THE ISSUE OF PALM OIL

Palm Fruit Plantation And Palm Oil Production

Taken from BusinessDay

Palm oil is made with fruits taken from African oil palm trees. It’s a popular ingredient that’s found in about half of the products that you might find at the supermarket, like chocolate, cosmetics and cleaning products.

Environmentalists argue that the farming of oil palms is damaging our planet. In order to grow oil palms, forests are being illegally burned down. This releases a huge amount of carbon dioxide, which intensifies the C02 effect.  It also destroys animal habitats and drives Indigenous people from their homes. Orangutans are an example of a species that is being pushed to extinction as a result of the cultivation.  According to Say No To Palm Oil, over 50,000 orangutans have died due to palm oil deforestation. The destruction also impacts the lives of many children in remote locations due to child labour and human rights violations. 

Iceland, a UK supermarket chain, has said that it won’t use palm oil in its own merchandise by the end of this year. It’s the first major UK supermarket to ban the use of the oil. The retailer hopes this decision will lessen the damage the oil is having on our planet. But how can we encourage more supermarkets to follow suit?

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Walking London – London Bridge

 

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Welcome to my new series ‘Walking London’ where I take you on a tour of London’s must see spots. In my first episode I walk you through the area of London Bridge. We visit Borough Market, the Shard, Southbank and HMS Belfast. Please click below, take a look and let me know your thoughts!

CLICK HERE TO WALK LONDON

A ‘planetary crisis’: Plastic in our oceans

 

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A still from Blue Planet II

As a lover of David Attenborough and his productions, I commend his latest Blue Planet jaw-dropper in opening people’s eyes to the wonders of the ocean. However, one cannot ignore the fact that its well-intended message to defend our oceans might be sadly lost to some within its beautiful, hallucinogenic imagery. Of course, I cannot deny that these images and God-like voice that accompanies them presents a powerful message about the detrimental impact us humans are having. Yet, do they not simply become another powerful entertainment piece more than anything?

Amongst the craze around the BBC’s beautiful imagery, it’s quite clear that there’s an important message coming to the fore through social media platforms regarding the state of our oceans. These messages are coming from celebrities, political figures, the UN and the like. Just scroll through Facebook and they pop up. Likely encouraged by Attenborough’s latest message, more than anything there’s a focus on the detrimental effects of plastic, a true ‘planetary crisis’. So, here is my message to you – a quick reminder, reiteration and contribution to drive this point home that society needs a change in behaviour to deal with the plastic problem…

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Photo of the Month

This photo was taken when I visited Guatemala’s Tikal National Park, a ruin of an ancient city. Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent. It is Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve and I would strongly recommend you visit! The temples size and structure are particularly impressive as well as the tranquil beauty of a jungle that surrounds them. 🍃

US stands alone in climate change scepticism

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As Syria seeks to join the Paris Climate Accord, President Donald Trump walks away from it. The US is now left to stand alone in its stance on climate change. It is the only country in the world that has not signed the landmark climate deal. A rather terrifying fact to swallow seeing as, according to the European Commission, the US only trails China as the world’s worst emitter of carbon dioxide…

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Photo of the Month


This photo was taken during my recent trip to Berlin. I visited The East Side Gallery, which is an international memorial for freedom. This section of the once Berlin Wall is now the longest open-air gallery in the world. The famous painting here is named My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love. It depicts politicians Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.