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Self Induced Hearing Loss
Attention has been focused on the potentially negative effects smartphones can have by way of emissions, privacy intrusion and unsafe driving practices. We haven’t yet shed sufficient light on the impact smartphones, MP3 players and other listening devices can have on our hearing.
1.1 Billion Young People Are at Risk of Hearing Loss
This has led to a situation where, according to estimates by the World Health Organisation, about 1.1 billion young people worldwide are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.
Due to the prevalence of relatively cheap modern technology we are facing a sharp rise in self-induced hearing loss. Luckily, however, state of the art remedies – including highly effective and almost invisible hearing aids- are available.
Prevention of Hearing Loss Requires a Change in Attitude
It’s Mother’s Day again. We take the existence of modern day Mother’s Day for granted and it seems a great idea. Because mothers mostly put their children first Mother’s Day is designed to put mothers’ needs first for a change. It apparently is celebrated in more than 45 countries. Because, surprise, surprise, everybody has a mother! Hence – this day is relevant to all of us. Whether we want to remember our mothers or still have the opportunity to spend time or money on our mother or whether we are a mother – Mother’s Day is for all of us.
The modern day version of Mother’s Day originated in the USA and is just over 100 years old. Unfortunately and allegedly to the despair of the women who advocated for the day, it is has been largely commercialised.
Mother’s Day gifts that Won’t Cost the Earth
International Woman’s Day marks the achievements and highlights the plight of women around the world. This year’s theme is: Make it Happen.
Making what happen, you may ask. People often state that woman have achieved so much and enjoy equal rights and don’t require special attention these days and age. This might be true in our immediate environment, BUT, there is one particular area where women seem to be most vulnerable.
Violence against women.
Here are some key facts: [Read more…]
The Business and Human Rights field is evolving quickly.
If you are interested in the topic from an academic viewpoint, the debate about a business and human rights binding treaty will interest you. If you are more interested in the practical application of human rights in the business world, outcomes of litigation and new case studies, then the following will be more relevant to you:
The Institute for Business and Human Rights has released their list of 2015 Business and human rights priorities again, each of which offers a good entry point into the topic.
Alternatively, you can read the list of priorities here with some extra explanations. Now you obtained a quick overview of priorities in business and human rights, here is an introductory resource list for those of you who want to dig deeper into the topic:
The American Recall Centre is running an outreach programme to raise awareness of the use of medical drugs in the USA and part of the outreach consists of asking bloggers to share the information with their networks during drug awareness week. Upon review of the facts, it is clear why: Did you know, the United States alone consumes 75% of the worlds prescription drugs? And that: [Read more…]
It’s time we exercised some compassion – we have become pretty sufficient at being passionate just about everything. Passionate about food, cooking, design, music our jobs and the list goes on.
Now it is time to be COMPASSIONATE and exercise compassion-ism! Compassionism is the practice of compassion for ‘all living things’ as opposed to species-ism, a term which was coined in the mid 70 ties to describe ‘the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals’. On what basis? And why do we eat some and not other animals?
Did you know that, every year 65 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for their meat. That’s nine animals for every person on Earth.
If you do a lot of things at once with few resources, need to deal with negativity and at the same time, need to keep your energy levels up, these strategies might help you too to keep balanced and happy.
Here it goes*:
1. Take stock.
What do you like doing? What is frustrating you? Focus on the bigger issues. Which of the things that frustrate you can you change and which are beyond your control? Don’t waste time on the latter. Identify and remind yourself of your goals and values. Be honest.
2. Eat well and set exercise goals.
If you are a meat eater and wine lover, commit to 2 or 3 meat & alcohol free evenings and [Read more…]
The following 3 books provide an entry point about different aspects and perspectives of our changing relationship to animals, the different attitudes to animals in different cultures, animal welfare issues in food production and related law reform.
The books are a must read for anybody with an interest in animal welfare. The 1st book is as relevant today as the day it was first published in 1975: [Read more…]
Between 250 and 300 babies are born every minute.
About 120 people die in the same time.
As the planet becomes more populated, more of us are aspiring to a middle class lifestyle with all its trappings – including the increased consumption of meat.
More people entering the middle classes = increased consumption
Consumption, including raising animals for meat puts enormous pressure on the environment and has led to questionable ‘farming’ practices. As awareness of industrial scale factory farming methods increases, so too, does the opposition to “farming“ practices inconsiderate of the welfare of animals.
Recent publicity of abuse and cruelty to farm animals has put animal welfare on the public agenda and consumers are talking with their wallets.
Systemic change against animal cruelty! [Read more…]