March Against Monsanto, Agent Orange and GMOs

Last weekend I took part in the March Against Monsanto here in Perth.

It was a good turn out for Perth. Between 1500 and 2000 people attended on a day which started at Parliament House, continued with a march through the city and ended up with speeches in Raine Square.

Monsanto are the most unethical company in the worldresponsible for the likes of Agent Orange and genetically modified crops which had a variety of negative effects when independently tested on rats.

Monsanto are also responsible for promoting irresponsible use of ‘Round Up’, which we now know is linked with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Depression, Cancer and other medical conditions. It’s no surprise then that the local population are resisting Monsanto’s attempts to bully their way into WA’s agriculture industry.

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An Inconvenient Truth

What a name and what a book (haven’t seen the film yet). As some readers may know I have been on a holiday on the other side of Australia (the beautiful Gold Coast) for two weeks (got back Saturday night shortly before midnight). Before we left I spotted Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in book form at the airport book-shop. I picked it up, flipped through and bought it. There was no iffing or butting about it. The book is an invaluable source of information with a level insight and research I have rarely seen in any discussion of Global Warming.

The book also has a personal “Al Gore” touch to it- relating the experiences of Al Gore and his family to attitudes about environment, human interaction and global changes. It’s amazing how an event involving a person or people close to you can cause an emotion or realisation which has across-the-board impacts on your life views. Al Gore describes how situations in his life have brought him to appreciate and understand the environment more, to fear losing places and a lifestyle dear to his heart, to want and be able to make a difference all of his own in the fight against global warming.

After winning Presidency and then losing it again during the Florida votes scandal, Al Gore did not relegate the rest of his years to fighting against the Bush family, republicans or any other personal vendetta. He asked himself (my interpretation) “Well, What CAN I do now?” Continue reading An Inconvenient Truth

Emissions Trading Scheme

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Carbon Emission Exchange and Carbon Neutrality as of late, and I want to start by saying I STRONGLY support the idea of an international carbon emission exchange program. Why is it so important???

Well, in any case if we wish to defeat Global Warming it is extremely important to bring big business and global corporations on-board in the fight to decrease carbon emissions, and if we can’t find a way to make it profitable to do so, it will never happen. So your probably wondering just how does this work???

How can a “Carbon Exchange Program” actually reduce the level of carbon in the air? Continue reading Emissions Trading Scheme

Surviving the 21st century (in 25 steps)

So we’re in the 21st century (supposedly).

We’ve been here 6 years already and all these promises of a better life and a better future seem to be collectively flowing out the door. Instead we are heading towards armageddon or at very least World War Three as the self-centred populations of developed countries do nothing but consume, consume, consume and consume a little more.

We’re still relying on dodgy old cars that spill more pollution into the atmosphere than a coal-fired power plant  Which reminds me, we still use coal-fired power plants for the majority of our electricity generation here in Australia, despite the availability of hundreds of alternative forms of energy production. Not to mention the fact that hundreds of ways to decrease energy consumption by increasing product efficiency have been ignored for years on end.

If we’re going to live through the 21st century without bringing the advancement of the human race to a grinding halt we’re going to need to work on what we’ve already got- not ignore it in hope of finding some kind of “miracle cure” to all our problems that allows us to go on consuming, consuming, consuming and consuming a little more. These are just some basic steps we can all take to start decreasing energy consumption around the world and increasing the efficiency of energy consuming products and persons. Continue reading Surviving the 21st century (in 25 steps)