Showing posts with label Earth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earth. Show all posts

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is literally one of my favorite holidays to date. I know what you are thinking, as it is evidently not your traditional holiday. As our mother earth is a demigoddess who harbors life in the most tried and truest form and the third largest planet from the sun, I am proud to call this planet my home.

The sun (a male demigod) and moon (another male demigod) both interact with the earth, including earth's gravity as they are the most rustic satellites to date. The earth revolves around the sun every 365 days. Having formed almost 5 billion years ago, biodiversity has been heavily embraced in more ways than one, as the earth continues to evolve. Although the world's population is unknown, it's been estimated that almost 7.7 billion people live on earth, with a new one being born every second. You can check out this fact hereBut with life, death always follows. Although there isn't an accurate detection of how many people have died total in the world, it is a fact that someone dies every second. You can read this fact here

But what about ecosystem and biosphere we depend on-to live? And I am not referring to just the atmosphere either. I am talking about the lithosphere, the geosphere, and the hydrosphere also. Additionally we need much more to survive. And speaking of survival, what about the natural resources we need for survival? You know-water, land, sunlight, vegetation and food?

Although I could probably write an entire dissertation on the subject, I will refrain from boring you with that right now as this post is strictly about earth day. Expect a few in the feature though. Without life there would be no love. Without love there would be no life. Without life there would be no food. Without food there would be no life. Without life there would be no light. Without light there would be no life. I love my land as my land loves me. I love the earth, which is why I choose to celebrate earth day today.

Every earth day I love to plant something to show respect for my mother earth. Today is no exception to the rule, as I am doing just that. Additionally, I went to work wearing only eco-friendly beauty products and clothing today. Before and after work, I showered using only eco-friendly beauty essentials. Then, I decided to make an amazing plant-based, vegan smoothie with fruits and herbs I personally grew. Today, I ate completely fruitarian to show respect. Now, I am going to do some gardening to celebrate today.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Happy Earth Day! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse as it is happening.
I used an iPhone camera to shoot
this particular picture. I really
couldn't get a great shot with this.
Today history was made when our mother earth aligned herself with the sun and the moon forming a beautiful solar eclipse. The shadow cast from the moon blocking the sun truly made me realize how fascinating life is. Witnessing it was one of the most phenomenal things I have ever watched considering this has not happened since 1776 with one prior to that in 1257. 

As you are aware, today is August 21, 2017. This event was highly anticipated all around the world. Since I live in Idaho, I actually traveled about 45 minutes to see this in a small town called Weiser. I have some family there and a few friends there hence why I decided to travel there for the day. 

I must say that the weather is absolutely amazing today; however, what made the day as wondrous as can be was seeing the solar eclipse. 
The solar eclipse taken with my Canon camera.
Obviously you can notice a huge difference
versus with an iPhone.

I did manage to get some video, as well as, some great shots with my canon camera of this incredible event, so expect to see those soon. I took them so you could see them, as I know many of you didn't get to see this today. 

I didn't use throw-away glasses like they suggested when looking at the eclipse because I wanted to be able to get a good shot and some great footage. The glasses were dark and I couldn't see the actual eclipse when looking through the lens. 

The next one will not be until April 8, 2024. August 12, 2045. That is 35 years from now and 21 years from the next eclipse. So, if you didn't get to see it today, you can see it here on my blog. Now the one in April 8, 2024 will be the first one visible in Canada. And like the eclipse here, will still be visible in the United States. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day: How a vegan diet can help save the planet

Vegan food haul from Whole Foods.
A vegan is someone who does not consume any animal products let alone any bi-products. A vegan does not eat meat or fish, as a vegan does not consume dairy, eggs and honey. Instead, a vegan consumes only plant-based foods. Although this eating lifestyle has proved to be effective in terms of improving one's health, there is scientific evidence that eating vegan can also help save our planet.

Did you know that the production of meat is the leading cause of climate change? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this fact was shared in the Livestock Long Shadow. Animal agriculture is the number one source of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. These greenhouse gasses are responsible for over 50% of climate change according to World Watch. And according to PETA, if every American alone would skip one carnivore meal and ate plant-based food instead, it would be like taking half a million cars off the road. Factory farming causes more pollution than every single plane, ship, train and automobile in the world today. So, what does this do? It poisons our planet. The UN suggests eating a vegan diet will ultimately destroy the effects of climate change.

The production of meat is the #1 cause of water waste. Did you know that? Now, this is water that could be used to save the planet, as it has been scientifically proven that 70% of the earth's fresh water is used for agriculture of both plants and animals. Did you know that it takes over 2,000 gallons (2,400 gallons to be exact) to produce just one pound of meat? It only takes 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. According to PETA you would save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you would by not showering for six months. The facts are real. By going vegan you will simply conserve water.

Water pollution is simply contamination of our water. Everything from harsh chemicals to bacterial pathogens to even physical changes can cause pollution to our oceans, our lakes, our rivers, our streams and our aquifers. This form of pollution can also affect our groundwater producing toxins that spread. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), animal agriculture is the number one cause of water pollution. More so than raw sewage, trash, ammonia, phosphates and even heavy metals from motor vehicles. The ultimate cesspool of desolation and 400 dead zones alone have already been identified. You may ask, how so? It's simple, the feces from animals are flowing into the water and as a result, contaminating it and poisoning it. Water pollution also causes species endangerment and has caused birth defects in fish and other sentient beings who live under the sea. And according to the Raleigh News & Observer, in 1995 millions of gallons of waste from pigs killed 10 million fish alone in a single spill. As a result, almost 400,000 acres of land was forced to close.

Animal agriculture also depends on the rain forest and because of this, they must use over 50 square feet (55 square feet to be exact) for every single meal. As a result, this causes deforestation. Keep in mind, this is just for cattle to graze. Millions upon millions of trees have been destroyed to feed these responsive and innocent beings. According to PETA, the rain forest is entered every six seconds only to be cut down for factory farming. So, if you do the math that is over 14,000 of acres a day to create room for farmed animals. That is nearly 80% of the land deforested to feed innocent animals who will only die for your food source. For all of the food you feed to these animals, you could feed to your loved ones and even starving children around the world.

The beefless tips.
An amazing meat alternative by

If you have clothes to wear, a roof over your head and food to eat, you are still richer than over 70% of the planet. Choosing a vegan eating lifestyle would help destroy the concept of world hunger. Over 70% of grains grown is fed to animals only for those animals to be used as food source later. If you think about what an animal consumes and how they are treated, those who consume them later are very prone to what they have had to endure, including disease. Any pathogens including fecal coliform and other disease transfers to human beings. You can still obtain sufficient micro and macro nutrients from eating a plant-based diet. In fact, they would just increase. Consuming meat can cause an array of problematic health issues. If you think about it, animals are innocent beings and should never have to suffer for food, as humans should not want to ever put them into their mouth. Some of you may ask about where vegans get sources of B-12. We get our B-12 from fortified foods such as mock meats, non-
dairy milk and cereal as well as nutritional yeasts. According to National Center of Biotechnology Information, the B-12 present in meat comes from waste, bacteria and feces. 

Instead, you can enjoy your favorite carnivore classics as plant-based mock meat choices which are healthier and taste amazing. According to Yves Potvin, the CEO and founder of Gardein,"eating meatless, even just one day a week, is the simplest way to improve your overall health. Gardein has less fat than traditional proteins and no cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Gardein provides a good source of protein and fiber." With that said, you can find my list of vegan and vegetarian alternatives here.

Eating a vegan diet will not only improve and help your health, it will do much more including protecting and saving our planet. If you don't believe me, you can consider the research I have shared with you. Veganism has a plethora of benefits and is a step further in evolution. Although I am a vegetarian, I have been a vegan for a month now and I enjoy it. Do your part this Earth Day and enjoy the benefits of being healthy and happy by eating plant-based foods. Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Beautiful Sunset in Fruitland, Idaho

Fruitland, Idaho is a smaller town in Idaho which borders Ontario, Oregon. I go through it when I visit my family in Weiser, a town that is about 45 minutes away, which is even smaller. 

Right now it is almost 9 pm or 9 pm (haven't looked at the exact time) and I noticed that the sun was still out. Based on the picturesque beauty of the sky and how the sun is slowly going down, it looks absolutely beautiful. 

I wanted to share this picture with you because I took this from my iPhone yet it looks like something I snapped with another kind of camera. I am astounded by the both the sunrises and sunsets here. The sunsets more so because they really are captivating compared to other areas I have traveled. 

Anyways, I hope you are having a wonderful night. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

National Honey Bee Day

As you are aware, bees are extremely important to our entire world. Without these small little flying insects, life would not be what it is today. They are the crown jewel of pollination. As much as we would want nature to be a stand-alone situation, it is every living thing that makes it what it is. Bees definitely contribute a lot to nature and our planet. I want to take the time to say "Happy Honey Bee Day" and next day you see a bee, take a picture, and let them work because in the end, they are doing everything for you.