The Burning Water post

Perhaps no image captures the fear of hydraulic fracturing and gas extraction more than this one; tap water burning because natural gas has seeped into an underground aquifer and is coming out of the pipes of people’s homes. Images like this were key parts of the “Gasland” movies and even got a mention on The Simpsons, with Marge screaming “Our water was on fire!”.

I’ve covered the history of hydraulic fracturing and the development of the modern natural gas fracking boom, so now there’s no where else to go but the controversial parts, and this is at the top of the list.

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anoniem heeft gevraagd:

Guess I must be a pretty horrible creature for not being vegan

So I’m going to ask you to do me a favor. I promise you this is not to guilt trip you. It’s just much easier to have you experience it, rather than cheapen it with words. 

Look at some of the things animal consumption contributes to. Really look at it. Take some time to read and learn about it. Here are some places to start:

Earthlings

UN report on livestock’s effects on the environment (just hit full PDF)

CDC report on pollution and health effects in communities near factory farms

Ted Talk on carnism and speciesism

Animals are sentient and want to live

You don’t have to watch or read all of it. Just devote 30 minutes or an hour to browsing through, and watching parts of the videos. 

Then look at some of the good things about being vegan:

The American Dietetic Association’s stance on veganism

Health effects of being vegan

A whole bunch of vegan recipes

Even more vegan recipes

 The happiest video ever

Again, you don’t have to read all of it, just browse through and learn about some of the benefits of veganism. 

And now that you have some more knowledge about it, take some time to reflect and really look inwards. If you can survive without animal products, is it really ethical to take them for personal pleasure? Is all of that destruction and pain and suffering really worth a burger or a steak? Especially when you can readily have plant-based foods that taste just as good. Is satisfying your tastebuds more important than an animal’s right to live? 

Really really think about it. Don’t just dismiss it, take all of the ideas that you have about food and animals and examine them carefully. Could be for 10 minutes or it could be an hour, but really think about it. 

And then ask yourself why you’re not vegan. 

anoniem heeft gevraagd:

I think vegans care more about animals than fellow humans

Hmm.  So that implies that meat eaters care more about their fellow humans than vegans do.  Let’s take a closer look at a huge issue.  World hunger:
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.

Some 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.

30% of the world’s landmass is dedicated solely to livestock feed.  

Switching to a vegan diet could provide food for 815 million more people than are now being fed.  However, the infrastructure for distribution is currently unable to handle the amount of food.  Why not?

The amount US taxpayers spend yearly to subsidize meat and dairy is $38 billion. 
The annual government-managed “checkoff” spending to promote meat and dairy is $557 million.

Were this money used to establish and maintain infrastructure to distribute those human children would be fed.

Do meat eaters care about hungry people?  “Demand for crops is expected to double by 2050 as population grows and increasing affluence boosts meat consumption. Meat takes a particularly big toll on food security because it takes up to 30 crop calories to produce a single calorie of meat. In addition, crops are increasingly being used for biofuels rather than food production. This study sought to quantify the benefit to food security that would accrue if some or all of the lands used to produce animal feed and fuel were reallocated to directly produce food for people” [x]  Meat eaters don’t care about other humans being hungry, they only care that they can eat animal remains.  If they did then they’d realize that by spending the amount of resources to produce meat for their selfish appetites, they are literally starving impoverished human children.

As to the Environment, the animal agriculture industry meeting the demand of 7 billion people is the driving force behind climate change and the 6th mass extinction of species (including humans) on earth.  Even when faced with this fact meat eaters would rather have their Big Macs and die taking their fellow humans with them.  Vegans on the other hand are trying to save the biosphere (including humans).  

One example is the Amazon Rainforest, the lungs of the earth.  The Amazon is the largest rainforest and it is rainforests that exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen in the atmosphere.  They also provide some filtration of air pollutants.  The Amazon Rainforest is being cut down at a rate of an acre per second 24/7.  80% of that is due to either cattle grazing or growing livestock feed.  Over 1,000 environmental activists have been murdered in the last 20 years for opposing the cattle and oil industries destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Why are they putting their lives on the line opposing the killers in the cattle industry?  Because they care about whether human and animals have a livable, sustainable planet.  Meat eaters on the other hand would just as soon see the planet die of asphyxiation than to give up one hamburger.  

So who is it that doesn’t care about humans?

We can live without participating in the exploitation of the vulnerable.

We can live without destroying the environment.

We can live in a way that guarantees a more healthy life.

But many choose to do otherwise. And they claim that it is “natural” to participate in violence, destroy the earth, and kill ourselves.

What incredible confusion.

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What really happens to the plastic you throw away

We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-really-happens-to-the-plastic-you-throw-away-emma-bryce

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Sharon Colman.

By: TED-Ed.

Mixed salad for a perfect Sunday Lunch. Made with: Black Quinoa (UK sourced), Mushrooms, Avocado, Red Pepper, Plum Tomatoes, Mixed Beans, Coriander and Kale. Served with fresh lime juice and a dollop of hummus. #vegan #organic #food #health #fitness #spiritual #foodporn #vegetarian #cleaneating #revolution #conciousness #frequency #vibration #plantdiet #veganrecipes #vegetarianrecipes #healthfood #wholefoods #earth #environment #animalrights #organiclifestyle #veggiefood #vegetarianhelp #cheapmeals #hungry #healthyeating #healthyfood #quickmeals #nomful

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Moray eel attacks underwater cameraman

Our underwater cameraman manages to keep his fingers intact after a disgruntled moray eel launches a surprise attack.

And there are other amazing sightings in store on this dive off South Africa’s Sodwana Bay: friendly potato bass, vividly coloured paper fish, a shy mantis shrimp, a cruising turtle and a rare encounter with a school of devil rays!

By: Earth Touch.

Hey all, I made this film for my senior project. A 2D short hasn’t really ever been made before at my school, I hope you all enjoy it! Thanks so much for all the support from everyone!