Giving plants the due importance

Giving plants the due importancePlants form the pillar of strength for all life on our planet. They are a vital resource for our wellbeing. In fact, our routine life is highly dependent on plants. Our climate and environment are linked largely with plants. Humidity, temperature, and rainfall too are influenced by plants. Environment stands the risk of becoming imbalanced when you cut down plants. This affects human existence.

When you take the food chain, plants form the initial and basic part of the chain, as they are the main food source. For instance, insects, cows, etc. need grass for their food requirements and thus animals live either directly or indirectly depending on plants. In short, without plants it is not possible for life to exist.

People do not realize the true value of plants and have for the past century indulged in a largescale massacre of all plant species in their zeal to create concrete jungles. Here are some vital benefits of plants that will show how significant a role they play in our lives.


One of most important benefits of plants is they form the only source of food for humans. All food we eat is derived indirectly or directly from plants. Over 7,000 different species of plants are being used by people as food. Even with minimal space, plants can be grown in homes. With new and innovative LED GROW LIGHTS, you can grow plants indoors too and your own vegetables and herbs.


Plants supply the oxygen we breathe in. The oxygen is formed as byproduct from photosynthesis, which is a process that involves food preparation of plants with the help of sunlight.


The water cycle is regulated by plants. Plants play a vital role in purifying and distributing water in the planet. The plants also help to remove water accumulated in the soil and release it into the atmosphere via a method termed as transpiration.


Other than their immense benefits to humans, plants also provide support for all forms of habitats. Wildlife, fish, and other species too depend on plants for shelter and food.


A quarter of the entire prescription drugs we take are derived directly from plants or from their derivatives. According to health care studies, nearly four in five people worldwide depend on plants for their main health care needs.


Since plants need carbon dioxide for their food synthesis, the carbon dioxide that we breathe out and that which is produced when fossil fuels are burnt are used by them preventing the harmful carbon from polluting the atmosphere.

Soil preservation

Dense plant growth helps in preventing soil erosion caused by heavy winds. The winds take away the superficial layer. If you grow plenty of plants, the erosion is prevented.

Rainfall inducer

When temperatures rise, trees and plants cool down the atmosphere, which causes rain. This is the reason why deserts do not experience rains.

Most importantly, plants with their various indispensable benefits are vital to provide greenery. They reduce heat, and increase moisture ensuring that a proper balance of the ecological system is maintained.


The Cruelty & Facts Regarding Dolphin Slaughter

DolphinsThe Taiji Dolphin Slaughter is a dreaded practice in Japan now. This is an annual event and the sheer idea of slaughtering these animals in Japan is a heart breaking concept.

Let us first have a little background on the whole event.

Every year, a group of people in Japan slaughter about 22,000 dolphins and porpoises in the Japan waters! Yes, you heard that right, the number is 22,000! All of this happens in a small town called Taiji. And it just doesn’t end there. They have a typical way of killing these dolphins. First they are driven to the shoreline, and they are repeatedly hit and stabbed to death. What they do is repeatedly hit the spinal cord to damage it and that is how life runs out of these poor helpless animals.

It is surprising how a developed country like Japan engages into such ruthless treatment of animals. It is almost alarming how human beings try to move ahead and advance in life! This regular slaughter turns clear blue sea waters into bloody red hues. It is unimaginable that we can assert such cruelty. But let us get some of our facts straight about this practice.

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Human Activities that Negatively Affect the Ecosystem

There is no denying the fact that human activities have been one of the foremost reasons, if not the most prominent one, in harming the environment. We have taken nature for granted and have used almost all its resources to the maximum without even appreciating them even for a second. This continuous abuse of nature has brought us to the crossroads and we are now faced with the choice of either saving the environment or perish with it. In order to save the environment, let us get accustomed with the many negative things that the environment has to bear because of humans.

Uncontrollable pollution

One of the reasons for our ozone layer to deplete at the rate it is depleting at the moment is pollution. In our zeal to industrialize our planet we have almost forgotten about pollution. The ironical thing about humans and pollution is that we don’t realize that the various pollutants emitted into the atmosphere actually affect us at the end. Different types of pollutants are emitted including carcinogens from the vehicles that we travel in. The different pesticides that we use in order to get better crops are the silent killers. They fall on the crops and slowly seep into the groundwater system and end up back in our body. Plus the toxic wastage dumped by the various industrial houses is the foremost reason in the death of humans, trees and animals. How can we forget the horrifying minamata outbreak that gripped Japan?

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Easy Actions to do to Make the World a Better Place Today

600_tree_day-0820There is no doubt that the world is in a very vulnerable state right now and the future is only in our hands. We have the power to make the wrongs right and make the planet as beautiful as it deserves to be. It is true that we cannot get rid of all the bad things that we have done in a single day but it is time that we start taking small initiatives to make sure that we and our world survive together.

Water conservation

One thing that is precious to us especially our body is water and although it is true that our planet is 70% made up of water, only a small portion of it is drinking water. Most of the water that is there has more salinity content in it and a good share of water that is drinking water is also getting contaminated by the faulty sewage planning and uncontrollable chemical dump. In some parts of Africa people don’t even get to drink one full bottle of water while we sit in our homes with continuous flow of water. This is the reason we should make sure that when we don’t need water then we close the tap and don’t waste water after all every drop of water contributes in forming the big ocean that we see in front of us. So save water and save a life today.

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Kill the Fourth Revolution and you save the world

The annual charade of playing musical round chairs, swopping business cards and paying lip service to the rest of the world is, thankfully, over. This is the World Economic Forum’s disgusting initiative of drawing together some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential human beings and the world’s richest nations, usually referred to as the Group of Eight and the Group of Twenty. This evil gathering takes place every year in a pristine, yet chilling setting in and around the beautiful Swiss town of Davos. This year’s theme was even more chilling than ever before.

A more aggressive revolution?

It is called the Fourth Revolution and is playing itself out as a reactive follower of previous (industrial) revolutions which began with the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century. We’d like to propose a more aggressive revolution of a different kind. Simply put, we’d like to kill this fourth revolution for once and for all. This will be no mean feat because we do not believe in using violence and force, nor do we believe in using devious and corrupt means to propagate and promote our own beliefs.

The sooner the rest of the human race becomes actively involved in killing this heinous ideology, much like reversing the harmful effects of global warming and climate change, and, indeed, certainly very much like those valiant and yet, still very few, brothers and sisters fighting on behalf of all species other than homo sapiens, the better. To combat the likely damaging effects of this fourth revolution, brave activists are going to need to be wearing a good motorcycle helmet and a sturdy Kevlar belt, because sure as anything, those wealthy men and women are going to enforce their might by deploying every law enforcement agency employee to prevent this noble revolution from taking off.

Robots are more lethal than poachers

Occupy Wall Street a few years ago is proof of the effectiveness of the world’s hegemonies and the, sadly, ineffectiveness of peaceful sit-ins and song-filled protest marches, even the daring baring of voluptuous breasts. Pussy Riot, a Russian revolution of a different kind, caused Putin’s regime to be as repressive as ever and yet the power of social media shows the ex-KGB agent mockingly giving one brave topless girl the thumbs up while ogling her breasts at an expedition showcasing the world’s most expensive luxury cars which are, today, mostly made by robots.

If action is not taken soon, poacher’s livelihoods will be at risk too. And do we need to explain just how much more deadly robotic soldiers could be in slaughtering thousands of dolphins, rhinos, elephants and the few remaining bears and cats left in the wild?

The pen is, however, far mightier than the sword. So if you thought this message and call to action was just too radical for your liking, think again. Because by the time you have read it, hundreds more readers out there would have too.

You need to get out in the wild to truly appreciate the lives of animals

Not in our wildest imagination, if you can excuse this emotive use of metaphor and pun, would we have thought at one stage of our own lives that the lives of animals, of all species and stretching across every continent where they have traditionally lived and roamed for centuries, would be so vulnerable and under threat as they are now. This is all thanks to a few centuries of man’s ignorance and lack of compassion which has even negatively affected the lives of his fellow human beings. Who would have imagined that not even man himself would be spared the barrel of the gun which has effectively evolved into the murderous killing machine that it is today.

Your tools of trade scare animals introduces you to great tools to aid you during your necessary nocturnal excursions in the bush or in the forest in order to observe those very creatures who thrive at night as nature intended them to. It also helps you to survive too. A conventional light bar, along with the truck’s other necessary accoutrements, not only helps to get you from A to B in next to no time in your modern horse and chariot, invariably feared by most animal species, mainly because of its potential to cause destruction in the dead of night and because of the loud, warning noises it makes, it is destined to keep you and your chosen occupants safe.

Previously, when man and horse rode good-naturedly and decisively in the bush together, they had other prey in mind. Startlingly, this prey was of man’s own kind but deemed far inferior and surplus to local needs by his corrupt rulers who went on to sell him into the netherworld of slavery.

Your tools of trade are destructive to animals

So you see, not even man himself, has been spared the callous disregard and ignorance of life, no matter what form or shape it takes. also talks about the versatility of using the alternative to the more conventional light bars in the form of the aptly named LED light pods, although it must be said, not in too many words. Nevertheless, these resourceful portable tools are indicative of man’s innate ability to continuously improvise and innovate.

But unlike his forefathers, dating back thousands of years, he had very little by the way of natural survival instincts and a spiritual appreciation of the wild and all its living creatures. Back then, while survival was foremost in their minds, the hunter-gatherers still knew when to back off. And the beauty of it all was that there was always harmony and everything remained in balance.

Not today. To compensate for his lack of natural survival instincts, man has resorted to more destructive means of keeping himself on top of the food chain. In order to fully appreciate what went wrong and how out of balance the natural order is, you do need to get out into the wild to truly appreciate the lives of animals. There is still hope. And order can still be restored.

You need to get out in the wild to truly appreciate the lives of animals

Always exercise restraint when dealing with animals

Always exercise restraint when dealing with animalsOn a global scale, on each and every continent and in all the world’s oceans, rivers and streams, animals in all forms, from the smallest microorganism to the earth’s largest majestic species of creatures, the great whales, are being decimated to the point that many species are now endangered, and many still are now threatened with extinction. And tragically, not even the beloved domestic animals of the feline, furry and cuddly, even scaly kind, are spared the wrath of man’s own inhumanity and callous and thoughtless disregard for anything and everything, even plants and trees, that must live and breathe, just like we do, in order to survive and reproduce so that another generation can continue what should be a natural and beautiful cycle of life.

Restoring the natural order of things

A good grappling dummy is only as good as its last user, no matter how worn out and compressed it gets. Now this message speaks truth to the motif of surviving against all odds and also how you go about achieving this. Animals, throughout the centuries, have always managed this well enough, and even when a small field mouse was threatened and finally extinguished by a larger predator, let’s just say by way of our example here, a typical prairie coyote, his surviving family members accepted their fates, brushed their coats, flicked their highly sensitive tails and continued to move from pillar to post, fully accepting that this is the natural order of things.

After all, they in their turn would have their own fill of much smaller creatures, usually with six or eight legs along with a pair of wings to boot, and sometimes feast on an unexpected treasure which was surprisingly meek, so much so that it offered no resistance to their predatory challenge.

The point of no return can be reversed

But now, the natural order of things has dramatically been turned on its head whereby it seems hopeless for now and that a point of no return has been reached. But, while it all seem hopeless for you right now, particularly if you truly care for animals, now is not the time to give up.

In fact, now is also a good time to exercise restraint when dealing with your domestic pets. Be as gentle as possible with them. They are quite sensitive and are easily stressed. You already have the compassion and a beautiful heart in the right place. After all, why did these little creatures choose to make your bricks and mortar their home and shelter?

But while exercising restraint, you also need to utilize your given common sense. Make sure that you feed these small, fragile creatures correctly and always reciprocate their physical expressions of love. And particularly when they’ve laid their heads down to rest (as small animals, they quickly tire), make sure that your home is devoid of as much unnatural noise as possible.

Did you know that animals love to sing and listen to music too?

Perhaps because these days most people aren’t around animals much, they are not aware of the fact that not only do animals love to sing and listen to music; they also adopt this healthy practice on a regular basis, more often than humans do. Animals don’t only sing for the pure pleasure it gives them; they also do this out of necessity. Do we also need to remind readers just how crucial day to day survival is for animals, even when they are not threatened by us? Singing is part of their survival mode. To see just how much they enjoy listening to your music, sometimes humming to the tunes in their own sweet way, take some time out of your domestic schedule to observe your dog or cat, the next time your stereo is on.

Learn to play music naturally

Let’s face it, you are never going to become the consummate songbird nor are you going to become a masterful composer. To come even close to what animals are experiencing through their own music, you could read more here about learning how to play your own instruments. Take any digital instrument, a piano, trumpet, violin or guitar, and see just how easy it could be to get the basic chords right if you give it a try.

But with animals, it all comes naturally, if you will. We can never stop wondering in awe just how whales are able to communicate with each other, in their own words or song, from one end of the ocean to the other. Famously, through the centuries, birds of all species have mastered the musical call of nature. Familiarly and particularly during the spring, you will be hearing them make their mating call.

Animals also use music as distress calls

But it’s not all a song and dance for birds and, for that matter, all other animal species. The musical notes that they sound from time to time are also distressful warning signals that danger lies ahead. You could also equate this with the rallying calls made by youthful drummers and buglers for our forefathers to buckle up for battle.

Once you’ve made the decision to go solo, if you will, you’re still going to be trying out a few variations until you’ve found a good digital piano that matches your abilities and life circumstances.

Music on its own, need we remind you, does wonders for calming us and putting us in a better frame of mind. It does the same for animals, if not more. Have you tried to observe this at home yet? Before we go, here’s recent example.

We’re going to call this an orphan cat for now, but she literally moved from pillar to post to find a peaceful place to live. Her last place of residence was filled with unsettlingly loud rock music. And her current abode which she has taken ownership of is filled only occasionally with light classical notes and jazz compositions.

This is not how hunting equipment should be used

This is not how hunting equipment should be usedWe are quite sad at the fact that there are still many Americans, Europeans, Africans and Asians out there who just don’t care. They are not at all concerned that, thanks to their excessive and mainly illegal and unethical hunting practices, entire species could be wiped out within a matter of years. What makes this worse is that apart from the recreational pleasure these unconscionable human beings seem to have about wildlife, particularly the endangered varieties, there’s also the incentive to make lots of money. So what if there are no more wild dogs for them to hunt down? By that time, the impression seems to be, they would have made tons of money anyhow.

The tools needed to ensure the survival of species

Responsible hunters, and boy, as much as it is hard to admit this, do we still need them, can go to places like to give them more eco-friendly and conservation-friendly hunting options. It has already been proven that the use of crossbows and archery sets go a long way towards preserving wildlife and helping to sustain it. But like all things built and designed initially to serve a greater good, computer software too, the materials and equipment at our disposal is always rife for abuse.

Poachers and illegal hunters have gleefully discovered that hunting bows, for instance, have become more effective in enhancing their stealth out in the bush, not just to the detriment of endangered animals but to the disadvantage of game wardens too.

These miscreants are able to move about the natural environment undetected and when they wastefully leave rotting carcasses behind after making their kills, they are able to leave no clues that they were the culprits or were even there.

No need to put a price on survival

Whether you are hunting responsibly or just shooting non-endangered targets over weekends, no-one needs to remind you just how expensive hobby crafts are these days. But Archery Boot Camp also shows us how it is possible to source equipment that offers us the best value for money. Here, they used the examples of versatility and durability to make their point.

And, as much as we are forced to admit this (we have mentioned this in an earlier post), we still need our hunters. These hunters that we need have been trained to serve and protect on behalf of all species on earth, including the human race. The human population grew dramatically since the start of the Industrial Revolution all those years ago and unfortunately, the required living space of all wildlife species were, in turn, dramatically threatened to the point that we are now having this heartfelt conversation.

These hunters, sad to say, still need to be present in the bushveld or on the steppes in order to ensure the long-term survival of the remaining animal species that roam across these ancient lands.

And then there are the valiant game warders. We’d like to wish them a successful year in reversing the plague of extinction.

Tips for Healthy fish in Aquariums

One of the priorities of an aquarium hobbyist is to keep the fish healthy. Keeping the fish healthy is not a simple task of just feeding the fish healthy food. From algae conditioners and filters to tackling with new tank syndrome, there are several things an aquarium owner should know about to ensure the fish are healthy and thriving in the new environment. Establishing a proper routine of water change, filter maintenance and cleaning of tank will help in keeping the fish for a long time and in good health.

One of the main causes of unhealthy fish is stress. Stress is caused in fish by everything other than the required behavioral and environmental needs of the fish. The stress affects the fish greatly reducing their lifespan and increasing their susceptibility to diseases. Stress is also a leading cause of deteriorating slime layer, which helps to protect the fish. The slime layer prevents infection in the fish.

Fish are capable of adapting to moderately different conditions that occur in their environment. When you know about the factors, which cause the stress, it will be easier to reduce or eliminate the factors and prevent unnecessary risks.

Some of the causes of stress include:

Tank mates

You need to select compatible fish to avoid the aggressive fish from terrorizing the smaller fish varieties as part of territorial defense or mating ritual. While some species need to survive in large groups, others need to be left alone. Body language or communication among fish may also not be recognized leading to aggressive behavior among different species. Competing for food too causes stress. It is therefore necessary to distribute food in an even manner all through the surface of water and avoid feeding from a single spot.

Tank size

Avoid overpopulating the tank with fish. The general rule of thumb is adding one-inch fish for every 2 gallons water added. While some species can survive in a small tank, others need more space such as territorial fish. In case of larger tanks, a powerful canister filter such as those at help in proper filtration and better health maintenance of the fish.

Temperature of water

This is a mostly ignored factor by aquarium owners. But it should be focused on for proper health of the fish. The temperature should be controlled and moderate generally. While the optimal temperature differed from one fish variety to the other, make sure the water is neither too hot nor too cold, which are surefire ways for stress. A tank that is exposed to direct sunlight can heat up at daytime causing rise in temperature. This is true in case of small sized tanks.

Water change

Changing of water also causes stress. Whenever you change, make sure you use fresh water as replacement. And the water should be of similar temperature as that in the tank. Proper filtration with canister filters, as those at Canister Filter Guide also help in minimizing stress. Ideally, precise water changes include changing fewer amounts of water, but in a more frequent manner.

Bad quality of water also leads to stress. While fish are able to survive in slightly sub optimal environs, sudden changes in the water chemical balance can lead to severe amount of stress. It is therefore necessary to adjust the salinity, pH, water hardness, and minerals such as nitrite and ammonia, which are very stressful for the fish.

Leading causes of marine pollution

Human environment is increasingly being damaged and degraded in many ways with the soil, water, and air being polluted. The oceans, which form nearly two thirds of earth, play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance.

The seas have been used by man since ancient times for food, adventure, commerce, recreation, and trade. With such a multitude of uses, man has exploited the oceans on a mammoth scale. One of the worst ways in which the oceans have been degraded is the massive disposal of chemical wastes into the ocean. The waste products have caused an irreparable damage to the marine environment.

Seafood is a favorite among many and we have devised numerous delicious ways to cook fish such as using a quality meat grinder to mince fish for making fish patties. While we have advanced a great deal in technological spheres in catching fish and using the seas for our various uses, we have not made much headway in making such disastrous waste disposals obsolete.

As a result, we have been emptying almost all of the industrial, human, and atomic waste into the oceans choking the seas, killing the marine animals and vegetation leading to ecological imbalance.

Here are some significant causes that have played a major role in polluting the marine space.


This is the worst pollutant of the marine habitat. It enters the marine space via several sources including seepage from submarines, natural decaying process of animal and plant life, from industries and transport activities onshore and from off shore drilling, damage oil tankers, discharges occurring from ships that pump out ballast tanks and cargo tanks filled with water from the seas etc.

While the oil that seeps from submarines can be controlled, the decay of animals and plants cannot be controlled. The oils form a slick coating on the ocean surface and when absorbed by solid particles it sinks to the ocean floor. Phytoplankton, which are tiny organisms in the sea absorb the suspended and floating oil acting as biological blotter.

But since they are also part of the food chain serving as food for marine life of higher forms, the pollutants they absorb are passed on. Thus, marine mammals, birds, and finally man too are affected.  Seafood is an important part of our diet and a healthy one too. Fish in raw form or in minced form added to various recipes is a hot favorite for many. Using the right meat grinder like those at Meat Grinder Adviser further increases the taste considerably.  It is therefore necessary to prevent pollution in any form that can harm the fish. The water birds, which are frequently affected by such pollution, can be seen washed ashore with oil soaked feathers. As such, oil in the ocean can create extensive damage to the marine habitat and the recreational potential of the coastal regions.

Wastes both industrial and domestic wastes including those from food processing, detergents and agricultural wastes, heavy metals, radioactive wastes and inorganic wastes pose an even bigger threat than oil to the marine atmosphere.

Climate change and its influence on species

While concerns are being raised on the harmful effects climate change has on humans, the effect on plants and animals is largely ignored. Plants and animals too suffer consequential and widespread damage, due to changes in climate. They are struggling to adapt to the changing climatic conditions. Many species are moving into deeper waters or northwards in an effort to adjust to the shift in their habitats. The breeding, nesting, and migrating behaviors too have changed as a result.

Many birds for instance, are shifting to a pattern of breeding, migrating and nesting earlier than before. Research scientists claim that the species, which adapt best to the change in climate, are those that can survive and emerge as winners and these are the pests and weeds and other invasive species such as the Burmese python.

And the species which have reached high specialization in their breeding, habitats and other behavioral aspects end up being the losers in the climate change game disappearing completely. Koala bears, which depend exclusively on eucalyptus tree for their survival and other plants and animals species that can survive only on mountaintops become victims to the changing climatic conditions.

Climate change is also harmful to humans in many direct and indirect ways. For instance, our skin is the most affected, as it is directly influenced by the climatic changes. You can find several advanced skin treatments that take care of blemishes in the skin available at, which help a great deal. But with more and more changes in the climate the risk of skin cancer increases making it necessary to take the utmost precautions.

Scientists studying effect of climate change on species have highlighted a few important species that are under severe threat because of the changes in the climate.

File fish (Orange spotted): This is seen in coral reefs mostly and is dependent on the reefs, which are unfortunately declining in numbers drastically over the past few decades. Further, these fish cannot survive in warm waters. During the warmer temperatures of 1988 in Japan, this species became extinct.


The codfish in North Atlantic region is an endangered species that had been affected largely by the changing currents in the ocean and the cold Arctic water influx. Cod liver oil is used by us for various health benefits including acne and skin blemishes treatment. Devices such as the microdermabrasion machine, check out this site for more info, help in treating skin and making it healthy and vibrant.

Polar bear

With the arctic ice, retreating Polar bears have been left to find alternative food resources thereby dwindling in their numbers rapidly.


The Adelie penguin feed on krill’s, which are tiny crustaceans reducing in number due to the retreating ice sheets in Antarctic sea. This has led to the reduction in the penguin numbers.

Golden Toad

Bufo_periglenes2This frog found in Central America has become extinct since 1989, because of the climatic changes in the cloud forests present in mountaintops, which are the main habitat for these fogs. Further, the fatal chytrid fungus, which flourishes well because of the climatic change, has also brought about decline in the amphibians worldwide.

Reducing greenhouse emissions, increasing energy efficiency and alternative renewable energy resources are some of the ways to combat the damages and slow down the climatic changes.

Why hunting is necessary for our environment

Hunting is a sport that elicits mixed responses from people. While some argue vehemently against it, others support it, which is actually justified, if you look at the situation more deeply. Wild animals have increased in number and are encroaching upon human inhabitations resulting in widespread damage to agricultural land and humans.

The Ryuku Islands, over 30,000 years ago before the Asians inhabited it, contained plenty of boar, deer, elephants and bison. But the mammals were hunted unlimitedly over the years leading to their extinction about 17,000 years age.  But the boar and deer remain still in the region.

Other than humans, the Ezo wolf was an effective predator hunting down the animals for food. But later when the region was occupied by settlers, especially during the Meiji period of restoration, the wolf species became extinct, since the latter part of 1800s. The Honshu wolf, the last surviving related wolf species also became extinct since 1905.

Wolf as savior

While wolves were seen as a threat to the livelihood of the village people in Japan, they were actually doing more good than harm to the people. The wolves hunted down the hares, deer and wild boar, which wreaked havoc with the crops.

Although human hunting helped to an extent, the wolves played a major role and actually saved the time and effort for humans. At present hunting has become a highly sophisticated process with many new tools. The tactical knife available at EdgeHunting for instance, is a great tool to have when you go hunting.

Historical evidence points to the fact that while Japanese were efficient hunters, they revered the wolves. The various folk tales that are still being told narrate the wondrous deeds performed by the wolves including warning villages of impending natural disaster through howls.

Even now, villages in the Yamanashi Prefecture celebrate wolf births offering azuki bean rice or sekihan. Now with the two main wolf species having become extinct, the repercussions are being felt all over Japan. The balance in the wild life in Japan is becoming increasingly unstable every year.

Thriving wild boar and deer

The deer and boar population has been thriving since the extinction of wolf species. This has led to more trouble for humans residing near forest land. Some farmers in the Shodo Island tried to prevent the boar infiltration into their lands by erecting stone walls for over 100 km. Done during Edo Period this barrier is termed as Shishigaki, and can be seen even today from anywhere in the island.

At present, more modern measures, such as, electrical fences have been erected to keep away the hungry beasts. Thus hunting these animals is encouraged in Japan. Folding knives such as those in this website come in useful for various hunting jobs making the trip easier and fruitful.

With the damage caused by wildlife estimated to be around 5 billion yen annually and agricultural loss in the year 2012 estimated at 23 billion yen, family farming is increasingly becoming unviable as a means of living.

While boars cause the most damage to crops, deer are damaging more because of their sheer number. There are 200 deer for one boar in the country overwhelming the forest as well as agricultural land. This leads to insufficient food supplies and the deer cause damage to forests in many ways including nibbling shoots and buds of young trees, stripping the barks of cypress and cedar trees and gouging trees using their antlers.

Measures you can take to save the oceans

With oceans occupying three fourths of our planet, it is vital to take the necessary steps to save our oceans from various hazards both man-made and natural. Healthy oceans form a perfect support system for life on our planet.

They provide nearly 97 percentage of livable habitat on Earth and harbor over 700,000 species. They provide food, enjoyment, jobs and are important for human health too. Nearly half amount of oxygen we breathe is produced by the oceans.

Therefore, here are some important ways to save our oceans, which can be done easily by us. A little contribution by every one of us goes a long way in providing support for the cause and bring about a change.

Carbon footprint

You can diminish the climate change effects on ocean by using energy as minimally as possible at both work and home. Leave your car and take public transport or if it is walkable distance walk to work.

Use fluorescent or LED lights, use fan to prevent your thermostat from oversetting and take the stairs instead of the elevator. And switch over to solar power for your power needs, as it produces minimal carbon footprint. There are efficient solar heaters for swimming pools for instance, which save you money on the electricity bills and save your environment too.

Sustainable and safe seafood choices

The increase in global population and indiscriminate fishing has led to drastic depletion of fish population world over. When you are dining out or shopping for seafood, make sure you choose healthy and sustainable seafood and avoid choosing the overexploited species.

Say no to plastic products

Plastics, which become part of the ocean debris result in destruction of habitat and kill several thousands of marine life annually. To restrict this harmful impact, make sure you use reusable products such as water bottles, containers and switch to cloth bags or reusable plastic bags, when you go shopping. Recycle your plastics whenever possible.

Ocean friendly pets

When you pick food for your pets, make sure to keep in mind seafood sustainability. Cat litter should not be flushed, as it contains harmful pathogens, which can damage marine life. If you own an aquarium make sure you don’t stock it with saltwater fish caught from the ocean or if you have aquarium fish that are not native to the ocean, don’t release them into the ecosystem.

One of our members owns an aquarium and he takes care not to harm any of the fish species. He even showed us the measures he has taken during a pool party he had at his home. He has a splendid pool heating system, which he purchased at PoolHeaterWorld, which made us relax and enjoy our time in the pool.

Beach etiquette

When you are enjoying the bounties of the ocean surfing, diving or just relaxing on the sands, make sure you don’t litter the place. Do not interfere with the wildlife or tamper with the rock formations or the corals. You can also participate in beach cleanups organized locally and encourage others to respect marine habitat.

When you shop, avoid purchasing items such as tortoiseshell accessories or coral jewelry or shark products.

Conserving Marine life

Fish is a staple food in Japan and is strongly connected to the daily nutrition supply of the Japanese. No wonder they consider fish as high value food. They believe that fish is linked to stamina, healthy life and longevity.

For many centuries, this has been the approach taken by Japanese and is well likely to remain so in future too.  Japanese prefer eating fish in raw form and like shrimp, octopus etc. which are very expensive foods in Japan.

With the value they place on fish, it is therefore not surprising that they have flying fish symbol for the Children’s Day celebration, which is a national holiday here. Celebrated on May 3 and 4, the former is for the girl child, while the latter is for the boys. The celebration marks flying of the fish shaped garment in public places and in shrines.

With such an impressive fish culture, it is imperative for Japanese to look at saving their marine life, which plays a major part of their livelihood. Fish whether grilled in a top quality smoker or taken raw, Japanese style, is packed with nutrients making it even more important for the fish population be saved and propagated in a safe manner.

In recent years, the development in technology has led to largescale and indiscriminate fishing that has depleted the marine resources and even endangered many species. The unchecked overfishing has brought on serious concerns being voiced by various environmental groups.

However, the situation cannot be changed overnight, as the various fishery organizations as well as lawmakers are reluctant to heed to the concerns. It is left to the public to pressurize the authorities.

Ways to save marine life

Consumers can avoid purchasing overexploited fish, which is an effective way to reduce the overfishing. When this is done in a larger scale, it will attract the interest of politicians and force them to take reform initiatives.

Therefore, the significant factor to note is changing the consumer attitude. Fish like salmon and mackerel have a considerable population, hence they can be preferred over less sustainable species such as baby eel or the Bluefin tuna.

And these fish taste good when grilled in a superior grade smoker like the ones at SmokeyHouseBbq or cooked in any other form. So promoting sustainable fishing activities is the key to bolster the dwindling fish resources.

The Seafood Smart movement is one such measure that enables selling of sustainable fisheries in supermarkets.  Providing information on the culture, fishing, and cooking, marketing, and marine resources to people helps them to take an informed and beneficial decision on the matter.

Similar activities have been taken up abroad like the sustainable fishing standards set by Marine Stewardship Council due to the efforts of Unilever Company to save the marine ecosystem. Fisheries, which meet the Marine Stewardship Council standards are given the MSC certification and can display the MSC eco-label in all the seafood products they sell. Such initiatives help consumers show their concern and support to the cause and help promote it more effectively.

Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Human behaviour has already had a grave impact on Earth and Mother Nature. One of the reasons why the situation is as it is, is because no one sees the blame in themselves, but shifts it to somewhere else. It’s time to put a stop to that! Every one of us has a moral obligation to do everything we can to be kind to our planet. In this article, we will be discussing energy efficiency, and ways that you yourself can help.

Energy efficiency is important because we spend a lot of resources on energy, and a lot of that energy goes to waste. Being efficient in spending that energy means that less of it has to be produced, which leads to a healthier planet. Here are just some of the few ways you can make your own home more energy efficient.

  1. Insulation

The most important step you can take in making your home energy efficient is insulation. A properly insulated home means that the temperature in your home is slow to increase or decline because of the weather conditions outside. This means that when you heat your house up, it stays warm longer, so you don’t have to waste any more energy on trying to keep the temperature pleasant. This can be as simple as adding new layers to your existing ones. You might also need to add some stripping to make sure that all your doors and windows are sealed. This will serve to prevent cold or ward air from entering your home and will affect your electricity and heating bills.

  1. Lighting

Make sure you use the best possible lighting in your home. If you need strong light in a room for some type of detailed work, LED light bars (which are usually used for cars) are great. They can also be used for lighting backyards. You can find some good reviews at LightBarReport.Com. When it comes to the rest of your house, dump those old incandescent bulbs and opt for fluorescent or LED bulbs. They might be more expensive to buy, but they use up much less electricity, so you’ll end up saving quite a lot in the end.

  1. Heating

There are many things which you can do to increase the efficiency of your furnace. First of all, make sure the furnace you buy is a high-efficiency one. They burn less gas and give off greater heat. Another thing to do is add a programmable thermostat so that you can set it to go off when the temperature reaches a certain degree. You also need to make sure the air filters in the furnace are clean. When it comes to heating, another thing to look out for is that you only heat rooms which you occupy. You can make sure of that by closing the vents in the rooms you don’t use, so that the heat doesn’t spread there.

Energy efficiency is really important for the environment, and with these few small decisions, you can really make a difference!

Music and the Mind

Has there ever been a point in your life where you heard the old adage, “Music soothes the savage beast”? It could be one of the most often misquoted quotes in the history of the world. But by and large, it is attributed to an Englishman named William Congreve, who died early in 1729, during the third week of January. Regardless of how accurate people are when quoting the man though, there was much wisdom in his words. Savage animals and even some of the more peaceful ones, like your average person, can all be affected in some way by the music they hear.

Congreve spoke of soothing songs and sounds, but he was alive at a time when things like Dubstep and “Dropping the bass” were unheard of. While it’s true that music can soothe, it can also stir up the listener, or even incite anger if they don’t like what they’re hearing, as is often the case when people complain about “noise”. The good vibrations from sound waves have been proven to be helpful to plants as well, and there are so many studies about music and the way the world reacts to it that there’s little need to stack up citations and sources here.

What’s most important is the well-being of animals.

Since people are animals too, that means all of us as well. We may not be an endangered species, but that does very little to mitigate the fact we are certainly the most violent species in the world against our own kind. War, disease, even the atomic bomb; mankind has gone far in the pursuit of destroying itself, and even today in this great, big, connected world, you still have people who seem to live just to harm others. Fortunately, you have lots of people who can be convinced to sit down, share a meal and sing songs together with other people too.

It’s silly to assume that people could somehow be convinced to care about the wild animals of the world when it’s so difficult already just to get them to care about each other. So, to really succeed in that mission, maybe it would be a good idea to help people get along better first. It’s probably a naïve solution considering social, religious and political differences are going to keep people at each other’s throats anyhow, but what if we could just get everyone a karaoke machine, like the ones you can see at Karaoke Isle?

No, it’s not that easy. That’s not what’s being said here. Rather, taking small steps, like giving people one more thing to do with each other instead of one more thing to kill each other with, well that must be moving in the right direction. It certainly isn’t moving in the wrong direction. If in the end all it took was getting people to sing and dance together to make them stop fighting, then wouldn’t it have been worthwhile to provide some cutting-edge karaoke machines to facilitate that happening?

The internet and the tools that we use can be eco-friendly lifesavers

It’s time to unplug and pack away your color digital printer. Pack it away in your storeroom or garage. This drastic measure is designed to get you into the disciplined and responsible habit of saving on the unnecessary waste and costs of printing far too much paper, more than you really need right now. Most home users who have eco-friendly savings in mind are already doing this and reaping the benefits. For instance, they are already saving on the cost of using non-biodegradable ink and toxic wasted cartridges. The challenge of doing this in larger, office environments will remain, but we insist that there is still no reason why multinational corporations and their staff can make a concerted effort towards in the direction of necessary savings while also improving efficiency in the workplace.

Tech giants are already leading the way

Without mentioning their names, Wall Street’s most valued companies are today’s leading, global tech companies. And in many cases, they are leading the way with new innovations and business practices, designed not only to drive profits, but to make invaluable contributions towards sustaining the environment. They will also acknowledge that as the dominant species on earth, humankind’s ability to collectively reduce their carbon footprint also remains a challenge, mainly due to aesthetic and necessary lifestyle choices.

A spiritual paradigm shift is also required to ensure that all surviving species can indeed survive well into the future and, in many cases, grow again. Spiritually-speaking (this does not matter what religion believers belong to) humankind was appointed as custodians of the earth and all flora and fauna that live in it. But as men and women evolved over thousands of years, the tools they developed became detrimental to the environment, particularly after the industrial revolution during the nineteenth century.

Use your tools to improve your environment

Today, the internet and the devices that power it and allow us to access it and use it in accordance with our free will and needs are just one collection of tools. Regrettably, many of the components used to manufacture computers and smart devices are still sourced from processes that grossly harm the environment from which they are mined. But, as the world’s leading tech companies are already doing, the rest of the world can learn to adapt and use their tools more responsibly and efficiently.

Without having to print a single page, we can learn from knowledge-based and service-oriented websites that suggest new ideas on how men and women can contribute towards also making their immediate environment a healthy and happy one to live in. Internet users can also sign up and make their own mark by supporting the drive towards environmental sustainability and survival.

A good place to start, of course, is here. Become a regular visitor and always feel free to add your own thoughts in the fields provided. You can also field questions and you are always welcome to contact us directly.