BRAVO DOLE! Never thought I’d hear myself say that! I am so grateful to DOLE, who has committed to eliminate their MASSIVE amount of food waste by 2025. Some of the cool things they are developing: turning pineapple skins and banana leaves into packaging materials, making snacks from “unwanted” misshapen produce, eliminating plastic packaging, reaching net-zero carbon emissions, and processing excess food waste into bio-gas to power its processing plants. ALL THIS WITHIN FIVE YEARS!!!!
Bravo to the people of Mexico City! Local patrons master-minded and are privately funding 1000 columns (15 ACRES!) on the busy thoroughfare now named The Greenway, which will amount to of Vertical Gardens/Living Walls.in the busiest part of the city. The project features training in this important urban art form and worthy work for prisoners.
While there’s a note on the project’s cost vs planting new trees, I am a huge fan of Living Walls and I am very excited to see Mexico City’s brilliant efforts. I love this! The walls uptake carbon, emit oxygen, help calm, quiet, beautify, and uplift the street!
At this crossroads in time, we need to plant billions of trees and create Living Walls and Roofs everywhere we can. Read more…
As we know, the great gift of Covid-19 has been a huge drop in toxic air pollution worldwide, most notably over China and India. The clearing of the rivers and streams, the return of beautiful views and vistas is a healthy ecosystem boon for all species on Earth.
Satellites can easily measure NOx (nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide combined) which is produced by fossil fuel burning.
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL…For the first time since the 1800’s when coal replaced wood to power steamships and trains, RENEWABLE ENERGY USE beat out coal in the US!!! This trend is rock solid and on the rise! Earlier than expected, we are on our way home to harmony with our air, water, and sanity. Every species takes care not to harm its host. So dear ones, please spread the great news!
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Health Care Workers are the heroes of the planet right now, and their voices will hopefully carry some weight as they urge leaders at the G20 to take heed of the blaring messages from the current situation with COVID-19.
“Leaders must learn from these mistakes and recover in a way that makes the world stronger, healthier and more resilient”, the health professionals say. Governments have the power to make this transformation in the next 12-18 months, depending on where and how they direct the trillions of dollars they are about to inject into the economy. Read more here.
One of my greatest inspirations, Tao Porchon-Lynch passed peacefully on the most auspicious Great Night of Shiva, when Shiva dances in heaven. A wonderful website has been constructed to pay homage to this amazing woman, and it includes a video of inspiration.
Please enjoy, and join me in aspiring to the beauty, joy, peace and love of this awesome human Being.
BRAVO LONDON! I love London and I am jazzed to share this big news from The Guardian!
In one of the biggest car-free initiatives of any city in the world, the capital’s mayor announced on Friday that main streets between London Bridge and Shoreditch, Euston and Waterloo, and Old Street and Holborn, will be limited to buses, pedestrians and cyclists.
Officials said they were working with boroughs to implement similar restrictions on the minor roads they manage within the area. Cars and lorries may also be banned from Waterloo Bridge and London Bridge.
Experts say it is crucial to encourage walking and cycling as people return to work because physical distancing is impossible on crowded transport and a surge in car use would cause gridlock and an increase in air pollution.
Bravo to Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund, which just announced it’s dumping $3 billion in FOSSIL FUEL investments!!! Norway’s fund is taking a leading role in responsible investment. This includes some huge coal operations. They also have bans on tobacco for ethical health reasons, and some arms restrictions tied to human rights and environmental issues. This signals to the financial market that this is time for every sector of society to vote for a clean, healthy, livable future for all species for all time! Read more here
GREAT NEWS IN AN NUTSHELL! Bravo Seattle! Seattle’s Mayor Turner announced that their new 20 miles of pedestrian and bike STAY HEALTHY STREETS, will be permanent and bike lanes will be significantly expanded! YAY Seattle!
Along with my celebration of this, out of curiosity, I checked how many total miles of roads there are in Seattle: around 3,900! All those of us who love Seattle and clean air hope that many many more (hundreds of) miles will be added to their healthy streets initiative.
Inspiration for Seattle? Paris declared that their 405 miles of bikeways, named CORONA CYCLEWAYS, will be permanent!
Further search shows that other cities, including Washington DC, NYC, Boston, Oakland, and more are following suit and opening roadways for pedestrians and cyclists.
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Optimist Daily shared The New York Times report of the highly endangered Golden Lion Tamarin in Brazil who will be allowed access to and from their native habitat by building a bridge covered with native flora. After negotiations and lawsuits, the conservationists managed to get the construction company to agree to build and pay for a forested overpass for animals, the first in Brazil, with a tunnel and forest canopy connections, to enable the tamarins and other animals to pass from one side to the other. The overpass is now nearing completion and should be done this year!