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Always Keep Fighting

There is a famous scene in The Matrix where Morpheus offers Neo the Red Pill of truth or the Blue Pill to stay in the fantasy land.

When you begin to notice the “out of place” things that are wrong, you can never turn back. Litter is a great example. So many people ignore the rubbish dropped on the ground: notice the litter along your streets, in your towns, along the river banks or in the river, along the beach or in the sea. When you begin to notice, you will always notice it. You can choose to ignore it or you can pick it up and dispose of it as best as possible so it does not become a threat to our natural planet.

In 1997, Captain Charles Moore discovered a very large plastic island in the Pacific Ocean and warned societies about it. We ignored it, hoping the problem would disappear. It didn’t! It just grew into an in your face environmental disaster that still we are slow to respond.

  1. In 2008, I attended a green London and found out over 50% of London’s “recyclables” by boroughs were being shipped out to China to process. I didn’t re
  2. After the China ban in Jan 2018, the UK, USA, EU along with many other rich developed nations continued to export “recyclable” plastic & e-waste to other Asian nations like Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc to process. Many in the rich countries continue to be fooled that their waste management system is superior in processing their “recyclables”. The China ban and now more recently the Malaysian ban has exposed the flaw of relying solely on “recycling” as the solution to managing our waste from convenient disposables.

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    You can read this article here: https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/malaysia-bans-waste-imports-as-australia-battles-recycling-crisis-20181019-p50atm.html?fbclid=IwAR04IgY45wIHe9RxmN23Y2TtNXzAtdmjCDVfL0GnapGb8s6wy7KrUH2Ddik

  3. The truth about recycling plastic is, it is a linear progression towards the development of micro-plastic shedding materials such as nylon, polyester, and the other synthetic fabric.
  4. From the invisible oil spill (plastic ocean), millions of animals (mainly marine life and birds) a year are dying from plastic ingestion.

And as we continue to ignore the environmental disaster, unsurprisingly we at the top of the food chain have micro-plastic in us.

NationalGeographic

To read more about this see here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/news-plastics-microplastics-human-feces/?user.testname=none&fbclid=IwAR2qbYTOGFLhPjg9nZfuDv_QeqF6DT3FcxgIWcsAhX4h8mt2bbRHltuQrIQ

The experts claim that this will affect our autoimmune systems and aid the transmission of toxins and harmful bugs or viruses. Whales and dolphins have been dying from plastic ingestion.

Whale Plastic Bag

Finally advocates (presumably plastic manufacturers) have been saying this is a distraction from climate change. It should be noted that photo-degradation of plastic, particularly single-use plastic is contributing to the global warming / climate change

Source: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2018/08/01/greenhouse-gases-linked-to-degrading-plastic/

BBC Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45043989?SThisFB

It is interesting that we can immediately respond to the “Y2K” potential disaster or a visible oil spill. But the plastic environmental disaster???

So which pill will you continue to take? The red pill or the blue pill. We are all stewards for this world.

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

 

Numbers 35:33 “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.”

The corporates and governments do need to take action, but we can also take action and be part of the solution. Refuse disposable / single use plastic and take on the plastic / zero waste challenge to reduce the disposable waste you produce. Here are some tips to what you can do: https://tyrelady.wordpress.com/support-the-challenges/

If you want to share what you have done to reduce your disposable plastic waste then leave a message for me on Twitter: @TyreLady or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TyreLady

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The 2 Degree Challenge

MyTemperatureWhen I announced I was going to turn off my fridge, someone (Jess) suggested that my heating temperature should also be turned down. I decided to do it by 2 degrees.
Now you might think that perhaps I turned down my house temperature because apparently this year our carbon emissions rose by 2% and we have seen a wrath of climate issues round the world related to global warming (hurricanes, tornadoes, bush fires, massive flooding)
Source is here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2152929-bad-news-carbon-emissions-have-suddenly-started-rising-again/
And our carbon emissions are set to continue to rise. The amount of energy we burn at this time of the year for heating or cooling is pretty substantial and so wondered, what if we all tried a 2 degree challenge for at least for 1 year how much difference would that make?

No I thought 2 degrees C was a better challenge than 1 degrees C…. But now it’s been mentioned….

2DegreeChallenge

If you’re in a cold country, reduce your heating thermostat by 2 degrees C.
If you’re in a hot country, and use an air conditioner, increase the thermostat by 2 degrees C.
Currently am living in the UK and my house heating is normally at 17 degs C. I wear 3 layers on top. Have now turned it down to 15 degs C and a fourth layer has gone on when am sitting still doing nothing but looking at me compewtor. All was good on day 1, as the cooler temperature forced me to move more.
….And then I had to have a shower. As I stood in the cold bathroom on the cold floor, my brain refused to allow me to undress myself and forced me to put the heating back up to 17 degs C…..Day 1 was a definite DNF
Day 2 has worked out better when I went for a hard run. The cold bathroom felt refreshing. I’ll print myself a certificate later!
Day 3 – have actually gone back to 3 layers on top, but 2 layers on the bottom. Will do some core strength work before I try a shower later.

Benefits Of Doing the 2 Degree Challenge:

– Less carbon emissions
– Reduced energy bill
– Your body learns to adapt better (see Wim Hof and Runner Dad links below) and thus will make you stronger in your health

So how about it? Will you take on the 2 degree challenge? Tell me how it goes…The harder core folk can try a 5 degree challenge.
For the sake of our perceived comfort, what’s 2 degrees C if it shows that reducing carbon emissions can reduce global warming and in turn reduce the number of natural disasters we have seen?

And For The Extra bonus challenge: The Cold Shower

Another buddy (Gerrard) has suggested trying the Wim Hof method  http://www.icemanwimhof.com/wim-hof-exercises
Yes I will be taking the extra bonus to see if I can do a cold shower in a cold bathroom.

Other notes:

Human Biology taught me that our bodies can thermo-adapt to remain in homeostasis. When I was in -40 degs C, I felt warm returning back into -20 degs C and wore a thin shirt. 
Same in the tropics in Singapore. In the heat, am fine when it is 35 degrees C and wore a jumper when when it went down to 25 degrees. In the UK, 25 degrees C is positively shorts and t-shirt weather.
And finally for those who think am just being extreme, here is a final read of cold adaptation: https://therunnerdad.com/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-adapt-to-the-cold/
“Try something old” to allow our natural states to adapt.
Look forward to hearing your stories or seeing your vlogs 😀