Dry Chanterelles

Why Raping Forests Leads to Climate Change and Losses in Biodiversity

This is what chanterelles look like when the forest is dry and it hasn’t been raining for a while. In 2018, there were no chanterelles at all before August due to drought in Finland. Normally you can find chanterelles in June already. Last year’s mushroom crop was quite poor all in all. And when forests are being cut down, biodiversity suffers. No mushrooms grow in a cut down forest. Climate change and raping our local and global forests leads to huge losses in biodiversity and forest animals have less and less space to live.

 

We can also not start irrigating all forests of the world when and where there is lack of rain or freshwater (and groundwater). Too many unnecessary fresh water resources are already being wasted by irrigating cultivated land, including rice fields and vineyards.

 

Nor can we afford to experiment with activities such as importing whole icebergs due to lack of fresh water. Read more about importing icebergs by googling UAE and a lack of fresh water resources.

 

Life on planet Earth should not have to be an attempted imitation or reconstruction of the Frankenstein story.

 

#biodiversity #climatechange #foodsecurity #forestfood

 

Who is Responsible for The Global Climate Crisis?

Who is Responsible for The Global Climate Crisis?

With millions of people around the world marching and striking on behalf of the environment and citizens worldwide demanding increased and more rapid action and political decisions in terms of fighting back against anthropogenic climate change, it is without question a reality of today that people call governments and politicians for taking faster actions to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement. Never before has climate change, the environment, the climate crisis or for instance pollution and greenhouse gases been covered so intensely by various media outlets globally. It is obvious that climate change and the global environmental crisis are among the most discussed topics today.

Who is responsible for the global climate crisis? 

What almost appears as a global panic attack in terms of anxiety caused by the state of the global environment and the human-caused climate disaster, demonstrators across the world aim to put pressure on governments and politicians with a democratic justification to do so.

Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone

Instead of blame-shifting and pointing fingers on who is the biggest criminal in terms of environmental destruction and human-caused climate change, we should better start recognizing the root causes that have placed humanity in the position that we are in today, followed by determined and smart actions throughout societies. This is already clear to the world: we know the root problems, and largely what to do about the problem. Around the world, businesses are already taking serious action to combat anthropogenic climate change. Citizens are taking action. Cities are taking action. Governments are taking action. Countries are OBLIGED to take action (see e.g. Paris Agreement).

A few facts concerning human-caused climate change (through emitting greenhouse gases):

  • The global energy sector alone is responsible for 80 % of emissions which is the main reason for the need to transition from fossil fuels to non-nuclear renewables
  • Cities worldwide are responsible for 70 % of all emissions which is why cities worldwide have no other option than to take action if they want to become carbon-neutral
  • Agriculture is both affected by and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Up to more than 30 % of ALL greenhouse gas emissions are caused either directly or indirectly by agriculture and farming practices.
  • Every human being on this planet contributes to man-made climate change and environmental destruction. Some less, others significantly much more. One major factor that has to be realized is that each and one of us has influence on how much of a burden we are to the environment. As consumers, we can vote through our consuming habits: demand better quality and consider what and how we consume.

Contact me directly for consultations. Anne-Maria Yritys, June 3rd 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Abu Dhabi desert

The Future Belongs to Those Who Create it

With a rapidly growing world population and an extensive exploitation of Mother Earth ́s natural resources it is not to wonder that we are facing a global environmental crisis.

 

What else is to be expected when (rain) forests are being cut down at the current rate? Much of our world’s land area being turned into buildings, skyscrapers or poorly managed farming land.

 

In less than one century, man has managed to destroy most of this planet in what may deceive many human eyes by its architectural extravagance, or go unseen by most of humanity by the amount of garbage and poisons thrown vastly into the environment, including our oceans, around the world.

 

For the future belongs to those who create it; so humanity can only blame itself for the upcoming environmental disaster and catastrophe.

 

Those who created this contemporary industrialized world where our global environment is the currency, are old enough not to have to personally face or live the destruction of our planet.

 

Younger generations, and human children yet unborn, are those who will have to deal with the consequences of all the evil that mankind has done to our planet within the past 100 years alone.

 

The only way to really make a difference is to change from within; to change your personal behavior and consumption habits.

 

When you change yourself, society must follow. Businesses must follow. Legislation must follow. There is no other way than radical change among all of humanity. Otherwise, we will all soon be lost.

 

“Wherever you go, you will always leave a footprint”.

 

Do you know how your personal/business lifestyle affects the environment?

 

If not, find out by using a carbon footprint calculator. You can find one with an Internet search, for instance at WWF (World Wildlife Fund).

 

Moreover, you can calculate your personal/business fresh water consumption. Check out for instance The Friends of The Earth (water footprint calculator).

 

Anne-Maria Yritys 7.5.2019

 

Why Do We Need a Green Finland?

According to polls, more than 30% of youth in Finland want to vote green. It, along with the continuous climate strikes among students in Finland, speaks for how concerned children and youth are about the state of the environment. We live in important times.

 

Finland’s parliamentary elections take place on April 14th, followed by European Parliament elections in May, and Finland’s Presidency of the European Council starting on July 1st.

 

Finland aims to act as a role model for the rest of the world in terms of taking action upon anthropogenic climate change and in meeting the targets of the 2015 signed Paris Agreement.

 

Cities are cooperating to find ways of becoming increasingly much sustainable, and Nordic countries have agreed upon increased cooperation to tackle climate change, its consequences and what needs to be done.

 

Contrary to certain attitudes and beliefs according to which it is pointless for sparsely populated countries like Finland to do anything in terms of climate change or in terms of taking climate action, it is a fact that developed, high-tech, welfare countries such as Finland do play a significant role in terms of environmental well-being.

 

Although e.g. China and India are among the most populous countries on our planet, western societies and developed countries contribute more together than most developing countries, with for instance production being outsourced to low-cost developing countries such as India, China, Turkey, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

 

Anne-Maria Yritys 6.4.2019

 

Every Sinner has a Future…

Although I live in a country (Finland) where WWF’s Earth Hour every year falls onto a date when it is already so light outdoors that you do not need any artificial lights, I have in my heart and in my mind celebrated Earth Hour for as long as I can recall WWF having started its campaign for spreading awareness about important topics including environmental wellbeing and the protection of animal species, which all are under some kind of threat due to human activities on this common planet that we share.

 

Each year, Earth Hour has been more of an ideology to me:

 

I do not need a separate Earth Hour, because since many years I aim to live in a way that harms the planet as little as possible.

 

That includes cutting down on “luxury” basically to a minimum level.

 

I sold my first (and probably last) car 12 years ago.

 

I have not used an airplane for more than four years. Not for business, nor privately.

 

I have made it my priority to consume more wisely, including my eating habits and the clothes I wear.

 

I only buy what I need.

 

I use as little electricity as possible.

 

I walk or bike most of the time.

 

I clean up the nature around me every day, 365 days a year.

 

To me, real luxury in life is to have awareness, and be conscious of what is taking place around me.

 

I am not saying that I will never again drive a car or fly around the world. That is something I have done already, in my past.

 

There is a saying: “Every sinner has a future, and every saint has a past”.

 

None of us is perfect. We all have our flaws and weaknesses.

 

As human beings, we all destroy the environment. We all consume too much.

 

But what makes a difference are those small everyday choices.

 

Make smarter choices.

 

You don’t have to give up on all “luxuries” in your life, but you can try to make small efforts to improve your way of living and your impact on this planet that we share together, with now around 7.5 billion other human beings, and millions of animal species that suffer from the consequences of human greed.

 

WWF’s Earth Hour is really not about turning off the lights for one hour per year.

 

It is about turning on your inner light for 8750 hours per year, and for becoming increasingly conscious of what needs to be done for the well-being of our environment.

 

Anne-Maria Yritys 29.3.2019

 

Global Climate Change Think & Act Tank

What Do You Know About The Global Renewable Energy Market?

Worthwhile to notice that IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) is not recognizing nuclear energy as a source of renewable energy.

 

Renewable energy sources include hydropower, marine energy, wind energy, solar energy, and bioenergy: solid biofuels and renewable waste, including renewable municipal waste, other solid biofuels, liquid biofuels and biogas, although much of bioenergy can be problematic for instance since more and more forests are being cut down in order to produce biofuels.

 

Growing (eatable) crops in terms of biofuel production does not make any sense in a world where the vast majority of all land has already been overexploited and has thus suffered from intensive farming, in addition to the fact that immense amounts of forests around the world are being cut down daily just in order to expand production plantations for biofuels. This is very short-sighted, and unsustainable.

 

According to a number of sources, including The Guardian, one football pitch of forest is being lost EVERY ONE SECOND (2017)!!!

 

That makes 31.536.000 football pitches of lost forests worldwide every single year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Needless to say, this is extremely unsustainable, especially if and when these land areas are being used solely for the production of biofuels.

 

Anne-Maria Yritys 5.2.2019.

 

Read more at IRENA: Renewable Energy Statistics

 

How Can You Take Climate Action?

 

Combating climate change is not a political decision, although we could demand and hope for more concrete actions from politicians in order to prevent human-caused climate change and the increase of dangerous emissions such as CO2 and methane in our Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Combating anthropogenic climate change is a matter of personal choices in your everyday life.

 

How can you as an individual contribute to sustainable development and fight human-caused climate change?

 

Here are some examples:

 

  1. Learn more about what causes anthropogenic climate change and the destruction of our environment.

 

  1. Teach and share your expertise with others so that other people can take action in terms of climate change and environmental damage.

 

  1. Learn more about what various associations and global movements do in order to prevent anthropogenic climate change and environmental damage. These include organizations such as the WWF, Greenpeace, Maan Ystävät ry, Ympäristö ja kehitys ry, Ilmastovanhemmat, Global Climate Change Think & Act Tank etc. There are many organizations and nonprofits that work for good causes in terms of the environment and human-caused climate change.

 

  1. Get familiar with the climate policies of your own home country, and on a communal level. Learn more about EU climate policies. Learn more about global climate policies. Learn more about intergovernmental organizations such as UNEP and the IPCC.

 

  1. Learn more about different climate-related and environmental agreements, for example the Montreal Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. Reflect upon the meaning of these agreements in your personal life, in terms of your home town/city, and in your home country.

 

  1. Do not expect other people or governments to solve environmental or climate change-related problems for you. Take action, at least in your personal life. If you are unable to lead change in your personal life, how can you expect other people on this planet to be interested in a climate-friendly life on Earth? Do not wait for other countries or even your own country to take action in terms of climate change. Political decisions are often too slow. Before politicians are capable of changing laws, our planet has already been destroyed.

 

  1. Innovate

 

  1. Recycle

 

  1. Consume less, and with more reason.

 

  1. Eat less, and with more reason.

 

  1. Decrease meat consumption. Become a vegetarian. Become a vegan.

 

  1. Decrease your usage of personal cars. Bike more. It is useful for your health as well.

 

  1. Stop using a car at all, if possible. Use public transportation or a bike. Walk as much as you can.

 

  1. Buy forest and invest it wisely. Plant trees.

 

  1. Buy sustainable products. Reuse and repair old clothes and products. Do not buy new things just for the sake of buying.

 

  1. Reduce your home temperature moderately. Even one degree makes a huge difference in terms of energy consumption.

 

  1. Sell service and expertise instead of useless products. Our world is already full of useless products and services that no one actually needs.

 

  1. Protect the climate and the environment in many ways, through smart decisions.

 

  1. Understand that you alone cannot change or save this world.

 

  1. What would you add here?

 

The word is free:

 

 

What Are Climate Change “Hot Spots”?

Most exotic visitor at annemariayritys.com so far this month: someone from American Samoa.
 
What do you know about American Samoa, or about geography in general?
 
American Samoa may be one of the many islands worldwide that will suffer from sea levels rising within upcoming decades/this century.
 
No one knows for sure how much sea levels will rise in different parts of the world, but many inhabited islands are at risk of becoming non-habitable.
 
Moreover, at least 60% of world population lives in coastal regions that are equally much vulnerable to sea levels rising. This is why coastal cities are called “climate change hot spots”.
 
In addition, the vast majority of our world´s currently around operating 450 nuclear plants are located in lowland coastal areas, making them extra vulnerable to e.g. sea levels rising and/or tsunamis:

What Are Climate Change Hot Spots?

Most exotic visitors at annemariayritys.com so far this month: someone from American Samoa.

 

What do you know about American Samoa, or about geography in general?

 

American Samoa may be one of the many islands worldwide that will suffer from sea levels rising within upcoming decades/this century.

 

No one knows for sure how much sea levels will rise in different parts of the world, but many inhabited islands are at risk of becoming non-habitable.

 

Moreover, at least 60% of the world ‘s population lives in coastal regions that are equally much vulnerable to sea levels rising. This is why coastal cities are called “climate change hot spots”.

 

In addition, the vast majority of our world ́s currently around operating 450 nuclear plants are located in the lowland coastal areas, making them extra vulnerable to e.g. sea levels rising and/or tsunamis:

 

CarbonBrief: Mapped: The world’s nuclear power plants

 

Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017

What Do You Know About Climate-Friendly Food Production?

Suomessa kauppojen hyllyt pursuavat mitä erilaisempia riisituotteita samalla kun kotimainen ohra on jäänyt ihmisiltä lähes unohduksiin. Ohra on edullinen, kotimainen, maukas ja ympäristöystävällinen vaihtoehto riisille, jonka tuotanto/viljely yksin tutkitusti aiheuttaa ainakin 7% maailman metaanipäästöistä.

Riisin syönnin korvaaminen ohralla on siis ilmastoteko.

Suomessa on arvokkaita elintarvikkeita, joita voidaan markkinoida maailmallekin. Miksi maksamme maltaita esim. ulkomaisista supermarjoista samalla kun omat metsämme joka vuosi pursuavat omista vitamiinipommeista?

Ymmärrämmekö omien elintarvikkeidemme päälle? Suomesta viedään jo nyt esim. tonneittain herkkutatteja Italiaan joka vuosi.

A-M. Yritys 29.12.2018

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In Finland supermarkets are selling plenty of different rice products while at the same time, our domestic barley has nearly been forgotten. Barley is an inexpensive, domestic, tasty and climate-friendly alternative to rice, the cultivation of which according to research, alone causes at least seven (7) percent of all methane emissions worldwide.

Replacing rice consumption with barley is thus an environmentally friendly act.

Finland is home to valuable foodstuff that can be marketed not only in Finland, but to the rest of the world. Why do we, for instance, pay high prices for foreign superberries while our own forests each year produce our own vitamin bombs?

Do we understand the value of our own (natural) food products? At the time being, Finland already exports tons of porcini to e.g. Italy each year.

A-M. Yritys 29.12.2018

Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017
Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017