2020年02月29日

Positive

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well what a week, everywhere there seems to be such negative news, on so many issues. I therefore made it a point of looking for positive news. I found these interesting stories, I hope you will find them interesting too.
Following decades of deforestation, Costa Rica has doubled its forest cover in the last 30 years. Half of the country’s land surface is now covered with trees, creating a huge carbon sink and a big draw for tourists. Historically, more than 75 per cent of Costa Rica was covered in tropical rainforests and other indigenous woodland. But extensive logging meant that by 1983, only 26 per cent of the country still had forest cover. Hurrah for Costa Rica.

Closer to me a story about the River Thames. It is now a “hub of life”, according to conservation charity Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The charity announced in September that 138 seal pups had been spotted on Thames’ riverbanks. Elsewhere, a project to restore native oysters to the river’s waters got underway in the summer. In 2019, ZSL launched its Mother Thames campaign calling for the public’s awareness of and participation in conservation efforts.
The third story is also about the UK.
In 2019, the UK hit a major energy milestone: between July and September, renewable power sources produced more electricity than fossil fuels did for the first time. Wind power, in particular, has improved this year: the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Hornsea One, in Yorkshire, began generating power in February. Meanwhile World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland revealed in July that Scottish wind turbines produced enough electricity to power 4.47m homes.
So amongst the chaos that appears on our television there are wonderful things happening.
Bloggers please take care and look after yourselves. Over and out London.















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2020年02月20日

AMAZING

Hi bloggers hope you're not too cold.  It's been non stop rain in the U.K. There are many areas affected by flood water.  Definitely need your umbrella here.  Fortunately I read an article that was quite amazing, how recycled mattresses can be recycled to be the basis for growing plants.

Old and discarded mattresses are being used to replace soil in order to grow herbs and vegetables for refugees in desert environments.

A team of experts in hydroponics from the University of Sheffield have been working with refugees in Jordan to create 'desert gardens' using foam from mattresses.

At the Zaatari refugee camp the research team, led by Professor Tony Ryan, have worked with residents to grow peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and mint.

The mattress foam is used to hold the roots of a plant in place as it grows in in a nutrient rich water solution.  Seeds are placed in the foam and they grow through it. 

The team have used mattresses destined for landfill that were left behind by aid workers after they leave the refugee camps.  Researchers worked with the refugees at the camp as many of them were experienced farmers.  The team say they learnt from each other. 

'The refugees we have worked with have taken our training and made the project their own, growing things we never thought would be possible in the desert environment using recycled materials,' said Professor Ryan.  They have created a 'desert garden' at the camp in Jordan but want to make the project more sustainable and roll it out worldwide.

They hope to raise £250,000 to supply seeds, nutrients and training for another 3,000 refugees.  Nearly 1,000 have been taught so far.

It would give families displaced by war the opportunity to have an unlimited supply of fresh produce - in some of the harshest places on the planet.  This project gives people with hope for the future and the opportunity to provide families with fresh food.

To encourage awareness about recycling in Warsaw Poland, a light installation has been created.  Coloured plastic bags that can be recycled have been used to make an innovative work of art.  It is hoped that it will focus attention on the need to recycle.  It is an important issue and using art to inspire people is a wonderful idea.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.














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2020年02月14日

Loneliness

Hi bloggers hope all is well with you all. Hope that you are managing to keep warm. England had a big storm last weekend and it appears that another one, storm Dennis is on the way. The poor flowers are really taking a hammering, there's a lot of flooding and it seems it's always the same areas that are affected. It is at difficult times that building a community is important. In England it is said that, January and February, are often the months when people experience the most severe bouts of loneliness. Our government has in fact appointed a minister to look into loneliness. However governments propose grand schemes, but its groups of volunteers who usually get things off the ground.
The Chatty Café Scheme has been set up to reduce loneliness and to get people talking. Many people experience loneliness but don't talk about it as It's a stigmatised subject. The chatty cafe society is trying to influence UK café culture by encouraging venues to designate a Chatter and Natter table, which is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers. This offers a way for people to get to know each other, have a chat without any pressure.
People are said to experience more loneliness when they live in a big city.

London is Lonely is an exhibition composed of 10 photographs and audio stories of loneliness in London, all of which represent people who live, work or spend time in the capital. London is Lonely highlights the magnitude of loneliness while demonstrating that this is a shared issue, and therefore we can all be part of the solutions. The exhibition invites visitors to think about their role and how we can all help build a more connected world. I think that these ideas are really inspiring.

Bloggers wishing you a safe week hoping that you stay warm and well. Over and out London.








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