This past weekend there was a march in Washington, D.C., along with other marches around the world in support of science. We actually needed a march to support science. I still can’t wrap my head around that fact. The marches were in support of evidence, fact-based and peer-reviewed science. This is needed since the administration in Washington is against both science and peer-viewed research. Research needs to be peer-reviewed, since anyone could claim to be a scientist, publish a “study” and claim anything. We already can see that happening, so it needs to be stopped. Science is actually one subject that can be proved correct. Just because someone doesn’t like what is scientifically proven doesn’t mean that they have the ability to claim it is false.
For those people who think that we don’t need science, do you like using your technology? Phones, laptops, t.v., all are science-based. Should funding be cut, so will your technology. How about “cutting-edge” health care? All those new life-saving surgeries are based on science. Do you like your new medicines? Those too come from science. If funds are cut so will your health, since there will be less money spent on keeping you healthy. Science is life-saving. It affects all of us in every part of our lives. Support science, your life may very well depend on it.
I don’t know if any of you saw this mockumentary, but I wanted to talk about it today. It’s by the BBC and Simon Amstell. The film shows the “history” of veganism from 1944 to 2067 with the focus on people in the future trying to come to terms with their carnist pasts. The young people of 2067 don’t understand how people could have eaten animals, and this mockumentary explains the mind-set and attitudes of people regarding animals that helped with the exploitation of animals.
The movie is actually quite funny, starting with the portrayal of early vegans as absolute nut-cases, as is the usual portrayal. However, as the United Kingdom begins to deal with extreme weather due to global warming, the attitudes about veganism change. In case you didn’t know it, animal production is indeed one of the leading causes of climate change due to the cutting down of vast forested areas, and the huge amount of emissions from intensely factory-farmed animals.
In the movie, following the invention of a device that allows humans to hear the thoughts of the other animals, veganism goes mainstream, and by 2067 no one eats other animals. There are some video shown of factory-farming, however the clips are not nearly as graphic as some of the slaughter-house clips you can see on your own on YouTube.
I hope that many people watch this mockumentary which is available onYouTube and the BBC website. It’s engaging, funny and a wonderful way to present the facts without being “preachy”. I really hope that this makes a difference in people’s lives.
I have a difficult time celebrating Thanksgiving. Remember, I’m Vegan so the food can be more than a little offensive. This year I’m trying Tofurky for the first time! I can hardly wait. Then, there’s the first Thanksgiving thing, that was followed fairly quickly with that genocide thing. So, here are a few quotes from the Native Americans.
Here are a few videos of how the government treats Native Americans.
By now mostly everyone has heard about the Alberta Wildfires that have led to large-scale evacuations and billions of dollars in destruction. What hasn’t really been talked about in the U.S. media are the causes of the fires. While the oil sands themselves usually don’t catch fire, the equipment and chemicals used in obtaining the oil are very flammable. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/could-the-oil-sands-catch-fire/
It seems that the climate was the “perfect storm” for this fire, and it continues spreading, causing more damage. While the global temperature has been heating up, the result of this increase in temperature is having a devastating effect on the environment. The cost of the Alberta wildfires is social, environmental, monetary, and health related. There is an estimated damage of 9 billion dollars already, and no one knows how much higher that number will go. This fire has released toxins into the air, including such heavy metals as mercury and lead as a result of the oil sands. These toxins will now be in the air, water and soil for a long time to come. The residents of Fort McMurray were breathing these toxins for quite a while before they were evacuated. What will be the health results of this? At the moment no one is quite sure. Once there is rain, these toxins will be washed into the waterways, and again no one is sure of the consequences of this, either.
I urge you to read the information from the links that I’ve provided. They give an accurate picture of the destruction that is being caused by the fires.
These dire circumstances have been made much worse for the coastal communities of Louisiana by the dredging of the hundreds of thousands of wetlands by the oil companies. The oil companies will not be paying out the money to relocate the tribe even though it is their actions which have led to the flooding these communities face. Wetlands help protect against flooding. http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/wetlands/why.htm
The money will be used to help the tribe relocate as a single entity, thereby retaining their status as an Indian tribe. This is important, since if they do not remain together, the U.S. Government will take away their status as an Indian Tribe. They are worried about retaining their culture and identity, as many other tribes have been lost to us for this very reason. In the mid 1800’s the tribal lands were 1,062 acres of land, but not the reservation is only 283 acres.
To me, Easter is all about nature. Usually by this time of year the snow is gone, the mud is almost dried up and the daffodils are starting to open. Not this year. The snow is still hanging around and the daffodils are under at least three or more inches of snow. And, mud season is something we have to look forward to (lucky us!).
On my walks I keep finding all kinds of garbage that people have been throwing out of their cars. You would think that after all the years of Earth Day, and teaching recycling in schools this wouldn’t keep happening. Just what is up with this? I don’t understand it. Do people really think that all their garbage is just going to magically disappear? I wonder if they think that Mother Nature comes out at night and collects their wrappers, fast-food bags, plastic and glass. That would be cool, but it will never happen. Mother Nature is probably busy deciding exactly how her retribution will go. We can already see that retribution all around us. I’m glad that I don’t live really close to the coast-line.
So, this week while you’re celebrating Easter or Passover or what-ever other religious ritual it is that you may or may not celebrate, spare a thought for our planet. You know, the place that we call home (and the only place we have). Pick up some trash, make sure that you’re recycling all the things that you can, and make sure that your choices are more conscious ones. We all have a huge impact on the earth simply by living our lives the way that we do. See if you can minimize that impact. Your grandchildren will thank you.