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Editor’s Note – Do Humans Have What it Takes?
The Everlution Newsletter was first published on 4 April this year. It was founded on the basis that, in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, investors, businesses and organisations would be needed as active participants to promote the direction of investment towards renewables, energy efficiency, regenerative agriculture and waste reduction options. It is the business world that can deliver the technology we need to reduce carbon emissions to meet an ever-closing window of continuing habitable life on earth.
When the Newsletter was started, we had just experienced unimaginable bushfires in Australia. It seemed the whole country was burning last summer after a devastating drought in the lead up. Here was climate change manifesting itself in all its ugliness.
Closely following the fires came COVID-19 that has killed 1.8 million people to date, probably affected the ongoing health of another 3 million people and is spreading to 700,000 people per day at the moment. The unseen effect of the coronavirus though, is its impact on human mental health. We are social creatures and the virus has been a huge hindrance to common day-to-day social interaction. Nevertheless, this does not change the fact that climate change is the elephant in the room.
We are an intelligent species and if we have the will, we can achieve ginormous amounts. The lead photo was taken the other day of a kangaroo and joey in the backyard. The joey, protected by its mother, is peering out over the amazingness of its new world, filled with anticipation of life ahead. The photo is a metaphor for our generation (the kangaroo) and generations to come (the joey). We need to protect those generations and the solution is simple:
GET GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS DOWN TO 25 GIGATONNES PER ANNUM NOW!
To do this the fossil fuel industry has to be reduced in size significantly over the next 5 years, starting right now with and end-of-life by 2030. We need the expansion of regenerative agriculture universally. We need the immediate termination of mass deforestation (currently 747 square kilometres per day). We need the rapid development of carbon lifecycle analysis so that it can be applied to show the whole chain of carbon emissions embedded in products and services to highlight the real damage being done in the manufacturing and marketing of same. For instance, packaging (not least plastic packaging). Finally, widespread carbon education is needed, including carbon footprinting and what people can do in their own lives to reduce their carbon footprint.
Eco-tip for the day – Composting (Part 2)
Taking extracts from https://happydiyhome.com/diy-compost-bin/, we continue the composting series as Part 2:
“It’s kind of mind-blowing, really, when you think about how many of the items needed to make rich compost for your DIY compost bins can be found around your home. Below is a list of different items that can be added to your compost which will increase the variety of nutrient content in your composting:
- The most common household items that we think to compost first are of course our kitchen scraps. Fruits, veggies, eggshells, coffee grounds, and used tea bags are all safe to use in your DIY compost bins.
- Paper products like paper towels and napkins (no prints), coffee filters, newspaper, cardboard, printer and notebook paper can all be added to your compost. Those flimsy paper plates are good, too. Be sure the paper items you’re adding don’t have glossy, coloured finishes, as the chemicals can break down into your DIY compost bins.
- Plant debris like grass clippings, wood chips, straw, hedge trimmings, weeds (with no seed heads), those leaves you just raked up, and spent cut flowers can all be added to your compost to give it a nitrogen boost.
- Hair can safely be added as long as there haven’t been any chemicals applied to it. So the next time you clean your hairbrush, or even your pet’s hairbrush, add that hair to your DIY compost bins. Again, make sure the hair hasn’t been exposed to chemicals like flea medication, hairspray, or chemical dyes.
As mentioned, this list is not exhaustive, and you’d be surprised how quickly these things add up when you’re paying attention. Even aquarium water (freshwater) and boiled pasta water are good for the compost. As long as your compost items are natural and don’t contain any harmful toxins, you’re safe using hundreds of different items for DIY compost bins.
Use this easy step-by-step process to start your compost and keep it in mind when adding new items and making new composts.
- Prep the area you’ll be using to store your compost bin – If you’re making a compost pile, your area should be one that’s out of the way and won’t directly interfere with movement in the garden. Whether you purchase a composter or build your own DIY compost bin, the area where you store your compost bin should be easily accessible. With either option, your area needs to be fully shaded. Too much sun can dry out your compost bins. You want warm and moist DIY compost bins — yes, I said it.
- Begin your first compost layer – The first layer of your DIY compost bins should be a soil-based medium. It needs to be a thick layer to get decomposition of your compost items started. Reusing leftover soil from spent pots is a great way to create this first layer. If you’re making a compost pile at home, spread out the soil layer. If you’re using a composter, fill the composter about a ¼ full with your first layer. Wet the medium thoroughly.
- Add your kitchen and food scraps, manure, or any plant-based material – In this step, you’ll be adding all the good stuff you’ve collected for your DIY compost bins. Food scraps, paper products, your lawn clippings and wood chips — add whatever you have collected and soak it all down with your hose. Mix it well and let it sit.
- Keep adding to your compost – Keep adding layers of food scraps, plant debris, and paper biodegradables to your compost. In between each layer of scrap, add a layer of soil-based medium to keep in moisture and heat. Add water when it looks dry and mix it up once a week.
It’s really that simple. It’s an enjoyable process for me, as I get to watch the soil form from all the scrap. There are so many benefits to making your compost at home with DIY compost bins — you just need to get start composting and watch your DIY compost bins or compost tumbler work their magic.”
Share watch – Venturex Resources Ltd (VXR:ASX)
Venturex is another junior to benefit from copper’s glow, rising 1c or 8.3% to 13c on news it had started an exploration program at its Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project to the south-east of Port Hedland. It closed at 12.5c.
Sulphur Springs is a development candidate as it stands in the rising base metals market (17.4mt grading 1.3% copper and 4.2% zinc) but a new discovery along the prospective 27km of the Panorama trend would be a handy sweetener.
Venturex’s share price graph for the last 5 years.
The VIX fear gauge as at Thursday morning ESDT is on 22.77, just over 2 points away from the safe zone. Back in April this year it was on 40.62 points.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average as at Thursday morning ESDT is on 30,409.56, up 6,900 points or 27% since April, the STOXX 600 on 400.25 points up 75 points or 22% since April and the Shanghai Composite index on 3,414.45 points up 602 points or 21% since April.
Gold on 1,897.50. US 10-year Treasury Bonds on 0.927 and oil on 48.31. Cryptos Bitcoin is on 28,933 up 21,000 points since April or 300%.
ASX 200 on 6,682.40 up 1,266 points or 23% since April. The Aussie dollar on 76.85US cents up from 63 cents in April.
Eco Market Spot Prices
Sources: RenewEconomy, demandmanager, Reuters, SMH, Market Watch, happydiyhome.com