Here are 4 tips to save money and reduce climate changes. These are simple changes for your home to save money and live environmental friendly:
Avoid standby-mode, can save up to 70 dollar/year.
A TV, Computer or other electronics with standby mode, can consume 50% of power consumption. To switch off the TV completely, you save money and the environment. It cost you about 10 dollar a year to have the TV in standby mode and it is also a fire hazard. Approximately all standby-energy in an average household cost between 70-80 dollar a year.
Change your showerhead to a low, can save up to 180 dollar/year
About 15 to 25 percent of all energy consumed in a house, goes to heat up the water. A family of 4 people that shower 5 minutes per person per day, consume 87,6 cubic meter (One cubic meter = 1,000 litres = 220 gallons) of water a year.
With an economic shower head the consumption are reduced to 58,4 cubic meter a year. The water bill is lower and energy consumption is reduced. In total a family of 4 people could save 180 dollar a year by changing showerhead and other taps.
Seal your windows and doors. Can save up to 150 dollar/year
By reducing the emission of heat from you house, you can reduce your energy consumption. If you close the curtains or blinds at night, the heat is staying longer. Seal your doors and windows can save up to 150 dollar/year in a average size house.
Reduce the heat in your house. Can save you up to 200 dollar/year
If you reduce the temperature inside your hose with one degree you reduce energy consumption with 5 percent. For you that live in an average size this can be a saving up to 200 dollar/year if you reduce from 22 degree to 20 degrees indoors.
Other savings you can are:
Do not use your dishwasher, wash all your dishes by hand in cold water.
Change your regular light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs
Shave with a razor and not an electrical razor.
If you have a towel heater or dryer on compared to when it is off
I got up this morning feeling very joyful, it was Friday, casual day at work, so this is the day of the week I like to stand out by going in my business clothes. On the subway down to my office, I looked around the subway car and I noticed that the majority of the passengers all were dressed for casual day. My mind started going, thinking about how we conform ourselves to seemingly arbitrary standards that are set for us when joining a company, the further my thoughts took me, I realized that all of us follow the same rules, as if we lived in a Big Brother state.
“In the book the character Winston Smith lives in London which is part of the country Oceania. Oceania is a totalitarian society led by Big Brother, who censors everybody’s behavior, even their thoughts. Winston is disgusted with his oppressed life and secretly longs to join the fabled Brotherhood, a supposed group of underground rebels intent on overthrowing the government.
Winston meets Julia and they secretly fall in love and have an affair, something which is considered a crime. One day, while walking home, Winston encounters O’Brien, an inner party member, who gives Winston his address. Winston had exchanged glances with O’Brien before and had dreams about him giving him the impression that O’Brien was a member of the Brotherhood. Since Julia hated the party as much as Winston did, they went to O’Brien’s house together where they were introduced into the Brotherhood.
O’Brien is actually a faithful member of the Inner-Party and this is actually a trap for Winston, a trap that O’Brien has been cleverly setting for seven years. Winston and Julia are sent to the Ministry of Love, which is a sort of rehabilitation center for criminals accused of thought crime. There, Winston was separated from Julia, and tortured until his beliefs coincided with those of the Party. Winston denounces everything he believed him, even his love for Julia, and was released back into the public where he wastes his days at the Chestnut Tree drinking gin.”
We are controlled by rules, we need a license to drive a car, having a car we need to have an insurance and obey traffic rules, to travel we need a passport, we need an ID to get our money from the bank, whether we earn money or not, we need to file our taxes, it goes on and on. We are completely in the mercy of process and laws. More and more, business sectors introduce processes and certify the individuals that are working in these sectors, project managers, accountants, real estate agents, insurance brokers, financial planners, the list is endless. So how did we get to this, one word –lawyers.
Behind almost all the industry associations there is a lawyer that has championed the cause of a profession and the creation of a process to certify individuals working in it. There are more lawyers today than there ever have been and we are a society at the mercy of lawyers that control our businesses, governments and our cities.
What will happen if we elect the wrong government and they decide to create new laws to control all the industry associations?
If that happens we are close to a totalitarian society and in my view, it seems we are heading in that direction. Currently what is going on is that we are creating a new class of professionals, who slot in between middle and the rich class. This class is all about process and control, a set way of doing things. I do not think we are exactly in the position Winston Smith in the book 1984, living in a society in which they cannot fall in love, but we have our taboos too, the biggest one being that we cannot be poor.
Men are worse for the environment than women, spending more on petrol and eating more meat, both of which create greenhouse gas emissions. These are the conclusions of a new report by the Swedish Foreign Ministry.
“Three out of four cars in Sweden are today driven by men. Around ten percent of all drivers, mainly main, account for 60 percent of car journeys ,” author Gerd Johnsson-Latham told Swedish Svenska Dagbladet.
The team behind the report argues that Sweden ought to giver greater consideration to the gender perspective when making planning decisions on matters such as public transport.
The study is being produced for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Commission.
A ship sank in high seas and the following people got stranded on a beautiful deserted island in the middle of nowhere:
A. 2 Italian men and 1 Italian woman
B. 2 French men and 1 French woman
C. 2 German men and 1 German woman
D. 2 Greek men and 1 Greek woman
E. 2 Polish men and 1 Polish woman
F. 2 Mexican men and 1 Mexican woman
G. 2 Irish men and 1 Irish woman
H. 2 Swedish men and 1 Swedish woman
I. 2 Iranian men and 1 Iranian woman
One month later, on various parts of the island, the following was observed:
A. One Italian man killed the other Italian man for the Italian woman.
B. The two French men and the French woman are living happily together.
C. The two German men have a strict weekly schedule of when they alternate with the German woman.
D. The two Greek men are sleeping together, and the Greek woman is cooking & cleaning for them.
E. The two Polish men took a long look at the endless ocean and a long look at the Polish woman, and they started swimming.
F. The two Mexican men are talking to all the other men on the island trying to sell them the Mexican woman.
G. The two Irish men began by dividing up their part of the island into Northern & Southern parts, and by setting up a distillery. They do not remember the Irish woman because it gets sort of foggy after the first few liters of coconut whiskey; but at least the English are not getting any.
H. The two Swedish men are contemplating suicide. The Swedish woman is bitching about her body being her own, the true nature of feminism, how she can do everything that they can do, about the necessity of fulfillment, the equal division of the household chores, how her last boyfriend respected her opinion and treated her much better, and how her relationship with her mother is improving.
I. The 2 Iranian men are still waiting for someone to introduce them to the Iranian woman!
It’s pretty damn easy to get started with a blog. You don’t need any hardware or software or hosting company, the blog providers will handle all of these for you. There is no sign up fee or monthly fees. There are so many blog sites that offer FREE blogs to any one, you can quickly sign up and start to generate your content in minutes. Generating good content, now that’s the hard part.
Anyone can be a publisher; the good, the bad or the ugly.
The Good The good side of blogs is that individuals have an opportunity to voice their opinions on various issues or report on what\’s happening in their community. Newspapers have noticed this, and many of them are offering blogs to readers, which is great in that it foster community interaction with the news delivered online.
The best bloggers can give you alternative views on news and events that can quite astonishingly and convincingly turn conventional and accepted versions upside down. They can add complexity to our understanding of what is happening in different parts of the world. The most famous blogger of our time, Salman Pax, “The Baghdad Blogger” remains the best example of what an independent blogger can contribute.
Relying on blogs for news is unwise mainly because bloggers are not journalists who have to comply with ethics and standards like sourcing all material or writing coherently. The news obtained from blogs is unreliable and the best you can hope for are observations and opinions unbacked by any guarantee that they have not been invented.
Blogs can be cleverly disguised propoganda or even a mouth piece for commercial interests. Of course, one can also say the same things about some mainstream media outlets.
Most bloggers do not even attempt to report news first-hand because they don\’t have the resources to be on the spot at a news event, or spend 8 hours a day reporting, or if they do, they are usually being paid – which makes their claim to be independent of “corporate-controlled” main stream media (MSM) questionable.
Bloggers tend to focus on giving their opinions about the news, providing links to the same “corporate-controlled” media stories that they complain so much about. Bloggers have also been successful on occasion at picking apart news stories, finding mistakes by doing research on the internet, with one or two high-profile achievements in that respect.
But the reality is that if bloggers want to be successful in the news field, they’ll find they need to earn a living from their work, just like any other freelance journalist, and they will then become part of the dreaded “MSM”.
Just because something is published on the internet doesn’t make it radically different from an article published in the “old” print media.Blogs can also be very cheesy. Okay, that’s just an opinion, but it’s an opinion held by many people. A variety of people use blogs as a way to trap you for the purpose of spamming or to sell you another get rich quick idea.
Blogs have opened up a new avenue for fraudsters to reach potential targets for their scams. So, you have to watch out for that when you visit a blog and be careful not to give up any personal information. I learnt this the hard way, I have given up my email address at some blogs to get additional information, and that has caused me to receive over 400 spam mails a day and it seems to be growing.
The Ugly The ugly people are the commercial interests that use blogs to offer specific industry news and make you believe that they are a serious publication, from a marketing perspective, this is pure genius in trapping potential buyers. But for the visitors to the blogs, this is an entrapment as they later will be approached by the company behind the blog.I am not saying that every company that has a blog is ugly, there are good blogs which companies use to interact with the buyers, in which they can gain feedback and improve themselves.
The ugly as I mentioned are the companies that use blogs as a newsletter to entrap visitors.These newsletter blogs offered by a company, are a part of their marketing mix, because of the ease of adding content to a blog. Companies newsletter blogs tend to have content from serious publications and they link back to the original article, not providing any deep analysis or original content, so be careful when you go to a site that has a blog newsletter, first find out if this is a serious publication or not.
One way to check is to see if they offer subscriptions. If a subscription is offered it is probably a genuine publisher and not a company.
Also look at the content, if they quote a publication, then it is not a genuine publisher.
So, in conclusion blogs are good, bad and ugly, be careful when you visit a site, do not give up your information. I suggest that if you want your own blog, find the community site you prefer and sign up with them.
The reality of climate change is showcased throughout this series. In this pivotal first episode join our host as she introduces the importance of being real. The reality of climate change is showcased throughout this series. In this pivotal first episode join our host, as she introduces the importance of being real. Shot on various locations throughout Ontario, the series cuts clear into real issues.
Genetic engineering (GE) involves inserting genes from one organism into another, unrelated organism. The results are not found in nature and cannot be achieved by traditional cross-breeding techniques.
GE crops are usually sold by multinational corporations and are most often designed to survive repeated applications of specific, patented weed or pest killing chemicals. While there are many environmental risks associated with GE foods, the consequences for human health are still unknown. There have been no long-term tests done to determine the impact of GE food on human health.
Countries including China, Indonesia, and Australia as well as the entire European Union are protected by existing or proposed regulations for labelling GE food. In Canada, even though more than 70 per cent of non-organic processed foods contain GE ingredients, there are no rules requiring the mandatory labelling of food containing GE ingredients. Right now, Greenpeace is campaigning to label GE food in B.C. and Quebec, where recent public opinion polls have shown overwhelming support for mandatory labelling.
To avoid GE foods in your holiday meals, read the ingredients on non-organic processed foods. If they contain corn, soy, canola or cottonseed oil or their derivatives, chances are they contain GE ingredients. There have also been incidents of product contamination with experimental GE rice. Although no rice contamination has been found in Canada to date, that doesn’t mean we\’re off the hook – Canadian regulatory authorities just aren’t looking that hard.
Fresh fruit and vegetables in Canada are generally not genetically engineered. Some exceptions include papayas imported from the U.S. and possibly corn. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell whether or not you are looking at a GE papaya or a traditional papaya, unless, of course, you are buying organic. Organic produce and products are not allowed to contain GE ingredients.
English: View of the crescent moon through the top of the earth's atmosphere. Photographed above 21.5°N, 113.3°E. by International Space Station crew Expedition 13 over the South China Sea, just south of Macau (NASA image ID: ISS013-E-54329). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You must be either ignorant or new to the earth to not know that our planet is dying, and along with it, the humans. We are on a verge of the biggest collapse of a society in the time period that humans have inhabited this earth.
But who am I to say something like that? I am not an environment scientist or an environmentalist; however, I am a global citizen that is concerned with what is going on today with our planet, something that threatens to destroy the future for our children and future generations.
The temperature around the world has been rising due to atmospheric changes caused by us, the temperature has been risen in average of 0.01 degree per year in recent decades, now that is not much, to an ignorant mind that we all fall under.
I say ignorant mind as the temperature fluctuates up and down erratically from year to year, so been hard to get an average picture and only in recent time scientists have discovered a pattern 0.01 degree per year.
But if our temperature increases with 2 degrees from previous decades, we are in trouble, our ice packs and glaciers will melt, our sea level will rise and we will wake up with a jolt and wondered what happened.
That is why we hear some scientist saying we do not have a problem; while other scientist says we are in dire straight. It seems that the scientist that say we do not have a problem has a short term view of the problems, and they are often funded by businesses such as oil companies to come up with these predictions.
Global Warming and Global Dimming are two man-made problems that are causing the earth\’s delicate bio-sphere to react irrationally. Earth is a living “thing” and we are a part of it. Think of earth as a balloon; it has a thin layer that controls the earths balanced climate (green gases), it lets in rays from the sun to heath up and it lets heat radiated by earth out of the atmosphere.
Green gases are a natural to earth as well as man mad, when green gases get trapped in the atmosphere they absorbs the heat radiated by the earth and subsequently warms the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), halogenated fluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone (O3), perfluorinated carbons (PFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
The two most interesting gases, which we can control, are carbon monoxide and methane.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas, produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gasoline, oil, and wood. Even cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide.
Methane is lighter than air, colorless, odorless, and flammable. It occurs in natural gas, as firedamp in coal mines, from landfills, as a by-product of petroleum refining, fermenting cow manure, and as a product of decomposing matter in swamps.
These are natural gases that have existed since the beginning of our planet, and have not caused any problems to humans except for in the last 100 years; why now?
Simple, we are using the earth\’s resources and creating more gases than ever before. Earth is a well balanced bio-sphere but very sensitive to changes and we are creating a sick planet.
By cutting down trees, and clear cut large areas carbon monoxide rises up while in the past the trees was absorbing the carbon monoxide a filtered it. With clear cutting we created soil erosion letting methane gas to go up in our atmosphere while in the past it was absorbed by our soil.
By clear cutting we are actually releasing methane gas into the atmosphere that has been absorbed in the soil, and by using oil and coal, we create “new” carbon monoxide. We do not have any forest or soil to absorb these man made gas volumes, they go straight up in the atmosphere, accelerating global warming.
Carbon Monoxide is very poisonous gas, people around our planet die every day of carbon monoxide poisoning, often due to burning woods, gas or oil that get trapped inside a small area such as a house, building or vehicle.
To save these people we only need to open the doors to let the gas out and keep them out. The gas goes up into the atmosphere, but the more gases we send up to the atmosphere, the more we are changing and filling up the earths atmosphere with gases that will eventually cause our doomsday.
Global dimming is the gradual reduction in the amount of global direct sun radiation, which creates a cooling effect that may have partially masked the effect of greenhouse gases on global warming.
The incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and wood releases soot in to the atmosphere, the soot absorb solar energy and reflects sunlight back into space, and dims the surface of the ocean by absorbing solar radiation.
So what causes this? Airborne volcanic ash can reflect the Sun’s rays back out into space and cool the planet, but this lasts only for a short period. It is believed that aircraft contrails are implicated in global dimming. The near-total shutdown of civil air traffic during the three days following the September 11, 2001, scientists observed an increase in diurnal temperature variation of over 1 °C in some parts of the U.S., i.e. aircraft contrails may have been raising nighttime temperatures and/or lowering daytime temperatures by much more than previously thought.
Pollution produced by humans may be seriously weakening the Earth\’s water cycle – reducing rainfall and threatening fresh water supplies. Tiny particles of soot and other pollutants have a significant effect on the hydrological cycle. The energy for the hydrological cycle comes from sunlight, sunlight heats the ocean and water escapes into the atmosphere and falls out as rain. So as soot cut down sunlight by large amounts causing global dimming, it may be spinning down the hydrological cycle of the planet, causing less rainy days.
Global dimming may also have caused changes in weather patterns. The reduction in sunshine at the ocean surface may have led to the failure of the monsoon in sub-Saharan Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, caused by Northern hemisphere pollution cooling the Atlantic. With European countries taken measures against carbon monoxide emission in recent years, few draughts has been reported.
The situation is very dire, global dimming have masked the effect of global warming to some extent and that resolving global dimming may therefore lead to increases in predictions of future temperature rise.
Climatologists are stressing that the roots of both global dimming causing pollutants, and global warming causing greenhouse gases, have to be dealt with together and soon.
It might already be too late; luckily, governments around the world and the media have focused more and more on the environmental issues over the last year.
We are seeing more governments that have been elected on a green agenda. But what the voter does not know is that the agenda is not green enough, they show a green outlook so they can get the voters.
The only choice for voters when elections are coming up is to vote the green party to power, the green party is the only one that has a political program based on a completely environmental life style.
We as individuals have to take action, but it is an uphill battle. To fight climate changes, we must fight against companies, the government, and we must fight ourselves. People like to complain about issues close to them and not things we are doing to ourselves.
When the gas price goes up we start complaining about the price of the gas, if we have a power cut we complaint that the power company could not deliver us electricity. This is because we are ignorant to the fact that the power cut is caused by us using more electricity, so the supply is lower than the demand. This goes with gas prices as well, when price goes up, demand is up.
So, for that trip to the cottage over a long weekend, the gas demand is up, or Toronto playing in the Stanley Cup final, the electricity demand goes up, as more TV’s are on.
It is easier to get people to complain about high fuel prices than confront a threat to our existence.
The facts are that the population is continuing to grow, more gas is being produced, more of the planets resources are required, and we need to change our ways to manage earth the way we manage our bank account.
The core cause to our society is our market driven economy spearheaded by publicly traded companies, they are built for profit only, they seek profits year-by-year, and need new consumers to continue it quests.
The more we buy the deeper we get in debt, fueling the need for us to buy more. Behind this are our advertising ads. We can not see a TV channel or listen to the radio without seeing or hearing advertisements.
Now we force our society onto others in developing countries. We use advertising to educate people in developing countries on what we have and make them see what they are missing. But not everyone can live in our society, so we created a bubble within the bubble, dividing us between rich and poor countries, we deplete the poor countries of there natural resources, only making a few rich in these countries, instead of helping the country out to become a self sustaining society.
Then we use aid if a country gets a draught, and millions of people are suffering. Aid does not help all the time; it only helps the immediate situation, not a long term goal for the country. Micro economy is the only viable solution to help them survive, or they come to our country to do the dishes that none of us want to do anymore, as we are to comfortable, we have to change.
The economy is based on short term profits and does not fit into a conservation policy, so we have to change it. The native people of this earth knew this long ago, they only used as many resources as they needed. We could have learnt from them, but we did not, we decide that free capitalism was the way to go. Now I am not saying capitalism is bad, we just have to change it to reflect that our resources are considered first and profit second.
What can you do?
You can be ignorant and disregard what I write, who am I to say these things? I am not a scientist, but I challenge you to find out for yourself the facts and you will se some truth in what I have written.
I suggest that you start with watching the movie An Inconvenient Truth –
Another movie that you can watch on Google video is about Global Dimming –
For reading I recommend
Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. 2005.
McNeill, J. R. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. 2000.
Tainter, Joseph. The Collapse of Complex Societies, 1988.
George Monbiot. HEAT – How to stop the planet from burning, 2006.
John Perkins. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 2004.
You cannot be ignorant any more, you need to take steps to change how you live, we have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, and in the near future there is no doubt in my mind that our children/grand children have to give up what we have today.
We have to change the way we live. We need to live by the principals of “a ration of freedom”. We have our freedom, but we have to ration that freedom and exclude from our lifestyle things that cause carbon monoxide emission, we must take small steps if we all do it, change will happen.
Here are a few tips on how to live with the principal of “Ration of Freedom”
Change traditional light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs in your house
Change the way you live by finding a job near were you live, so you can walk there.
Change your mutual funds to environmental mutual funds.
Do not use your air condition!
Control your power consumption!
Take the public transportation!
Use Grocery Gateway to deliver your groceries to the door
Eat locally produced food,
Buy fair trade fruits, tea and coffee.
Make your home environment friendly, change the heating source from oil or gas to solar, thermal, or wind power or a combination of re-usable energy sources.
Do not use bleach or other chemicals in your house
Do not use pesticides in your garden
Cut you grass with a push mower
Use recycled bags if you need to shop
Get educated on environmental issues and join an environmental group or party like, www.wwf.com , www.greenpeace.ca , friends of the earth, green party, www.gc.ca , or any other groups that campaign for our environment and change our government’s way to conduct business. Our governments should stop subsidizing farmers, and create a fair trade exchange that benefits farmers globally.
Force the governments to protect our natural resources, and manage what we have and certify companies that do business in oil, gas, timber, and fishing to preserve our resources for generation to come.
If you take these small steps you are on the way of preserving the earth for future generation and we will start to manage the planet as a resource.