Amma at Alexandra Palace November 10th-11th

GreenFriends Desk at Amma’s London Visit 2015

Once again GreenFriends will be running a stall throughout Amma’s UK visit. Come and visit us for:

  • Networking ideas and sharing experiences of participating in Amma’s Indeed Campaign  in our daily our lives.
  • General information on living a more sustainable life.
  • Sharing your ideas for GreenFriends events throughout the year, both nationally and in your area.
  • Seed swapping and sharing
  • Selling homemade preserves, plants and other environmentally friendly products donated by devotees. Any donations of these products are most welcome—all moneys raised go directly to Amma’s environmental charities.

For more details see the Event here.

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Probable carcinogen in 30% of all commercial bread

'Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic' quote

The Soil Association warns that up to 30% of UK bread tested contained glyphosate, the main ingredient in most commercial weedkillers.  Only certified organic bread can guarantee it does not contain glyphosate.

a recent study found that in the UK 7 of 10 people had traces of weedkiller in their urine400% increase in 20 yearsGlyphosate is the most widely sold weedkiller in the world. You may recognise it as the active ingredient in Roundup. The big chemical companies advise farmers to spray their wheat crops with glyphosate a few weeks before harvest – to kill the crop and remove weeds to make it easier for them to harvest.

There are no safe levels of glyphosate in food.

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El Nino – drought AND floods in California

from the Guardian

The Golden State has suffered four parched years, but the land could be too dry to absorb heavy rains anticipated this winter
Vast swathes of forest are so brittle and bone-dry that they burn up in an instant. A vicious wildfire, whipped up by hot, arid winds and moving faster than anything in recent memory, consumed tens of thousands of hectares in a matter of hours. Hundreds of homes and at least one person were lost in an inferno that took days to get under control. That’s in California’s north…
[In the south]  …Rather than relief, the water brought chaos. Thousands lost power and hundreds of cars crashed on flooded roads, according to the Los Angeles Times. Almost one million litres of stormwater surged from San Gabriel sewers, contaminating the river and beaches dozens of kilometres downstream. At least one home plunged down a hillside as the earth beneath it was suddenly washed away. Ten people had to be plucked from rushing, rain-swollen rivers by rescue crews.
See Water Is Life: “The soil is drying out.  Water is being lost, and the retention space, the natural water storage system of the Earth, is becoming dry.  Then the flora and fauna disappear.  In the end the land will turn into desert or burn because it’s too dry.  You can see these problems happening all over the world, bringing huge catastrophes.  And the heavy rains come anyway.  What happens then?  The water rushes down the slopes, because the dry soil does not absorb the water; when the soil is hotter than the falling rain it rejects the water.  Only when the soil is cooler, when the vegetation is giving shadow, then it attracts the water and lets it seep in.”
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A Load of Nuts going Crackers

Mowing the lawn around a hazel tree – crunch, crunch – reveals:-


Many of the nuts were still in their cases, so some work was needed to store them.

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Community farming

Community supported agriculture, or CSA as it is called, is practised in many places:-

What is happening in your area?

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Recycling plastic pots


Turning redundant pots into new useful products.
It’s estimated that we each own about 39 redundant plastic plant pots and over the UK it is suggested there are over 5 million languishing in sheds and garages.  Why?  Because we all think that one day they might be useful and also up until now, plastic flower pots have been notoriously hard to recycle with most council collections and municipal centres not accepting them.

Well now your 39 pots can make a house sign or 8 bird feeders or even 39 plant labels!

Please help us turn your old redundant plant pots into new, useful home and garden products.

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Cleaning the River Ganges (Ganga)

Swach Bharat

September 11th, Amritapuri: Amma has presented a cheque for the equivalent of $15 million (£9.73 million) for the construction of toilets in the poorest villages surrounding the Ganga River, as part of the Clean India and Clean Ganga projects.  A second $15 million phase of the project is expected to be announced later this month.

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Voices of Amerikua | Moretecocha – Ecuador

The community of Morete Cocha is located in the region of Pastaza Province in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

Like many other communities Morete Cocha is under threat by oil companies seeking to exploit crude oil in the community’s land.

This is the story of one community’s search for environmental and cultural preservation.

The phrase “Sumak Kawsay” means good life in the Kichwa language. In many communities in South America this term refers to a way of living in harmony with ourselves , with our community and with nature.

The concept of Sumak Kawsay was incorporated in the Constitution of Ecuador in 2008 , this was the first country to legally recognize the Rights of Nature .

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Tidal power could be 15% of Britain’s electricity

Oxford Today discusses tidal fence technology in the Bristol Channel.

…tidal power overall could potentially contribute around 15 per cent of the UK’s electricity supply in 25 years’ time, with barrage technology…

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Composting and methane uptake

EU researchers have found that adding compost to agricultural land increases the methane taken up by the soil.

Science for Environment Policy

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