Change the World Wednesday, November 13

Last week I missed the weekly challenge as I was out-of-town visiting family and left the computer at home.  It was nice to be unplugged for a few days. :-)  To make up for my absence I am posting both last week’s and this week’s challenge today.  Since I didn’t participate in the challenge last week I will be looking back to see if I did anything which fulfilled the challenge.  I thought it might be nice to see how I measured up.

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For more information on the challenges you can find them at Reduce Footprints CTWW. Last week’s challenge was Green with a friend.

This week invite someone to join you in a green activity. Need some ideas? Invite a friend to go for a walk … and perhaps pick up litter as you go. Ask a family member to help you plan and cook a meatless meal. Swap clothes, tools, books, etc., with a neighbor. Start a “green club” with your friends and meet occasionally to share green tips and ideas. Host an Eco-friendly cleaning party at a friend’s home. Do laundry together … or join forces to rake up leaves. Be creative and have fun. The idea, here, is to share an experience so that a green activity which you care about will become important to someone else as well.


OR … If sharing an activity isn’t really your thing, then please share your passion by writing a post about a favorite green activity

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Last week wasn’t the greenest week I have had. I borrowed a large-sized SUV although it is a Honda which gets better mileage than most SUVs to deliver several pieces of furniture to my youngest son’s family. I took an enamelware topped table which belonged to my grandparents which will now be a crafting spot for mother and daughter, a writing table I restored which was made in 1770 which is now a nightstand, and a vanity and chair for my granddaughter.  The vanity was found by a neighbor sitting on the curb, and the chair I pulled out of the trash last summer. Using only what I had on  hand I restored each item which my son or his wife wanted for their home.

We saved good furniture from ending up here.

We saved good furniture from ending up here.

While I was there, we had home-cooked meals from scratch, The leaves were raked and they children had a blast playing in them.  A large pile of leaves was raked to the bottom of the children’s slide for them to land in as well which they found to be loads of fun.

I also came home with the second and third parts to the Hunger Games to borrow as I wasn’t able to find them at the library. 

I’d say that even though I used a vehicle which isn’t often the rest of the week was quite productive as I worked with my children to assemble the restored furniture which kept them out of the landfill and eliminated the need to purchase these items new.

This week’s challenge

I am content with how last week measured up with the challenge. So let’s see how I do this week which is all about sharing good news.  We all need to see the signs that our hard work will pay off.

 

This week find and share environmental good news. This can be successful efforts by other people … government or corporate solutions … school projects … or even small efforts which you’ve witnessed. The idea, here, is to share the positive, to focus on successful actions which give us hope and let us know that our efforts can make a difference.

 

Want more? Here you go … Let’s help create some good news. Sign this PETITION to abolish climate changing subsidies.

My good news concerns bees! 

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Back in August, yes I missed hearing about this then, the FDA decided to step in to do something to save the honey bees. I am looking at his as a good first step, although I feel more can be done.   Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry the EPA is now requiring a drastic reduction in the use of  pesticides which contain ingredients known now to harm bees.  You can read more at the Washington Examiner. Yes, I tend to be cynical when it comes to lobbyist and congress doing anything that makes our health or the planet better. But here is proof that when push comes to shove and a situation is really bad, they can come together to do the right thing.  Let’s hope this is the beginning to the return of the honey bee populations.

What good news do you have this week?

23 thoughts on “Change the World Wednesday, November 13

    • My thoughts exactly. I have heard so many different reasons on why the colonies are collapsing. I watched an experiment with a cordless phone. When it was near the hive the bees would not return. They then showed the frequencies from all the wi-fi, cell phone signals and such and showed this has a very detrimental effect on their sense of direction. Another was the shifting of the poles, which the quake in Japan I hear caused a major tilt in the poles as well.

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      • I feel there are affected by the frequencies Lois, more than we realise, as are the Whales, Dolphin etc.. We cannot keep microwaving our atmosphere and expect everything to run as normal. Nature has her own set of rules to follow, Man is completely ignorant of the energy grids around our Earth and we have been playing ‘God’ with the weather and atmosphere for decades now.. Its no wonder Nature is being affected in such ways…
        I look up to our sky and I could cry and have done some days with the amount of chemtrails up there, Cloud seeding is a fact, as is weather manipulation, which is going to backfire as we have already seen in huge storms. Oh I could say so much here, as my heart often goes into great sadness for what we are doing as a species..
        We are coming Full circle again to what happened Aeons ago, and those in the world of spirit are trying to help us see the error of our ways.. But The planet will survive all be it may take thousands of years to recover… Will mankind as a species survive? Well the odds are we wont if we carry on as we are doing..
        I need to write something on the Nuclear pollution from Japan I think as its been bothering me in my thoughts .. So I will have to see what I am inspired to write…
        I know I can not change the world single handed.. But we are at least trying the best ways we know how in making others aware of the ways,especially you Lois with your recycling life style… I so admire,
        We must not loose faith I guess, Lets pray as we teach our grandchildren they will have the foresight to create better ways of self sufficiency and live in harmony with all of Nature… Thats all we can teach as grandparents and hope more do the same.. x

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        • Sue, I too want to cry when I see and hear about the things being done. I have wanted to write about Fukishima but don’t have the words to do it justice. On the subject of Japan’s crisis with nuclear the news here, well very under-reported is that nearly all our nuclear plants are leaking, the worst being on the east coast in South Carolina

          You with your garden and the time you spend with your granddaughter teaching her about the natural world and my efforts to teach my grandchildren skills they will need along with the gardening, and everything else we do will make a difference but we so need to wake up and fix the problems before they get out of hand, like leaking nuclear plants which my efforts will not help.

          I know the planet will heal itself, after many many year, but I look to the little ones and wish I had a way to prevent the messes they will have to clean up and live with.

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          • I know, I was thinking only the other day, as we ate fish, that I was thinking of stopping eating, as the pollution and contamination is bound to affect ALL sea life… I wish I had the answers, but I don’t, All we can do is our best.. I think that is why we see a great ‘Spirit’ within our grandchildren, for they will need to have true grit and determination to pick up the mess we are leaving as their legacy.. I feel a post brewing! :-)

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          • Sue, I won’t touch fish any more. Living along a fresh water lake I grew up fishing and eating what we caught. But now with the pollution, the radiation and the fact that most of the fish in our stores here comes from China which has the most polluted waters in the world and it has come out feeds their fish tainted feed. Add to that the mercury and it’s just not worth it to me anymore.

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  1. My good news is that the carrots, mini eggplant and tomato I planted a month ago are thriving ( I have covered them with nets this year so the possums and rats don’t get them. We have had the wettest November for 19 years which has been very tedious but great for the garden and water storage levels. I’m looking forward to harvesting the carrots as they are multi coloured ones and also I read that carrots are one of the most sprayed vegetables so it will be nice to have organic ones. Your dumpster diving efforts are inspiring.

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    • That is good news, Jen. It’s good to hear how well your garden is doing. I am crossing my fingers for a better season next year for my area. It was really a bad year for all those who gardened or farmed. I want to try multicolored carrots myself now that I finally had one crop grow for me.

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  2. I’m glad they’re doing something about the honeybee problem. “My” Target store was all over the news this year after thousands of bumble bees were killed by pesticides sprayed on trees in the parking lot. They tried to screen the trees off after they realized the problem, but the bees still tried to reach the pollen and ended up dying anyway.

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    • Christy, how awful. Why would you spray trees? It just amazes me the amount of pesticides and herbicides that are used on just about everything that grows. I will give them credit for trying to screen the trees but I hope they learned a lesson and will quit spraying them. I noticed even around my area the honey bees are barely surviving.

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    • Heidi, that is really how I looked at it. I wanted to save the furniture for when my son came up for Christmas but after looking at how much was here and the sizes I realized it would never fit in his vehicle. Of course I am going back down there for Thanksgiving, but I’ll take the bus. Nope, I never want to own another car. This year I have only borrowed the vehicle 3 times, once for a local pickup of furniture, and twice to take a 200 round trip which was last week and my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday party.

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    • I agree with Heidi: I’m a big fan of buying your car sized to what you need every day, and begging / borrowing / renting a larger car or truck for your occasional large jobs. It’s easier on the planet, _and_ easier on your budget that way.

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      • CelloMom, I gave up my car just over a year ago and borrow when I absolutely need to use one. This has worked out well for me and I found I really do not need a car after all. This has been way nicer to my budget. :-) I have switched to using the bus to travel distances most of the time, every couple of months I travel to visit my youngest son, I just purchased my tickets for Thanksgiving and found the prices were almost double of the normal fare. I was a bit disappointed but when I did the math it’s still cheaper than what I would have paid for keeping my own vehicle on the road for these trips, and that’s not counting the environmental concerns I was having over the oil and such a car uses.

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  3. Hi Lois – I’m glad you had a happy, productive 2 weeks. You’ve been busy and it’s fun to mix it up a bit. Thank you for sharing the information on the latest about the honey bees. I had read it was a serious issue.

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    • Pat, I try to be productive every day, although with the cold, we now have snow, I’ve taken a few days here and there where I have done absolutely nothing feeling the need to recharge.

      Yes, the colony collapse has been a huge issue. I have heard some countries are having to manually pollinate plants because they have lost so many bees. If we lose the bees we lose our food supply.

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      • Being productive is a good thing — you’re doing better than I am, Lois. But then again we all have to recharge. I’m glad to see you’re doing that.

        I see in the Washington Examiner (http://washingtonexaminer.com/honey-horror-2013-crop-is-lowest-production-in-history/article/2537954) where Washington is renewing research in diseases killing bees and pesticides while the EPA is choosing to still use the pesticides. Canada is questioning the spraying of neonicotinoids.

        Drives me crazy — all the posturing going on.

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        • So in August they announce The EPA will reduce these pesticides with neonicotinoids in them then in October the issue is revisited? Pat, I really don’t get any of it. The organically grown crops are reported as better producers, are healthier for both the soil and for living things from the animals and insects to humans. So why in the world do people still use them? And the GM crops aren’t any better, for any one. There are farmers in India who are killing themselves because their GM crops are failing and animals who in past were allowed to graze after the harvesting have dropped dead from grazing. Let’s just end all of it!

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