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Simple Things You Can Do To Help Save Money & The Planet

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We live in a world where we are often made out to feel like a very small piece of an enormous puzzle, where no change that we make in our lives will ever bare a substantial impact on the world as a whole. In reality, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. All change starts microcosmically, and it’s up to us to choose to empower rather than disempower ourselves. Here are some simple changes we can all implement to help save the planet as well as save ourselves some money at the same time!

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Transportation & Energy

If you don’t already use public transport then now is the time to start. Reduce reliance on non-renewable resources, especially motor powered vehicles.

Try riding your bike to work, university or when shopping. To get started try once a week then increase the regularity. Eventually you will realize that you feel more alive by riding and may actually start to enjoy it. Not to mention you will feel and look better physically and you will have more energy.

Switch Energy Providers. If an energy provider in your area provides ‘green energy’ then switch to this option. It may cost a few cents more but it will send a message to other providers and retailers, eventually forcing them to source only renewable energy alternatives. If your current provider does not have a ‘renewable energy’ option then switch providers and let them know why you are switching.

Household energy. It was not that long ago that people use to carry around lanterns and candles and didn’t have grid connected electricity. If you are not Amish and don’t want to be completely green by having absolutely no power, you can still significantly reduce power consumption around the home. Heating and cooling are the largest consumer of energy used within the home. It is amazing how people will walk around the home in a t-shirt and pair of shorts while it is snowing outside. This makes absolutely no sense. Toughen up people or dress appropriately for the environment. By wearing the appropriate clothes you can reduce the temperature on the thermostat, save power and save yourself a fortune in heating bills…Also when not using essential items switch off and unplug appliances as this can still leak energy. It is also worth checking if your home is adequately insulated.

Around The Home

Another way to save the environment, money and get some exercise is to use good old fashioned garden tools. Not so long ago people use to use push lawn mowers, handheld clippers, brooms and dust bins to tidy up the house and garden. Nowadays it seems everyone has to use some petrol-powered tool that makes a lot of noise and uses fossil fuels. Go down to your garden store and have a look around and you will be amazed at what you can find that is inexpensive and practical to help you get some gardening done.

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Learn to become self-sufficient by growing your own foods or partnering up with neighbours to do so. Eat only seasonally produced vegetables and fruits from your local area. Imported goods use significant amounts of fossil fuels to be transported, stored and distributed.

Grow your own vegetables, herbs and fruits. Even if you have limited space you can still be creative on a balcony, hallway or small space. Learn about that by clicking HERE.

Make your own compost. Use leftover organic food scraps and garden cuttings to build a backyard compost system.

Get some chickens in the backyard. If you have the space (and council approval) then chickens are great for disposing of vegetable scraps and are a great at helping out with the compost.

Collect your own rainwater. There are plenty of techniques to collect and store fresh rainwater. If you live in a city and the collection of rainwater is not feasible then tap water is the best option. Don’t buy bottled water as this has the most externalities associated with it. 

Get rid of your lawn. Try to have the least amount of lawn as possible, grow vegetables, herbs, native plants and fruit trees in open spaces. If you have the need for a lawn, let it grow naturally and avoid cutting it short as this uses significantly less water and keeps moisture loss to a minimum.

Make a Greenhouse. If you live in a cool climate you can extend your growing season by months by understanding the power of greenhouses. By making a greenhouse we can significantly increase the growing season for all plants. They are easy to make and cost effective. Find out how to build a $50 greenhouse in your backyard by clicking HERE.

Food & Shopping

Try to eat less red meat and dairy or become a vegetarian. Cattle produce vast amounts of CO2 and consume large amounts of water in their production and add to deforestation. Keep an eye out for the soon to be released documentary ‘The Cowspiracy,’ to get a full picture of how much this impacts the state of our world. MORE INFO

Shop at second hand stores whenever possible. The popularity of the thrift shop has grown and now there are a number of alternatives for buying clothes, furniture and other household goods. This is a great way to help the environment as there is no wastage and no additional resources are used in production.

Shop locally. Whenever possible try to purchase goods and services from local providers as this helps the local community. Studies have shown that the impacts for shopping with locally owned stores increases employment and the circulation of resources within the community. 

Limit your technology. Computers and technological gadgetry consume vast amounts energy and highly processed toxic metals and minerals in the production process. Don’t be conned by the next latest gimmick as this is all part of the system of planned obsolescence. The new i-whatever will not change your life…

Downsize your lifestyle and understand the implications and externalities of what you do as a consumer. How much stuff do you really need? I can guarantee that if you look in your closet at least 50% of the clothes you have in there you haven’t worn in 12 months or more…

Develop close community ties and foster participation and collaboration among neighbours and local government authorities. If you are really ambitious you can develop alternative currencies throughout your community. Simple bartering is a great way to start, then you can design more elaborate and equitable systems based on community needs.

Learn about permaculture and organic farming as these will pave the way for the future of agricultural production.

 

Article by Andrew Martin editor of onenesspublishing  and author of  One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…

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Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested By FBI on Charges Connected To Jeffrey Epstein

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What Happened: Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested this morning in New Hampshire according to FBI spokeswoman Adrienne Senatore. At this time, charges against Maxwell are sealed, and prosecutors have scheduled a midday press conference in New York to provide more details on the case.

Charges against Maxwell came almost a year after Epstein was arrested by FBI agents on July 6, 2019. Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself in a federal jail in August 2019, although many believe he was killed given he could name many high profile figures connected to his ring.

Why It Matters: Maxwell is heavily connected to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein who operated a sex/pedophile ring that tailored to high profile individuals, business people, entertainers and politicians.

Her arrest may be important in helping to bring down more people connected to the ring which include Hillary and Bill Clinton amongst other high profile names.

The Takeaway:

Humanity is in a process of ‘Breaking the Illusion’ we have come to accept about our reality. We have been living from a collective story that states we elect good people into government, and they act on our best interest. This categorically is not the case, and part of our collective awakening to creating solutions that can make our world thrive is waking up from this illusion we have chosen to accept.

People are beginning to learn en masse that high profile figures are involved in such acts like extreme occult rituals, sex trafficking and pedophilia, and they are beginning to wonder why. They are also beginning to question why we put our trust and support in people who operate in this manner.

Looking Deeper:

We have interviewed a survivor of elite pedophile rings like the one Epstein and Maxwell ran. Her name is Anneke Lucas and you can watch her full testimony here on CETV.

You can also watch a recent documentary called Out of Shadows that explores this topic in detail on CETV as well.

Read more about Epstein ad Maxwell here.

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Environmentalist Censored For Shifting His Opinion On Climate Change

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Forbes.com deleted a new article from environmentalist Michael Shellenberger. His perspective on climate change shifted, and he decided to write about it. Forbes wasn't having it.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we deciding to censor different perspectives as opposed to explore them? Is our emotional intelligence so undeveloped collectively that we cannot have civil conversations?

What Happened: Michael Shellenberger, a long time environmentalist who has been in the trenches helping to save the world’s last unprotected redwoods, co-created the predecessor to today’s Green New Deal and led an effort to keep nuclear power plants operating in order to prevent a spike of emissions, has shifted his perspective on climate change. Prior to today, he was holding the perspective that we must be alarmed about the fact that the world will end in a short amount of time if we don’t act to reduce carbon emissions immediately.

He shifted his opinion based on exploring emerging science on the subject. He then went on to write a book called Never Apocalypse, which seeks to help explore what we can do to better our environment from a grounded and accurate point of view, as opposed to alarmism.

He wrote an article on Forbes website titled On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize For the Climate Scare.” Two days laterForbes decided to remove his article.

Why It Matters: The fact that Forbes removed an article that was grounded, calm, well written and explored new conversations illustrates the emerging culture of ‘censor anything that can get us in trouble’ or ‘censor anything that doesn’t agree with mainstream conjecture.”

We’ve come into a time where our collective lack of emotional intelligence is surfacing deeply for us to address. When we disagree on something, we struggle to explore things together. When a company says something they feel might get them in trouble, they run away in fear that the angry mob will come after them.

All that happened here was a man wrote an article that brought some new light to a conversation that has been very polarized and is causing people to react out of emotion instead of logic and the heart. Instead of listening and exploring, censorship ensues.

The Takeaway: I spoke at a high school here in Toronto last year. At the end of my talk, many students came up to me to talk, discuss ideas and share feedback. The vast majority of them explained to me that they were terrified that the world was going to end in just a few years. They felt they had no future because of the acts of generations prior who were causing CO2 levels to rise so high that the world would end.

I thought to myself, wow, an entire generation of kids being pushed into fear, anxiety and depression based on information that isn’t even accurate. This information was created by politicians and pushed out by media. Scientists categorically do not agree with the idea that the world is coming to an end as a result of CO2 emissions. Yet not enough people are telling people this, most of media is staying silent on other perspectives and censorship even shuts down opposing ideas.

What type of world will we create if we can’t discuss basic ideas? What  type of world will we create when we choose to run, hide and censor as opposed to having important conversations? How can we stop identifying so deeply with positions, so that we can be more free to shift ideas when new information helps us understand things better?

Looking Deeper:

I made a film last year called Regenerate: Beyond The CO2 Narrative. After 10 years of researching and investigating climate change, I came to many conclusions that I felt needed to be shared, yet were extremely rare in public discourse. One of the most important aspects of Regenerate was that we simply are looking at our environment from such a limited point of view that we can’t identify the real issues we face, and that our level of thinking, or consciousness, is completely disconnected from the solutions required to truly shift our relationship with earth. Thus, we are creating solutions that never truly address making the environment cleaner or better long term.

I encourage you to check out the film trailer below, and if you wish to watch the film, it’s available on our member platform called CETV. You can start a free 7 day trial to watch it if you like. We also discuss this story in more detail in episode 2 of The Takeway, an orignal show we have on CETV.

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Soft Drink Companies Caught Using Big Tobacco’s Playbook To Lure Young Children

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  • The Facts:

    Documents obtained by researchers clearly outline the unethical and immoral actions Tobacco companies used to 'hook' kids onto sugary drinks. They use the same tactics they did for smoking.

  • Reflect On:

    Why do and have our federal health regulatory agencies allow such products to be approved as safe for consumption when they are clearly linked to a variety of diseases, like cancer?

Many moves made by multiple big corporations are extremely unethical, immoral, and downright shocking. These corporations have completely compromised our federal health regulatory agencies, and it’s quite clear that they do not care about the health of the human race and will do anything when it comes to the success of the products they manufacture, including taking illegal and/or immoral actions.

One of the more recent examples comes from the tobacco industry. Companies within the industry used colors, flavors, and marketing techniques to lure and entice children as potential future smokers. They actually used and applied these same strategies to sweetened beverages starting as early as 1963, according to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.

As the Sugar Scientists point out:

The study, which draws from a cache of previously secret documents from the tobacco industry that is part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library tracked the acquisition and subsequent marketing campaigns of sweetened drink brands by two leading tobacco companies: R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. It found that as tobacco was facing increased scrutiny from health authorities, its executives transferred the same products and tactics to peddle soft drinks. The study was published in the March 2019 issue of BMJ.

“Executives in the two largest U.S.-based tobacco companies had developed colors and flavors as additives for cigarettes and used them to build major children’s beverage product lines, including Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid, Tang and Capri Sun,” said senior author Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Even after the tobacco companies sold these brands to food and beverage corporations, many of the product lines and marketing techniques designed to attract kids are still in use today.” (source)

The new papers, which are available in the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library, a subset of the UCSF Industry Documents Library, reveal the close and tight knit relationships between the big tobacco and big food industries. In fact, in the 60s and 70s, these companies conducted taste tests with mothers and their children to evaluate sweetness, colors and flavors for Hawaiian Punch product line extensions. The children’s preferences were prioritized.

Kool-Aid Joins Marlboro

Meanwhile, tobacco competitor Philip Morris had acquired Kool-Aid, via General Foods, in 1985. The company flipped its marketing audience from families to children, created its “Kool-Aid Man” mascot, and launched collaborations with branded toys, including Barbie and Hot Wheels. It also developed a children’s Kool-Aid loyalty program described as “our version of the Marlboro Country Store,” a cigarette incentives program. (source)

“The Wacky Wild Kool-Aid style campaign had tremendous reach and impact,” said first author Kim Nguyen, ScD, MPH, who is also with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Lots of kids in the ’80s dreamed of getting swag from the Wacky Warehouse. What is really ‘wacky’ is that the Kool-Aid kid program was modeled after a tobacco marketing strategy designed to build allegiance with smokers.”

The tobacco giant also acquired Capri Sun and Tang, and used similar child-focused integrated marketing strategies to drive those sales.

“The industry claims that these tobacco-inspired marketing strategies are not actually targeting children and should be excluded from these industry-led agreements,” said Schmidt. “But the evidence cited in our research shows that these product lines and marketing techniques were specifically designed for and tested on children.” (source)

The UCSF Industry Documents Library was launched in 2002 as a digital portal for tobacco documents. Today, the library includes close to 15 million internal tobacco, drug, chemical and food industry documents used by scientists, policymakers, journalists and community members in their efforts to improve and protect the health of the public.

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, it’s important to recognize that government health authorities and the corporations we buy our food from, among other things, really don’t care about us. This has become extremely evident, as they are responsible for the sharp rise in numerous diseases. It’s not uncommon to see parents buy their children products similar to the ones listed above, and that’s due to mass brainwashing and the fact that we’ve been made to feel that these products are actually safe. This is why awareness is so critical.

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