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If you are crazy enough to watch mainstream news, you will be forgiven for thinking that we are all heading towards a bloody end of days. Global warming out of control, plastic pollution filling the oceans and a population that continues consuming all as it grows exponentially. Feeling despair yet?
But what if there was something you could do to help fix all these problems. Just you… all on your own? more “The power of one – Inspiration to change the world!”
A friend of mine recently made an interesting point, “Why do you still bother beach cleaning? More trash will just get washed up the next day and your efforts don’t make any difference in the big scheme of things!”
Fair enough! But then it got me thinking about why I still bother after 3 years of cleaning? more “Beach Cleaning – What’s the Point Actually?”
By Patrick Rogers, Aged 13
Second in our series of school children guest bloggers is Patrick Rogers from All Hallows High School, close to Preston in the United Kingdom. After reading Patrick’s blog you get the impression that he is pretty upset with the disregard humans are showing the Earth. All this littering and polluting is taking its toil! It is great to hear such passion from someone so young and I hope he continues his fight for a better planet in the future!
Please feel free to leave comments below, about Patrick’s blog or some of the solutions you think will help prevent litter from polluting our planet.
By Shannon Murphy (Aged 14)
How many half empty water bottles do you have in your car? Or half full? Are you part of the plastic pollution problem?
One Brown Planet is proud to have been accepted into the plastic pollution coalition.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of organizations, businesses, and thought leaders working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, and the environment.
more “We Joined the Plastic Pollution Coalition”
Did you ever wonder where your garbage really ends up, or what happens to it?
Unless you are a devotee of Zero Waste lifestyle, then, like me you will find that there is always some trash that needs disposing of.
I live in Taiwan, whose inhabitants are considered to be excellent at recycling. In fact, Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world. Does this mean they have one of the lowest waste problems in the world? And what happens to all their waste? With my curiosity piqued we decided to make an appointment at the waste incinerator facility in Mu-Zha, Taipei and find out.
There were a lot of questions to ask and we ended up receiving some very surprising answers!
Maybe 2016 will be remembered as the year of ‘The Trump’ and the global rise of the “Alt Right” political movement. Perhaps this is a predictable response by people ignored for generations by the political and wealthy elites and threatened by global expansion and global catastrophes. Or maybe people will remember the seemingly high numbers of famous people who passed. Luminaries such as Prince and Bowie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen and Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, George Micheal, Mohammed Ali and most recently Carrie Fisher. Perhaps though, their spirits were buoyed by the ratification of the Paris Agreement. This landmark agreement is designed to hold the world to task. From it, we hope to create a strategy to mitigate the worst effects of global warming with a challenge to limit the rise to under 2 degs C.
For me though, it was something else that resonated. Something so profound, I know it will stick with me for the rest of my life.
As part of One Brown Planets goal to help people live a more sustainable lifestyle, we have put together a sustainable meat infographic. We hope that this will help you make better choices when trying to decide what to eat. more “Infographic – A Guide to Sustainable Meat”
Written by Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang
As an abstract painter, I draw ideas from a wide range of resources; ranging from music, poetry, performance, to various other forms of creativity. But there are some sources of inspiration that may be surprising to people who are not familiar with how a painter works: regular meditation retreats; yoga sessions; the texture of a worn, hundred-year-old door that is in desperate need of restoration; or the iridescent glint of the fluttering wing of a butterfly. more “A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment”
We always seem to be looking for the next great solution for all of our global problems. With bewilderment, we stare at the monumental challenges ahead, trying to comprehend how it is even possible to find a solution for global warming, plastic pollution, mass extinction and all the other great issues of our time. The weight of our responsibility bears down heavily on some of us.
But maybe we have forgotten something important, something so simple yet which could help serve us the most. After all, most of the issues we are dealing with today are relatively new, it hasn’t always been this way. So, what lessons are there to learn from our past?
One Brown Planet recently interviewed several families of varying sizes from around the world about their food shopping habits. We also asked if they would collect all the disposable plastic that they use in a single week and send in a photo.
The results were quite suprising!
The mantra from all governments these days is “recycle, recycle, recycle!” We are told that recycling our household waste will solve all our problems of waste, pollution and over-consumption.
Unfortunately, this is not true. Not even a little bit.
If you have looked out of your window recently you may have noticed lots of people. It’s true, there are a lot of people out there and by all accounts, there are lots more appearing every day. But the question is, do we have too many people? Will over-population finally destroy civilisation as we know it? And where does it all end?
Well, maybe things are not going to spiral quite as far out of control as some of us think. It turns out there is actually some very interesting news afoot and it looks to be inevitable.
I like to travel. It has probably been my most enjoyable pastime. Ever since I can remember, I was always wanting to escape from my house or school and explore the world. I started small of course, exploring the woods at the back of my house, building tree houses and pretending to be an adventurer. Gradually, as the wanderlust continued to grow, my trips become more adventurous and moved farther afield.
I wanted to share a story about a very good friend of mine, Tom Bedell, who I had the pleasure of working for, on board the yacht Major Wager. Starting in 2008, for over 1 year, we cruised around the Pacific ocean’s, on the most incredible adventure.
Tom Bedell is the founder of Bedell Guitars, a company he first founded in 1964 and later relaunched in 2009. Bedell guitars are the manufacturers of some of the most beautiful sounding guitars in the world.
This year, 2016, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 08. more “Earth Overshot Day”
60 million people depend on the Mekong for their livelihoods and food, but there are momentous changes, already in motion, that look certain to create desperate times ahead for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. more “Mekong: Damming Life”
By Paul McNeil
Too many of us make price the bottom line when we buy something new. Too few of us link price to quality or consider the implications of always searching for the cheapest goods. While it is not always viable to buy the most expensive product on the shelf, here are ten good reasons why not to buy the cheapest one either: more “Why Pay More?”