Monday, August 10, 2009

COMPETITION - One minute to save the world


WHEN: Now, deadline
WHAT: One minute to save the world
WHAT... MORE?: Hat tip: Five of the best short films from the One minute to save the world competition
HOW MUCH: Free! But with munny at the end... er... if you win:(
COMMENTS: I had a bumper sticker made once that said 'Copywriters have to do it in 30 secs or less'. Didn't seem to get many girls, mind. See how ours does. It does have kids, and is for sure 'amateur' in production, but might suffer from a more gritty message of realism.


This is 'in progress', too.


Times - Waste not want not, Gordon Brown tells families - Dear Leader on another winner. The BBC says he is 'urging' us. This suggest 'tells'. Whilst an encouragement to waste less is fine, I rather suspect this is not garnering the reaction intended.
Indy - Britain declares war on food waste - Ok, now it's 'Britain'
Guardian - UK is wasting far too much food - Brown - Fascinating to see how the same report is headlined. I wonder if anyone took a gander at the scrapings in the bins at the summit kitchens? Perhaps a luxury resort not the best locale to talk about conspicuous consumption & waste?
BBC - What's in your basket?
Guardian - Waste not ... A slightly more positive piece in response, though some of the tips do seem more geared to Guardian readers of a certain income level than most in the country.
Telegraph - Gordon Brown puts the spotlight on supermarket food waste - Good word.. risible
Guardian - The real waste is to reduce a historic study to soundbites
Guardian - What not to put in your fridge
Planet Green - How To Preserve Garden Produce Without Freezing or Canning!
Guardian - Government accused of buying food that damages people and the planet - What's good for the Go...ose?
Newsnight - NEW - Interesting follow-up comments. Any debate on food that ignores population and (in the case of a finite bordered area)/or immigration is, at best, 'selective'


Guardian - Is it time for fish rations? - Soylent Green is but a blink away!

Food Waste
Guardian - Our culture of wasting food will one day leave us hungry - it has provoked a reply from a source I often have cause to respect. Like him, citing WRAP did not inspire confidence:
Bishop Hill - Importing food - Whilst I have seen some merit in the industrial-related areas of their remit, almost all directed at the consumer seem to be the worst examples of quangocracy, with vast budgets driving massive comms budgets designed more to meet artificial recycling/waste reduction targets so box-tickers can accord each other bonuses.

Which, as far as I am concerned, is a massive waste of money that could be directed much more productively to tangibles. Not to mention what seems to me a conflict of interest. If I am paid by shifts in public awareness, where will I direct my spend?

Pesticides - The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides. Hat tip small footprints (link RHS opposite - I wish Blogger would let you run two windows so you can cut and waste URLs from other pages) for the heads up. More on the menu than we thought?


Guardian - Freshly prepared, bagged salads are a healthy convenience food - Brave lass


FREEBIE ALERT - If you can read this, you deserve it!

One for our silver surfers.. over 70

Free eaga energy saving lightbulbs for all eligible GB households.
Save energy, save money, save the environment - and they're free!

But at least they can tick the 'target met' box!

According to this from the Telegraph, the cost of the Gov's plans to move us to using more 'green' energy is not exactly going to provide much of a return on investment.

Cost: £57 to £70 Billion
Benefit: £4 to £5 Billion

That doesn't seem to make much sense to me, whether ROI or even enviRoi. No surprise that the numbers were buried deep within the strategy document then.

Hmmmm, I wonder who is footing the bill?

O/T, but I had to...

Those who engage with I often include with myself as Junkketeers.

So close...


But, that extra special K, not in a good way:)


I see all sorts of lists on these bods.

Who's who, who is more powerful, influential, etc

So when I see a profile in profile in future, I'll share.

And in a small tilt to an opinion, I'll also where relevant indicate whether they are, IMHO, climate positive or negative (though of course we get to the 'man-made' complication, and matters of degree - I do also note that I have rather flipped the common meaning/association of the word green in this context)

Bjorn Lomborg - TIMES - lite green (ironically), as he does, I believe see the climate changing as a threat, but is less committed to the man-made aspects, and especially the commitment of funds being espoused as a consequence.