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A Catastrophe Is On The Way

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Government, Health, Modern World, News, Oceans, Plastic Rubbish, Spain with tags , , , , on 18/07/2017 by floroy1942

I read with surprise today that Brazil is to open up 860,000 acres of the Amazon tropical rain forest for logging, farming and mining. If this continues the human race will be in big trouble for we rely on trees to give our atmosphere oxygen. They soak up the carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere and convert it to oxygen among other things.

“Urban forests help to improve our air quality. Heat from the earth is trapped in the atmosphere due to high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping gases that prohibit it from releasing the heat into space. This creates a phenomenon known today as the “greenhouse effect.” Therefore, trees help by removing CO2 from the atmosphere during photosynthesis to form carbohydrates that are used in plant structure/function and return oxygen back into the atmosphere as a byproduct. Roughly half of the greenhouse effect is caused by CO2. Therefore, trees act as carbon sinks, alleviating the greenhouse effect.”

I guess it is no surprise that profit comes before the continuance of mankind on this planet. Already the Amazon rainforest has been cut by nearly a third thanks to illegal logging, cattle farming and agriculture, and it seems it will get worse. So few people seem to realize that we rely on trees to provide us with a breathable atmosphere.

In the last fifty years forests across the world have been decimated to produce more agricultural land, and it would seem that it is not over yet. Why do governments not understand that we need trees to provide us with breathable air? If this keeps up and huge forests such as the Amazon disappear and we will have no oxygen to keep us alive.

The problem is we are so ignorant of the basic facts of life that we only think of money and profit. This will surely lead us to the destruction of our planet and the end of human life on Earth.

When I was young we had woods and forests all across Britain, but now most of them have disappeared as farmers cut down the trees just to get a little more land on which to plant crops. It’s the same all over the world, with huge forests disappearing at a steady rate. Many of the forests across the world have been decimated to make way for agriculture.

It is time the human race woke up to the fact that without trees life will end on this planet of ours.

Already this year we have had temperatures so high and that has never happened before. Here in Spain we have had temperatures in the high forties. In the Middle East temperatures are reaching close to fifty degrees, again, never seen before. You can bet your life that temperatures will continue to rise year on year and it is all the fault of mankind.

Drought areas in America and other countries make it impossible to grow crops to feed us. Flooding in many parts of the world have caused chaos with people losing their lives and homes being destroyed. This cannot go on.

Say what you will, but we humans are to blame for this sorry mess, and if we continue to ignore the warnings it will be too late to correct the current problems.

Most of the contamination in our atmosphere comes from the traffic on our roads which are poisoning the atmosphere. It is time for world-wide governments to greatly reduce the number of cars on the roads and to make them cleaner. If they do not do this it could be the end of mankind on this planet.

Another great contributor to oxygen is the oceans, and we have successfully contaminated them with plastic. Massive areas of the world seas have seen the rise of plastic around the world and this is another contamination that is slowly destroying our world.

If mankind is to continue its existence on the planet we have to do something to clean up our world. Otherwise, in maybe a hundred years humans will cease to exist.

Roy.

Do You Believe In Climate Change

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Conservation, Environment, Europe, Health, News, Oceans, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 06/04/2017 by floroy1942

Right Or Wrong?

Climate change is a touchy subject these days and many people do not believe in it. But the facts speak for themselves when you consider the massive flooding of countries like Peru, Australia and New Zealand, India and Bangladesh among others. Also we have drastic droughts and storms over different parts of the world. These things were unheard of in the past.

The weather patterns of the world have changed drastically over the past thirty years with drought, floods, massive hurricanes and typhoons, and a rising sea level. Some deny that these problems are manmade and are just a natural cycle in our world. The truth is that it is all manmade, caused by the heavy pollution we are sending into the atmosphere.

It would be difficult to ignore the facts when you consider such disasters with so many people killed and the loss of their homes. To me the facts cannot be denied for we are heading into the worst disasters of our world.

The big question is why? Is it a natural cycle or due to mankind’s ignorance to the state of our world. The toxic levels of our atmosphere are steadily rising due to our careless attitude to the climate, and as we go on the situation will only get worse.

Since the turn of the twentieth century we have been steadily increasing the contamination of the world’s atmosphere. It is said that last year we exceeded the possibility of the Earth to regenerate the atmosphere by August, and for the rest of the year  we added more and more contamination with the Earth unable to handle it. Even our oceans are being contaminated at an alarming rate through various means. So from this you can conclude that the planet and the atmosphere is getting worse year on year. When is it likely to stop?

Mankind is heading for extinction if we keep this up and in perhaps a hundred years we will cease to exist, because we have poisoned our atmosphere to the extent where all life on the planet will cease to exist.

I know that many people will consider this to be a load of rubbish, but you have to consider the condition of our world today, and imagine what it will be like in a tens of  years time if we continue living as we do.

The biggest contaminators of our atmosphere are vehicles and factories that push out toxic fumes daily. With over a billion vehicles on the planet and an untold number of factories the situation will get worse year on year. Some countries may see in twenty of thirty years time people walking around with gas masks, for already in China people wear face masks to stop the pollution from entering their lungs. This will soon spread to the west in some cities if we do nothing.

Already places like London, Paris, and in particular cities in the Middle East are suffering from heavy pollution and you can bet your life it will spread. The sad thing is, mankind seems oblivious to the spread of air contamination, and you can bet your life it will come and bite us in the backside.

At the moment people are living up to their eighties, nineties and beyond but that will soon change as the pollution of our atmosphere extends. You can make all the excuses you like but it will not change things unless we do something about it. There are so many people who believe that climate change is a myth, but in time they will see the truth as we are forced into taking measures to protect our health. It is not too late to do something about it but in ten or twenty years time it will be.

Governments have to start drastically reducing the number of cars in the world, and ban diesel which is the worst polluter. Factories must start using fuel that does not contaminate the atmosphere so much, but first people must be aware of the danger they are in for this to work. We all rely on governments to do the right thing, but sadly this is not the case for corrupt politicians are everywhere and their one aim in life is to be as rich as possible.

It is time for the world to made aware of the danger we are in and for the people to do something about it.

Roy.

Killing The Wilderness Will Kill Us All

Posted in America, Brazil, Britain, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Nature, News, Oceans, Plastic Rubbish with tags , , , , on 10/09/2016 by floroy1942
Deforestation

Deforestation

No! This is not some made up story, but in years to come it will come true. The areas of wilderness on Earth, i.e. areas of land like the Amazon in South America and Central Africa among others, are the lifeblood of our planet and yet we are destroying them at an ever-increasing rate.

The Amazon

The Amazon

Before 1970 the Amazon forest covered 4,100,000 sq.kms, but by 2015 it had shrunk to just 3,331,065 sq.kms. This means that mankind has destroyed 768,935  sq.kms (almost the size of Turkey) in just 39 years, reducing its size by 18.8%. Despite all the warnings about what this was doing to our ecological status, the destruction still goes on.

In 1950 the Indonesian forest cover was estimated to be 145 million ha of primary forest and another 14 million ha of secondary and tidal forest.  Between 1990 and 2000 20% of the forest area in Indonesia had been lost (24 million ha) and by 2010, only 52% of the total land area was forested (94 million ha).

According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests have already been destroyed world-wide. Up to 90 percent of West Africa’s coastal rain forests have disappeared since 1900. Brazil and Indonesia, which contain the world’s two largest surviving regions of rain forest, are being stripped at an alarming rate by logging, fires, and land-clearing for agriculture and cattle-grazing. And so the destruction of our live-giving forests goes on unabated, and no-one is doing anything to stop it.

Rain Forest Destruction

Rain Forest Destruction

What most people do not realize is that trees are the lifeblood of this planet, and without them we will all die very quickly because they are the number one provider of our most important essential – oxygen. But what the hell, profit is more important that life, right!

We all know that the pollution levels on our planet are steadily rising, what with CO2 pollution world-wide and the ever increasing contamination of the world seas and the ground but no-one seems to care.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

Our oceans are steadily being heavily polluted with plastic among other things which is causing untold problems. We have huge areas of every ocean on the planet where plastic is collecting on the surface called plastic gyers.

For more information you might perhaps  want to read:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/

Ocean Life Destruction

Ocean Life Destruction

Another problem with the oceans is over-fishing. Where forty years ago a fishing boat would capture maybe a ton of fish, now the giant fishing trawlers are capturing 100 tons of fish in a single catch, and it doesn’t end there.

Not only are we destroying the seas, but also the land on which we grow the crops that feed us. For the last forty years we have increased farming production to the extent where the ground does not have the ability to recover. For this reason we are using chemicals to help make the crops grow, and this is polluting the earth. Not only that, but it gets into our streams and flows into rivers where it ends up in the sea.

Years ago when I was young a farmer would always leave one field without crops for an entire year so that it could recover the minerals that help our crops grow. Now that is all out the window as everyone wants to make more and more profit.

The seas and the ground are important to us, but we are also fouling the air that we breath. From the turn of the century, when there were probably no more than a few hundred thousand vehicles on our roads it has risen to over a billion, and each one is pumping out poisonous gasses that are contaminating our atmosphere. It is well known that the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere are causing problems world-wide. The loss of forests and woods across the world means that nature has totally lost control, and can no longer rectify this problem.

Smog In The Far East

Smog In The Far East

In some Far Eastern cities people have to walk around with a mask to prevent the minute particles from vehicle exhausts getting into their lungs. Western nations have also had their share. The effect this has had on the human population is evident in the increased number of cancer deaths.

Most people will have heard about the disastrous droughts in places like California, parts of Africa and even Europe where there has been no rainfall for many months. This has had a catastrophic effect for farmers, many of whom have gone bankrupt. And yet, more areas are suffering hurricanes in places where this is unheard of in the past, like Britain for example. Our uncaring attitude to the world is causing disasters in places where such things are unheard of. If we continue as we are you can guarantee this will only get worse.

Centuries ago life on this planet was balanced because of the low levels of contamination we pumped into the seas, ground and air. But now with scientific progress all that has changed and we are slowly destroying our planet, and ourselves. If nothing changes within the next few decades mankind will be no more.

Roy.

No More Renewable Resources for This Year

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Forests, Health, Modern World, News, Oceans with tags , , , , on 12/08/2016 by floroy1942
A True Statement

A True Statement

The time when the Earth’s natural renewable resources are used up is rapidly shrinking as year on year it happens earlier than the year before. Scientists say that we have already used up all the Earth’s renewable resources this month – August, just 221 days after the beginning of the year. This means that for the rest of the year we are adding to the pollutants in our atmosphere.

What this means is that now in August, over-fishing, over foresting and dumping more carbon emissions into the atmosphere than can be absorbed has reached its climax, and for the rest of the year we are adding more than the Earth can absorb. On average, it has moved up only one day a year over the past five years, compared to an average of three days a year since it started being tracked in the early 1970s. The future of life on this planet is steadily getting more and more dangerous as we continue to destroy that which we call home.

Mathis Wackernagel, co-founder and CEO of GFN and Balakrishna Pisupati, head of the biodiversity, land and governance programme with the United Nations Environment Programme, said “If humans continue to use the Earth’s resources at this rate it could have “disastrous consequences” in terms of climate change, the erosion of topsoil through the conversion of grasslands and forests into farmlands, and an overall loss of biodiversity. The longer we continue viewing natural resources as unlimited, the faster we are jeopardizing the very capacity of our planet to provide us with the renewable resources that we need to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves.”

I know that most people will just cast this off as nonsense because they do not see any changes in their daily lives, and think, “I don’t see any changes. What are they on about.” If the scientists are correct, our children and their children will suffer horrendously. That is something for everyone to think about.

With the amount of pollution that we pump into the atmosphere daily from cars, lorries, and factories, we are adding more than the atmosphere can absorb, so you really should start thinking about where we are headed.

Our continued reliance on fossil fuels is killing the Earth and we have no viable substitute. CO2 is steadily clogging our atmosphere, and there can be no doubt that average temperatures are rising year on year. I know because even where I live it has been much hotter than last year, and is set to increase even more next year.

It has been clearly recorded that temperatures are steadily on the rise on our planet which can be seen by the massive ice melt at places like the North Pole where most of it has disappeared. We are even losing our mountain glaciers at a fast rate. But there again, it is not affecting me at the moment so who cares they say

What happens when our planets resources finally run out, as they must do at some time in the future? We give them no time to regenerate, for we just take take take!

What happens when the oil runs out? No more cars, no more factories, no more gadgets because the factories had to close. Please don’t be so naive as to think that mankind will come up with an alternative source of power sufficient to power our world and industries, because it just will not happen in time.

We destroy forests at an ever increasing rate knowing full well that they are the number one oxygen suppliers to our planet. We rape the seas of fish to the extent that stocks are steadily decreasing,  and we poison the ground with chemicals just to get crops to grow because we have used up all the natural resources in the ground.

The think tank lauded the goals outlined in the Paris climate agreement which was adopted by nearly 200 countries in April. The GFN said “there is nothing holding back these nations from achieving the goal becoming carbon neutral by 2050 except for political will. Such a new way of living comes with many advantages, and making it happen takes effort.The good news is that it is possible with current technology, and financially advantageous with overall benefits exceeding costs,” he said, adding that the transition will stimulate emerging sectors like renewable energy while preventing the risk and costs tied to adapting infrastructure to the impact of climate change.

One thing is for sure, this cannot continue, for humanity will be in dire straits if we carry on as we are. I sincerely hope this hits home with at least some people, and they make changes to their daily lives to help save our world.

Roy.

Paris Climate Conference – COP 21

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, Conservation, Environment, Europe, Insanity, Nature, News, Oceans with tags , , , , on 29/11/2015 by floroy1942

Next week sees the next round of international climate conferences in Paris and many people are wondering what agreements are going to be reached. What is just as is important is how effective the agreements will be. Will governments live up to the actions they have agreed to take, or will it be just like all the previous conferences where everything is forgotten after the doors close behind them?

Some People Just Do Not Believe What Is Staring Them In The Face

Some People Just Do Not Believe What Is Staring Them In The Face

I have a tendency to believe in the latter, for up until now not much has been done about the major threat of climate change despite all the agreements reached in the past. The evidence for urgent action is happening every day, and yet most people just ignore it or simply do not believe it.

Major hurricanes/typhoons, flooding and drought all across the world are indications that things are changing rapidly, and it is up to mankind to make the necessary alterations in the way we live otherwise they will escalate, and life on Earth will become precarious indeed.

Polar Ice Cap Loss

Just One Example – Polar Ice Cap Loss

Most people scoff at the idea of climate change because they do not know how the climate behaved 50-60 years ago, and they have nothing to compare todays weather patterns with. Those of us who are old remember clearly the mild weather patterns of the 1950’s and 60’s when for example, hurricanes were totally unheard of in Britain. You cannot say that now. We old ‘uns remember when we never had major flooding, and long periods of drought like we do now in Britain. I can say much the same about the United States.

It is only when you have the real knowledge of what our weather patterns were so long ago that you begin to realize how much it has changed in the last thirty-odd years. Looking around at what is happening in the world at the moment I find it hard to believe that most people just do not see what is going on.

Too Many Cars

Too Many Cars

I can well understand the young people today who decry the very idea of climate change, because what we experience today is all they have known since they were born, but that does not mean they should not listen to those who have experienced better times.

Most governments are crying out about capping global temperature increases to just 2 degrees celsius but none of them are taking any concrete steps to make this happen.  But there will surely come a time when they realize the mistake they have made, but sadly, it may well be too late by then.

Loss Of A Major Asset

Loss Of A Major Asset

We still have the coal-burning factories, more than a billion cars on the road worldwide all contaminating the air we breath. We are still contaminating our farmland and waterways with chemicals to grow food, while at the same time decimating the world’s great forests like the Amazon which provide us with so much oxygen. We are also doing irreparable harm to our oceans with over fishing and plastic contamination. I have to admit, it makes me shudder to think what the world will be like for our children, and in particular, our grand and great-grandchildren.

Loss Of A Major Asset

Loss Of A Major Asset

It is indeed sad that people today are so self-centred, they do not give a single thought to what their children and children’s children will have to put up with in the future. It’s all about themselves and what they can get out of life, and sod tomorrow!

It is true that the world’s governments can only do so much in avoiding major changes in world weather, a lot of it has to come from the people themselves. We the people have to begin working together to drastically reduce the effects of global warming wherever we can, for if we don’t, future generations will pay a heavy price.

Roy.

The Bell Tolls For Thee!

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Modern World, News, Oceans, Politics, United Nations with tags , , , , on 21/06/2015 by floroy1942

Its not until you get really old and have experienced the changes that have overtaken the world and its people, that you get some idea of what the future could be.  What will life be like in fifty or a hundred years time? That is a question many people would love to know the answer to, but as we all  know, unless someone invents a time machine that is impossible.

Our Ailing Planet

Our Ailing Planet

The only ones who can give us any idea of the future are the scientists who study life on Earth, our environment, and the changes taking place on an annual basis. Right now they are warning us of terrible changes that will happen in the years to come.

Age Of The Dinosaur

Age Of The Dinosaur

This planet has always been home to not only humans, but thousands of species of creatures that share this world with us. Throughout its history there have been major changes in this world’s inhabitants, like for example the dinosaur age that ended 65 million years ago with an asteroid colliding with Earth. After that cataclysmic event life almost had to start again.

We as a species have developed and become dominant in the social order of things, so why are we hell-bent on destroying our home. Scientists from the universities of  Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley have issued a report which says in effect, “We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event.” Bold words indeed, for it says that humanity will not be around for much longer in Earth history terms.

The Majority View

The Majority View

I can well imagine that the majority of the public who took the time to read the article will have scoffed and declared the report pure nonsense. But just take the time to think about it in more than cursory terms. Think about the way the human race is today, how we are slowly but surely destroying everything nature has built up over millions of years.

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

People also scoff at the idea of climate change, but again, think about it. When in our recent history have we had such droughts as in Central USA, California, or the United Kingdom among many other parts of the world? When was the last time we had hurricanes the size of Katrina a few years ago, typhoons that ravaged many Far Eastern countries, and so many since then? When was the last time countries like the USA, Britain and some central European states among many others had massive flooding? When was the last time the the Arctic and Antarctic ice retreated so far? The answer is – Not in living memory!

Think what you like, but all these events are abnormal in the recent history of man, and signal dramatic changes in the Earth’s environment. These changes are being brought about by us because of our uncaring attitude to this planet we call home, to greed, to over-population and ignorance.

Gerardo Ceballos

Gerardo Ceballos

Gerardo Ceballos, the lead author said, “If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on.” Professor Paul Ehrlich, another of the lead authors, said: “Without any significant doubt … we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event. There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead. We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on.”

The main concern of the scientists is that mankind is killing off much of the animal and plant-life on the planet and that can only lead to our extinction. Every creature, plant and human on the planet is inter-dependent for survival despite what most people think.

Burning The Rain Forest In Brazil

Burning The Rain Forest In Brazil

Nature is a finally balanced instrument, like for example trees. Without trees there would be no life on this planet at all, although few think of that. Along with the oceans, trees provide the one essential to life on this planet – oxygen! But what are we doing, many of the old forests and wooded areas in developed countries have disappeared thanks to agriculture requirements. We are also destroying huge swathes of these life-giving essentials by chopping down or burning massive areas of our tropical forests like the Amazon, Africa and the Far East, and for what, greed!

Even the humble bee is essential to life on the planet because it is necessary for plant growth through pollination, but we are poisoning them at an unprecedented rate with our chemical pesticides, and many other essential species of insect I might add. Science has estimated that they could disappear completely within the next three generations.

Fields In My Day - Surrounded By Hedgerows

Fields In My Day – Surrounded By Hedgerows

In my youth almost all fields were bordered by hedgerows that were teeming with animals, birds and insects. The birds in particular kept down the pests that invaded our crops, but once the hedgerows had been ripped out to increase profit, man found a better way, spraying them with often deadly chemicals. This removal of the hedgerows annihilated the many species that lived in them and did such a valuable job. And I might add, the crop spraying started poisoning us.

These are the kind of changes that are being highlighted by the scientists, for they say that animal species have been dying off 114 times faster since 1900 than at any time in Earth’s history. The report says, “In the last 115 years, over 400 more vertebrates (animals with backbones) have vanished than would normally be expected – including 69 mammals, 80 birds, 24 reptiles, 146 amphibians and 158 fish species. Today, more than 26% of all mammalian species and 41% of all amphibians are in danger of being wiped out.”

Value Of Rhino Horn

Value Of Rhino Horn

You only have to look at the plight of elephants and rhinoceros in Africa that are being consigned to history at an ever increasing rate by poachers. Kill an elephant and sell its tusks to some Far Eastern trader who will then make a ‘miracle’ cure for the masses that has no medicinal value whatsoever. So we destroy an entire species for what – nothing, except profit! What will these people do when there are no more elephants or rhino’s, probably turn to some other species and then proceed to wipe them out too.

World's Top Polluters

World’s Top Polluters

Many people will say, “So what. We are still here.” But they forget about the interdependency between species and plant life on the planet. Its like having a completed jigsaw in front of you, and then someone starts taking away pieces one by one. Very soon the picture is hard to recognize for what it is.

As the population of Earth continues to explode, areas that were the habitats of essential animals and insect life are being swallowed up and increase the annihilation of these species.

Ocean Pollutants

Ocean Pollutants

As we continue to pollute and rape the seas of its life we are hastening the end for all life on the planet. Some ship captains think nothing of flushing out their oil or chemical tanks and dumping the contents into the ocean. None of them think about the harm they are doing to the fish stocks that we eat. In Japan the favourite dish is Sushi (raw fish), little do they know that most fish caught in the oceans these days have a high level of mercury because of man’s continued contamination. Personally, I would not eat Sushi if you gave it to me for free.

The Affects Of Climate Change

The Affects Of Climate Change

You can look at your own uninterrupted daily life and think this is all hogwash because it does not affect you in the slightest, but what of your children and their children. What sort of world are we leaving them? If you do not see past the current problems and try to do something about them you are condemning your children, and their descendants, to a very hard life, or no life at all!

What About Us?

What About Us?

I know that it is hard for the average person to make big changes, that is up to the politicians (Heaven help us), but we can all contribute in the way we dispose of rubbish, when we are shopping by refusing plastic bags for example and minimizing car use by taking the bus. Small things but on a national scale they all help. The main thing we can all do is make the politicians take heed, and put forward some concrete proposals that will help save our species.

There can be little doubt that if the human race is to continue on this planet many things have to change, like social attitudes and caring for nature. We have to stop being the most destructive force on the planet, and start thinking about the life of future generations.

Roy.

African Plastic Ban – Something We Can All Learn From

Posted in America, Britain, England, Environment, European Union, Illegal Dumping, Nature, News, Oceans, Plastic with tags , , , , on 13/04/2015 by floroy1942

I watched with interest a news item on France 24 channel yesterday that should point the way for the whole world. The headline is: Plastic is banned in Rwanda.

Good Night Out Last Night - What Did You Do With Your McDonald's Hamburger Box?

Good Night Out Last Night – What Did You Do With Your McDonald’s Hamburger Box?

Non-biodegradable plastic has for years been a plague on our planet and it is without doubt time that its use is severely limited. Our towns, cities and countryside, and more important our oceans, are becoming clogged with the stuff. Everywhere you go these days you will find plastic bags, cartons, bottles, wrappers and the like littering our streets, our waterways and the seas.

It would seem that many manufacturers cannot think past plastic. If you buy even fruit or vegetables in a supermarket these days, chances are they will come in a plastic tray with a plastic film wrapper. WHY! If the goods need to be in a tray, which I don’t believe they do for these are purely for presentation, then why not a cardboard one as in the old days?

High Winds - Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

High Winds – Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

In Britain alone a total of eight billion plastic bags were handed out to customers by supermarkets and shops in 2012. Add that to the rest of Europe and it comes out at trillions per year. You should ask yourself how many of yours ended up in the wrong place because you didn’t care!

Up to the sixties everything came wrapped in paper, cardboard or a derivative, and everyone was happy. Today it all comes down to profit because plastic is cheaper.

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Here in Marbella you do not need to walk far on the beaches before you come across a discarded plastic bag, water bottle or wrapper. We have become so careless with waste disposal these days that even though there may be a litter bin a few metres away, it is too much trouble for many to dispose of litter properly.

As I have reported in previous posts (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/) plastic is steadily clogging up our oceans to the extent that there are country sized accumulations in all our oceans called gyres.

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

Plastic is breaking down in sunlight into micro-plastic that is eaten by fish and sea birds, and much of the fish ends up on our dinner table. What most people seem to forget is that normal plastic is non-biodegradable! It will still litter our planet in one thousand years after it is carelessly thrown away!

- And This Is Why!

– And This Is Why!

It was reported recently that even the Mediterranean Sea now has huge gyres of plastic that are steadily being eaten by the fish. If it continues, it will become a major problem for the extensive fishing industry in countries bordering the Mediterranean as in other parts of the world.

Says It All!

Rwanda – Says It All!

It is for these reasons that I applaud the actions taken by the Rwandan government to ban non-biodegradable  plastics in the country. Top of the list is plastic shopping bags, for these have received an outright ban. The people are now being forced to use paper bags to carry the shopping.

Passengers arriving at Kigali Airport are now searched for plastic, and any found is confiscated. If you have a package or suitcase wrapped in plastic it is cut off and confiscated before you can enter the country. The same goes for the country’s borders.

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

It has been reported by people travelling through Rwanda that now-a-days everything is a lot cleaner. No longer is there the spectacle of plastic bags blown around on the streets and in the countryside, and no longer are the trees festooned with plastic caught on branches. A lesson for us all in our supposedly ‘civilized’ world.

Europe vainly tried a couple of years ago to limit the use of supermarket plastic bags by charging for them, locally its ten cents, but that was a waste of time. You still see people leaving the supermarkets with a trolley full to the brim with shopping in a dozen or more plastic bags.

Litter On The Street -  A Regular Occurence In Europe

Litter On The Street – A Regular Occurence In Europe

In Europe as in most western countries it is a common sight to see shopping bags or other plastic items littering the streets, they are everywhere. In many cases these items find their way into rivers and streams and pollute our water supply, but who the hell cares, its only a plastic bag.

Few people realize the damage that is being done to our environment by discarded plastic, and sad to say, many don’t care anyway. Unfortunately it is not about the here and now, but what we are doing to future generations with our careless plastic pollution.

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

It is time for the rest of the world, in particular the richer nations to follow this example set by Rwanda and enforce an outright ban on plastic carrier bags as a start, and then move to other plastic wrapping materials. It may cost a little more, but at least it will be a step in the right direction towards saving our planet.

Roy.

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