Greta Thunberg On How We Can Tackle The Climate Crisis | British Vogue

we can keep using creative carbon accounting and cheat in order to pretend that these targets are in line with what is needed. But we must not forget that while we can fool others and even ourselves, we cannot fool nature and physics. The emissions are still there, whether we choose to count them or not.

Still, as it is now, the people in power get away with it since the gap of awareness is so immense. And this is the heart of the problem. If you call these pledges and commitments “bold” or “ambitious”, then you clearly haven’t fully understood the emergency we are in.

I’ve met with many world leaders and even they admit that their targets are not in line with their commitments. And that’s natural. They are only doing what they consider to be politically possible. Their job is to fulfil the wishes of voters, and if voters are not demanding real climate action, then of course no real changes will happen. And thankfully, this is how democracy works. Public opinion is what runs the free world. If we want change then we must spread awareness and make the seemingly impossible become possible.

We understand that the world is complex, that many are trying their best and that what is needed isn’t easy. And, of course, these very insufficient targets are better than nothing. But we cannot be satisfied with something just because it’s better than nothing. We have to go further than that. We must believe that we can do this, because we can. When we humans come together and decide to fulfil something, we can achieve almost anything.

Source: Greta Thunberg On How We Can Tackle The Climate Crisis | British Vogue

Culpability

Amen

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Photo credited to Norma Bobb-Semple

We give our tacit approval to the things that we believe furthers our cause but we refuse to accept our culpability. For example: The person that fells the tree and those that buy the wood are equally responsible for the deforestation of the forest. We are all responsible for our culpability and we ought to be held accountable. We are here now but like the flame of a candle we will all be extinguished.

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New ‘biodegradable’ plastics actually degrade – UPI.com

When exposed to heat and water, the enzymes free themselves from the surrounding polymer chains and begin munching away on PLA molecules. The enzymes turn the PLA into lactic acid, which is consumed by various microbes in the soil.

Other plastic degradation processes yield tiny plastic particles called microplastics. In recent years, surveys have found microplastic pollution in the organs of humans and animals, as well in some of the planet’s most remote ecosystems.

The new composting method turns 98 percent of the PLA into simple molecules.

Source: New ‘biodegradable’ plastics actually degrade – UPI.com

Senate Confirms Vanita Gupta for Top Justice Dept. Role – The New York Times

Ms. Gupta proved that the drug charges had been fabricated by a narcotics agent named Tom Coleman, who was found guilty of perjury. In 2003, Rick Perry, then the governor of Texas, pardoned 35 people as a result of that case.

As a staff lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, Ms. Gupta built bridges with police departments and human rights groups as part of her efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system.

Conservative stalwarts involved in criminal justice reform, like Koch Industries and Grover Norquist, joined progressive groups in supporting Ms. Gupta’s confirmation. So did more than a dozen law enforcement organizations, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Ms. Gupta proved that the drug charges had been fabricated by a narcotics agent named Tom Coleman, who was found guilty of perjury. In 2003, Rick Perry, then the governor of Texas, pardoned 35 people as a result of that case. As a staff lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, Ms. Gupta built bridges with police departments and human rights groups as part of her efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system. Conservative stalwarts involved in criminal justice reform, like Koch Industries and Grover Norquist, joined progressive groups in supporting Ms. Gupta’s confirmation. So did more than a dozen law enforcement organizations, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Neo-Nazi leader arrested in Arizona for aggravated assault – The Jerusalem Post

Burt Colucci of the white nationalist group National Socialist Movement attends a rally in Maricopa, Arizona, U.S., April 16, 2021. (photo credit: JIM URQUHART/REUTERS) Burt Colucci, commander of one of the United States’ oldest white supremacist groups, was arrested on Monday in a Phoenix suburb for pointing a loaded handgun at a Black man and threatening to kill him and his friends, according to police records. The altercation began outside a hotel in Chandler, Arizona, after Colucci placed trash on the car of the African Americans and used racial slurs against them, according to statements police collected from Colucci, the Black people and an independent witness. Only Colucci was identified in the police report that was made public.

Source: Neo-Nazi leader arrested in Arizona for aggravated assault – The Jerusalem Post

The Postal Service is Running a ‘Covert Operations Program’ That Monitors Americans’ Social Media Posts – Slashdot (Me: mail service degraded by Traitor Postmaster and now they are spying on Americans!)

The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies. “Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers.  Source: The Postal Service is Running a ‘Covert Operations Program’ That Monitors Americans’ Social Media Posts – Slashdot

How Polio Paved the Way for a Powerful COVID-19 Response in Nigeria | UNICEF USA

We have about 20,000 UNICEF-trained volunteers on the ground, who are from the communities they work in, and they immediately got on board, propagating messages around COVID — the importance of social distancing, of handwashing with soap and so on. UNICEF helped create a questionnaire to gauge public understanding and awareness of COVID-19, and our C4D [Communication for Development] team developed messaging and risk communication materials based on the responses. The World Health Organization has its own team of informants who work the surveillance side. These key informants immediately started contact tracing and reporting COVID cases.

Source: How Polio Paved the Way for a Powerful COVID-19 Response in Nigeria | UNICEF USA