Goodbye 2016 – Some positive news – Yes I did say POSITIVE!

Saturday 1230  –  31.12.16

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I am writing this on the final day of 2016 and what a year it has been.  Brexit in the UK, Trump in the USA, the deaths of so many inspirational people, continued Global Warming and the horrors of war in Syria and the Yemen; with apparently only 10 countries in the world completely free of conflict (1). 

So I could have written about any of these but instead I am choosing to write about something Positive. I know ! Radical for me isn’t it…  

I am a supporter of WaterAid an organisation dedicated to bringing clean water to every citizen of the world. 

I recently had some correspondence from them and here is a copy of the front page so you can read this good news for yourselves

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Just read those fantastic headlines – for the FIRST time EVER the percentage of people who urgently need clean water has dropped below double figures to 9% yes that’s NINE PERCENT . Of course that is still way to many but it is proper measurable progress..

Just ONE fact for you –  “Collectively, women from Sub-Saharan Africa spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water”  (2)  It is a fact that women and girls spend much more time than men and boys on collecting water and wood; between 2 and 8 times as much time. Imagine what they could be doing instead – getting educated, working, keeping healthier because of the clean water and enjoying life more.

Here it is again below –  WaterAid is part of the global push to get to Zero by 2030. It is VERY doable.

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I am very proud to be a tiny part of this. 

You too could be a tiny, but vital part, in making sure everyone in the whole world has access to water.

You see I told you positive news!  🙂  

You can see contact details for WaterAid the UK in the photo above or here – http://www.wateraid.org/uk 

Wherever else in the world you are,  you can help too –  

Go here http://www.wateraid.org/  and hover your curser over the global sign at the top and you will see what countries WaterAid works in, as well as the countries where you can donate or help in other ways.

Also if you google “Increasing access to water” you will find more reading on the subject and other organisations who are helping.

References –

(1) – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/global-peace-index-2016-there-are-now-only-10-countries-in-the-world-that-are-not-at-war-a7069816.html

(2) – http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/ruralwomen/facts-figures.html

Your thoughts are very welcome as ever.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2017 .

My New Year’s resolution is to try to perform one Random Act of Kindness every day, even if it’s only a smile to a stranger.

What’s yours ?

Saturday Girl signing off.. 

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Doing my bit to Keep It in the Ground

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Saturday 1247  – 3.09.2016

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Anyone who has been following my blog for a long time (and I know there are a few of you)  will know that I have solar panels and I’ve written about that on this blog twice before.

You can read those posts by clicking on these titles from January and March 2014 respectively.

Let there be Light and even more Light – you can’t get enough in my opinion!

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I am becoming a Solar Power Nerd !! Proud of it too !!

I’d like to tell you about a new milestone in my Solar experience and here it is below, taken on this Saturday 3rd September, 2016. 

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Yes indeed!  I have saved 5,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from being released into the atmosphere since I had my solar panels installed;  2 and a half years ago.  Over that time 62.8% of all the electricity I have used has come from my solar panels and I have exported to the national Grid 76.3% of all the electricity I have produced. Imagine if every household, business, school and public building was doing that?  Storage is the next hurdle , the technology is there it’s just too costly at present. 

This is what 5,000 tonnes looks like

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That fills me with joy but I know it is a tiny drop in the ocean. I still drive my car, heat my house,cook and fly from time to time. As well as my solar panels, and having my house well insulated, I support tree planting organisations and have planted many trees myself over my lifetime so far, to try to mitigate my use of fossil fuels. 

If catastrophic Global Warming is to be avoided then we MUST keep fossil fuels in the ground, no ifs or buts we just have to. Simple as that.  

The Guardian launched it’s “Keep it in the Ground” campaign in 2015. Some facts :- 

  1. 2C: There is overwhelming agreement – from governments, corporations, NGOs, banks, scientists, you name it – that a rise in temperatures of more than 2C by the end of the century would lead to disastrous consequences for any kind of recognised global order.
  2. 565 gigatons: “Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by mid-century and still have some reasonable hope of staying below 2C,” is how McKibben crisply puts it. Few dispute that this idea of a global “carbon budget” is broadly right.
  3. 2,795 gigatons: This is the amount of carbon dioxide that if they were burned would be released from the proven reserves of fossil fuel – ie the fuel we are planning to extract and use.

You do not need much of a grasp of maths to work out the implications. There are trillions of dollars worth of fossil fuels currently underground which, for our safety, simply cannot be extracted and burned. All else is up for debate: that much is not.

I am not going to write any more about that but I would encourage everyone who reads this to follow up by reading these links below and taking action by spreading the word and thinking about how you personally can help to avoid this catastrophe. Drive less, use plastic less,reduce, reuse, recycle more, get solar panels or use other forms of alternative energy, insulate your home, plant trees,  campaign, put pressure on your elected representatives: small changes by each of us make a big difference. 

We ARE running out of time. 

Watch the video here:-

http://greenhousepr.co.uk/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-campaign-on-fossil-fuel-divestment/ 

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/06/climate-change-guardian-threat-to-earth-alan-rusbridger 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2015/mar/16/keep-it-in-the-ground-guardian-climate-change-campaign 

https://350.org/how/  – *The number 350 means climate safety: we must reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere from >400 parts per million to below 350.

When I wrote my Solar Power Nerd post on 1st March 2014 I ended by asking this:-

 “I wonder when the joy of producing my own electricity will wear off?”

I am happy to say the answer is a resounding NEVER! 

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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