and our environment will create characteristically different people.  

While looking for answers science can connect the dots and gives us a root cause. One which links our actions here at home, pollution and the lives of others. One Cheap purchase a day from 7 billion people drives the economy around the world. An economy that has contributed to the rise of CO2 levels and pollution into the atmosphere.

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The overall cost of a cheap purchase on health

The children of the twentieth-century are watching the world undergo a physical transformation. One that affects the health of people around the world. How would you rate the world right now? Would you rate it as poor…? fair…? or good? According to Science, the answer is different depending on where you live!

Recently a team of investigators from the University of Harvard and the Australian University of Queensland had taken the insurance data of forty-five million people to analyze the effect of people’s genes and their zip code!

It’s the first time that an experiment of this magnitude has been done. It’s proven that both genes and the environment are equal drivers when calculating the costs of monthly health care spending. 

According to the World Bank report, air pollution costs the global economy five trillion dollars annually in health welfare. That number would make anyone’s head spin and is a very good reason to change our spending habits! Spending money drives the distribution of goods around the world. It is also the driver that creates the CO2 gases causing poor air quality.

The true cost of a cheap purchase should include the total cost associated with the carbon footprint. The carbon footprint would include the annual costs of health care directly associated with air pollution. The price tags we see in the store don’t give us the full picture.

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A cheap purchase not only kills…

Consequently, six and a half million people around the world, die prematurely from air pollution every year! Half of those deaths happen from outdoor air pollution caused by factories, powerplants, agricultural processes, and cars.

In case you were wondering the other half of the deaths are from the poorest communities of the world. The major indoor air pollutants are heavy metals, pesticides, radon, and asbestos. While slowly killing people it also affects their decision-making abilities.

A few neuroscience studies have found air pollution lowers the ability to attain higher education. Furthermore, reducing productivity and the reason why the poorest folks cannot live life to the fullest.

If our economic engine here in the developed world continues to spill CO2 emissions lives will continue to be lost. The poor around the world are fighting a losing battle for better healthcare, education and equal rights. If the local environment and air quality are cleaned up, they wouldn’t needlessly suffer. But we have to stop buying into a cheap purchase.

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Almost half the world’s population lives in poverty and out of 2.2 billion children living on Earth one billion of them live in poverty every day. That’s one in every two kids living a life in poverty with their parents!

As a Canadian, I feel pretty darn lucky!

“I’ve won the genetic lottery by just being born into a rich and peaceful place”. Rachel

The above studies help to define the issues faced by humans and healthcare, but it won’t solve the world’s pollution policies, preventing corporations from dumping, polluting and over packaging.

Corporate ignorance

Unfortunately, the government’s ignorance or inability to change the way businesses run leads one to believe that there is either no hope or consumer choice is our only hope.

A simple example of corporate dumping doesn’t have to be earth or air contaminants. It can also be food! When a company handles a skid of packaged food, in this example let’s say the product is chocolate bars. Someone finds evidence that suggests the food has become contaminated from rat droppings.

If so, then the entire skid of chocolate is immediately thrown into the trash! The kids living in poverty are hungry and would’ve loved to eat that chocolate… Regardless, the company loses money and the product is totally lost. It’s thrown away needlessly because it has become unsalable. Where is the humanity? So far, Governments can control neither packaging policies or dumping.

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The Solution is in our hands

Estimates show that Earth will be home to ten billion people by 2050! If humanity cannot be socially responsible and help the ones living in poverty now! Then what will the world look like in thirty years from now?

Even though we in the Western world don’t necessarily see the ugly side of life it’s important to know that we have the power to change the lives of the poorest people by changing how we shop.

We’ll reduce the consumption of fossil fuels if we stop consuming unnecessary things. It will reduce air pollution keeping our brains and genetics healthy. So, if we continue to hold on to our old habits of buying the same over-packaged products we will continue on the cycle of trash. Ultimately, this will be the cause of continued human suffering in the long run.

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2 Amazing Ways Green-Tech Can Change The Future For Children

The nearly seventy-four million children growing up as the next generation want to change. They’re looking for amazing ways green-tech can change the future. Children growing up today have already seen their parents struggle from the “Great Recession”. In fact, they’ve seen how large companies and most importantly Banks can teeter on financial ruin. They’ve witnessed how corruption costs taxpayers dearly and war often plays out on television screens around the globe.

They’re tired of standing by and watching the world destroy their futures…and their children’s future.

Generation Z

Two studies have shown Generation Z is the kind of kid every parent hopes to raise. The first study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found overall that the people in this demographic are more conservative. They’re more responsible than Millennials with fewer teen pregnancies, fewer drugs and alcohol problems. Plus they’re more likely to finish high school on time. They are good kids.

This generation has found their voice and wants to be heard. In 2019 the Pew Research Center collected data to find their sentiment and their findings aren’t that surprising. It found seventy percent believe the government must put more effort into solving serious problems facing the world today.

Global Call For Action

The need for government intervention in issues such as climate change, recycling, and pollution has steadily increased through generations. But, this need has reached a fever pitch with the climate crisis we now face today.

In an attempt to get leaders attention schoolchildren have created a group called Friday’s For Futures. By March 2019, 1.6 million kids have taken part in a school strike every Friday in over seven continents. They’re leader Greta Thunberg has asked International Leaders to stop talking about goals and start taking action!

What kind of action are they asking for? The issue of growing greenhouse gas has warmed the atmosphere. Consequently, CO2 has driven temperatures to a breaking point. If it continues on growing this way life will be in peril.

The UN Climate change report states the world has twelve years to change our patterns of consumption!

Batteries

So the world has awakened and have heard their demands are for a real and tangible change.

Inventions are amazing ways Green-Tech can change the future of our children. If we invent we may have a better chance to continue life uninterrupted. But right now, wildfires, droughts, floods, and rising sea levels are disrupting communities and costing billions of dollars.

One of the problems that must be solved is our insatiable need for batteries. In the USA alone, three billion batteries sell annually! Batteries are made up of heavy metals which if not disposed of properly are destined to contaminate the environment. Who throws their batteries away? Yup, I’ve done it!

My son falls into Generation Z he’s 6 years old and can wear out batteries in a matter of hours. We go through over a hundred and fifty dollars each year. Double or triple that number if a household has two or three battery hungry children!

My boy can point out a Toy Store while moving 60 km’s an hour, strapped into a four-point harness. He can barely crane his neck enough to see out the window! Yet, his little internal compass spins if he comes anywhere close to a known toy store.

It would be a very different world if there were no batteries to supply the insatiable hunger for battery operated toys! The nagging appeals for these toys are tiring. It seems to be an unending quest to acquire them and it’s relentless. I’m sure that every parent gives in to the pressure too!

Amazing ways Green-tech can change the future of batteries

One of the most amazing ways Green-tech can change the future is the invention of the supercapacitor. It is a new way to tackle old problems. One person has dedicated her academic life to make the battery industry more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Meghana Bollimpalli is an eighth grader who has invented a solution. She has developed a Supercapacitor using tea leaves and molasses. A supercapacitor is an electronic device. They store massive amounts of electrical energy and also have the potential to give us clean energy!

This invention earned her second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last October. The Science behind the supercapacitor has been around for almost seventy years and is still in its market infancy as it claims only a small niche in comparison to battery sales.

This alternative could see the ability to recharge a single cell up to thirty thousand times without showing signs of aging. This invention is so brilliant for more than one reason!

The demise of batteries

Furthermore, what would happen if one day the raw materials vanish? The supply will begin to dwindle. Consequently, this would cost consumers a fortune to own a single battery!

The Energizer Holding’s Annual Report states,

 “Our business is vulnerable to the availability of raw materials.”

The Energizer company relies on only a few raw materials suppliers and sometimes only one.

” There are concerns about supply disruptions due to shortages in critical materials.”

Energizer is the leading brand for Alkaline batteries sales and it’s an industry-wide issue as raw materials are finite.

Moreover, the volatility in production costs, including raw material prices, will inevitably make the cost of batteries rise. As parents, we have to use another approach for the sake of our wallets and also for the environment. Could the Supercapacitator be the answer to the problem?

The Plastic Revolution

Most people that practice waste reduction do it behind closed doors rarely talked about. The low tech solutions people are using to reduce waste may be the most amazing ways Green-Tech can change the future. But overall the past and present haven’t had a huge emphasis on environmental protection. Was it because there was very little education for the consumer… probably.

I remember someone told me that plastic bags were better for the environment because we didn’t cut down trees to make them! Sigh…

I think we can all agree with the fact that plastic is widely accepted… it’s a huge problem! It’s tossed in the air on land and overseas. In fact, 91% of the world’s plastic is actually NOT recycled. A figure that shines a spotlight on how the world’s waste management system is broken!

A byproduct of the food and drug, automobile, and numerous other industries. Once it’s released to be forgotten nature will have its way. The natural process of degradation slowly breaks down plastic. The result? 700 years of microplastics.

Today we’re seeing the deadly effects of microplastics in the bellies of sea birds, whales, and mammals. What makes us think it will stop there? It actually impacts our children every day! Did you know that according to the University of Newcastle we eat a credit card size amount of microplastics each week? That works out to be one full dinner plate a year!

Amazing ways Green-tech can change the future of plastics

The truth is plastic can only be recycled once or twice in its lifetime. Plastic doesn’t react well when it’s melted. Thus reducing the quality and therefore limiting the effectiveness of recycling itself.

But it’s not all lost for good! We can still try and right a wrong. There is no time like the present it’s now time to discover new ways to deal with plastic. Up until now, Chemists haven’t been able to develop new technology to replace recycling. Recently the Chemists from the University of California have come up with a way to recycle plastic differently. These scientists are looking at plastic on a molecular level.

Plastic is made up of chains of carbon when combined in different ways can make different types of plastic. So instead of melting down the plastic, they’re chopping up the carbon strings. They can do this using a process that uses very little heat. Therefore, it won’t release nasty emissions or thick gooey sludge back into the environment.

Susannah Scott wrote about the new research in the academic news website called the conversation. She described the process as a process that depends on a catalyst which contains a metal that removes a little hydrogen from the polymer chain. The catalyst uses this hydrogen to cut the bonds that hold the carbon chain together. thus breaking them into smaller pieces and turning the plastic into liquid.

At this point, the research is in its infancy but it is hoped that wide-scale production can take shape in the next few years! Plastic is set to grow another 4 billion tonnes! By 2050 the world’s environment will contain 12 billion tonnes of plastic. GROSS. Seeing the success of seed projects like this is what could help save the future of the economy!

When times get tough and we have large global issues such as the pandemic. We can see that if enough people put their heads together and enough people dedicate their lives to common causes. These ideas from the Green tech industry can save the future of the economy. In the meantime, while we’re waiting for a miracle we should do our part. After all, we’re all in this together! There are plenty of ways that you can make a difference.

Time for Change

What can the consumer do now before it’s too late?  Single-use batteries shouldn’t even exist if there is technology out there that allows one to charge them again. We’re continually buying into the single-use products over and over again!

Let’s kick the habit and start using rechargeable batteries until we can buy supercapacitors. Rechargeable batteries currently have a life span of three to five years.

If every family switched they’ll save hundreds of dollars a year and reduce the pressure on companies to keep up with demand thus maintaining a more sustainable future.

There are also plenty of ways to reduce plastic waste! I have come up with four easy habits you can incorporate into your conscious living lifestyle

Have no fear! This generation is shining brightly. The beacon of light we needed to awake the consciousness in the cause to fight environmental disasters. The student researchers at the University of Central Florida have finally created a supercapacitor battery prototype. People like them and Meghana Bollimpalli together will help facilitate the growth of an industry! An industry we hope will benefit the world for generations to come!

Thank you for your support

This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions and the end of a normal way of life. I’ve found it’s actually hard to concentrate when It comes down to sitting down to write. I have a young son and he’s kept me busy with home school and daily entertainment. This new life has pretty much drained my creative energy! However, someone like me used to routines has found beauty in this new way of life.

Writing doesn’t pay the bills. It is actually just a labor of love and most writing happens when everyone has gone to bed. I summon the creative juice that flows from my head to my fingers. Not really knowing what I’m going to write. But knowing that if I don’t write it could be the very last time I have the chance! Life is short and our time is only a short story. Please take the time to go through my website and support a small business. Supporting the Eco shop not only supports a small business but is the beginning of conscious living.

Thank you

Rachel xoxo

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How This One Snack Inspires Healthier Eating

Whole foods contain good quality or organic ingredients. Be glad to know while buying with the intention of eating healthier, it also supports a healthier way of farming. While surfing the net for Local Organic food companies. I found a company called Left Coast Naturals which supplies a natural food snack named Hippie Snacks. I imagined myself not writing this review because I seriously don’t want people to think I’m a hippy! I’m not someone that goes around wearing bandanas, baggy pants, and tie-dye T-Shirts. Just because I’ve found an interest in writing about the environment! That is definitely not me!!

While shopping at the grocery store I was taking a selfie with my shopping basket. I wanted to show fellow Eco wavers how proud I was that I’d taken care not to put anything plastic in the basket. I’d inadvertently stopped to take the photo next to the snack section looked up and saw the Hippie Snacks. I had a hard look at them because from what I’d read on the Internet I’d seen the company was local. Founded in Burnaby B.C. their snacks don’t contain genetically modified food.  I’m a huge fan of anything cauliflower, this is the main ingredient and it’s the easiest vegetable to hide from kids. I can hide it in anything and my son doesn’t suspect a thing!

There are quite a few flavors you can buy which include Avocado, Sesame, Coconut, and granola snacks.  While inspecting the ingredients I’d found that there isn’t one that I couldn’t pronounce. Coconut milk is the binder for ingredients like pumpkin seed, hemp and sesame seeds, chili flakes, onion, and dill. I’m hooked! So I threw a couple of flavors in the basket. I decided I was going to tuck into the Classic Ranch Cauliflower Crisps around bedtime since lately, I’ve been eating cake instead. Yes, It’s wrong, but if this makes me wrong, then I’m alright with it!

I first noticed that they looked a lot like mini tortilla chips and wasn’t immediately excited. By the first bite, I couldn’t stop eating! Kinda like it had me at hello. It turned into a marathon to see how fast I could get to the bottom of the bag! It was like eating food reminiscent of the everlasting gobstopper from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. With each bite, the different spices came through from beginning to end. The first taste is the sensation of biting into a buttery combination of sesame and cauliflower, which reminded me of Sunday dinner. The crunchiness of the chip carries on with the ranch flavor and finishes off with the taste of dill.

I’ve eaten a lot of chips in my life. There are a few out there that quickly turn me into a ravenous bear. I act like I haven’t eaten in days, yet I hadn’t felt hungry when I took that first bite. Those other chips have MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and countless oils like vegetable, soybean, corn and sunflower oil. So I’m not at all surprised that they’re super addicting! Another great reason to love hippie snacks is that the product doesn’t contain any added oil so all that buttery yumminess is actually coming from the naturally occurring oil in the seeds.

This product ticks the boxes for someone looking to find a healthy alternative that you’ll love. It’s a local Vancouver based product with quality picked, nongenetically modified ingredients and kids love them too!

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How To Plan A Great Shoreline Cleanup

Today our town held a great shoreline cleanup! Originally postponed by high winds we finally held it on a calm and sunny morning.

A junk collection company who I hadn’t heard of previously was on demand to collect litter from multiple locations.

They handed out gloves, extended picker claws, along with burlap sacks, which will be reused next year. Furthermore, Starbucks and a local grocer pitched in with free coffee and muffins!!

The junk company went from location to location and delivered the trash to the designated drop off in a park next to the Ocean. Where they sorted the trash so they could easily recycle. Likewise, the City picked up this trash that had been collected by the over forty volunteers.

This is the way a well-run Shoreline Cleanup should operate! Personally, I found it frustrating to get a four-year-old battling a cold to be punctual. No one was cooperating! Neither my son or husband wanted to go.

I pushed through it and won! Nothing a little Advil and time out couldn’t help! Once we arrived my son did great! He and I found ourselves on a little adventure weaving in and out of driftwood.

The plastic was mostly small, bits and pieces, lighters, bottle caps, cigarette butts, and rope. There also may have been a few used condoms.