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Please Be Part Of Saving Our Planet & Ourselves

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life with tags , on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

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How You Can Stop Global Warming

Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining room table.

Nations around the world are upping their game in the fight against climate change, even as President Trump recently announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. And despite this reckless move, American mayors, state leaders, county officials, governors, major companies, and millions of citizens across our country have pledged that they’re “still in” when it comes to the agreement, and supporting the goal of limiting future warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Even better, a new initiative by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gives the urban layer of this movement a boost. He’s asked mayors from the 100 most populous cities in the country to share their plans for making their buildings and transportation systems run cleaner and more efficiently. The 20 that show the greatest potential for cutting the dangerous carbon pollution that’s driving climate change will share a total of $70 million in technical assistance funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners.

It’s important to remember the equally vital contributions that can be made by private citizens—which is to say, by you. “Change only happens when individuals take action,” Aliya Haq, deputy director of NRDC’s Clean Power Plan initiative, says. “There’s no other way, if it doesn’t start with people.”

The goal is simple. Carbon dioxide is the climate’s worst enemy. It’s released when oil, coal, and other fossil fuels are burned for energy—the energy we use to power our homes, cars, and smartphones. By using less of it, we can curb our own contribution to climate change while also saving money. Here are a dozen easy, effective ways each one of us can make a difference:

1. Speak up!

What’s the single biggest way you can make an impact on global climate change? “Talk to your friends and family, and make sure your representatives are making good decisions,” Haq says. By voicing your concerns—via social media or, better yet, directly to your elected officials—you send a message that you care about the warming world. Encourage Congress to enact new laws that limit carbon emissions and require polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. “The main reason elected officials do anything difficult is because their constituents make them,” Haq says. You can help protect public lands, stop offshore drilling, and more here.

Call on the Biden administration to take bold action in its first 100 days

TAKE ACTION

2. Power your home with renewable energy.

Choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e Energy, an organization that vets renewable energy options. If that isn’t possible for you, take a look at your electric bill; many utilities now list other ways to support renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.

3. Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize.

“Building heating and cooling are among the biggest uses of energy,” Haq says. Indeed, heating and air-conditioning account for almost half of home energy use. You can make your space more energy efficient by sealing drafts and ensuring it’s adequately insulated. You can also claim federal tax credits for many energy-efficiency home improvements.

4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Since they were first implemented nationally in 1987, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars. “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions,” Haq says. When shopping for refrigerators, washing machines, and other appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It will tell you which are the most efficient.

5. Reduce water waste.

Saving water reduces carbon pollution, too. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.

6. Actually eat the food you buy—and make less of it meat.

Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. “If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption,” Haq says. And since livestock products are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too.

7. Buy better bulbs.

LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They’re also cheaper in the long run: A 10-watt LED that replaces your traditional 60-watt bulb will save you $125 over the lightbulb’s life.

8. Pull the plug(s).

Taken together, the outlets in your home are likely powering about 65 different devices—an average load for a home in the U.S. Audio and video devices, cordless vacuums and power tools, and other electronics use energy even when they’re not charging. This “idle load” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. So don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.

9. Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Gas-smart cars, such as hybrids and fully electric vehicles, save fuel and money. And once all cars and light trucks meet 2025’s clean car standards, which means averaging 54.5 miles per gallon, they’ll be a mainstay. For good reason: Relative to a national fleet of vehicles that averaged only 28.3 miles per gallon in 2011, Americans will spend $80 billion less at the pump each year and cut their automotive emissions by half. Before you buy a new set of wheels, compare fuel-economy performance here.

10. Maintain your ride.

If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost.

11. Rethink planes, trains, and automobiles.

Choosing to live in walkable smart-growth cities and towns with quality public transportation leads to less driving, less money spent on fuel, and less pollution in the air. Less frequent flying can make a big difference, too. “Air transport is a major source of climate pollution,” Haq says. “If you can take a train instead, do that.”

12. Shrink your carbon profile.

You can offset the carbon you produce by purchasing carbon offsets, which represent clean power that you can add to the nation’s energy grid in place of power from fossil fuels. But not all carbon offset companies are alike. Do your homework to find the best supplier.

Worldwide Plea

Posted in Environment, Life, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes, Writing with tags , , on September 6, 2020 by darkjade68

It’s supposed to be 113 Degrees nearby today… It was 111 there yesterday, and 107 where I’m at

I’m a Creative Writer… I don’t write these kind of pieces very often

But I’m pleading now

The time for meat and dairy as a major food source has come, and gone (Aside from impoverished areas of the planet Etc.) 

I know you don’t want to hear or believe this… And/or are tired of hearing it, because you don’t want to give up the taste of meat and dairy… I understand, this is not a judgment, this is just where we’re at as a planet

Between the deforestation to create areas to grow crops to feed the massive amount of animals, and/or to create space for them to be, coupled with the methane gasses the animals put into the atmosphere, we are killing/heating our planet

I know you’ve heard this all before… But it’s not a trend to be Vegan (Though it is trending), it’s a game changer in regards to what’s happening to our planet

I live in Southern California, we’ve been dealing with ‘fire season’ for decades… But the fires in 2018, because of the change in climate, moved faster than ever before… I know, they came a mile from burning our family home of 46 years

As the fire came over the nearby peak, our house phones started to ring, with recorded messages signalling a Red Alert

We were pretty sure we were going to lose everything, and many did

The only reason we didn’t, was because the wind direction never sent it directly to our little valley of homes, only the mountains all around it

Like I say, I don’t really write these kind of posts… But the truth is, most of us are reactionary by nature, as apposed to proactive

This is true in most ways

Even me writing this post is reactionary to when I heard last night that it was going to reach 113 degrees today

Most of the improvements we’ve made along the way have been reactionary, but the problem with taking that stance with environmental issues, is the issues have accumulated, and we barely have time to do anything about it

But we can now, you can

I am not judging Humans/us when I say we are generally self indulgent creatures

Most of us work very hard to survive, and we desire things that make us feel good to offset the stress and or exhaustion of the day to day

We have been self indulgent with meat and dairy, and its really messing everything up

Yes, there are other ways that we need to change as a world to save this place not just for the future, but for the now

But animal agriculture has a huge impact, and most of us look the other way, because we don’t want to change… To many of us, it’s like downgrading our life to do so… But I promise as a vegan of 7 years, it’s not

It made me a more imaginative cook, yes… But that has only made food taste better than before I stopped eating milk and dairy

In fact, well there are and have been many righteous vegans out there screaming at people to change, it is my belief that it’s better if we help show the way, and offer any suggestions/recipes we can

Which is why I started a Vegan Blog several years back (Here’s the Link James Cooks Vegan

Not all of these Recipes are ‘healthy’, but that wasn’t the point

Whether we eat healthy or not, is and has always been our personal choice

But it does include both healthy, and less healthy dishes

The reason I created that Blog was to offer my help/a bridge for people who want to start to move towards Veganism, and or outright change to Veganism

Like I say, yelling at people to change rarely works, and it isn’t who I am

Who I am, is a compassionate human being trying to help with the transition of something that could otherwise potentially cause global devastation

And lets face it, most of us will never have the resources to fly to Mars

Most of us are here, and aren’t going anywhere

Anyway, nuff said

I appreciate you listening/reading

DarkJade- (James)

They Are Living, Breathing Beings Of Light

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Life, Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes, Writing with tags , , on January 12, 2020 by darkjade68

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This post is not meant to judge, nor lecture… Think of it as a plea, and something for you to consider

There was a time when most Humans on this planet needed animals in their diet, and in some areas of the world, there still are (Due to other things than the bodies actual need for animals themselves)

But that time has come, and gone

I’ve been a Vegan for 7 years, and it’s been great… Truly

My girlfriend is actually an Activist, I am not (Well, maybe in this small way)

Generally most reply “What about protein?”

But that is only the first wave of defense that they come up with, in reality, protein is not an issue with Veganism… It’s just a matter of being made aware of the other proteins that exist

But in the end, what I’ve noticed the most from her reach out conversations is, in the end, it’s the ‘taste’ that causes people to deny the idea of changing what they eat

Speaking as someone who started being a Vegan at the age of 44, taste has not been an issue in regards to eating a Vegan diet

It simply made me a more creative cook, and in the end, I’ve had some of the best food of my life

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Take for instance this Thanksgiving Platter I had/created this last November (Above)

It was literally the best Thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever had

And it’s not just that I’m a great cook, it’s completely doable (Here’s some more Photos from this years Feast)

In fact, I truly believe that if we’re going to reach out and ask people to make changes to their diet, the least we can do is give them some menu ideas, which is why I created my ‘James Cooks Vegan‘ Blog

I’ve got 70+ Recipes on there

Also, keep in mind, eating Vegan, doesn’t necessarily mean eating healthy

It just means you don’t include Animal, and Dairy in your diet

Beyond not really needing to eat/include Animal in our diets, Factory Farming is really messing up our climate (I watched the Documentary Earthlings on YouTube in 2013, which really pushed me over into Veganism… But, I have to warn, it’s very graphic)

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‘The Game Changers’ Is the most current Film I’ve watched (It’s on Netflix &/or rentable), which came out in 2018

This Film gives you some info. on the science in regards to Veganism, and shows some amazing athletes etc. whom have made the change

Anyway, I didn’t plan on doing this post, but 2020 for me is a time of action in general, and so you may see me do some posts here and there on some things in that respect

Nuff Said,

Thanks for Listening/Reading

DarkJade-