Wales, a country in the United Kingdom, is rich in history, architecture, rugged coastlines, stunning mountains, and wooded forests. Just this month, Wales announced a $5M budget to put towards a National Forest that will run the “length and breadth of Wales.”
The woodland forest is to “play an important role in protecting nature and addressing biodiversity loss.” Not only is the country putting 5M towards this forest plan but also an additional $10M is budgeted to plant trees across all of Wales.
The woodland forests not only benefit the locals but also draw tourism. The current forests already have walking trails, bridges, and accommodations for hikers and the same will be organized in this new forest.
The decision to allocate such a budget towards the forest scape was strategically planned with both the country of Wales and the world as a whole in mind. According to Energy Live News…
“Mark Drakeford, First Minister, said: ‘There is no escaping the huge environmental challenges the world is facing – the February floods have brought that home to us in Wales in the most devastating way.
“We have a responsibility to future generations to protect nature from the dangers of our changing climate but a healthy natural environment will also offer protection to our communities from the dangers we ourselves face.
“Trees improve air quality, they remove harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, they provide material for construction, they regenerate soil for food, they clean the water in our rivers and they provide a home to all the life that finds shelter in their canopy.'”
Hopefully more countries will follow suit! The country of Wales puts in so much effort to sustain its beauty, functionality, and the planet. Check out these shots of the beautiful landscapes across Wales:
With the coronavirus pandemic, we all need (and want) to be doing our part to reduce and slow the spread of the virus. While staying home and washing our hands is key, there may be one major thing you overlooking that’s a big ol’ germ fest: your phone.
Picture this: you run into the store to buy some essential supplies, phone in tow. When you get back to your car, you bust out the hand sanitizer and get your hands perfectly clean. But, you don’t clean your phone. And the next thing you reach for? Your germ-infested device. Quarantine won’t protect you from that.
Now, just because you’re exposed to certain germs doesn’t mean you’ll come down with a virus or illness. The germs have to come into contact with an opening in your body, but that could be a tiny crack on your finger (maybe from all that hand sanitizer?), your nose, mouth, or other scratches, etc. Having a contaminated phone really increases your risk of welcoming those germs into your body (ick).
Hence why it’s so important to keep your phone as clean as possible – particularly at a time like this.
Now, the question:
How do you safely and effectively disinfect your phone?
Step 1: Turn off your device. The point of this is to avoid electrical shorts, and this is especially important if your phone is NOT water-resistant.
Step 2: Use a bleach-free cleaning spray. Lysol or Clorox brands are the best kinds and won’t damage your phone, You could also use plain 60% isopropyl alcohol.
Step 3. Spray the cleaning spray directly onto a microfiber or lint-free cloth.
Step 4. Gently wipe your phone down with the damp cloth, thoroughly wiping each section on the back and front. Don’t directly wipe the charging port. Make sure to remove your phone case before cleaning and clean the case as well.
And that’s it! Do this every few days or anytime your phone is exposed to a high-risk situation (in this day and age, the grocery store is reason enough!)
A toy store called Toy Kingdom in Pensacola, Florida sells live hermit crabs as toys for children. The Toy Kingdom Florida is participating in the hermit crab pet trade, killing thousands of hermit crabs, providing unfit living conditions, and selling them to kids (who usually take poor care of the crabs, resulting in an early death before 1 year of age).
17-year-old animal rights activist Kenzie Como is taking a stand against the Toy Kingdom in Florida, urging them to rethink their use of live hermit crabs and replace them with toy hermit crabs for kids.
She spoke with staff from The Vegan Insider and said, “These hermit crabs are sold with small, plastic carriers and are kept in unsuitable conditions at the store. Land Hermit crabs naturally live as an important part of the ecosystem on various islands, but in the hermit crab pet trade they are captured in mass amounts, kept in horrendous, overcrowded conditions, and oftentimes die before ever reaching stores.”
Kenzie continued, saying, “Hermit crabs are intelligent, social animals that form bonds and friendships with others of their own species. Hermit crabs live close to 30 years in the wild, and only 15 years in captivity when taken care of properly. Most pet hermits crabs live less than a year due to uneducated caretakers.”
Kenzie, local to Pensacola, FL, started a petition to raise awareness of the hermit crab trade and make a difference for the hermit crabs being sold at Toy Kingdom.
Once the petition gets as many signatures as possible, Kenzie and other members of her local DXE chapter are going to hand-deliver the petition in person to Toy Kingdom of Pensacola.
“We hope that this petition will allow Toy Kingdom to realize they don’t have to sell live animals in order to have a successful toy business,” Kenzie told The Vegan Insider.
She continued, saying, “We are encouraging Toy Kingdom to sell toy hermit crabs instead. Live animals should not be viewed as children’s toys or objects. Hermit crabs shouldn’t be in captivity at all, but at the very least they should not be sold in toy stores.”
To make a difference for the hermit crabs and have a direct impact on the Toy Kingdom in Pensacola, sign the petition here and share this with others to sign!
Kenzi Como, the activist making a difference for these living beings.
There have been rumors floating and people are wondering, “are Broadway shows canceled due to coronavirus?” Today (Thursday), March 12th, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST, New York is shutting down Broadway Shows. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo already declared a ban of gatherings of 500+ people in New York to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The decision to suspend Broadway shows happened after an usher of some shows tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Buzzfeed, the usher worked shows including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Six before testing positive.
It’s hard to imagine New York without its theaters, operas, and concerts, but it's time to close — for now https://t.co/JPQFIu0aL7
The coronavirus is thought to be contagious on people for up to 2 weeks before symptoms appear. One contagious usher working a Broadway show could contaminate thousands of people a night, quickly spreading the virus across New York and the world (as people travel from all over to witness Broadway shows).
While shows did not cease immediately, anyone who purchased tickets for shows during the suspension will be able to exchange their tickets for a later date when the theater is open again.
Before Cuomo decided New York is shutting down broadway shows, producer Scott Rudin actually lowered ticket prices to $50 to encourage people to come to the shows amidst the coronavirus concerns.
It’s true that New York without Broadway may help keep people away.
Despite efforts already in place, like suspending stage door greetings, suspending the whole gatherings will greatly reduce the outbreak and spread of viruses.
Are Broadway shows cancelled due to coronavirus? Yes. But, if you have to go out into large crowds or public places anyway, wash your hands to help keep yourself healthy and virus-free. Further, if you don’t have access to soap at water, use a quick spray of hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
Having a DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray is the perfect on-the-go or at-home solution for hand sanitizer. While nothing replaces washing your hands, sometimes we’re in a pinch and it’s not possible. That’s where this simple, 2-ingredient DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray comes into play.
Why not buy hand sanitizer instead? For starters, this DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray is significantly cheaper. It uses just alcohol, water, and a spray bottle and is just as effective as store-bought sanitizers. Plus, it’s not always possible to buy hand sanitizer in stores. During the coronavirus outbreak, many cities across the US are selling out of basic amenities, including cleansing wipes, toilet paper, water gallons, and hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizer can still be purchased online, like through Amazon, but price increases are not uncommon in times like these, and you may want the sanitizer ASAP.
Here’s how you make DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray
70% isopropyl alcohol (do not use denatured alcohol or vodka – must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective)
Water (though 70% isopropyl alcohol contains 30% water, adding additional water is crucial to help open the cell walls and allow the alcohol to do its job – don’t use the alcohol alone and follow the directions to have an effective hand sanitizer!)
Direcitons: Use a 1:2 ratio of isopropyl alcohol to cold water (i.e. 1/2 cup alcohol, 1 cup water) and add to a spray bottle. Shake and spray on hands when needed. Optional: for pleasantness, you may add essential oils to the mix (suggested: 10-20 drops), but they’re not needed.
Please note: As with any hand sanitizer, this DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray will dry your hands out. It’s not as effective as washing your hands with soap and warm water but is great to use when running in and out of public places during flu (or coronavirus) season or when soap and water are unavailable.
Please use responsibly and remember to wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
A few additional quick tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
If you’re experiencing symptoms (i.e. a dry cough) stay home and avoid public places. If you must go out in public, use a mask to cover our mouth to protect others. Remember, only go to the doctor for coronavirus symptoms if it’s serious and you need medical attention. Going unnecessarily will further spread the virus, and at this time, the recommendation for mild cases is to stay home and rest.
Wash your hands with soap and water anytime you’re in a public place. Use effective hand washing techniques, washing for at least 30 seconds each time.
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Avoid unnecessary travel, especially to places heavily affected by the virus.
Homeowners were less than thrilled about the ice covering their homes.
“I actually had to go out a secondary door and then chisel my way back into the house by breaking the ice,” one homeowner told WGRZ.
Instead of a winter wonderland, residents living along the shore of Lake Erie in New York woke up this weekend to a winter nightmare when they found their homes completely encased in thick ice. https://t.co/cGdARdokA3
According to WGRZ, the area experienced property damage, downed power lines, and collapsed trees.
While the pictures look like something from a storybook or movie, the people experiencing it first-hand feel more like they’re in a nightmare. The ice weighs heavy on the roofs and natural light from windows is blacked out.