52 Ways to Reduce Your Eco Footprint – 18. The Green House, Green Living

When you create a sustainable house for green living, you are creating a house that is healthy, light and inviting. A sustainable house should compliment the environment and utilise the many free gifts available.

Below are some of the best tips and guidelines available,  for creating a house that is safer and more sustainable.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 16. Water Conservation

Climate change and the natural variability of water’s distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make global water conservation a challenge.

A lot of people believe that the majority of water we use comes out of our tap. What we use at home represents only a small fraction of the water we use every day.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 15. Coffee Pods, an Environmental Problem

Single-use coffee pods have become a status symbol around the world. The reality is, that coffee has now become part of the global environmental disaster that is our disposable economy. There are now billions of the sleek aluminium and plastic capsules ending up in landfill every year. There has to be a better way!

Maybe even something that George Clooney would approve of?

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset

OK, so maybe Bokashi isn’t actually a secret organisation of martial artists working to protect our world.

It may actually be more important.

Bokashi is actually an ancient Japanese method, converting food and organic wastes into a potent natural fertiliser. Whilst similar in nature to composting, there are a few subtle differences which we can run through in this article. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset”

2016 Year in Review and the Plastic Island

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.

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A Return to Earth – Our Natural Environment

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”

Life Before Plastic

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?

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Where Does It All Go?

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.

 

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 9. You want CO2 with that?

Seems like everything we do these days pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Eating, drinking, heating, cooling, walking the dog, the dog, buying clothes, wearing clothes, riding, driving, flying! Hell, you are putting CO2 into the atmosphere just by sitting there reading this blog.

But enough already! There must be something effortless, quick and painless that I can do to stop this madness, without having to sacrifice any of the things I enjoy, I hear you say.

Well, there is. Sounds too good to be true right? Read on…

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Population Explosion! The end of the world as we know it. Or is it?

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.

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Why should we care?

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.

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52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 7. Become a Hippy (For a Day)

A hippy, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary,

 ‘(especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs’ – 

or,

(of a woman) having large hips. ‘she looked very hippy in her jeans’

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Bedell Guitars – Seed to Song

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.

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Mekong: Damming Life

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”