Bulletproof, fireproof, environmentally friendly homes are being made from plastic bottles

The streets of downtown Toronto are vibrant and busy at all times of the day. During the day business women rapidly click their heels and talk a mile a minute into their cellphones. Students hustle off to school, their backpacks swaying from side to side and men with ties and briefcases flood the subway. It’s hard to notice anything besides the flashes of color that blur together in your peripherals. At night the streets are calmer – people walk more slowly and everything is in focus. The sides of the road are piled with garbage bags, full of coffee cups and plastic water bottles, waiting to be picked up and taken to the landfill. In between the bags lay the city’s homeless – wrapped up in sleeping bags, boxes and whatever else they have scrounged for warmth.

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What amazes me most about the #PeoplesClimateMarch that drew over 300,000 people in NYC this past weekend is the fact that there were hundreds of thousands of white people who showed up for this. These are the same white people who are simply nowhere to be seen or heard from when black tragedies happen. Climate change is important, but black lives also do matter. However, even as these white folks fight and rally in a massive showing for the environment (and largely ignore the structural realities of environmental racism hurting and killing poor POC and indigenous communities especially) they simply couldn’t be bothered to care when yet another black child is murdered in cold blood. Where were these white folks for Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant and more? Where were they as the tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and sound cannons assaulted black protesters in Ferguson?

Oh, at home not giving a shit and drinking their organic vegan smoothies, that’s right.

This is white supremacist violence in action. Because when would we ever see this many white people rallying against the white racism and police brutality that is literally killing a black person in this country ever 28 hours? Never.

Sister Souljah put it succinctly in this quote, and just replace “abortion” with “climate change” and your other issue of choice and it captures my sentiments exactly:

[W]hen white people feel serious and angry and upset about abortion, they come out in the thousands up to the millions to say, “This is what we believe about abortion.” Where is the white outcry against white racism that murders African people all around this entire globe? It doesn’t exist. 

So who are these “white good people”? I want to meet them! I want to see them! 

And we see all of this vividly on display in the #PeoplesClimateMarch.

Top 5 ENVIRONMENTAL reasons 2 stop eating cows:
1. One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers
2. 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
3. The meat and dairy industries combined use nearly 1/3 (29%) of all the fresh water in the world today.
4. 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.
1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.
5. A person who follows a vegan diet PRODUCES 50% less carbon dioxide, 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-eater for their food.

And it is not just cows. All animal agriculture devastates our Mother Earth at a terrifying rate. The best thing we, as individuals, can do is to live a vegan lifestyle!

We all influence one another. You might not see the visible change at present, but that’s not to say your efforts are going to waste.

I decided I wanted to be an environmentalist. I decided I no longer wanted to contribute to the destruction of this beautiful planet and I wanted, instead, to be part of the healing. I decided I wanted to live more in harmony with nature. I decided to let love and peace fill my heart. I decided to be vegan, and it’s made the world of a difference. 🌎❤️🙏#vegan #environmentalist

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Be gentle to yourself, others and animals. Be kind and make your life honest, make it a life filled with joy and graceful . Help each other where you can whether they are weaker than you or appear to be stronger. Love each other and treat each other well, cause no harm you would not wish to be passed onto yourself.

Care for everyone and everything by Amy Kennedy