Hot! Hot! Hot! [lamenting climate change] and a Giveaway
January 13, 2013 29 Comments
Woah! We are enduring a heatwave in Australia.
Little Baker and I have just cooled off in a refreshing, lukewarm bath. A day for baking it is not!
Bush fires are raging across 5 states and territories as I write. There are 130 fires in my home state of NSW at present, with 30 of them out of control.
I am distressed by images of injured wildlife and abandoned farm animals standing in charred surroundings. I am thankful that fire does not threaten the safety of my family.
We experienced extreme temperatures during the week. The Bureau of Meteorology was forced to add new colours to its forecast map – deep purple and pink – to represent temperatures in excess of 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit).
It is hard to believe that any Australian would deny the weight of climate science at a time when over a hundred bush fires rage and Australia experiences its hottest day ever (in recorded history).
I don’t suppose opposition leader and climate skeptic, Tony Abbott, has changed his tune? Unlikely!
Our world is warming.
I fear for my children. What will their future hold?
I am angry that lobby groups, ‘Big Polluters’, and climate skeptics have influenced national policy. The profit-motive remains the major driver of energy policy, not planetary wellbeing.
I am consciously reminding myself to keep my thoughts focused on the present, to refrain from conjuring frightening, future scenarios in my mind. But it’s hard.
Our planet cannot sustain animal agriculture and remain a healthy, hospitable home for living beings. Moreover, non-human animals, our fellow Earthlings, should not have to endure the horrors of animal agriculture.
To my beautiful friends, family members and readers of Made of Stars who have already embraced veganism, I commend you. I value your compassionate hearts. I acknowledge your commitment to keeping your eyes open to suffering when it may be easier to turn your back.
There has never been a better time to embrace veganism! Take the leap!
On to the giveaway…
Two readers of Made of Stars will each receive a copy of 40 Days of Green Smoothies by Becky Striepe of Glue and Glitter.
I am a big fan of green smoothies. I drink one each morning. With a desire to share my passion for green smoothies, I gave 40 Days of Green Smoothies to my sister. The book transformed her daily ‘banana and berry’ morning smoothie into a green beast! Feel free to comment, Susykat. 🙂
The smoothie recipes include scrumptious ingredients such as raspberries, mangoes, bananas, kale, ginger, chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup. Yes, maple syrup!
40 Days of Green Smoothies aims to assist readers to develop a daily green smoothie habit, and provides weekly recipe lists for a 6 week period. 40 recipes of green smoothie bliss and healthfulness!
Now I want to share the green smoothie love with two readers.
How to enter
It’s simple. Just leave a comment on this post. That’s all. There are no country restrictions to entry. If you have an email address, you can enter! I particularly encourage regular readers who have not previously commented on the blog, to enter. You know who you are!
How winners are chosen
We will do it the old-fashioned way!
All names will be written on note paper and placed in a hat – one entry per person. The Little Firemen will draw two winners next Sunday afternoon (20 Jan, Australian time).
The winners names will be announced on the blog the next day in my regular Monday recipe post. Each winner will be required to provide their email address (privately), so that I can email the e-book link.
Lost for words?
If you require inspiration for a comment, how about leaving a suggestion for a topic in my A-Z of Veganism series? I require suggestions for letters J to Z. Or you may want to speculate about what Tony Abbott has been up to during the heatwave 😉
Note: This is not a sponsored post. The e-books were purchased with my own funds, specifically for this giveaway. The photos are used with the kind permission of Becky.
***THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED***