Our People, Our Planet

NO MORE WAR.....WE NEED MORE LOVE

 

10% of our taxes go to the military.

50% of all government research and development funding is tied to military projects.

 

80% of all British arms sales are to 3rd world countries.

20% of world arms sales are ‘made in Britain’.

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The state is a concept. Government is an idea. The physical manifestation of this idea is the network of people and institutions which enforce this idea upon the people. The state is a myth that goes something like, “because people are incapable of making radical decisions, a small group of people must be given control over the decisions of everyone else.”

If the state is a concept, then the most subversive, revolutionary thing we can do right now is to encourage people to think for themselves. The state uses violence, hatred, and fear to spread their message. Our message is peace, love and liberty.

The state can only be effectively dismantled by a voluntary, cooperative and spontaneous insurrection by the people. The means must be consistent with the ends. The goal of a tolerant and cooperative society of free individuals can only be achieved by being tolerant, cooperative and free. We must be better companions to our fellow mortals, whatever their outward characteristics. Focus on the individual rather than the group, and treat each other with civility. The ways people treat each other add up to make society as a whole. In an insane society like ours, people treat each other badly.

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THINK ABOUT IT!

 

“No one has the right to build a house, additional to his own and that of his heirs, for the purpose of renting it, because the house represents another person’s need, and building it for the purpose of rent is an attempt to have control over the need of that man, and ‘in need freedom is latent’” - Mu’ammar Al Gadhafi.

9 out of 10 British school children own bikes. 1 in 100 rides their bikes to school. A 10% increase in the number of people cycling regularly would lead to a 4% reduction in the incidence of heart disease saving the NHS £200 million a year.

Ideas for action: grow at least some of your own food, take action to reduce your own energy consumption, subvertise and distort the messages on ads for climate criminals.

Please note homelessness exists not because the housing system is not working properly, but because this is the way that it works.

The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses. - Utah Phillips

Have you had enough of the old routine? Work, Buy, Consume, Die.

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Liberals like rights, but not responsibilities. Liberals extol the virtues of tolerance, but not when it comes to views that oppose their own. Liberals love diversity, but not diversity of opinion. Liberals think criminals are misunderstood, but that those who would punish them are bad.

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DATE RAPE: not understanding no:

“NO” means NO.

“NOT NOW” means NO.

“I HAVE A BOY/GIRLFRIEND means NO.

“MAYBE LATER” means NO.

“NO THANKS” means NO.

“YOU’RE NOT MY TYPE” means NO.

“**** OFF” means NO.

“I’D RATHER BE ALONE” means NO.

“DON’T TOUCH ME” means NO.

“I REALLY LIKE YOU BUT….” means NO.

“LETS JUST GO TO SLEEP” means NO.

“I’M NOT SURE” means NO.

“YOU’VE/I’VE BEEN DRINKING” means NO.

SILENCE means NO.

“______” means NO.

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When the last tree has been uprooted

The last flower has been stamped on

When the last waters have been polluted

And the last fish has gone

When the life of the last animal has come to an end

And the last bird has left the sky

When your last breath has been poisoned

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Recycle!!

We really need to reuse things more, recycle things more and reduce the amount of waste we produce because we are killing our planet. Use your green box collection if you have one, if not use your local recycling  point. Lots of other things such as cardboard and plastic bottles can be taken to your local household recycling site. It doesn't take much effort so come on what are you waiting for? For lots of info on recycling in your local area go and visit RECYCLE MORE

Freecycle!!

What a brilliant idea this is! Ever had an old washing machine that you took to the tip or an old stereo you put out for the dustman? Ever needed some baby clothes or furniture when you were really skint? Freecycling is about giving away what we don't want to someone who does want it. Join your local forum and get rid of your junk or ask for something you need. I got rid of my son's old climbing frame and gained a record player! Go and visit FREECYCLE

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For Top 20 Home Recycling Tips

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10 Top Reasons to Go Organic

Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 artificial poisons on its skin, even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go organic!

Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce. Science says that it's good for you.

Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified (GM) food. And by buying organic food, you are registering your mistrust of GMO's and doing your bit to protest against them.

If you eat dairy or meat products, going organic has never been more essential to safeguard you and your family's health. Intensively-reared dairy cows and farm animals are fed a dangerous cocktail of anti-biotics, hormones, anti-parasite drugs and many other medicines on a daily basis, whether they have an illness or not. These drugs are passed directly onto the consumers of their dairy produce or meat., which must be a contributing factor to meat-related diseases like coronaries and high blood pressure.

About 99% of non-organic farm animals in the UK are now fed GM soya. And there has never been a reported case of BSE in organic cattle in the UK. Common sense says that organic is safe food.

Organic produce simply tastes so much better. Fruit and vegetables full of juice and flavour, and so many different varieties to try! There are about 100 different kinds of organic potatoes in production in the UK, and that's just potatoes!

Organic farms support and nurture our beautiful and diverse wildlife. Over the last thirty years, intensive farming in the UK has led to dramatic erosion of the soil, a fall of up to 70% of wild birds in some areas, the destruction of ancient hedgerows, and the near extinction of some of the most beautiful species of butterflies, frogs, grass-snakes and wild mammals.

Organic food is not really more expensive than intensively farmed foods, as we pay for conventional foods through our taxes. We spend billion of pounds every year cleaning up the mess that agro-chemicals make to our natural water supply. And the BSE crisis cost us 4 billion pounds. Go organic for a genuine more cost-effective future.

Intensive farming can seriously damage farm workers' health. There are much higher instances of cancer, respiratory problems and other major diseases in farm workers from non-organic farms. This is particularly true in developing countries, and for agrochemical farms growing cotton. So go organic if you care about other people.

And if you simply like the idea of your children and grandchildren being able to visit the countryside and play in the forests and fields just like we did when we were young, go organic for the sake of all of our futures.

more info HERE!

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Facts about Hemp

Hemp has been used for making paper for centuries and the demand for tree free paper has seen the return of hemp paper on the market. Renowned for its strength and durability, hemp paper comes in a variety of grades and prices suitable for most needs.

Hemp makes the toughest and longest lasting textiles available to mankind. Tests have shown that hemp textiles are eight times as strong as comparable cotton textiles, on average four times as durable and can withstand 125 000 washes. Hemp has been used throughout history as a textile, from clothes to sails to sacking.

Hemp seed can be pressed into highly nutritious oil, rich in proteins and essential fatty acids. Its essential fatty acid profile is very similar to that of flax oil which has been used to dissolve cancer tumours and treat arthritis and PMT.

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Some different ways you can help save our planet:

Donate your old spectacles to people with poor eyesight in the third world. Ring Vision Aid overseas on 01293535016 for details.

Avoid junk mail and save paper. Get your name off firms lists by going HERE

Make daily visits to click-to-give sites. A click on THE HUNGER SITE will donate 1.1 cups of staple food to a starving person or THE RAINFOREST SITE will help preserve 11.4sq ft of endangered forest. Also visit THE BREAST CANCER SITE  and THE CHILD HEALTH SITE and THE ANIMAL RESCUE SITE and THE LITERACY SITE

Every year enough ink-jet cartridges to fill 3 Wembley stadiums are thrown away. Recycle them to help save the environment.

Shun unethical brands which flout the Kyoto agreement or could lead to third world malnutrition. Check out ETHICAL CONSUMER for examples.

Donate your old mobile to Oxfam. Each handset is worth at least £5 to them. Take your phone to an Oxfam shop or send it to:Oxfam bring back scheme, Freepost LON16281, London, W5 5BR OXFAM

Up to 40% of household rubbish can be composted and recycled in your garden. You need a 50-50 mix of wet ingredients (grass cuttings, fruit+veg peelings etc) and dry ingredients (leaves, paper, card etc). Visit COMPOST for advice.

When shopping put all your new stuff in one bag.

Check out GREEN GLOBAL TRAVEL to find out how to be an eco-friendly traveller. It might make you think twice about choosing certain holidays. A single golf course in a country such as Thailand can require as much water as 60,000 villagers.

Give an unusual gift for a birthday or anniversary. The woodland trust will plant trees, dedicate them to your friend or customer and manage them for ever. Think of all the wrapping paper and card it saves. Visit WOODLAND TRUST

Around 25% of car journeys are under 2 miles and 8% are under a mile. A mile takes around 8-10 minutes to walk and it’s one of the best fat-burning exercises around.

Pick up 1 piece of litter every day. If each of us did that, 60million pieces of litter would be cleared from our streets every day.

Hang the washing out to dry. Tumble dryers are the most energy-consuming appliances in the home.

Instead of buying flowers as presents buy a plant. It can be enjoyed year after year.

Be buried rather than cremated. In the UK 74% of us are cremated, the largest proportion in Europe. Cremation releases toxins such as hydrogen chloride into the atmosphere. Even better ask to be buried in a cardboard coffin. Visit NATURAL DEATH

We spend £600billion a year on canned pet food, and although tins can be recycled it is better to buy dry food in bulk because it saves on energy and transport.

Switch off your computer when you are not using it. A monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser-print 800 A4 pages.

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Boycott the Bastards!

A boycott is normally called by an organisation or group of individuals, asking consumers not to buy a specific product, or the products of a specific company, in order to exert commercial pressure. This is usually done to get the company to change its behaviour - to cease an activity or to adopt a more ethical practice.

Companies are sensitive to boycotts because they can have serious financial implications. In the case of a boycott of Barclays Bank for its involvement in South Africa during the time of Apartheid, Barclays' share of the student market dropped from 27% to 15% by the time it had pulled out. Boycotts may also affect a company's image.

 

Supermarkets are especially sensitive about this, a fact not lost on Viva! which has had numerous successes in getting supermarkets to stop stocking cruelly-produced meat products such as kangaroo and debeaked duck.

Top 10 Boycotts

1 Nestlé - 78%

2 McDonalds - 34%

3 Shell - 26%

4 Supermarkets - 9%

5 Procter and Gamble - 9%

6 Meat - 9%

7 Animal testing - 9%

8 Boots - 9%

9 BP - 7%

10 Multinationals - 5%

Click here for a current boycott list

We rely on rainforests in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. We do know that rainforests play a significant role in maintaining weather patterns and the Earth's limited supply of fresh water. We also know that natural elements and species from the rainforest are the basis of countless consumer, agricultural, medical, and industrial products. Although rainforests cover less than 2% of the Earth's surface, they are home to more than half of all plant and animal species.

According to The Nature Conservancy, originally, 8 million square miles of tropical rain forest encircled the planet. More than half has been burned, bulldozed and obliterated. Now, only 3.4 million square miles remain. If deforestation continues at current rates, scientists estimate that nearly all tropical rainforest ecosystems will be destroyed by the year 2030.

We need to be protecting all forest areas globaly, yet again it all comes down to consuming less, recycling and reusing more. We can not change other people's habits just by telling them. We need to be out there activly reducing, recycling and reusing thus showing others how it can work.

THE RAINFOREST SITE

WORLD LAND TRUST

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Concrete Jungle

There are about 500,000 empty houses in England, yet more and more are built on our precious countryside. There are derelict buildings and brown field sites so why build more houses on farmland and greenfield areas? We do not need more houses covering all of the green and rural areas. There are thousands of derelict and empty houses that can be renovated and empty city centres, why destroy what little nature we have left. The answer is probably greed, someone will make money from it - it's that simple. Rather than erase green belt with new developments, why will the government not address the issue of multiple home owners who leave properties standing empty? We should make better use of existing housing instead of destroying our rural landscape. They should be knocking down these grim toy towns, not building more. In East London, there are plenty of dwellings, but many are too horrible to attract buyers. Inner cities should be regenerated before concreting the green-belts. Why doesn't the government focus on those abandoned "blighted" properties that litter the UK. Perhaps spending money building on that land would reduce the need to destroy yet more greenbelt. All we do by building more housing is empty existing areas, and create streets of boarded up housing.

PROTEST

To express strong objection.


Express opposition through action or words.


A public, often organized manifestation of dissent.

An individual or collective gesture or display of disapproval.


A formal declaration of disapproval or objection issued by a concerned person, group, or organization.

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

“When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”

“Protest long enough that you are right, and you will be wrong”

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.”

Kate Evans is a very talented cartoonist, author and public speaker. This is one of her very early cartoons, check out her art and books at CARTOON KATE

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