Environmental Concerns About Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar is marketed as a healthier sugar alternative because it is less processed, more nutritious, and low on the glycemic index. Coconut sugar may be more environmentally friendly as well. The impacts of large-scale cane sugar production include the destruction of ecosystems to clear land for single crops, excessive water consumption, water and air pollution, and soil degradation. Coconut palms, by contrast, grow in diverse ecosystems, have positive environmental impacts, and produce more sugar per acre than sugar cane plants while making fewer resource demands. However, concerns were raised when Tropical Traditions (2012), a producer of coconut oil, posted… read more

Keeping Them Honest

Compliance for Environmental Law

It is essential that a country put in place sound environmental policies and a suitable legal framework in a bid to tackle environmental challenges. However laws and policies serve no purpose at all if compliance is lacking. Monitoring whether or not environmental laws are complied with is a crucial element of environmental protection, though it be a mammoth task. Compliance is quite important because environmental laws are primarily preventative, they basically constitute rules formulated such that environmental damage is either minimised or prevented if possible. It is unimaginable that a state can trust that subjects will comply willingly, like all… read more

Getting Kids Into Gardening

Getting Kids In The Garden

Teaching kids where their food comes from is a valuable lesson that will stay with them forever. Gardening fosters a sense of independence, models sustainability and encourages healthy eating. Match kid’s creativity by rethinking what a garden plot should be. If space is an issue, container gardens or vertical varieties are easier to maintain and can be done to scale in order to fit the child’s abilities and growing plans. A simple planter concept that also reuses plastic bottles can be seen in a product called the Petomato. By taking an ordinary empty water bottle and fitting on the special cap that contains… read more

Corn: A Kernel Of Destruction

Corn Kernels

Corn has become an inescapable additive to both edible and non-edible products. Every day, we are bombarded with corn derived products. Sodas laden with corn-syrup, ketchup, tortillas, ice cream, candy – foods far from resembling the light golden kernels of freshly husked corn – are a constant source of corn and its most prevalent by-product, corn-syrup. The use of which has increased diabetes and obesity rates. In addition, the majority of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed livestock. But it doesn’t end with our diets. The excess of corn brought on by overproduction leaves the USDA scrambling for other avenues… read more

Model Laws For All

environmental-laws

In matters of common interest in the international community, there exists a practice wherein model laws are drafted for sovereign states to use as a blueprint for national legislation. Environmental model laws also exist, this article seeks to expose the disadvantages of using such instruments in the developing world. In principle, there is nothing wrong with using a model law as a foundation for drafting national legislation. However in a time when there is mounting pressure on all nations of the world to enact relevant environmental legislation and formulate sound environmental policies, there may be danger in using model law… read more

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere!

Are We Getting Better?

100’s of years ago, there were no plastic bottles to recycle, no campaigns to tell us to recycle them and common sense reusing was often out of necessity. Now we think we are doing the environment a favor if we make an effort to recycle our paper and aluminum cans. While recycling is of course a modern day must, we have to ask if we truly need to have so much stuff that needs to be recycled in the first place. According to a survey on PowerSourceOnline, among the technological gadgets that are not used but piled up in our homes anyway… read more

The Beauty Of Impermanence

The Beauty Of Impermanence

Is it possible to make the beach even more beautiful? For artist Andres Amador, it is. Amador is a sand artist who creates surreal beach murals, also known as playa paintings, which he refers to as earthscape art. Taking advantage of the low tide, Amador rakes the sand into patterns and generates geometrical forms as he engraves intricate designs into the beach shore. He also uses a rope to help make the patterns. The raking reveals the wet sand underneath and creates a notable varied toned presentation in the appearance of the sand. The patterns take over the beachfront and observers… read more

Forcing Change For The Future

Technology Forcing Change

Generally, technology forcing standards can be defined as the formulation in legislation, of a requirement to achieve a certain standard of operation within a specified time period. This can be achieved by using technologies that have not yet been developed for widespread commercial use, but have been shown to be feasible on an experimental basis. Technology forcing standards are quite important in the field of environmental regulation, they are a necessary nudge in the right direction for the biggest producers of environmentally corrupt substances, and large contributors to human induced climate change. The automotive and petroleum industries, for instance, were transformed… read more

Potential For Collaboration

ngo's Working Together

The non-government and grassroots environmental sector has been growing rapidly over the past thirty years. Not surprisingly, there are now more environmental NGOs and grassroots groups worldwide than ever before. Equally not surprising is the fact that these ‘green-minded’ organisations do not share the same vision, purpose or modus operandi. Consequently, there’s an increasing “silo” effect occurring within the not-for-profit sector. In recent decades, grassroots and NGO environmental groups have played an increasingly influential role in raising global awareness about environmental and sustainability issues – curiously, however, despite the urgency for collective action, there is still resistance from many of the… read more

Our Lost Purpose

Our Lost Purpose

Many of us have forgotten our destined role in the world, our final and most important contribution to the earth: ourselves. But despite our self-declared superiority, we humans are an integral part of the ecosystem and provide the earth and other living beings nutrients as we pass and eventually disintegrate into the ground, completing a necessary cycle that is imposed on every living species. At least, that is how it is supposed to happen. Our culture has turned death into a business and what seems an attempt at preservation or the encasing of the body in dignity has lead to… read more