Christmas has both positive and negative effects on the environment, by Musketeer Fionnuala Fox.

Musketeer Fionnuala Fox

Christmas holly and birds

Its that time of year again, Christmas, a time for thinking of family and friends, eating, drinking and celebrating. Lets spare a thought at this time and think of the things that we can do to help protect the environment. A little thought and care can make a big difference towards avoiding damage to our environment without spoiling your celebration.

POSTIIVE EFFECTS:-

Polluting industries often cease their activities during the holidays, and the atmosphere, land, and water are able to recover a little from the effects of pollution.
When the amount of commuting to and from work is reduced, there is a corresponding reduction in motor vehicle emissions.

Christmas motivates many people to donate to charity, including charities working to mitigate environmental damage.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS:-

The exchange of consumer products in Christmas wrapping, many of which will be unneeded and/or unappreciated, contributes to the sending of consumer waste to landfills, unless consumers choose to regift them.

The cultivation of Christmas trees for display during a few weeks, before they are sent to landfills, represents a monoculture which sometimes reduces the use of arable land for agriculture.

Artificial Christmas trees are manufactured by processes which may have harmful effects on the environment.

Christmas decorations for homes and for Christmas trees are consumer products which are sometimes discarded to landfills.
Electric Christmas lights consume electricity, which, by most means of production, harms the environment. But remember candles and oil lamps can be fire hazards.

Increased travel to visit friends and relatives generally involves the consumption of fossil fuels.

One solution to counter the negative effects is alternative giving to help you to save money, reduce your Christmas carbon footprint and have a more eco friendly and sustainable Christmas.

Some manufacturers and retailers have developed new ranges of less environmentally damaging products in response to consumer interest and demands. Support these efforts.
When buying gifts check that they have not been manufactured using cheap labour in sweatshops in third world countries. Read labels carefully. Be aware of false or misleading claims that products are safe for the environment. Support local Oxfam/Fair Trade/Amnesty retail outlets. Try to wrap presents with ribbon or string instead of sticky tape.

GIFTS:- This year why not give a gift with a difference?

1. Young trees.
2. Bulbs or seeds.
3. UBiee Power Pills
3. Non-violent toys.
4. A homemade gift. (Yule Log, centre piece, jam etc)
5. A gift of your time e.g. using your skills of baking, baby-sitting etc.

CHOOSE:-

Good quality products that will last. Products with a long life symbol keep the energy used in manufacturing new goods to a minimum and avoid the creation of waste.

Products that do not contain CFC’s. Check that sprays and similar products are clearly marked “ CFC- free.” or “ozone friendly.” CFC’s damage the ozone layer.

Cosmetics, which use natural materials, preferably from companies, which will refill the bottle so it can be used indefinitely.
Soy, beeswax or natural vegetable-based candles as they biodegrade, are smoke-free, and so more eco friendly.

DO NOT CHOOSE:-

Disposable products.

Products with excess packaging. Buy unwrapped items and wrap them simply rather than buying over packaged goods.
clothes made from natural fabrics such as cotton, linen or wool. Some outlets now promote garments made from environmentally friendly cotton.

Stationery and other paper products made from recycled paper.

Books from the large range dealing with environmental issues.

Paraffin candles are made from petroleum residues so neither do your health or the environment any good.

RECYCLE YOUR UNWANTED GIFTS:-

Unfortunately everyone receives at least one unwanted gift at Christmas. Recycle my unwanted presents to charities, local hospitals and hospices they are often very pleased to receive unwanted smellies to give to patients.

CHRISTMAS CARDS:-

An estimated 1.7 billion Christmas cards are sent each year in Britain alone, the equivalent of 200,000 trees, and around 1 million Christmas cards are thrown away every year.
There’s no point recycling rubbish if you don’t buy recycled products! Purchase wrapping paper and Christmas cards printed on recycled paper from charities that donate up to 20% to less fortunate people at the same time.

Recycling all our cards, wrapping paper, bottles, cans and even Christmas trees will mean less waste going into landfill sites that are filling up fast.

TOYS:-

Buy good quality toys that will last and can be used again and again. Choose wooden toys over plastic ones. This will help to reduce the amount of energy needed for manufacturing and to avoid the creation of waste.

Whenever possible, buy toys that can be run from mains rather than from batteries.

Pick games with an environmental theme, which help children appreciate the value of our environment and how important it is for us to protect it.

Avoid poor quality toys and disposable toys.

BATTERIES:-

Millions of batteries are used every year, the range toys and equipment requiring them is increasing all the time. Many batteries contain hazardous materials, including cadmium and mercury and can cause pollution in disposal.

DO:-

Use mains power wherever possible. Remember that manufacturing batteries can take up to 50 times more energy than the batteries can provide. Mains electricity is many times cheaper than batteries.
Switch to using rechargeable batteries. A battery charger can make a useful Christmas gift.

Look for batteries that are free of mercury and cadmium.

Dispose of batteries carefully.

DONT:-

Use old batteries with new ones. The new batteries try to recharge the old ones, cutting their useful life.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE:-

Christmas would not be the same without the traditional tree and decorations. Real trees are carbon neutral, absorbing as much carbon dioxide as they grow as they will emit when burnt or left to decompose. They are also a wildlife habitat and a naturally renewable resource.
Most Christmas trees are grown on managed tree farms for Christmas or come from thinnings of larger forests. They are a renewable resource and generate employment.

Buy a tree with roots in a pot, which you can use year after year. When it grows too big for indoor use, it can be replanted outdoors in the garden. There are more and more potted trees on the market each year. Make sure that your tree is properly secured and positioned away from doors, stairs, open fires, and heaters. Use only good quality Christmas tree lights which meet approved standards. It is important to keep a real tree in a cool place in a leak proof container and water it frequently. Remember Safety First. If watering a tree, ensure that electricity is switched off and that no water comes in contact with the lights.

In some areas Local Authorities operate recycling schemes where you can leave your old Christmas tree to be shredded. Check out with your own Local Authority before disposing of your tree to see if they have such a scheme.

Although artificial trees last for many years they are made from metal and derivatives of PVC, which requires large amounts of energy to make, and also creates by-products such as lead which can be harmful to both the environment and human health. The average life of an artificial tree is just 6 years and given that they are not naturally biodegradable they will potentially pollute a landfill site for many years to come. Most artificial trees are now made in Taiwan and China and so have additional energy costs associated with transport.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:-

Buy good quality decorations which will last year after year. Store the decorations carefully away for future use. Avoid the cheaper varieties, which have to be thrown away after only one use.
Encourage the children to get involved in making decorations for the tree from everyday household items. A number of books and magazines will show you how to make decorations for the tree. House decorations can be made from organic, recycled and scrap materials. Try popcorn, dough, cinnamon sticks, bows, gingerbread, holly, seasonal berries, ivy and evergreen branches – once you have finished with them, you can put them in the compost. Don’t forget to turn off your fairy lights
Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough carbon dioxide to inflate 12 balloons – so make sure you get energy saving light bulbs for your home and try outdoor solar powered fairy lights for some winter sparkle without adding to your carbon footprint.

ENTERTAINING AND FOOD:-

Having a big crowd over for Christmas dinner can make it tempting to use disposable products. Don’t use plastic containers. Plastic leaches chemicals into food, especially when heated, so even if you store food in plastic transfer it to glass before reheating. If possible forget disposable plates and utensils altogether. Try to buy organic fruit and vegetables. Although they are a little more expensive, they are grown without artificial fertilisers and pest-repellents, which can cause so much harm to the environment. Throw those vegetable peelings on your compost heap and make some natural fertiliser for your garden next year. Organic turkeys taste better too try to make sure it has been reared in humane conditions.
Shop at farmers markets or buying direct from the farmer is far cheaper than buying organic in the supermarket. Think of the benefits – the taste of chemical-free food, the reduction in food miles and CO2 emissions, and reduced dependence on oil. Buying locally produced food also boosts rural jobs. If demand for organic produce grows, they will be grown in larger quantities and the prices will start coming down.

TRAVEL:-

Getting to your destination is half the battle, but the other half is what all of our travel does to the environment. If you can avoid flying, particularly short-haul flights, do so. Buses and trains are less expensive, and can be a bit of an adventure because you actually get to see things along the way. Regardless of your mode of transportation,consider offsetting your emissions. The money you pay for offsetting goes to projects that reduce carbon in the atmosphere, like reforestation and renewable energy.

CHRISTMAS CLEAR OUT:-

When you are clearing up after it is all over, pay attention to what waste is being generated. Remember to avail of recycling schemes for disposing of paper, glass and cans. Bring empty bottles to the nearest bottle bank and cans to the nearest can bank. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

With a little planning we can all have a wonderful Christmas and make a difference to the environment too.

Seasons Greetings

Fionnuala

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Tell Me Why by Declan Galbraith

Tell Me Why by Declan Galbraith

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In my dream, children sing
A song of love for every boy and girl
The sky is blue and fields are green
And laughter is the language of the world
Then I wake and all I see
Is a world full of people in need

Chorus:
Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

Everyday I ask myself
What will I have to do to be a man?
Do I have to stand and fight
To prove to everybody who I am?
Is that what my life is for
To waste in a world full of war?

Chorus:
Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

Chorus:
(children)tell me why?(declan)tell me why?
(children)tell me why?(declan)tell me why?
(together) just tell me why, why, why?

Chorus:
Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

Chorus:
Tell me why (why,why,does the tiger run)
Tell me why(why why do we shoot the gun)
Tell me why (why,why do we never learn)
Can someone tell us why we let the forest burn?
(why,why do we say we care)
Tell me why(why,why do we stand and stare)
Tell me why(why,why do the dolphins cry)
Can some one tell us why we let the ocean die?
(why,why if we’re all the same)
Tell me why(why,why do we pass the blame)
Tell me why (why,why does it never end)

It doesn’t have to be like this. It can be like in Declan’s dream; it can be a world of laughter, without war and where we take care of our planet and all the beings on Earth.
We have the answers with the FUTURO-Plan world peace formula and the UBIEE ENVIRO Project for a cleaner Earth.

We’re speaking from the heart when we ask you to support the FUTURO-Plan. If you haven’t already signed the peace petition, please do so here .

UBIEE has taken the FUTURO-Plan to Melbourne, to present the world peace formula at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. This is a convention of the World’s religious leaders and peace supporters, to discuss peace solutions. You can see the photos as the convention progresses and our seven UBIEE peace doves in Melbourne, when you click on this Facebook link.

UBIEE FUTURO-Plan Peace Doves at the peace convention in Melbourne

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The FUTURO-Plan isn’t based on political or religious beliefs. It is a simple monetary formula based on our children, which just requires the signatures of world leaders to be able to function.

We need your support spiritually and physically. You can join us in making history. You can help by sponsoring us .

It is not too late to become a sponsor and promote your business supporting this historical event.

If you are in Melbourne between 3rd and 9th December, come along and visit us in Booth 55. Our peace doves are looking forward to welcoming you. Come sign the peace petition. http://imakepeace.com

Now is the time to act for Mother Earth, to stop her weeping.  Our participation in Melbourne is an adventure of love, an adventure that will end in world peace. We are making history; we are healing our planet for our precious children and their children. What an adventure!

Click here to download the FUTURO-Plan flyer in pdf format.

For the FUTURO peace petition or to sponsor our peace adventure, please go here . Thank you for your support.

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The new 6 Musketeers Image

The 6 Musketeers Joint Photo

The 6 Musketeers have this new joint image which I made to upload to our forum profile at Adlandpro. We would love to welcome you at our forum. We are going to keep it a place to relax and unwind.

We are one for all and all for one in business and unwinding.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Just click here to enter our forum.

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