Solar Power: Saving People Through Birth

Dr. Laura Satchel and her husband has designed a solar power in a suitcase which includes batteries, solar panels, extensions,  essential medical devices, surgical lighting and more to help women specifically through birth. Dr. Satchel looked for the reason why so many woman have been dying in Uganda by child birth. When she visited the hospital and saw the unreliable source of light she knew she just had to do something. One time while she was aiding a women to give birth the lights turned off in the middle of the night and all they had was her flashlight. Dr. Satchel decided, when she got home, with her husband who worked with solar panels to make a device in a suitcase to help with the lighting. When she returned back to Uganda, everyone was happy and thanked her. Slowly more people started asking if they could also receive one of these suitcases. Soon, she started delivering her product worldwide. People knows her as a superhero and a lifesaver.

I really feel as though she really helped a lot of women. She made it easier for people to do c-section in the dark because of her product, We Care Solar.

– Yours truly, L.O.A.S.H

 

Plastic Problem

Today I visited the Material Recovery Facility (A.K.A the MRF) in Boracay. The facility was filled with: glass bottles, plastic bags, containers, grinding machines, up – cycled “concrete” – looking blocks and piles of cans. Some of their walls were built up with patterned and recycled glass bottles (pretty cool ~__^). On our way to one of the other facilities in the MRF, they, the employees, were explaining screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-8-20-37-pmthat the floor we were currently stepping on was constructed of glass and other materials that they’ve jumbled up together. They showed us their grinding machine where they just toss some glass objects at the top and the glass they’ve tossed, at the top, gets pooped out all cut and broken into small bits. One of the employees even stepped on the newly shattered glass explaining that it is safe. The facility even converts plastic bags into these cement blocks!

Plastic time.

We’ve all seen plastic at least once in our life. Right? Plastic is cheap, affordable, lightweight and a lot more things. Who wouldn’t want to use plastic? We’ve seen plastic used as bags, containers, toys, chairs, cups, utensils and even gum (which is made of synthetic rubber, A.K.A plastic!). But, did you know that plastics take as much as 450 to 1000 years to biodegrade?! Yes, it is a bad thing. Can you imagine our earth slowly being crowded with plastics? Oh, wait, our earth won’t necessarily be crowded by plastics as our animals such as whales, sea turtles (which mistake plastics for jellyfish), birds and probably all other animals mistakenly take in plastic as food and lessen the plastic in our oceans.

This is how it works:

  1. Animals see the plastic, Animals eat the plastic
  2. Unfortunately, plastic cannot be digested and stays in the animal’s stomach
  3. When the plastic rests and decomp- wait, it will probably take few hundred years before the decomposition of the plastic, the animals gets fooled and doesn’t eat anything as it thinks it’s full
  4. The animal eventually starves itself without even knowing! That just sounds terrible. Starving but full?

Aside from animals being starved to death by these plastics which linger around in our oceans, streets, flying around through the air and wrapped around our hands for the next time we go grocery, they also affect animals by choking them. There are countless birds, turtles and whales which get washed up to the shore close to death. We have been able to save a few birds which get tangled up with plastics, chocking. There were a scan and autopsy of a whale they found, and their news was that the whole stomach was filled with a hill of plastic. We have to stop this. We have to spread the word.imgres

We do have an upper hand, though. Most plastics have a small label with a number surrounded by arrows which usually represents what type of plastic it is made of and how safe and dangerous it can be.

*runs down to check plastic bottles* Heh ^__~

I rummaged through our pantry and noticed that most of the products that we’ve bought have the number 1. Interesting.

*runs back up*

Below are the 7 types of plastics and its corresponding names and it’s description on it’s “pros and cons”:

PET OR PETE (BUT MORE COMMONLY LABELLED PETE) | 1

Polyethene terephthalate (PET or PETE) bottles are the most common plastic container in use for soft drinks, juice, peanut butter, salad dressing, ketchup and water. The number on the recycling icon identifies all bottles in this category. Currently, the American Chemistry Council states that is okay to reuse these bottles, after washing them. EcoVillage Green notes many PET bottles are difficult to clean and may leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals when exposed to high temperatures. Most manufacturers intend for consumers to use each bottle once, so more research will determine if consumers can safely reuse one-time-use bottles.

|My input:

So, technically, this type of plastic is known worldwide that it cannot ever be biodegraded. These plastics will stay on this earth till the end of time according to scientist and researchers. But, there are hundreds of people out there finding solutions to fix this big problem. The thing is, most plastics labelled PET/PETE or the arrow surrounded 1 is supposedly “recyclable and reusable”. According to Livestrong (or the paragraph up there), most manufacturers intend for consumers to use each bottle one time. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across one that has a sign saying “use this plastic once” or “clean thoroughly as this plastic can release heavy metals leading to hormonal imbalance”. Apparently, there’s hope! There was a group of Japanese scientists who found a type of bacteria that eats the kind of material that plastic is made of. This will be world changing.|

HDP OR HDPE | 2

According to the wimp, HDPE plastic is the stiffer plastic used in milk gallon jugs, detergent bottles, and some toys and plastic bags. HDPE releases very few chemicals, and experts recommend trying to get water bottles made of this plastic as it’s the safest one.

|My thoughts:

A bottle I found in our house, which was from NYC, was made of HDP/HDPE. While we manufacture who knows how much a day plastics, I think the best idea is to make them all out of this sturdy and “safe” (according to scientists) kind of plastic. I mean they’ve already admitted that PET/PETE isn’t such a safe kind of plastic, and since no one has found a way, yet, to make the PET/PETE plastic more human friendly, they should replace everything with HDP/HDPE so that even though we have a lot of plastics we can be assured that we are somewhat safe from it. It meaning plastic.|

PVC OR 3V OR V | 3

PVC is a flexible plastic used to make food wrapping, teething rings, toys for pets and children, and bottles of cooking oil. It releases two toxic chemicals which can potentially cause hormonal imbalances. Experts recommend finding an alternative if possible.

|What I think:

I don’t know how to tell you guys how many times I’ve done a research on PVC but what I can tell you is that I still get surprised on how PVC affects us, in a bad way.|

LDPE | 4

You will often find low-density polyethene (LDPE) plastic in packaging for bread wrappers and frozen food, plastic wraps for food storage, grocery bags and trash bags. This category of plastic is safe to reuse, within reason. Consider the original purpose of the packaging before you use it to preserve or store food. These plastics are thin films that are lighter weight than other categories of plastic so they can melt or emit toxic chemicals if exposed to high temperatures, including the microwave.

PP | 5

Manufacturers use polypropylene (PP) plastic for some toys, baby bottles, drinking straws, syrup, yoghurt, margarine and deli soup containers. The current research does not show any evidence that this category of plastic leaches harmful chemicals.

|Add on:

This sounds like a pretty good type of plastic. Apparently, this type of plastic is great at avoiding grease, moisture and chemicals! I had a problem before with my dog when I left her a bowl (made of plastic) of water, then after a day or so I started to notice moulds starting to surround her bowl. This is dangerous for dogs btw!|

PS | 6

Polystyrene is a cheap, lightweight plastic that can be used in a manner of ways. It’s usually found in disposable styrofoam drinking cups, egg cartons, takeout containers, and plastic utensils. When heated, it can release carcinogenic substances. It is meant to be disposable and is not suitable for repeated use.Polystyrene is a cheap, lightweight plastic that can be used in a manner of ways. It’s usually found in disposable styrofoam drinking cups, egg cartons, takeout containers, and plastic utensils. When heated, it can release carcinogenic substances. It is meant to be disposable and is not suitable for repeated use.

|Source for this one is thewimp.com|

PC OR UNLABELLED | 7

This is likely the most dangerous category of plastics as it was designed as a sort of catch-all other uncategorised plastics. These plastics can leach a lot of chemicals into food and beverages and should be avoided whenever possible.

Some Countries, such as US, England, Mexico, India, Burma, Bangladesh, and Australia are starting to realise the terrible mistake of even introducing plastic. The reason to why people “prefer” plastic or like using it is because its cheap, its light and probably has countless uses. But, if we want to help out our planet, our animals and even ourselves then we should find a way to stop this world problem. An example, in France there are no plastic bags, it’s either you bring your own trolley or you buy a paper bag. You need to find a way to implement this where you live. And, as always, spread the word to the world.

Yours truly,

L.O.A.S.H

You know what? GMO does helps reduce poverty. You want to know how? By reducing the population.

Fighting against GMO

“You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed and call it life. You haven’t created life. You’ve polluted it.” ~ Vandana Shiva

Since GMO seeds unintentionally float farther than they’re suppose to, this poses a threat. Because when these seeds start mixing up and do a cross – pollination, this creates a herbicide resistant “super – weed”. This “super – weed” threatens a lot of other crops and wild plants. They’re sort of creating Nypa Fruticans which is an aggressive plant that poses a threat against Mangroves.

GMO seeds + local seeds = Threat towards crops and wild plants = Oh No!!!

And, according to The Standard and Debating Europe:

“Scientists claim that GMOs have, for instance, decimated butterfly populations in the United States, and led to birth defects among other animals.”

Our most important pollinators, bees and birds are dying like proverbial flies. Of course, when our scientists heard of the news they had to find the source of their death. We have created so many things that already threaten the life of bees and birds. We are just adding to it. If we can’t find a way to stop our first mess up (yet) then we should stop making more mess. After all, bees and birds are what helps us to survive. Look at the picture below and just study it for awhile. Do you see the importance the bees give to us! Yes. Big importance. BIG.Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 12.49.36 PM.png

And, you want to know what the scientist found out? Another reason our bees and birds are dying is because the use for neonicotinoids was increasing. Neonicotinoids “are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.”. Neonicotinoids also play a big role in affecting our ecosystem.

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But where was this source of neonicotinoids coming from? Farms. Companies such as Syngenta, Bayer CropSciences, Dow Agro sciences and Monsanto have been supplying farmers with GMO seeds, herbicides and pesticides which all included neonicotinoids. This was reducing our population of bees, butterflies, other bugs and birds. And, according to the Organic Consumers Organisation “Other herbicides and pesticides, especially Monsanto’s Roundup, used to grow GMO crops-and also used to contain (kill) weeds in cities and home gardens-are decimating pollinators, fish and wildlife, and some would argue, humans, too.”.

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When our bees goes, so do we.

No Bees = No Food

No Bees = No Apples, Mangos, Rambutan, Kiwi Fruit, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Guava, Rose Hips, Pomegranates, Pears, Black and Red Currants, Alfalfa, Okra, Strawberries, Onions, Cashews, Cactus, Prickly Pear, Apricots, Allspice, Avocados, Passion Fruit, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Adzuki Beans, Green Beans, Orchid Plants, Custard Apples, Cherries, Celery, Coffee, Walnut, Vanilla

These are just a few of the long list I found at Natural Society. Guys, this is serious, no more coffee!

Now, I’ll be telling you the places that have banned GMO, according to The Nation, such as:

  • Africa (2)The picture on GM cultivation bans across Africa is not clear due to the current pressure being put on many African governments by the Biotech industry and the Gates Foundation to lift long-standing bans on the import of unmilled GMO seeds or unmilled GMO food aid, however two countries do still have full legal bans on GM crop cultivation:
  • Algeria (since 2000)
  • Madagascar (since 2002)

Asia (4)

Americas (4)

Europe (28)

 

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GMO has a big impact in all our lives. When we affect the birds and bees, our main pollinators, we affect ourselves. I join the groups of people around in the different parts of this world who fight against GMO. I do not recommend GMO to be used, anywhere.

 

 

 

 

One Child to Two Child Policy

There was a policy established in 1979 but formally followed in 2015. This policy still exist of course and is established in China. This policy was implemented due to high birth rates and population in China. So now each couple are only allowed to have one child each. At the start, I really didn’t like the idea that couples in China could only have one child but the benefits are really helpful to the people in China. Especially, that kids and other people get better education and health.

Fortunately, since the policy has been going smoothly, a couple could have another child with some conditions. If the first born of a couple is a female, than they can apply for a second child.imgres.png Also, if both the parents are only-children themselves, then they can be ‘granted’ another child. Aside from the fact that you either have to be an only – child yourself or your first born to be a girl, this policy really helps aids China. Another way to get more than one – child without you know getting into trouble is having twins or multiple births.

But wait! You should know that the one – child policy has been officially abolished and China has allowed a couple to now have two children with their new two  – child policy. Hopefully, that goes well. According to more wiki, there were only ” “nearly one million” couples who applied to have a second child in 2014″. Don’t forget to comment down below if you think this was a good idea.

One China Policy

After the Chinese Civil War that occurred in 1949 ended, the nationalist, or Kuomintang, who failed to win against Mao Zedong’s Communist party, fled to Taiwan. Basically, the One China Policy means that there can only be one state called ‘China’. Well, there was a bit of a problem and that problem was that the two governments, one in the mainland of China and the other in Taiwan, both said that they represented the entire China. slide_13.jpgWell, that doesn’t actually apply to the rules of the one China Policy, does it.While the People’s Republic of China kept insisting that Taiwan was just a province of China, Taiwan, on the other hand, kept trying to spread the word that they are a democratic and independent country. Sadly, Taiwan was “threatened” that if they became independent then violence would enter the aura. And, according to Financial Times, “for the past 20 years, however, Taiwan has promoted itself as a free, democratic and in effect independent country”. That might have confused you cause I just said that they couldn’t be their own independent country. What Financial Times have reported out is true but what the information lacks is that this is unofficial. Still with me?

The involvement of US as far as understand is their relationship with Taiwan and that is 1979 Beijing and Washington formally established diplomatic relations. While the US taiwannotchinataiwanbetye0acknowledges the One China Policy, they continue their unofficial business with Taiwan, like culture, transportation stuff, exchange goods and other unofficial business. Unfortunately, there is a bit of tension with Trump and his idea to use the One China as a bargaining chip! This is the present, guys. China is becoming uneasy and worried about Trumps idea. There has been a response of angriness and hopefully this will end soon and well.

Comment down below on what you think should happen and if Trumps idea is for the best. People are starting to complain that Trump thinks anything can be bought. Wait for my next blog!

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A big problem: Poverty

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According to countless sources, nearly one half of our worlds population or more than 3 tumblr_mzdv2ny2M41ru5h8co1_500.gifbillion people are in poverty. Do you know the definition of poverty? Well, poverty is when your are extremely poor. Poverty is also known as one of the silent killers.They are deadly. They go to the far ends of the earth where barely anyone notices to the biggest and well developed countries where many can see the problem but are too lazy or just don’t care as much to do anything about it

Okay, so remember I said that nearly half of the population are in poverty?! Half the population!! Well, those people who need help live on less than $2.50 a day. Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 4.12.26 PM.pngIf you are in the Philippines, for example, that $2.50 would turn into 124.11 pesos which could just buy you some rice and egg and maybe a whole meal even. That might have been a fair price, but how would that be able to support a whole family?

And, because of this big dilemma which we fail to solve fast enough, according to images.jpgUNICEF, more than 33,000 die each day due to poverty. This is terrible. An estimation of 842,000 people die each year and everywhere around our world because not enough people have free access to clean water. Yes, we know everything has a price. But, every living things on this planet needs water to survive. Without water our earth would die. Now, people who barely have a roof on their head are struggling 24 hours under hard labour and quenching for just one drop of water.

 

How do we fight poverty you might ask. We could contribute. We could brainstorm ideas to help. We could start by spreading the word and alerting more people. We could help support projects which stop poverty and world hunger. There are a lot of intelligent people out their aiding and finding solutions on how to help. You could do the same. You could be a hero to their eyes. You could save millions of lives.

According to the Borgen Magazine, here are seven ways you could help fight to end poverty:

  • Enhance economic growth with targeted action

    • In order to end extreme poverty, the benefits attained by economic growth need to be shared with the poorest people.
  • End all forms of poverty

    • Ending poverty is not just about people’s income, but also their access to things like water, health, education, housing and security.
  • Commit national governments to end extreme poverty

    • Governments in developing countries should commit to lifting their citizens above the poverty line. This needs to be underpinned by national mechanisms that target and support people living in poverty.
  • Develop national poverty reduction plans

    • Governments in developing countries must follow through with their commitment to action through national poverty reduction plans. Strategic approaches to ending extreme poverty should enable public, private and aid resources to be allocated and used.
  • Access to credit

    • Access to credit in poor countries can help create sustainable industries that combat poverty, as well as help develop nations.
  • Continue to support the poorest people through aid

    • Aid helps to create favourable conditions for citizens of poorer countries, and catalyses other resources for ending poverty like private investment and development finance.
  • Equal education

    • Children need education to attain the knowledge and life skills they need to realise their full potential. Equal education helps to break down barriers that prevent many children — and girls in particular — from attending school.
  • Access to health care

    • It is important for governments to build health clinics, train health care workers and invest in equipment and medicine so children can grow up healthy and strong.
  • Water sanitation

    • Access to clean water is essential for every person’s survival. It is important to build school latrines, community water points and organizations to ensure the continued management and maintenance of water points.
  • Teach children about their rights and how to take active roles within their community

    • Child participation helps children engage in citizenship, express their views and make decisions that will shape their future and influence the people around them.

 

Change starts with you.