A Sustainable Achievement for the Green Isle

Irish Coast

Ireland to fully Divest from Fossil Fuels

This week the Irish Parliament voted to pull its investments from fossil fuel companies (The Guardian). What this means exactly is that it will divest the country from any funds currently supporting coal, gas, peat and petroleum. The national fund, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), currently represents €8.9 billion and is meant to support the long term employment and economic needs of the republic. Of this total amount, over €300m is invested in over 150 different fossil fuel companies. This is what parliament is looking to change.

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Sustainable Pain Relief Through Trigger Point Therapy

Overcoming Pain

A Real Pain in the Neck

For the past two weeks I have been in some pretty excruciating pain. It radiates up and down my left arm and feels like something is pulling on my veins and twisting my muscles. Three of my fingers on my left hand are numb, and I am unable to lift my arm up over my head. Let alone lift my toddler, or do all the many things that need doing with the use of two arms.

Initially, I had no idea how this happened. I just woke up one morning with this awful neck pain and felt my mobility dramatically constrained. The neck pain in itself was not new. I’ve had a soreness in my back for the last few years now, and have been attempting to treat it with chiropractic visits, osteopathy, and exercise. I had recently begun jogging again, and thought it would soon sort itself out. Suddenly, I got hit up with this pain along the left side of my arm and shoulder. I thought perhaps I had torn a muscle. That I didn’t stretch something properly, or maybe even over-stretched it. Needless to say, it’s been pretty rough. Thankfully, I discovered both the cause and solution to this mysterious pain, and I’m all too happy to share what I’ve learnt. It’s been a revelation, and I hope that my own story can offer readers the same enlightenment.

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A New Hope: New York’s Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 A Win for Democracy

This week Ms. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Congressional Primary in New York’s 14th District. It was a pretty big win for the believers in democracy who continue to hold out hope that the system can genuinely represent the people. Ocasio-Cortez was a relatively obscure candidate running for the first time against a highly placed and well-funded Democratic Party incumbent, who had held on to his position for the past 10 terms. June 26th offered up a dramatic change.

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The Brilliance of “One Tree Planted”

Tree Power

An Awesome Organization

One Tree Planted is a wonderful not-for-profit that plants trees. The premise is simple. For every dollar donated, they will plant a tree. You can pick where in the world you would like for these trees to be planted, and they will work with local partners to make it happen. It’s an excellent system for making a positive contribution to the planet (see In Defense of Your World), and a practical means of exercising your concern for climate change. Yes, we need speedy and significant policy change to counter the rapid destruction of our forests, but we also need people out there, literally on the ground, planting new trees. This organization offers precisely that!

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Letting Go of Disposable Water Bottles

Water Fountain

Bottled Water is Overrated

This one should be a pretty straightforward win. We can really do without disposable water bottles. The amount of plastic generated by our water bottles is obscene, and growing (see A Million Bottles a Minute). Now, I get that we need water. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I drink a fair amount of water every day. I normally have a water glass hovering nearby or my trusty water bottle within reach. My water glass and I are reasonably attached, and I admit that I can get a little antsy if I don’t have access to water. Water is life, but it’s also personal. I get genuine satisfaction from filling my water glass or bottle.

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