Where in the World are Our Listeners?
This week we're giving a shout out to Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with nearly 38 million people calling it home. The city's famous Shibuya intersection is the busiest in the world, often 1,000 people will cross at once. Tokyo began life as a small fishing village, fortified by the Edo clan in the 12th century. It grew rapidly and became the de facto capital of Japan in the 18th century. If you can tolerate the hundreds of minor earthquakes each year you can enjoy some of the city's 234 Michelin star restaurants (twice as many as Paris).
Tip of the week - Make a meal plan
A third of all food in the world goes to waste. Rotting food in landfills is the third largest contributor of methane in the US (methane is a greenhouse gas 35 times more powerful than carbon dioxide). You can reduce your food waste by making a meal plan and only buying the ingredients you need. More tips about reducing food waste.
Look clever at a cocktail party
A recent EPA/Yale University study found that the US recycles only 22% of it's discarded waste. Efforts are underway to increase that proportion. If the US reached 75% recycled materials it would generate 1.5 million new jobs and have the environmental benefit equivalent to removing 50 million cars from the road.
What are Ian, Darren & March up to this week?
Listen to an upcoming show to hear how our experiments went and what we learned!
Article of the week
Carl Sagan on Climate Change - excerpted from Cosmos
"A few million years ago, when human beings first evolved on Earth, it was already a middle-aged world, 4.6 billion years along from the catastrophes and impetuosities of its youth. But we humans now represent a new and perhaps decisive factor. Our intelligence and our technology have given us the power to affect the climate. How will we use this power? Are we willing to tolerate ignorance and complacency in matters that affect the entire human family? Do we value short-term advantages above the welfare of the Earth? Or will we think on longer time scales, with concern for our children and our grandchildren, to understand and protect the complex life-support systems of our planet? The Earth is a tiny and fragile world. It needs to be cherished."
Product of the week
One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint and use of limited resources is to curb the amount of stuff you buy. So this week we're recommending you don't but anything you don't absolutely need.
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All the best in getting better,
Ian, Darren & March