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7 August at 00:34 · 

Our Muse has been The Earth

Lady Earth
Her sisters Air and Water 
Grant Life.
Threatened by an invasive species
Who
Believe it in their divine right
to take and take
Believe in infinite abundance
found in Earth and her Sisters
Growing global populations
Rampant mindless consumerism
Corporate greed 
must keep the shareholders happy
While Earth grieves.
Her children are dying

Forests the wilderness annihilated
Creatures displaced
starving vanishing
One hundred and fifty thousand orangutans have disappeared since 1990
Earth’s being contaminated by landfills
Cancerous growths
Fifty-six billion K cups
Sixty million plastic bottles
Yearly 
wait hundreds of years to break down into other poisons

Water weeps 
aching from human venom

Her children are dying
one million sea birds
one Hundred Thousand sea animals
each year
Increasing warmth
melts her ice 
so essential for many
heats her oceans
Each square mile filled with thousands of plastic pieces
two thirds of her fish contaminated
Islands of plastic 
Expanses of former abundance
devoid of all life and
Yet Water continues to be defiled daily by
5.5 million pieces of rubbish
Disgorged by ships
millions of tons worldwide
Air witnesses all
Helpless
Her once pure body weakened by chemicals 
toxins
Diminishing forests
struggle to cleanse

She mourns 
Her children are dying
Creatures of the sky 
Two hundred and eighteen birds
fifty -one butterflies 
countless others
critically endangered
Too many lost forever.

Ladies Earth Air and Water
Desperate to survive
Resist
The intensity of their actions
escalates
Landslides floods hurricanes
Earthquakes tsunamis tornadoes 
Warnings
Cries for help
To reverse that which has been started.

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TO ALL GARDENERS HORTICULTURISTS and ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE RESEARCHERS 2020

BEST WISHES for 2020  and lets hope the year  will bring the positive advances to our precious planet earth with more sustainable growing Plastic pollution needs to be  drastically reduced and most important cleared up into useful reusable products .Lets at least start to clear up our marine coasts and rivers,lakes ,streams  and seas of plastic pollution and  particularly small and tiny plastic particles and fibres that can both it appears migrate into the human and animal digestive system .Intelligent scientific and technology research into improving the environment is required for the long term. United Nations is on to the case of marine pollution so lets all do our bit as best we can following results of this on going research into genuine United Nation approved recyclable properties of man made materials .There’s lots of studies to be looked at to gain control of carbon emissions in parts per million reduction stats so lets wish and hope the United Nations International Climate change conference in Poland -Katovice  , can translate into acceptance and action by all the main responsible countries and especially the world leaders in science ,technology ,engineering and horticulture.The new younger generations of trained scientists and professionals need to pick up this planet ball and run with it urgently .

Best wishes to you all and to our Planet for 202O

Tony Arnold MCIHort

Editor

www.Science for the Gardener .com

Author

Science for the Gardener Book

Experiment to observe a Recyclable plastic by Editor

Plastic waste horror is world wide ,plastic armageddon has actually arrived in my view but lets be positive ,as a scientist  I feel we  should  all actually try to do something to encourage and also monitor the good efforts many  smaller and larger  businesses are making to produce and use recyclable consumer materials such as this  recyclable  takeaway coffee mug that my hot drink arrived in this summer .The gardening industry ( The Horticultural Trades Association) in the UK is making a great effort to make plant pots more recyclable .

Here are some photos Ive taken simply of two recyclable coffee mugs  I purchased at a typical sea side ( North  Cornwall UK cafe in Widemouth Bay nr Bude) .This seaside cafe is one of probably many small businesses that are  making the effort to contribute to reduce plastic pollution thats literally threatening to engulf us all over the world judging from the grim world news video reports.  Many of us have seen the damage to  all marine life especially when plastic is breaking down into damaging minute particles .!!.Genuine recyclable material must completely break down in U Nations monitoring view .

I buried  the two cups in my garden 6 weeks ago and simply pulled back the soil after about 6 weeks .Guess what I found .Have a look a the photographic evidence below .

What will remain after 12 and 18 weeks ?

Your comments are welcome please by e mail on CONTACT or easier on the Facebook page .These are the the photos taken of the recyclable mugs  but what about the protective lids !? I think  the main mug material will be possibly a natural polymer such as cellulose or a potato -starch type or even bamboo is an interesting possibility . I am studying up the latest natural and non natural materials, however the two lids  looked and felt like normal semi rigid polythene which takes a lot lot longer to deteriorate .

Recently this year The National Trust has used  a potato starch wrapping  to deliver  members magazine and it looked very good to me  as a subscriber . I say well done  ,a great effort to have tried that out. I will ask  it its likely to work out as a permanent wrapping .

See Editors note

As a Polymer science person who once specialised after graduating in Polymer technology and engineering and  chemistry  I hope this brief non -scientific experiment inspires us all in our society to put considerable pressure to make and buy recyclable materials.  I think this little experiment  shows a very simple but encouraging and interesting result of what can be achieved as the mug had virtually rotted away.!

JAN 2019 UPDATE .

As previously seen the recyclable cups have completely rotted away ,so a very successful selection of paper -cellulose type of  material .However the lids made of rigid but slightly flexible polythene will take in my judgment three years to just break up into smaller pieces .Can we select a more appropriate recyclable material for the coffe cup lid .!!??

Amswers comments please on Facebook or e mail on CONTACT page Header

  More on recycling in the book Science for the Garden chapter Chapter 4 Plants for Industry and also A growing debate Chapter 12 

Tony Arnold MCIHort Editor

DIG A SPACE IN FRESHLY  TILLED (OXYGENATED) GARDEN SOIL TO BURY CUPS

1 RECYCLABLE USED MUGS BEING BURIED IN FRESH GARDEN LOAM SOIL

2 AFTER 6 WEEKS AFTER BEING BURIED IN GARDEN LOAM SOIL SHOWING MUGS AND MUG COVERS

 

3 MORE DETAILED LOOK AT MUG COVERS COMPARED WITH THE MUG MATERIAL THAT HAS DETERIORATED CONSIDERABLY .

DETERIORATION AFTER 12 WEEKS COMPLETED BUT RIGID POLYTHENE CUP COVERS ONLY SHOW CRACKING AND BREAKING UP VERY SLOWLY .

4  FURTHER VIEW OF THE MUG DETERIORATION AND MUCH LESS THE MUG COVERS

PRISON GARDENING IS A WAY TO REFORM !

Hull prison garden

Hull Prison Garden result .Excellent job done ,well done guys towards a fresh start in life .

SCIENCE SNIPPIT

HMP Hull in East Yorkshire has scooped the biggest prize in prison gardening – the RHS Windlesham Trophy. The prison’s garden impressed the judges with its high horticultural standards, commitment to wildlife and the obvious camaraderie between the gardeners. The team also works with local schools and the community to encourage healthy eating and wildlife friendly practices.

Editors note  I am convinced this is a major way to go for people who may have lost their way temporarily in lifes complex world of ours .Instead of incarcerating inmates 23 hrs a day in a cell , offer them a healthy ,positive constructive alternative with huge mental health benefits that will ,as proven in so many ways gives, them a completely fresh start ,attitude and approach to life .!!  More to come on this i’m very sure towards prison reform urgently needed .
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