The Chinese Strive to Clean Up Their Act

How big is your footprint?

How big is your footprint?

It was a couple of decades ago that global climate change became a major topic, glowing red with heat as soon as it entered the area. With political and economic undertones playing a hand in whatever argument supports it’s representative’s own convenience bias, if climate change was believed by many to be nothing short of a myth, and by many others, a serious threat. Today, it can be said with certainty that global climate change is indeed a force at work in our ecosystem, yet detractors and apathetic still remain. Easily stereotyped and oblivious to reality, those who shove environmental efforts by the wayside typically make one of three arguments to support their assertions.

The primary argument of course is that climate change doesn’t exist. A pretty convenient argument, but not one that’s grounded in proof, and quite the contrary, one that’s trumped by contradicting evidence. All the same, plenty of powerful people continue to subscribe to this belief.

The plan B for environmental apathetics is an exaggerated concern for the economy. Although sound economic theory would argue that the market will adapt to the consumers need in any situation, arguments fraught with scare tactics continue to pervade discussion surrounding global climate change and what we should do about it.

The beauty is nothing is irreversible...yet! We can still turn our world around!

The beauty is nothing is irreversible…yet! We can still turn our world around!

The final line of defense is the argument that there’s no point in making such an effort if other contributors to global warming, namely China, don’t take action themselves. A valid argument, and a textbook example of the bystander effect.

But finally, China has announced it’s intentions to reduce carbon emissions. The language is vague, and China’s proposals don’t suggest enough of a reduction to make the difference environmentalists would hope for. On top, China has it’s own detractors of global climate change, and face imminent heat from a sizable portion of the population. But all others things aside, we can finally invalidate the third argument of apathetics here at home, because finally, the largest contributor to global warming is making efforts to clean up their act.

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Top DIY Christmas Wreathes

Candy Cane Christmas Wreath

Candy Cane WreathCandy Canes encapsulate Christmas Cheer. What better than to bring two of Christmas’ most prominent symbols together in one package. Take the joy that candy canes bring, and bind them together in a great big ring; or more precisely: a holiday wreathe.

Option 1: Get a foam circle, get a hot glue gun, and glue on mini candy canes in a sort of collage.

Option 2: Get a sqaure plane of cheese cloth the size you imagine your wreathe to be. Next take your candy canes, and arrange them in a circle which looks pleasing to you. To secure the canes, poke a hole in the cloth, and tie them on using a bread tie or a decorative ribbon. See the picture as a reference.

DIY Clothes Pin Wreath

Clothespin Wreath, DIY Christmas DecorationsAnother impressive way to break out of the box with new decoration ideas is to look through household objects, and see how you can fit them together. An additional benefit to this design, is that you can display Christmas cards from friends out in the open, hanging from your wreathe.

Clothes pin (50-100 pack), Wire hanger, Red beads, Paint, Red ribbon.

Paint the clothes pins green. Get a wire hanger, unravel it into a circle. Alternate putting clothespins on the wire with the red beads. When you are finished and have filled up all the space, add a ribbon to pull the wreath together at the top. Tie the ribbon into a bow, and hang from your place of choice.

Now hang Christmas cards from the clothes pins!

Snowman Wreathe

Three sized wreathes. Our recommendation is 20 inch wreath, a 24 inch wreath, and a 30 inch wreath.

When you have them all together, tie the wreathes together with the smallest wreath on top, and the largest on the bottom. Now you have a series of wreathes in the shape of a snowman, ready to be decorated by children and adults alike.

Snowman Wreath, DIY Christmas Decorations

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