Monday, 5 June 2023

Not before we need It (again): PLANET-SAVING VERSE #2

 READERS: This collection is a continuation of the post "Not Before We Need It: PLANET-SAVING VERSE #1, that incorporated eight poems on this topic. You can review that earlier work by clicking HERE.

Authors' Note: 
Detergent is a Latin-derived term for a product that 'wipes away' dirt.
You might be interested to review our recent post about the dishwasher as a domestic appliance.

An illustrated verse about a specific project to restore the shoreline can be found HERE

Authors' Note:  Scientists have determined that as of 2018, more than 99% of all the species that have been present on our planet have become extinct. Many of the existing varieties of life, plant and animal, are under increasing pressure due to global warming, loss of habitat and in some cases, exploitation and pollution. 

Authors' Note: Although meat-eating is a practice that we personally have avoided for almost 20 years, we do accept that most people around us continue to indulge in this ancient tradition, appropriate to when the planet and our species were younger. We would not make you happy if we continued on a rant (kvetch = complaint) about this issue; we prefer to remain silent, and live and let live. Inhabiting a downtown neighborhood with very small urban lots has its limitations, and the smells and smoke of dinner being barbecued by our neighbors almost every summer evening is one of them. 
By the way, we and our partner continue to eat seafood and fish on occasion to ensure adequate protein intake, but one person in our immediate family is a true vegetarian (but not vegan). As you know, the terms to describe these eating patterns are complex and even misleading, but all non-meat-eaters would prefer that others keep their steak-smoke to themselves.

Authors' Note:

Sir; a plan, if final — Paris.

  In December 2015, the United States, under President Barack Obama, became a part of the Paris Accord, an international convention to mitigate the effects of climate change by curtailing production of greenhouse gases.

  In June 2017, President Donald Trump, whose personal business depended in large part on the construction and operation of golf-resorts, proceeded to withdraw from the treaty.

  Immediately after his inauguration in January 2021, President Joe Biden took measures to rejoin the accord.

Authors' Note: The authors, Ontario anapestrians, have not eaten meat in two decades. The restaurant scene in Ontario, as in some other world-wide destinations, has gradually become more hospitable to vegan and vegetarian preferences, such as Theresa's and the authors'. This development can be attributed in part to our influx of newcomers from south and east Asia. Meat-eaters can still be readily accommodated, however.

 Authors' Note:   As stocks around the planet have suffered from overfishing, the price of fresh wild fish has mounted incessantly. As of 2016, aquaculture has apparently resulted in over 50% of the global supply of this foodstuff, both marine and freshwater varieties. 

  CarpcatfishAtlantic salmon and tilapia are the leading four types of fish currently involved, with recent improvements in the quality and reliability of farmed flatfish (turbot, flounder, halibut, etc.).

You can enjoy the poetic adventure of this 'brief saga' with larger fonts and pictures by clicking HERE

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