Newsletter September 2015

Dearest Brothers and Sisters, Tribe of Many Colours,

As we follow our hearts and become more and more aware of the critical situation on our planet many of us find ourselves asking “what can I do?” Well there are several things we can do to make a real change if we set our minds and hearts to the task. All over the world the elders are pleading with us to take accountability and make a change. Now is the time! Not tomorrow, not next week, NOW!

I want to be able to focus on how we can make a change, not only spiritually and with love but actually becoming aware and changing some of our habits. Most of the time we do not even know that our old habits and patterns are damaging to ourselves, our family or our planet. By understanding the worlds and our own predicament we can make small changes and sacrifices that will better the whole.

If we all do our part we can make a change and inspire others to become aware as well, we will become healthier, happier and living with a purpose! So let’s get started, with Little Grandmothers top 5 thing we each can do to better our world and each other!

Little Grandmothers top 5

1. LOVE AND RESPECT NATURE!

The WWF (world wildlife fund) for Nature’s Living Planet Index warns that the worlds animal population has halved in the last 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on the earth. Humans need one and a half Earths to sustain our current demands.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/business/wild-life-decline-wwf/index.html

So what can we do? Let us remember to pray for the health and safety of not only ourselves as human kind but also our brothers and sisters, the flyers, the swimmers, the four legged, the crawlers, and the one legged (the trees). We are all part of a fragile balance that is very quickly becoming greatly unbalanced.  We can all learn how to make a vegetable or flower garden, big or small, it does not matter. What matters is that we learn to connect ourselves once again with energy of life that abounds on this magical and Beloved Mother Earth. Simply put, the more we deeply love and value a living thing the more fiercely we will protect and honour it. Let us learn to truly love the Nature again from the smallest insect to the greatest tree!

2. EAT ORGANIC and avoid Factory Farmed Products.

Evidence published by the Pesticide Action Network found that up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides, this had more than doubled in the last decade! Some 46% of our fresh fruits and vegetables contained pesticide residues, up from 25 percent in 2003. In terms of processed food, residues were found in almost 97 percent of flour and 73.6 percent of bread!
(This is a great video to watch)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2405078/Up-98-fresh-food-carries-pesticides-Proportion-produce-residues-doubles-decade.html

I understand that there are many of us who cannot afford to buy organic, sadly it is so much more expensive, but if and when it is possible it should be on the top of our list. The same goes for buying our meats and eggs that have had a better life (not factory farmed). The meat is much more expensive and not as readily found in our markets in many places but it is one of the most important things you can do! (Of course going vegetarian is the best option or even try meatless Mondays with your family). Here are just a few reasons why staying away from factory farm animals is SO important!

One Green Planet reported
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/factory-farming-is-killing-the-environment:

A. Air Pollution
Almost 40% of methane emissions result from factory farming. Methane has a global warming potential 20 times higher than carbon dioxide
B. Deforestation
In the United States alone, over 260 million acres of forest have been cleared to make room for crop fields, most of which are used to exclusively grow livestock feed. This is not a practice that only occurs in the U.S., land clearing in Brazil to grow chicken feed is responsible for the destruction of about 3 million acres of rainforest.
C. Water Pollution
Industrial agriculture sucks up 70 percent of the world’s fresh water supplies. Furthermore, polluted water with agricultural run-off is destroying whole ecosystems and can be toxic, if not lethal to humans and animals alike.
D. Animal crueltyThe farm factories treat animals in the most cruel horrific and inhumane ways that I have ever seen or heard of in my life. This is reason enough for me to stay clear of factory farmed meats.

3. STOP EATING SEAFOOD!

“Sea creatures sick, dying or disappearing at alarming rate all along Pacific coast… Some wonder if it’s fallout from Fukushima” — New York Times: “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction” “We may be on precipice of major extinction event” in marine wildlife
BBC reports: Only 50 years left for the oceans fish
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6108414.stm

The ocean is the largest source of food in the world. Fish is the main source of daily protein for 1.2 billion people, but fishers are more and more frequently returning home with empty nets.
Some scientists say that in the last 60 years stocks of large fish have fallen by 90 percent, they are warning that we are facing the collapse of all types of fish species in less than 50 years. The reason for this… Over fishing.
Long-line fishing vessels deploy 1.4 billion hooks a year, each with a slice of fish hanging from them as bait. There are trawling vessels that cast nets with an opening up to the size of 4 football fields, that’s big enough to hold 13 jumbo jets!
These nets can catch up to 500 tons of fish. Amongst the 500 tons there is a lot of bi-catch. Bi-catch is marine creatures that are incidentally caught…. Often at large quantity.
Typically shrimp trawlers throw 80 to 90 percent of the dead marine creatures caught back over board. It is estimated that for every kilo of shrimp caught that up to 9 kilos of other marine wildlife is caught and wasted.
Marine aqua-culture or fish farming is seen as a lifeline for fish. Many of the fish that are farmed are carnivorous or eat other fish to survive. 5 kilos of captured wild fish is needed to produce 1 kilo of farmed fish.

So what can we do? Very simply put, we can stop buying fish at the supermarkets, especially shrimp, shell fish and tuna! Without life in our oceans there will not be life on land. Many people do not put the two together but it is true, People need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, new medicines, a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration and recreation.  We need to know we belong to something bigger than ourselves.  We want a better future for those we care about.
Because the oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth, they are the Earth’s largest life support systems.  To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans.  Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe.  At any given moment, more than 97% of the world’s water resides in oceans.  Oceans provide a sixth of the animal protein people eat.  They’re the most promising source of new medicines to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases.  Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change.
The diversity and productivity of the world’s oceans is a vital interest for humankind.  Our security, our economy, our very survival all require healthy oceans!
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4. NO MORE plastic bottles and bags!

The Centre for Biological Diversity has stated “Nearly every piece of plastic still exists on Earth, regardless of whether it’s been recycled, broken down into microscopic bits or discarded in the ocean.”
Last year, one study in the journal PLOS estimated that a minimum of 5.25 trillion floating plastic particles weighing 268,940 tons are in the ocean. This estimate included only surface plastics, and not the materials that have sunk.

  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one literbottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
  • Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
  • Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.
  • Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).

So what can we do? Stop using them! There is no reason, ever, to use a plastic sack or a plastic water bottle, not ever! The very thing that is choking our planet to death is something we humans do not even need as a necessity. You can go out and get a reusable bottle for your drinking water and bring your own cloth bags to the supermarkets. It’s as simple as that. Make the decision to stop being a part of the problem and commit to it! Who is with me?

5. BE POSITIVE!

In the last newsletter I spoke about the power of being positive in our lives and I gave each of us the challenge to really analyse our own emotions throughout the day. Did you do it? How many times a day, from the moment you woke up until the last thought before sleep were negative or positive? In any situation we can turn a negative outlook into a positive but we have all been trained by society to think and feel the opposite. We often think “if we just had more” life would be better and we would be happy. This is a lie! Many of us would see what an amazing life we have right now in this moment if we took the time to see the good. It is a mind-set that actually effects our emotions and even our health, not to mention what we attract.  We think that by having things, an access of thing will make us happy, but in truth we are only trying to fill a void within ourselves that does not need to be there in the beginning. Having more, wanting more and always looking for the next thing that will make us happy will never bring true happiness. Let us keep striving to see the positive and the good that we do have. Our culture is dead set on teaching us that having things, possessions will increase our worth but in fact it is destroying us. For example how often do we go to the store for one thing and come home with several bags of things (in a plastic bag no doubt)? Did you really need them or did we get sucked into the consumers trap? Let us begin to share and help each other and learn to escape the “I need more to be happy” idealistic world we have been born into.

Be happy and grateful my dear brothers and sister, be grateful for our world and fall in love with nature again, even if it is by planting a flower and taking care of it. Learn to love Mother again and all her creatures. Respect the food you eat and the animals, fruits, grains and vegetable that Mother has pervaded for you. Treat all living things as you wish to be treated, learn to love again. When there is love for all you cannot help but want to protect and honour all. This is the way to a better life and more joy!
I love you all very much and I am going to take this challenge with you, I am not exempt from these things myself. I know how easy it is to see a good deal at the super market and think (only this once, my son would love BBQ chicken tonight and its sooo cheap, it can’t hurt right?)  We have all been there and am going to really try to stick to these five things. It’s easy to think “I’m only one person and what difference can I make” but remember if we all think that, nothing will ever change! We are the strongest of the strong and we can do this, let’s do it together! At the end of our lives let us be proud of standing for something, for doing our best, for making a difference. Like my Great Grandma Jensen used to say “if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything”! Let’s take this challenge together. Look over the list and make a commitment to something you can do and stick to, even if it is only one out of the five, or all five. Let’s do it together.

Love Little Grandmother