3 Reasons to Boycott Nestlé Products This Halloween

3 Reasons Why You Should Boycott Nestle Products This Halloween

What started out as a local issue quickly became a national boycott and international outrage after Nestlé purchased a township well in Centre Wellington. The township themselves wanted to purchase the well for themselves with the simple message of “protect our water”. The township, along with much of the Ontario province, is experiencing a drought. Purchasing the well would have secured plenty of water for the township and would have secured their rights to their own water. Instead Nestlé outbid them and purchased the well and it’s given people plenty of reasons to boycott Nestlé products this Halloween.

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  1. Protect our Water

People are understandably frustrated that they aren’t in control of their own water. Right now Canada is going through a water crisis thanks to climate change and over-extraction. Both of which are problems that Nestlé is contributing to. Their new Elora well is also located near a reserve that belongs to the First Nation. As well as stealing water from Canadians Nestlé is also putting the water supply of the First Nation at risk.

 2. Protect the Environment

Bottled water is a serious contributor to climate change; especially Nestlé bottled water. Nestlé uses single-use plastic for their bottles. While some plastic bottles can be recycled and they’re not as bad for the environment this isn’t the case with Nestlé bottled water. Nestlé are also causing a lot of damage through their over-extraction of water. While much of Ontario was suffering a drought Nestlé were pumping over million litres of groundwater a day from just one aquifer near Guelph, which they only pay less than $15 a day for. Imagine how much better the water situation would be if people were in control of their own water supply; withdrawing only how much they want and not putting it in plastic bottles.

3. Send a Message

When you want to send a message to a company there’s only one place you can really hit them; their wallets. A boycott is one of the only ways to make a multi-billion dollar company such as Nestlé hear you. A boycott causes a drop in profits, especially if as many Canadians and people around the world join in.

It’s not just Canada that Nestlé is pumping water out of. Even though their permit expired in 1988 they’ve been allowed to continue pumping water out of California; another place facing severe drought issues at the minute. They also have a 4-mile long pipeline that takes gallons of public water out of the Strawberry Creek watershed. The water is then sold back as Arrowhead bottled water. So they are actually making profits selling water that belongs to the public anyway. It’s like having someone make you pay for drinking your tap water.

Nestlé and their bottled water have done harm to the environment in a number of ways. These are some good reasons to boycott Nestlé products this Halloween and protect our water. If you’re Canadian and want to pledge your commitment to the Nestlé boycott you can get involved here.

New Study Concludes Reducing Meat Consumption Is The Only Way to Save The Earth

If you’re seeking to reduce your carbon footprint and live as an ambassador for the planet, take a look at the food on your plate.

According to a climate think tank, adopting a predominantly plant-based diet will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global warming from increasing to dangerous levels.

The report comes from the international affairs think tanks Chatham House. Titled “Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption,” it is argued that by eating less meat not only will the planet be benefited, humans will become healthier, too.

As was recently shared, the World Health Organization found processed meats to be cancer-causing and red meat to ‘likely’ cause cancer. Omitting these foods would be best for everyone’s health and for the environment, says the study.

With international climate talks underway in Paris, the spotlight is more focused on climate change than ever before. Unfortunately, not enough attention is being given to the agricultural industry which is responsible for 15% of global greenhouse emissions. Cutting down forests for farmland, transporting feed and meat products, and the gas released from the stomachs of farm animals, particularly cattle, sheep, and goats, all takes a toll on the environment.

Regardless, the aim of the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP21) is to find a way of limiting global warming to a dangerous rise about 2C.

According to the report, all countries on Earth must adhere to consuming less meat to keep the Earth’s temperatures at 2C.

It states:

“The overall message is clear: globally we should eat less meat. Global per capita meat consumption is already above healthy levels, critically so in developed countries. We cannot avoid dangerous climate change unless consumption trends change.”

In 2010, the United Nations released a report declaring similar. Has much changed, though? Unfortunately, not really. Some countries are choosing to consume less meat, such as Sweden, but worldwide, demand for meat is still growing and consumption is expected to grow by 76% by 2050.

Co-author Laura Wellesley, who hopes the government will step in and promote a veggie-rich diet, had this to say about the findings:

“Reducing meat consumption is a real win-win for health and for the climate. Raising awareness about the health and environmental impacts of meat is an important first step, but on its own it will not lead to significant behaviour change. Governments must do more to influence diets. As governments look for strategies to close the Paris emissions gap quickly and cheaply, dietary change should be high on the list.”

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines did begin recommending more plant-based foods earlier this year, but not to the extent needed.

Thankfully, opting for plant-based fare will become easier and easier as delicious faux options continue to be developed. Have you heard of the ‘Impossible Burger’? It’s vegan but has been developed to actually ‘bleed’. Take a look here.

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This Man Has Been Planting a Forest Largest Than Central Park, One Tree At a Time

by Christopher Jobson,

Nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River sits Majuli Island, a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, home to some 150,000 people. It is also the location of the 1,360 acre Molai Forest, one of the most unusual woodlands in the world for the incredible fact that it was planted by a single man. Since 1979, forestry worker Jadav Payeng has dedicated his life to planting trees on the island, creating a forest that has surpassed the scale of New York’s Central Park.forest-3

While home to such a large population, rapidly increasing erosion over the last 100 years has reduced the land mass of Majuli Island to less than half. Spurred by the dire situation, Payeng transformed himself into a modern day Johnny Appleseed and singlehandedly planted thousands upon thousands of plants, including 300 hectares of bamboo.forest-2

Payeng’s work has been credited with significantly fortifying the island, while providing a habitat for several endangered animals which have returned to the area; a herd of nearly 100 elephants (which has now given birth to an additional ten), Bengal tigers, and a species of vulture that hasn’t been seen on the island in over 40 years. Gives you more than a little hope for the world, doesn’t it?forest-4

Filmmaker William Douglas McMaster recently wrote and directed this beautiful documentary short titledForest Man from the perspective of Payeng’s friend, photographer Jitu Kalita. The project was funded in part last year through Kickstarter. The video is a bit longer than what we usually see here on Colossal, but completely worth your time. (via Gizmodo)

Can This Pink Dye Save the Elephants and Dismantle the Illegal Ivory Trade?

Recently, pictures of pink elephant tusks have taken social media by storm. Originally published at Yahoo Canada, Kelly Putter, spoke out on the Daily Brew about an out of the box solution, that some conservationists are using in order to stop the poaching for ivory in elephants and rhinos. While the photos themselves are photoshopped portraying elephants painted with pink tusks, the representation of dying tusks and horns are a strategy that is gaining attention. pink rhino

The team at The Rhino Rescue Project in Johannesburg, South Africa have taken matters into their own hands when it comes to the illegal slaughter of these animals creating an unconventional way to solve this out-of-control problem with poaching.

In order to devalue the horn, they use a controversial method of darting the rhinos from the air, effectively immobilizing them in order to send in a ground crew. To reduce stress on the animal, it is blindfolded and its ears are plugged while the tusk is then treated by infusing it with an animal friendly compound that is made up of ectoparasiticides and indelible dye. This dye contaminates the horn, rendering it useless for both medicinal purposes and ornamental use. The team also protects the animal by adding additional security measures like microchips, tracking technology and DNA sampling and storage.Staff members are involved in procedure

Since gaining widespread media attention, conservationist at the International Conservation Fund of Canada, a charity that focuses on conversation work at a global level have mocked the idea of darting animals stating that ” The idea is impractical to impossible on a field-level scale because of the sheer logistics and costs to implement” ” Darting and applying dye to elephants would involve a huge costs and stress and risk to the elephants And even if achievable on a small, enclosed population, poaching pressure would just be diverted elsewhere” Ann Lambert.Given a better chance of survival

Yet, these remarks aren’t diverting The Rhino Rescue Project. There mission is to offer a sustainable and cost-effective way to protect the animals in South Africa, as well as in other countries. By infusing the horn with this dye, they hope to trigger health anxieties by inflicting fear into those consuming them for medicinal use.

“We believe that the only way to save the rhino, is to devalue their horns from the consumer perspective. Demand in Vietnam and China is growing exponentially and without effective demand reduction there will be no way protect the rhino population going into rapid decline from 2016”.Recovering after the procedure

Dr. Colman O’Ciodain of the World Wildlife Fund states that the WWF doesn’t endorse horn infusions due to its impracticability.  “The reason we didn’t endorse this method is because simply in order to do that you have to dart and anesthetize the rhino”. ” Most of the poaching is happening in Kruger National Park and
that’s the size of Wales and it’s just not practical. Not to mention the fact that in a matter of time they would have babies and you’d have to do it again”

While the WWF has taken a backseat role in effectively protecting these animals from slaughter, preferring to fight the illegal trade of ivory by “stepping up enforcement” more than 1200 rhinos were lost to poaching in 2014, a 9000 percent increase from the 13 rhinos lost in 2007. Elephant herds have shrunk 50 percent since 1979 and it is estimated that 35,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa.

To support the rhino rescue project, please visit their website.

by LJ Vanier

This New Material From Orange Peels Can Clean Up Mercury Pollution

Mother nature never lets us down, proving time and time again that everything we will always need is right in front of us, if we would only dig a little further.

In a recent media briefing, at the Australian Science and Medical Centre, Dr Justin Chalker from Flinders University announced that they have developed a “A brand new, dirt cheap, non-toxic polymer that literally sucks mercury out of water and soil is set to become a game changer in the battle against one of the world’s most reviled pollutants.”

The material is made from the industrial waste products sulphur and limonene and is very inexpensive to produce given the amount of global waste. Making it affordable to produce in large-scale environmental clean ups.

Mercury contamination plagues many areas of the world, affecting both food and water supplies and creating a serious need for an efficient and cost-effective method to trap this mercury,” says Dr Chalker.

“Until now, there has been no such method, but the new sulphur-limonene polysulfide addresses this urgent need.”

Japan, known to be one of the countries who are at high risk of this toxic chemical, many contracting Minamata disease a neurological disorder that causes numbness in the hands and feet, muscle weakness, loss of peripheral vision and damage to hearing and speech upon severe exposure to mercury.

This toxin has significant implications for human health, whether ingested through eating contaminated fish or contracted through the skin, mercury exposure is proven to damage the central nervous system. Those at risk in particular are pregnant women and children.

As of March 2001, 2,265 victims had been officially recognized in Japan as having Minamata disease (1,784 of whom had died).

“So not only is this new polymer good for solving the problem of mercury pollution, but it also has the added environmental bonus of putting this waste material to good use while converting them into a form that is much easier to store so that once the material is ‘full’ it can easily be removed and replaced.” states Dr. Chalker

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Dr. Chalkers polymer has also been found to remove toxic metals from water even in small amounts as the dark red material turns yellow when it absorbs mercury.

by LJ Vanier

This Man Holds the Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto and Change the World

Amanda Froelich – If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways.

And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible.

In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that?

Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops.

It’s what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects – and all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms.

Paul does this by taking entomopathogenic Fungi (fungi that destroys insects) and morphs it so it does not produce spores. In turn, this actually attracts the insects who then eat and turn into fungi from the inside out.

This patent has potential to revolutionize the way humans grow crops – if it can be allowed to reach mass exposure.

To tolerate the use of pesticides in modern agriculture is to deny evidence proving its detrimental effects against the environment. Such ignorance really can no longer be tolerated. For example, can you imagine a world without bees?

Monsanto’s chemical concoctions which are being sprayed all over farmers’ fields around the world are attributed to the large-scale bee die off.

While a growing number of countries are banning Monsanto, it’s still being used in  in nations who should  be aware of its dangers. To say that  new methods  need to be implemented before it is too late is an understatement.

Monsanto presently generates $16 billion dollars per year (as reported in 2014), therefore you can be certain they do not want anything interrupting that flow of revenue.

Such income gives them nearly limitless resources and abilities to suppress information that may be damaging their reputation.

But by becoming educated on the benefits of growing sustainable, organic, and bio-dynamic food, sharing articles like this, and boycotting GMO & herbicide-sprayed crops, the corporate demon may soon get the message.

Here are helpful links to understand more about the incredible patent discussed above:

Here is a link to the patent we are speaking of: 7,122,176http://www.google.com/patents/US7122176

A list of all the patents Paul has applied for: http://patents.justia.com/inventor/paul-edward-stamets

Plenty of information about Paul Stamets: http://www.fungi.com/about-paul-stamets.html

Wikipedia page about Paul Stamets: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets

And finally, here is a TedTalks video by Paul in 2008 called: 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

Solar Powered Floating Home Generates A Full Year’s Power in 6 Months

The Floatwing is an off-grid floating habitat that utilizes solar panels to achieve energy independence for 6 months out of the year.  With the right batteries installed (think Tesla’s Powerwall), it can harvest and store enough electricity for the entire year.

Designed by the Portuguese design firm Friday, the modular boat comes in multiple sizes with an array of sustainability tools to install.

The boat is 6 meters in width, but can be anywhere from 10-18 meters in length, depending on if it has 0, 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms.  The entire piece can be shipped nearly anywhere in the world and fits into two shipping containers.

It also comes fully equipped with a kitchen, heat pump, AC generator, barbecue on the upper terrace and a wine cellar.  The windows can be opened in the summer and an indoor pellet stove keeps the house warm during the winter if no battery storage is used for heat.

VIDEO: This Billboard in Peru Sucks Water Out of the Air to Grow Vegetables

VIDEO: This Billboard in Peru Sucks Water Out of the Air to Grow Vegetables

The river water in the farming region of Bujama in Lima, Peru, is so heavily polluted with metals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium, that growing vegetables in the area have become heavily contaminated.

Due to this crisis, engineering students at Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) have created a revolutionary invention that sucks the water from the air to grow vegetables. The students have dubbed their invention the “air orchard”.

This ingenious device is fitted with 10 de-humidifiers that filter water from the air into a drip irrigation system connected to an urban farm on the ground below.

One week into operation the Air Orchard produced 2,448 fresh heads of lettuce, that are not only free from pollution, but also the pressures of the country’s current water crisis.

Students will be handing out their crops to the locals in an effort to promote their new sustainable urban farm.

How Micro-Beads in Body Wash are Devastating the Oceans

I have to admit, I love the feeling of scrubbing down with those tiny beads, that open up the pores, exfoliating and really getting down into that tough dirt. Nothing feels better.

But did you know that those tiny beads are usually made of synthetic plastic? and that everyday, millions of these tiny beads are washed down the drain, contributing for a large percent of the plastic contamination in our oceans?

Researchers state that there are 360,000 pieces of plastic for every square mile of the ocean and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic find their way to the ocean every year.

While most of the plastic found in oceans is from waste products such as bottles and food waste wrapping, a study released in the journal of marine pollution bulletin states that micro-beads could result in 80 tons of micro plastic waste, as these tiny beads pass easily through sewage treatment plants.

This equates to approximately one trillion tons of micro-beads leaking into our oceans every day.

Another study published in the global change biology found that half of the worlds turtles ingest plastic and it is also been found that 90% of sea birds have plastic in their stomachs.

To curb the sales and distribution of these beads, legislation proposed “The Micro-bead Free Water Act” and it was introduced into house of Commons, to ban all products that contain synthetic micro-beads including, bar soap, toothpaste, shower gel and exfoliates. If passed the bill would ban all sales and distribution of these products by January 1, 2018.

Some companies have preemptively agreed to replace synthetic beads with more natural products.

Switching to a natural product today, would greatly impact the amount of plastics in the ocean. Apricot scrubs, oatmeal and sea salt are great examples of a natural replacement with the same benefit.

Thanks to DNEWS For Creating This Great Video!

Spectacle in the Skies! Don’t Miss This Week’s Meteor Shower

Halley’s Comet is only visible from the earth once for every 75 years, and the residual debris from Halley’s Comet will be streaking across the skies in the early morning hours, right before dawn on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday October 22.

Residual chunks from a comets tails typically generate two annual meteor showers. Once in May, known as the ETA Aquarids and the other occurring this week, October known as Orionids.

Making this your last chance of the year to get a glimpse of this spectacle in the sky.

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The Orionids meteor shower, the “dusty, rock guts” that trail behind the comet can be viewed clearly from many parts of the world.

This years show is expected to be a real sight to see with a predicted 10-20 meteors per hour at its peak.

To spot a meteor shower it is essential to be in a dark place, away from the lights of the city.

To find out the exact time dawn will approach in your area check out Gaisma.com. In New York City, it will be 6:45am Wednesday morning, so New Yorkers will get a decent show within the hour before sunrise.

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Norway’s Capital to Permanently Ban Cars From its City Centre

After the Swedish Government announced that it plans to spend 546 million on renewable energy, in aims to become worlds first fossil fuel-free nation. Norway has just announced that it will be permanently banning all cars from its city centre by 2019.

The announcement comes just weeks after Paris banned all motor vehicle traffic for one day, to give its citizens a rest from noise pollution. While Paris, intends to dedicate one day per year to the ban, Norway is determined to take it a step further.

“We want to have a car-free centre,” Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, lead negotiator for the Green Party in Oslo, told reporters yesterday. “We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone.”

Currently, 350,000 of the 600,000 residents in Oslo own cars and 90,000 work in the CBD. Reuters reports that Buses and trams will continue to serve the city center, and arrangements will be found for cars carrying disabled people and vehicles transporting goods to stores, the three parties said in a joint declaration.

“Oslo’s municipal authorities hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in five years to 50 percent of what they were back in 1990,” Amy X. Wang writes for Quartz. “By 2019, it also aims to cut automobile traffic across the entire city – not just the city centre – to 20 percent.”

The City of Oslo will hold consultations in hopes to study the experiences of other cities and will be conducting trial runs prior to its implementation in 2019.

Sources:

http://news.yahoo.com/oslo-aims-city-center-car-free-within-four-124930728.html

http://www.sciencealert.com/norway-s-capital-is-permanently-banning-cars-from-its-city-centre