The International Monetary Fund warns that global debt—recently hitting a whopping $164 trillion—has reached its highest (and most worrying) level since the 2008 financial crisis.
Many articles have been published recently (BBC, CBC, Guardian, etc.) about the damage being done to our environment by wearing and washing clothes. Synthetics are the worst for shedding fibres that don’t degrade naturally, wools and cottons being better because they are bio-degradable. But all clothes shed fibres that get into the water, soil, air and food-chains, fibres which are ingested by fish, animals, birds and humans. Clothes also contain dyes and repellents that can be harmful over time as clothes shed.
Research in several British universities has shown that the parts-per-million of noxious fibres found in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, has dramatically increased in the past 30 years, to the point now that clothing manufacturers are being targeted to take action. Some recent developments in new washing-machine ‘filters’ show promise. Reducing or eliminating polyester, terylene, viscose, acrylic and nylon content, and favouring cotton, wool and silk in manufacturing processes, would go a long way in reducing environmental pollution.
Another way, more controversial perhaps, is to also wear less clothing or no clothes at all in your homes, at work, or on the beach. And for longer periods befor buying more clothes. This would no doubt require drastic social change in terms of local, regional or national by-laws. But, a primordial leap ‘backwards’ in time, may do the trick in reducing contaminants. Nudists/Naturists around the world have been saving us from pollutants for 100 years. And there are about 33 million of them around the world, and growing in numbers. So that’s a good thing.
Women and Climate Change in the context of sexual inequality. A very good summary here, with obvious lessons embedded in it.
Identified by changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators, climate change is often referred to as a long-term shift in weather conditions (Government of Canada, 2015). According to the Government of Canada (2015), climate change can involve both changes in average conditions, as well as, changes in variability such as extreme events. While existing […]
Paul McCartney stood in solidarity with the thousands protesting gun violence across the nation Saturday at the March for Our Lives in New York. “One of my best friends was killed by gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me not just to march today but to take action tomorrow and to have these people…
How can anyone help but show empathy? This magnificent and necessary event should remind us all about the power of community, and the great need at this time for truly responsible politics.
Chris Matthews was brought to tears during MSNBC’s coverage of the March for Our Lives rally on Saturday in Washington D.C. After one of the Parkland survivors who was shot in last month’s deadly shooting threw up on stage, before returning with a smile to sing “Happy Birthday” to one of the victims, Matthews was…