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Year of Toil, a set on Flickr.

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Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.

Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

This prophecy is reminiscent of a Dr Seuss book and movie I recall from 1971, The Lorax, which chronicles humanities unrestrained greed within our industrialized societies and the plight of the environment. It is an excellent movie for both young and old.

Every facet of our daily lives impacts the environment. Our current ecological footprint exceeds the carrying capacity of the Earth by 1.3 times! With an ever increasing world population the distribution of the worlds resources will become more and more constrained. With this in mind the  requirement for more sustainable patterns of consumption and production are crucial. In order to create “Sustainability” the absorption capacity and replenishment rate of our biosphere must be at the least in equilibrium or above the rate of our consumption and production. Currently and persistently we are no where near any form of “Sustainability”. It is obvious that there are limits to the capacity of the earth’s ecosystems in providing resources and absorbing our pollution, How is it possible then to maintain economic progress and well being for the long term without reaching our limited capacity?    There are and always will be multiple views on reality, however it is critical that the debating is left for later and we give the benefit of any doubt to our planet and take action now.

This is the legacy our FSC certified logging companies leave in their wake. We can do better!

Here is the “Must Do” list that can help enhance our environment and future.

  • Demand clear and concise information based on facts and not conjectures or assumptions. Educate yourself!

  • Change our consumption patterns “NO EXCUSES!”

  • Use less to produce more

  • Use completely with no waste.

  • Change policy to stimulate the enhancement of our planet. As the citizens of this world we must take a leading role in order to provide the path our leaders must follow. In other words “live by example”.  And again ” NO EXCUSES”

I will elaborate on these must do items in subsequent posts!

Finally after years of persistent attempts to educate people with the fact that bamboo fabric is not a viable green product the Federal Governments in both Canada and the United States have passed laws and legislation regarding the labeling and definitions required for all bamboo textile products.

The competition Bureau of Canada and the Federal Trade Commission in The United States want to make you aware  that the soft “bamboo” fabrics on the market today are rayon. They are primarily created by using toxic chemicals in a process that releases vast amounts of pollutants into the air and the surrounding environment. Extracting the bamboo fibers is both costly and time-consuming, and the textiles made using bamboo fiber do not feel silky smooth.

There is also no established evidence that the rayon made from bamboo fibers retains any antimicrobial properties of the original bamboo plant, as many sellers and manufacturers claim.  In all cases where bamboo is the “organic plant source” used to create rayon,  there are no traits of the original plant remaining in the finished product.

All companies labeling products as “bamboo” must now provide scientific test results and analysis data to show that the textiles used are actually bamboo fiber and not a byproduct.

For more information regarding the new regulations follow these links:

http://www.cb-bc.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02776.html

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/alerts/alt172.shtm

For more info on Bamboo visit our Green Pages

 

Forests, once considered natures factories producing a seemingly endless supply of wood, are now considered as “ecosystems” providing a range of economic, industrial, cultural and social benefits along with their environmental benefits and services. We rely on the forests of the world for food, medicine, firewood, soil, rehabilitation, agriculture, shelter and water, just to name a few. (the slave and victim for  our commodities ) These ecosystems have become closely linked at achieving social equity and economic growth in many developing nations. Timber is the primary income for many tropical countries, with planted forests ( plantations of single species trees) being the largest contributor to their economies. Containing eighty percent of the worlds biomass, forests extract vast amounts of atmospheric carbon making them our best defense against climate change. The following satellite images clearly demonstrate what we continue to do to these ecosystems

bc-forest

Only minutes from were I live, with logging being done by a company under FSC certification. Clear-cut areas range from 1 to 15 acre blocks.


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Typical clear-cut logging practices in northern Ontario


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Logging practices within the Amazon Rain-forests creating virtual dead zones


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A view of BR163 ” the Soy Highway” or a better name would be “The Road to Destruction” clearly showing the extent of devastating encroachment into the Amazonian jungle.

These satellite images are several years old, taken in 2003 or 2004 with ongoing logging since then within all these regions, including large sectors of this cutting under FSC certification. One acre of forest is lost every second within the tropical regions of the world. Consider an acre is about the size of a football field, not including the end-zones This statistic does not include the cutting that takes place in the remaining forests of the world, where so called management is generally implemented.

Millions of dollars are being spent on studies and research regarding global warming and climate change. With the evidence and reasons blatantly obvious when will society realize we must finally take the step from  being aware to literally taking action?


Being Green

Being Green

The news media and marketers have overwhelmingly turned environmentalism into fashion thus distracting the population from the serious issues of environmental degradation and global warming. With environmentalism being high profile, in part due to the success of Al Gore’s 2006 “Inconvenient Truth” documentary, the mainstream green for the most part say that buying products promoting eco-friendly is a good first step. How ridiculous is it to tell people to consume more in order to reduce impact? By buying something green (or not) with the assumption that we are solving global environmental problems is a complete misconception, the most significant part to the problem is consumption. The genuine solution is to reduce ones consumption of goods and resources. Reports show that many products marketed as green pump more carbon into the atmosphere, not to mention other effluent and environmental stress, than choosing something more modest or simply nothing at all. The consumer has embraced green living, and for a great part the mainstream green movement has embraced green consumerism. We must question the notion that we can avert global warming by purchasing so called earth friendly products while the overall cumulative effect of our consumption remains enormous and hazardous.

“There is a very common mind-set right now which holds that all that we’re going to need to do to avert the large-scale planetary catastrophes upon us is make slightly different shopping decisions,”   Alex Steffen“

To many people believe we can buy our way to heaven, so to speak, along with the overwhelming assumption that there is an easy way out.

Less will accomplish more and informed choices must become the mainstay within our daily lives, along with common sense which is far from common these days.


What is up with people and “Clean Air Day”?  Another feeble attempt to clear their conscience of their despicable lifestyles. Lets make it a “Clean Air Lifestyle incorporating daily alternatives and real (not virtual) healthy living. Everyone who owns more than one vehicle per family put up your hands. There is absolutely no well founded reason for a family to require 2 vehicles. If a reason is mulling around in your head just apply the word “choice” as an antithesis to your train of thought. Together a difference can be accomplished, however to make a change what we choose is the key factor in truly affecting change. Awareness is not Action We live in a small town (lets disregard the bloated egos of our City Counsel declaring Kimberley a city, all 7000 of us including the deer!) where in far to many instances it is not necessary to drive a vehicle to get around.  Far to often I observe people driving all of one or two blocks to go to the store, run an errand or visit a friend. Get off your fat asses and bike, walk, run or what have you, just don’t jump in the car and drive. We have become a society of whimpy, snivelling and whiny characters that are afraid of the great outdoors, soon we may have good reason to be afraid of the great outdoors when our gluttony will have changed it into a harsh wasteland.

Refinery

A typical refinery that produces the gas for our vehicle, plus the hundreds of secondary chemicals for so many items we use each and every day

Smoke Stack

A typical stack found at one of the thousands of manufacturing facilities producing commodities for our everyday lives.

Smog

Who needs clouds when you can live under a veil of smog created mostly by cars!

We have a choice. Which one will you take?