Monday, March 29, 2010

Mother Nature And Earth Week-You Save Money by Helping

I Am Just One Person How The Hell Can I Make A Difference ?

We hope to not only show you how, you as one person can in fact make a very big difference. You will also discover you as one individual, will save yourself and others money, in the process of helping Mother Nature And Earth Week out.

That statement (how the hell can I make a difference) is the type of negative thinking that has been going on far too long, and we still hear it far too loudly in the general population today. We need to all become serious about what we can do, and I have a list that I want you to check out . This list will take you to the many options there are, to change your ways & save money at the very same time. Very basic & simple changes, just click on the links applicable for you.

Environmental Fact Sheets

* Air Pollution

* Urban Parks

* Healthy and Affordable Homes

* Healthy Schools

* Sprawl and Urban Job Loss

* Toxics In Our Communities

* Transportation Equity

* Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

* Climate Change

* Water Background

Here is an extract from the Earth Day Web Site which you can visit simply, by clicking on the blue earth day emblem above.While you are going over this information, you will soon discover how you as an individual, can make a difference by helping Mother Nature And Earth Week.

"Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future. Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day. "

Well my friends, I sure hope this post and the two previous, might just get you thinking that ,hey I can do this and even if I just changed my light bulbs, it will help while saving me money. Please do not think I am some Greenie Evangelist, as that has nothing to do with what we face , if we do not take a common sense approach .

It does upset me when I watch my 11 grandchildren playing, and I think just how much longer will the generations ahead, have what Mother Nature has provid
ed for all to enjoy. I will leave you all now with that thought, and please see if you and your family can use an open mind,to find at least one exercise or project, that will benefit Mother Nature And Earth Week on this the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Be a participant not a spectator ......

Take Care Friends

Allen Sentance Fisherman

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mother Nature And Earth Week-part two-

Life Is Good

Welcome friends to my part two of Mother Nature And Earth Week.

Carrying on from last post, I want to let you all know that I feel, far too many people do not accept that, our planet is struggling to handle the abuse that us humans are dishing out. I base my opinions,not on government survey's and reports . My opinions are purely based upon my observations over 55 years of living and working in nature. Just as the picture above indicates Life Is Good and we can keep it that way.

My Observations

After growing up in Dubbo , a wheat and sheep country farming district, that was quite productive back in the 50's and 60's . Then farms from Dubbo and further west into the far west of the state, began to develop flood irrigation and the growing of cotton. First came the problem of salinity that began to kill native gum tree's because the flood irrigation caused the salts to rise to the surface.

This was followed by the mass clearing of forest's and bush lands, to further develop for more growing area and open irrigation channels. The governments then saw the benefit of the dollars for our country, and supported this raping of the country, by over issuing water allocation licenses. Obviously with no consideration of the damage to our waterways and rivers. We will need Mother Nature And Earth Week to help us turn all this around, and it is going to be a long dedicated process.

Today farmers are committing suicide or going bankrupt due to the 10 yrs of drought they're experiencing in the west of the state. Some may argue this ,yet I truly am of the belief , Mother Nature always supplies enough water to irrigate her trees and plants. Now with so much open cleared ground , Mother Nature is treating the area's as deserts, and how often do you see rain in a desert ? always in forested area's only.


Native Fish Disappearing

Now here's a subject I am very concerned about, for as a person who grew up on the rivers camping and fishing, I again speak from first hand experiences. A man could catch enough fish on one fishing line, in an afternoon or morning , to feed a family of 6 for a week. Seriously now you would spend 6 days to catch that many fish, and there would be none at all if the fisheries did not restock waterways with fingerlings.

This has all been proven and documented as being a direct result of, flood irrigation channels along with the introduction of the European Carp to help keep the channels free from weeds and grasses. They did a wonderful job , yet we cannot get rid of them now, and they are taking over our waterways. It appears all decisions by governments are based around $ dollars $ and not the consequences of the country or us.

We Need To Change Now

How long will it take ? for man to realise that god created this earth, for us to cherish and not despise . That the mountains ,lakes and rivers were meant to form a paradise, now these and many wonders are falling prey to mans devices. It seems to me they are blinded by the $ dollars $ that they seek !!

The Earth Day Network is taking big steps these days, to protect our people and our universe. I want to talk further in my next post about them and how we can all do some thing to change our failing planet. So please take on board some of my personal observations of the last 5o yrs, and look around you to see what is happening in your part of the world. Please leave your comments of your observations, and we will discuss further next post, Mother Nature And Earth Week .

Bye and take care til my next post

Allen Sentance Fisherman

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mother Nature And Earth Week

Earth Week On Our Planet - 22nd April - 40th Anniversary

Hello my friends from around the world, today I want to touch just a little on Mother Nature And Earth Week. For those who do not know me, I am Allen Sentance (Fisherman) to all my friends, and Mother Nature and I have been good friends for years. I visit her very regularly and blend into her surroundings very quickly.

I think back to when I was a small boy, and my dad would take the whole family out into the bush with nature all around. More times than I can remember, we would camp out under the stars, and catch rabbits and fish to eat. So I became connected to Mother Nature and her magnificent environment , some 50 yrs ago .

Fisherman's Thoughts on Earth Week
I am not going to get up on my soap box and rave on about the good old days, yet I have been around long enough, to have some wonderful memories of our Planet, World, Universe or what ever you like to know it as . Now with 50 yrs experience as a good friend of Mother Nature, I speak with some informed comparisons . Considering Mother Nature And Earth Week !

I will let you all make what you will of my comments, as I am a person who loves to share his opinions. I remember as a boy, all the country rivers running with pristine clean water, other than in flood times. I could walk over the town of Dubbo's traffic bridge, where I grew up and look down into the 6mtrs of water and see the bottom.

The river is barely running, and you will never see the bottom of the river from the bridge. It has basicly over time been turned into an irrigation channel , to supply over allocated water allowances. This water is stored in a massive man built dam, 3.5 times that of Sydney harbour in volume. Man has replaced Nature's influence.

When our family would go camping and fishing , we had forests and tree's in abundance. The wildlife in the corridors of nature's bush land was there to be admired and enjoyed by all. If you had hard times , you could always go out into the bush ,and support your family from Mother Nature.

When you drive out into the country side where I grew up, I would estimate that 90% of all bushland and forests have been cleared . Apart from the old river gum's along river banks and waterways, the country has been turned into cultivation paddocks. This has forced natures animals and creatures to decline , and some are now extinct.

To be continued
I would like very much to continue this article in my next blog post, and explain further my thoughts on the up coming Earth Week . Also I want to outline just how you can can contribute , and help Mother Nature And Earth Week ....

take care & bye, until my next post

Allen Sentance Fisherman

Monday, January 25, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life

Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life

Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life
photo source-CNN

Here we have a very heartbreaking view of surviving children, from the Haiti Earthquake ,lining up to be fed by our wonderful rescuers & support teams.
Like every one else around the world, over the last 14 days all we have been hearing on the news, is what devastation and disaster the Haiti Earthquake has caused.
As I watched broken dead bodies lay in the streets, I began to cry, as then I truly was jolted into reality. The reality of just how grateful I am for my wife ,family & Life ! Since that fateful day the Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life .

The whole disaster looks like removing in the vicinity of 200,000 people from the islands population . They were here one minute, and gone the next, just like the click of your fingers . I closed my eyes then, and clicked my fingers, at the same time imagining my family & children just vanished from my life never to be seen again and without saying goodbye. I did more than cry this time I sobbed for quite a while .

I had spent the whole of the christmas and new year period , with family I had not seen for almost 2yrs, some of them even longer, and I had special time with all my grandchildren. Now after seeing & hearing of the Haiti Earthquake , I realize just how wonderful and precious those times are . We do tend to take so much for granted in our lives. I have prayed most days for the families and injured who have to live with the grief and burdens . You never know just how well off you are until life is gone.

My Reasons For This Post
It is very sad, and I write this post, not to be morbid and make you feel bad, yet I would like to think you are at least thinking of the unfortunate ones , caught up in the Haiti Earthquake. As I stated earlier , the Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life , only as it shocked me into looking at what I have in life to be grateful for , and to never question it again as long as I live !

My Gratitude For Life
Now I would like to show you some of the reasons, that I am so grateful for what I have in life, and none of them are measured in any other way than Love . I spent time with all my immediate family over christmas , which was just magic. I think it is tragic that so many people keep putting things off , until the day like the click of your finger, the loved one you were going to call or visit is gone forever .

My Most Treasured Mate -Wife-Partner & Mother of our 4 Children.

Allen Sandra 09
Allen & Sandra

We have been to hell and back too many times to remember , Yet today after 36 yrs of marriage , our love and commitment for each other continues to grow and blossom. We have 11 grandchildren from three of our 4 children , and I want to share a couple of photograph's of them to show you what I am so grateful to have in my life .

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Six of my precious grandchildren
Can you begin to see just how well off I am in life, and how beautiful life actually is, I now am more grateful than ever before, as I have taken the time to reflect on my life, going over all my reasons and Gratitude For Life . What I have in life , money cannot buy .

My eldest son Fred's four children

I have not shown all my family and grandchildren here, yet they are all so special to myself and Sandra . My post here today is to show the world just how grateful I am for my life and all the things in it. I then look at all those innocent , unfortunate victims that were in the Haiti Earthquake, they too had families and grandchildren as they are no different to you and I . Close your eye's now, and visualize all your family and grand children gone from your life like the click of a finger or wink of an eye !

Life, while very beautiful , can also be very cruel and please take the time to look at what you have in life , while you can . What you have today could quite honestly be gone tomorrow , do not put off those calls and visits to loved ones. I am sure you may understand now , how the Haiti Earthquake Strengthens My Gratitude For Life .

Thank you for reading my post

Allen Sentance Fisherman

Allen Sentance