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Why All Americans Should Care About ‘Environmental Racism’ | Video by NowThis

Hello out there all you lovely people. I hope you had a brilliant week despite everything. Please sit down, have a cup of your favourite beverage and relax a little.

But not too much please. We have work to do you know. All of us. But some are ahead of us and can explain what Environmental Justice means in their environment.

One of them is Sherri Mitchell, an Indigenous rights lawyer and activist who has fought for environmental justice for more than 25 years.

This is what she has to say:

video credit: Now This via YouTube

Please find out more about Sherri here on her page.

She works at the Land Peace Foundation

And you can find her books at Goodreads


Please also check out Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice‘s blog out for more information about Climate Justice.

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!



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Worker Justice is Climate Justice

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well and if not, that you get all the help, you need. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Today, I won’t be bothering you long. I just want to introduce you to two organisations in the US: Warehouseworkers for Justice and the Peoples Climate Movement. Together they created a short video explaining why workers justice and climate justice are connected.

Here is the video and you find the link to the organisations underneath the video.

video source: People’s Climate Movement via YouTube

Find out more about People’s Climate Movement here.

And about Warehouseworkers for Justice here.


Happy Saturday despite everything!!!!


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You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.


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Flip the Switch or Who says you need to be able to read and write to be a solar engineer?

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I am sending you good vibes and energy and if you want to a hug. You deserve it!

I had lots of headlines for today’s post:

“Solar Mamas ~ These grannies are awesome”

“This is why western countries lose their power!”

“#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Flip the Switch”

“A new way of doing business is possible”

All of them tell you what I think about the documentary I am sharing with you today. It is called “Flip the Switch” and tells the story of Solar Mamas. Solar Mamas are women from developing countries who are willing to go to India to be trained as solar engineers by Barefoot College.

Barefoot College was created in 1972 in rural India to train women and give them a better chance in life. They developed the Barefoot Solar Project, which trains women from all over the developing world to become solar engineers. They are enabled to install and maintain solar panels and lamps and in turn, will train ten more women to be able to bring electricity to their villages.

How awesome are these women? They leave their families in Mexico, Zanzibar and wherever they hear from Barefoot College to go to India for 6 months to be trained. But what amazed me too is the involvement of an international law firm called Hogan Lowells who support the project. Their business idea is that you win when you support communties around the world. And also that it is a duty of those better off to help those who aren’t.

And I can’t get rid of the feeling that western societies with their reluctance to support developing countries are losing their grip on their world power. Because where do citizens of developing countries look to when it comes to who they want to become? To Britain and the US, who are giving less and less or to China who build their streets and India who trains their women?

Ah, I stop my babble. Please have a look at this brilliant documentary and make up your own mind.

Video credit: Barefoot College via YouTube

Please find out more about Barefoot College on their page.

Hogan Lovells describes their social responsibility here.

TRP wrote an article about the Solar Mamas.

More about the Solar Mamas and the Barefoot College in The Hindu

And there is also a film about a Solar Mama from Jordan

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Environmental Justice is all our responsibility #ClimateJusticeSaturday

Hello out there, how are you. Yes, I am asking again because I care. And even if you do not leave a comment and answer me, know that you are in my prayers (and thoughts if you do not care for prayers) daily.

In recent months we have been pre-occupied with the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the #BlackLivesMatter revolution. However, in my opinion, both come together in one big issue that we need to address rather yesterday than tomorrow.

The idea of climate- and environmental justice brings together issues of social justice, race and other problems we struggle with. Injustices of not getting a good education and following a good job, of racism, of workers rights will become even worse when resources become scarce because of climate change. But these issues also keep climate change going. We are thinking that because we have not enough money we cannot act climate-friendly while, in fact, most climate-friendly actions mean “less is more” and therefore cost less too.

That is the reason why I keep my #ClimateJusticeSaturday series going to educate myself and you about the issues and what we can do.

Today I have chosen a short documentary by Julian Kane who is a filmmaker. His mission are documentaries that inspire people. In 2016 they brought 24 leaders together to remind ourselves and each other that climate and environmental justice is all our responsibility. Please enjoy:

video credit: Julian Kane via YouTube

Happy Saturday despite everything!

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

#GoodNewsTuesday: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

Hello out there how are you? I hope your life grows organically despite everything and that nothing stands in your way. And if it does then know that you are bright and courageous enough to change what needs changing.

Someone who has changed something are today’s Dutch farmers in my Good News Story: Nikki and Sjoerd from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands liked their local beach. Unfortunately, it was often contaminated by debrit. They wondered what they could do to change that and figured out that planting seaweed is the answer. It doesn’t only clear the beach but also offers the basics for products which can make plastic obsolete. And guess what? Not only trees get rid of Co2. Seaweed does too.

So please head over to the “Good News Network” to find out more about Nikki, Sjoerd and the advantages of seaweed planting: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

And watch this video to find out more. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video credit: ZeeWaar via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over to her and find more uplifting news or join us and share good news too.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Climate Warriors ~ a Film

Hello out there, how are you all, you lovely people? I know we are facing a multitude of challenges currently, but let’s remember to stop now and then and think. To look behind the current and apparent problems towards the ultimate challenge for humankind.

Climate Crisis!

From the few sources that I have read ( European Bank: Spending to counteract coronavirus creates chance to “tilt to green”; Harvard. T.H. Than: Coronavirus and Climate Change, WHO: Climate change and human health – risks and responses. Summary. I gather that climate change increases the transmission of viruses and will cause epi- and pandemics more often.

In the last three months, we have seen how much havoc pandemics can cause. It’s not the economy that has been saving us in the previous three months. It is doctors, nurses, farmers, cleaners… who do. We have also seen that we can do a lot of things differently and that we might not need everything that we thought we might need.

There are solutions out there, and it is time for us to grab those solutions because it is we who do the change. Not politicians. Not corporations. Not banks. We!

On Thursday, I stumbled over a film called “Climate Warriors” by a German filmmaker. It was published in 2018 and gives thoughtful insight into the fight of several climate activists from Germany and the United States. It also gives knowledge about our current energy use and how we are misled by corporations and some politicians. This film shows some solutions, and as a plus, you see Arnold Schwarzenegger vs D. Trump on climate change. 🙂

This film is available on Amazon Prime for free, and you can buy it on YouTube. I could not find any other sources, but I am sure there are others too.

Here is a trailer to give you an idea.

video credit: Fechner MEDIA Production via YouTube

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!

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#ThrowbackThursday: Good green news/ Gute gruene Neuigkeiten

June 2020

Looks like some places understood the climate emergency earlier than others:

August 2017

We need more of that!

July 2011

For all who think being energy self-sufficient and grow a green community is not possible: Please have a look at Wildpoldsried, a little village in the south of Germany that changed their ways when they got a new mayor in 1997. He and his officials agreed that “goals should be to build new industry, keep initiatives local, bring in new revenues and create no debt” (source BioCycle) and achieved that with help of renewable energy positive laws and contracts with Energy Businesses that give back revenue. 

Since then they built a new community hall, senior residence, school, gym etc without making any debt. They supported local farms who wanted to heat and produce energy with biogas digesters, organised a district heating network and build 7 windmills so far. All homes are equipped with solar panels and they got a natural wastewater treatment plant. All things that many critics say is not possible for the whole community. Who wants to know more please have a look here: 

Wikipedia: Wildpoldsried

Ortsansicht Wildpoldsried

By Richard Mayer (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

August 2017
Wir brauchen mehr davon
Juli 2017
Fuer alle, die die denken, dass Unabhaengigkeit in Sachen Energie und die Entwicklung einer gruenen Gemeinde nicht moeglich ist, sollen sich Wildpoldsried ansehen. Die kleine Gemeinde in Bayern aenderte sich’ als sie 1997 einen neuen Buergermeister bekamen. Er und seine Verwaltung hatten sich zum Ziel gesetzt ” neue Industrien anzusiedeln, Initiativen lokal zu halten, neue Einnahmen zu gewinnen und keine Schulden zu machen” (frei uebersetzt von einem Artikel in  BioCycleund sie haben das mit Hilfe von Gesetzen, die erneuerbaren Energien gegenueber positiv eingestellt sind und mit Energiekonzernen, die fuer zu viel Energie bezahlen, geschafft. 
Seither hat die Gemeinde einen neuen Gemeindesaal, ein Altenheim, eine Schule, ein Sportzentrum ect gebaut ohne Schulden zu machen. Sie haben Bauern, die mit Biogas Anlagen heizen und Energie erzeugen wollten unterstuetzt, organiesierten ein oertliches Heiznetzwerk und bauten 7 Windkraftanlagen. Alle Haeuser sind mit Solaranlagen ausgeruestet und sie haben eine Bio-Abwasser-Anlage. Alles Dinge, die oft als unmoeglich fuer eine ganze Gemeinde kritisiert werden. Wer mehr wissen will, moechte doch bitte hier nachsehen:
Wikipedia: Wildpoldsried

#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ The Art of Re-Imagining Climate Justice

Hello out there, how are you? Are you feeling artistic? Or activistic? Is that a word? Well, I hope you feel good no matter what challenges you face because know what? You can do it!!!

Today I am taking a little different approach to the climate justice topic. In 2014 there has been a meeting of artists in Santa Barbara who creatively took on climate justice. This video shows the results. I hope it inspires you to make your own artwork or changes.

Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video resource: Summer Gray via YouTube

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!!!

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#ClimateJusticeSaturday: Climate Justice Now! How?

Hello out there, how are you? Please do not forget that you rock no matter what challenge you face currently. You can do it. I believe in you!

It’s Saturday and time to check out what climate justice activists have to say. It’s time to change our lifestyle and behaviour more than ever and Jill MacIntyer Witt has a How-to on offer. Here is what TEDx is saying about her on YouTube:

“We need everyone everywhere doing everything all the time. Jill MacIntyre Witt has made it her lifelong passion to connect others’ behaviors to protecting our planet. Her master’s project is a Climate Justice Field Manual, a how-to guide for action, downloadable at climatejusticenow.earth. Jill is a brave Climate Reality Mentor for Former Vice President Al Gore. She’s traveled to Paris for COP21. She coordinates successfully many environmental actions in Washington State with her community and the Lummi Nation. The time to join the movement is now and how is up to you. Jill is a professor of Physical Education at Western Washington University and studied at University of Queensland and California Polytechnic State University. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband. She is raising two young women who are equally as passionate about taking care of Earth. #climatechange #climatejustice #activism #climatejusticenow, #TEDx, #TEDxVail2018, #TEDxVail, #TEDxVailYES! “We need everyone everywhere doing everything all the time. Read more here

I think much has changed since Summer 2018 when Greta Thunberg started her Friday’s for Future and since April 2019 when Extinction Rebellion started to show us how urgent changing is. And even more, now that a new virus is changing our lives in ways we could not imagine just a few months ago.

But there is still so much to do and if you need some encouragement listen to Jill’s Tedx Talk from 2018.

Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: TEDx Talk via YouTube

Let’s do it together and save this planet!!!!!

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!

Tommy Lee Jones on Climate Change

#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ No Jobs on a Dead Planet

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well. I think of you! Obviously, the virus is a vast topic currently, but I think we should not lose sight of the climate crisis. If there is one thing that this virus showed is that our system is quite vulnerable and without people working and buying, it can’t work. That gives us “the people” a lot of power if we just see it that way and take that responsibility. We can demand a new eco-friendly system that takes care of all of us, especially at a time when everything has to be developed again. Let’s use that chance!

I wrote the rest of this post before the virus arrived. This is what I wrote:

When I am writing this post, it is in the middle of winter. Storms are raging over the UK and after a huge drought here in the East of England its raining and raining and raining.

I dread to think about how the weather will be in April when this post is published. Often politicians and corporations try to play jobs out against the environment either misjudging or simply ignoring the fact that there are no jobs on a dead planet as well as there is no food to be bought by money on a dead planet.

This compelling video makes the point a little bit clearer. Please follow the link underneath the video to its YouTube location if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: 350 Asia via YouTube

Happy Saturday despite everything and please take another step towards co2 reduction today despite the virus. Or maybe because of it. It showed that you can change your behaviour in a short time. Every little helps!!!!!