Drizzle this

Earth peoples dreaming love

and peace finesse to savour,

come drizzle this:

Deep thoughts silently summoned

Rallentando time to wonder

Inner depths rippling glissandi

Zero-carbon electricity buzz

Zephyrs whispering clean techno jazz

Longed for fruits of planning revival

Eros sighs earth songs of pleasure.

©2017 Ontheland

The idea to ‘drizzle’ came from Mish at dVerse Poets Pub who hosted Monday’s Quadrille prompt.

A global tragedy

If you are anything like me, you hear about events in the news while in the middle of doing something else and therefore catch only half the story. You might catch the other half on subsequent airings or you might be left with only a vague impression. If you are interested in a concise summary of how the United States government is reversing climate protection laws, designed to meet obligations under a SIGNED International Agreement, please read on.

Iowa Environmental Focus

total_emission_reductions Planned emission reductions per state by 2030 under the Clean Power Plan (EPA)

Jake Slobe | March 29, 2017

President Trump has signed an executive order that will look to roll back many climate-change policies put in place by the Obama administration.

The order’s main target is former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants – a key factor in the United States’ ability to meet its commitments under a climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

Beyond rolling back Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the order takes aim at a several other significant Obama-era climate and environmental policies, including lifting a short-term ban on new coal mining on public lands. This means that older coal plants that had been marked for closing would probably stay open for a few years longer, extending the demand for coal.

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Expedience

Floating away

before our eyes:

balloons of hope

for newness,

for governance,

caring for people

caring for earth and air,

snatched by a musty wind,

a cyber cloud

of speech bubbles,

A fog of sound bites,

preserving

a century-old system

churning out

 ballooning growth.

©2017 Ontheland

A quadrille for dVerse Poets Pub (balloon).  I wrote this poem after reading about President Trump’s plans to dismantle Clean Power Plan regulations and to reverse other measures to reduce carbon emissions.  One article about this can be found at The Washington Post website.

Earth Hour 2017

Sixty minutes to

remember from where we came,

fires in the night

Tonight millions of people worldwide are shutting off their lights for one hour—a gesture to inspire contemplation of our addiction to electricity, of the polluting energies used to fuel electricity, and of our impact on Earth’s land, air, and waters.

These are possible interpretations for Earth Hour. I would love to hear yours.

©2017 Ontheland

Mono-glycerides & Digylcerides

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Resist

food sorcerers

they hide in plastic tubs

to stabilize, emulsify

Beware.

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Meet mono-glycerides and diglycerides a couple of many food additives that I had been ignoring.  Now they scream at me from plastic packaging that I am trying to avoid buying.  They are listed everywhere—on plastic bags holding  breads and buns; and on plastic tubs bearing sour cream, ice cream, margarine, and so on.

Apparently the glycerides facilitate the union of fat with water-based substances and promote chemical stability.

These chemicals are two of many palm oil derivatives that I now want to avoid entirely. It’s my personal resistance to our destruction of tropical forests to make way for palm oil plantations.  I have resisted food additives for health reasons over the years but counter forces have been strong. Now my awareness of how much our food (and cosmetics) industry depends on a crop that is rarely grown sustainably (to say the least) gives me renewed energy to say “no”.

Another awareness that I recently gleaned (and presumably it’s true) is that mono and diglycerides are hidden sources of trans fats but for some reason escape labeling as trans fatty acids.  So for example, if you buy a tub of sour cream that says it contains zero trans fats, you may be deceived if the sour cream is one of the brands containing mono or diglycerides.

©2017 Ontheland

Ice cream

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A frozen dessert

commonly known as ‘ice cream’—

strange ingredients!

Most of us know that our food is packed with hidden preservatives and magic chemicals to create just the right flavors and textures.  PALM OIL recently came to my attention.  Did you know that about 50% of packaged supermarket items contain palm oil or a derivative?  It’s the derivative part that catches you if you want to avoid palm oil as there are many chemicals out there that are usually made of palm oil (such as propylene glycol). There are several lists of palm oil derivatives on the internet—one is provided by Palm Oil Investigations.

Another key fact (besides the prevalence of palm oil derivatives) is that global production of palm oil doubled over the last 10 years.  It seems to be used in all kinds of products.  Palm oil trees are typically grown on large plantations which are established after clearing tropical forests, often with fire.  These massive clearings destroy animal and human habitats (homes of orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos, for example) and seriously reduce the planet’s ability to absorb CO2.