COP26 review -Greenwashing? Compromise? Disappointment? Betrayal?

COP26 review -Greenwashing? Compromise? Disappointment? Betrayal?

So COP26 is over. And depends who you ask what answer they give. The organizers are disappointed, the politicians can go back to their countries and maybe get re-elected, and the environmentalists and scientists are drowning their fear and despair or rallying the troops for the battle ahead. Because we don’t have another planet to live on. And this one is in serious trouble. We’ll be incredibly lucky if there is anything even remotely like a civilization left in our life time, and a planet left within those of our kids or grandbabies. But deniers would say that’s fear mongering, right? Except it’s already begun. People are dying today. Because corporations and govts are too greedy.

interviews

COP architects furious at lack of climate justice
António Guterres – Sec Gen of UN
Jagan Chapagain – Sec Gen of IFRC interview with CNN

…… by country investment in status quo

oil
natural gas
coal

source – GDP by country

The Anti-Authority of the 60s and 70s – Music, Art

The Anti-Authority of the 60s and 70s – Music, Art

Much of what I admire about that time was the true resistance to ‘the man’. It was a ground movement of people and communities coming together to defeat racism, sexism, corporations, … and change the world for the better. Not for the rich, but for the common people.

I thought the world would be much better if the people from that era ran it.

Today though, most of the people who were resisting then are now ‘the man’. They drive big cars/trucks, live in big houses and far too many talk about money and power as if they were as conservative as their parents that they rebelled against in the 60s and 70s.

Is it because the people of that time now have mortgages, kids/grandkids, careers, spouses…? Do those ties choke the freedom and peace that were sought?

Have they stopped using the drugs they took to ‘chill out’, to ‘feel the vibe’, to commune? Did their overuse fry their artist brains? And now we hear the voices of their parents being channelled?

Looking around I see some of the bigger beatniks of that time have lost what they used to preach in their songs and paint in their visions. And I wonder, who do we look to now? Aren’t we still supposed to be teaching the younger ones to clean up the world, before it’s too late?

sighs….My heroes are falling. The change they advocated for has come but is not the one I thought they wanted then. Certainly not the one I want.

How are yours of that era standing up to the changes they’ve surrounded themselves with?

Aristotle on Virtue and Vice

Aristotle on Virtue and Vice

Yesterday, I posted on what Aristotle thought was a friend. And one of those was the concept of good character. Which for most people includes a sense of morality. Much of the Biblical frame of what that means is framed by the Greco-Roman and Judaic cultures.

Virtue and vice in that frame are very linear. And at the base is a person who is in a state of peace or fear.

  • Do we continue to call them immoral when we know someone is displaying their distress?
  • Or do we try to empathize and help them soothe their wrought emotions?
  • Do we blame them for what they learned at their parents’ knees?
  • Or do we help them find a better path? Knowing we also have our triggers to this ‘bad’ behaviour?
  • Is there a position where we just overlook what is typically a part of the human condition? So long as we are not harmed by their attitude or behaviour?

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Aristotle discusses the various moral virtues and their corresponding vices. ‘Courage’ consists of confidence in the face of fear. ‘Temperance’ consists of not giving in too easily to the pleasures of physical sensation. ‘Liberality and magnificence’ consist of giving away varying amounts of money in appropriate and tasteful ways. ‘Magnanimity and proper ambition’ consist of having the right disposition toward ‘honor’ and knowing what is one’s due. ‘Patience’ is the appropriate disposition toward anger, though it is sometimes appropriate to show some degree of anger. The three social virtues of ‘amiability’, ‘sincerity’, and ‘wit’ make for pleasant and engaging interaction with others. ‘Modesty’ is not properly a virtue, but an appropriate disposition toward ‘shame’, which is admirable in the young. source

Aristotle – What is friendship based on?

Aristotle – What is friendship based on?

Some people like 1-2 friends, and have a circle of people they hang out with at different groups and settings. Some people are quite popular and have many friends. But what is it exactly that determines what a friend is and how they last?

Aristotle has 3 types of friends:

  • friendship based on utility,
    Your co-worker or neighbour makes your life easier. You do things to watch out for each other, share tasks, borrow tools
  • friendship based on pleasure,
    You share hobbies, and interests. (Who knows, you might even be FWBs)
  • and friendship based on goodness of character.
    You share moral codes and faith. A common view on what is proper and right. You respect, understand and admire each other.

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Of course some people may be more than one, maybe even all of them.
Some of your friends may be within your family, or your spouse/partner.
Some friends may last for a long time, some may be limited to where you knew them, ie school, work, your past habitats. But once your circumstance changes, the friendship goes on a back burner. You don’t hate each other and would probably greet each other with affection if you met. But you don’t keep in touch anymore, when what you had in common is gone.

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There are three kinds of friendship: friendship based on utility, friendship based on pleasure, and friendship based on goodness of character. The first two kinds of friendship are based on superficial qualities, so these sorts of friendship are not generally long lasting. Friendship based on goodness of character is the best kind of friendship, because these friends love one another for who they are and not for what they stand to gain from one another. Friendship generally exists between equals source

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What do you think a friend is? Do you agree with Aristotle that utility and pleasure are superficial and selfish?

Who Can Get SARS Covid 2/Covid 19? (After almost 2 yrs scientists are seeing some things)

Who Can Get SARS Covid 2/Covid 19? (After almost 2 yrs scientists are seeing some things)

Yes in theory, anyone could. But life just isn’t that simple is it?

Anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, anti-lockdown folx would like you to believe that it’s only the old, unfit (food, exercise, vitamins) and unwell who are prone, or at least will die from it.

And they certainly are MORE prone. (Esp those prone to cytokine storms )

But that isn’t all about their health status, It’s also about how much they congregate – do they live alone? building codes and air circulation Do they still work and in what field? (at most risk – Essential workers, first responders, health care and food, service) Social class Do they retrain or attend school? Do they go to group activities – to socialize, to meet their needs, to get support from the agencies they deal with? EXPOSURE

Which is why far more people who are poorer are getting the virus, and getting long term conditions (cases to long haul – 1/4 adults, 1/7 children) or dying. intensity of exposure They don’t have the space to isolate . And why people who live in congregant care settings are really hit hard. (LTCs, group homes, migrant worker ‘villages’, jails, prisons, immigration centres, slums) proximity building codes/air circulation Even congregate travelling has shown itself to be an issue (planes, trains, buses, boats, and hotels/motels)

One thing we do know about viruses? They need an agent, a vector and a host. (which is why distancing and air circulation/purification have been mentioned so often since scientists have determined that this virus is spread by droplets, aerosols, and fomites . Handwashing is taking a bit of a back seat these days, but it’s not irrelevant. When you have the sniffles, how often do you touch your face? HYGIENE When you take care of or serve someone, how often are you close to them? How often do you touch them?

And yes, you can get one of so many variations of this complex thing, which also helps determine who will ‘catch’ it, by what their body is vulnerable to (heart, lungs , kidneys, neurological, liver/pancreas and body pain). And whether you also have bacterial issues which can lead toward further comorbidity and complications.

That isn’t just about which virus variant you’ve been exposed to, but also which of your organs is sensitive to the barrage of viral cells and lack the T-cells to support your immunity.

And even the end varies between sepsis and pneumonia, heart attacks or strokes.

All of which anyone who is immuno-compromised can tell you can happen if you get a cold or flu too. It doesn’t mean it’s not serious though. You still end up with long term illness or death.

In other words, it’s nothing to sneeze at. Your doctor can certainly help you determine the risks you yourself are in.

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And with vaccines having hit a lot of the richer nations, we now know that our risks aren’t as bad as they were. But it doesn’t make you immune. You could be one of the unfortunate ones who the vaccine doesn’t work for. Or is less effective. And even supposing the vaccine works for you, there is only so many viral cells the body can tolerate, so you still have to be careful. Kind of like when you go out drinking, how many shots does it take you to get drunk? The vaccines are prophylactics (like condoms) not a cure.

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This is going to be around till either a cure is found, or everyone on this planet is vaccinated. And even that’s not a sure thing. Because variants may come along the current vaccines don’t work for. Like the flu. Or HIV.

Free Menstrual Supplies – in schools in Ontario and reservations across Canada

Free Menstrual Supplies – in schools in Ontario and reservations across Canada

Scotland really started something with the idea that women and girls shouldn’t face poverty so bad they cannot purchase the supplies they need to deal with their periods.

Recently Doug Ford made a deal with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide some for high schools.

And the new Minister of Indigenous affairs, Patty Hajdu, has announced that supplies will be sent to reservations esp in the Territories where it’s difficult to get such things in. And expensive.

What do you think of this idea? Is it something that should be more wide spread? International?

‘Canada Turns Over Military Sexual Assault Cases to Civilian Courts’

‘Canada Turns Over Military Sexual Assault Cases to Civilian Courts’

With the changing of the cabinet in Ottawa, a new face has come into the role of minister of national defence. Anita Anand who is a former law professor has decided on advice to temporarily have civilian courts oversee any sexual misconduct complaints. Till the review is finished by the Supreme court at least.

Top down. the military is full of such complaints, and also of complaints that the complaints have been mishandled.

So a woman, a law prof, was appointed to kick butt. I’m just not sure that’s what’s getting done though. In the civilian world of Canada, only @ 1% of cases end with the offender facing consequences.

If that is the case,, then what is the point of changing who hears or investigates these cases? I think that far bigger changes need to be made, in society and in the military. I’m just not sure what they should be.

We need: (specific to cases)

  • victims of sexual misconduct to come forward
  • for them to be believed
  • for thorough and proper investigations to be done
  • by trained/trauma aware investigators
  • tried by trauma aware judges
    and
  • reported by trauma aware media.

We need: (society)

  • gender awareness and sensitivity to be part of children’s upbringing, schooling
  • toxic relations to be challenged and defused
  • families are better supported
  • groups are less insular
  • authority is more egalitarian and supportive
  • more women are in roles of authority

Do you have any ideas?

Because what has been done so far seems performative. IMO

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Since February, 11 of its leaders in positions up to the highest rank have come under investigation, been pushed out of their roles or been forced to retire. Other senior military officers have been put on leave over their mishandling of sexual misconduct investigations.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a federal force that has come under widespread criticism in the past for its handling of sexual assault and murder cases involving Indigenous women.

Professor van Hlatky said that civilian police forces might also lack sufficient “military literacy” to deal effectively with investigations involving the armed forces.

Q – What are the top polluting industries? (COP26) And what can we do about them?

Q – What are the top polluting industries? (COP26) And what can we do about them?

source

Do something, do some things. It’s a list of things you can get an idea from. Not a Bible. But the old adage of #reduce #re-use #recycle still works.

Fuel industry –

coal, oil, gas

What can you do to help?

  • Use renewable energy whenever possible
  • Use sustainable options instead of plastics – this way, less oil will be used in manufacturing products
  • Petition or campaign against big conglomerates using so much fuel

Agriculture

What can you do to help?

  • Go vegan! There’s a reason veganism is at an all-time high. If every American went vegan, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 28%
  • If you want to eat meat, make sure it’s organic and locally sourced
  • Become a member of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to assist their work fighting the Amazon fires

Fashion industry

What can we do to help?

  • Buy second-hand clothes from vintage or charity shops
  • You can now rent clothes – this is particularly good for suits or dresses that you might want for a one-off occasion
  • Don’t give in to the high turnover in fashion – make your clothes last longer

Food retail

What can we do to help?

  • Petition for supermarkets to be more sustainable. People voicing outrage has led to some supermarkets making a change. For example, Co-op, the UK’s sixth-biggest grocer, has cut its plastic packaging by 44% in the last 10 years
  • Make sure to use reusable shopping bags
  • Go to a sustainable supermarket (if it’s local to you). You can even take in Tupperware to fill up with pasta and other dried food

Transport

  • What can we do to help?
  • Limit your international travel
  • Take public transport instead of driving, whenever possible
  • If possible, try to shorten your commute (ie web commuting)

Construction work

What can we do to help?

  • Campaign against construction – especially in wildlife areas
  • Help your local area out by preserving wildlife and planting trees

Technology

What can we do to help?

  • you don’t need to have every update and fad going, do you?
  • consider wiping devices and donating to a non-profit.
  • have tech device free times, reduce electricity