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Why You're Here: Ethics for the Real World

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Recently I won a copy of Why You're Here: Ethics for the Real World (John G. Stackhouse, Jr.) on Goodreads.  Martin found it really exciting and has written the following review of it.



A lovely Saturday

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Yesterday was a fun day :-)

Martin and I had our first go at bottling mussels.

Buying fish for human rights: salmon

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This post has been moved to the Just Kai website.  Further updates will be posted there.



This is the first in a series of blog posts on buying fish for human rights.  The other posts completed so far cover tinned tuna, sardines and mackerel and pet food with fish in.
Last updated 27/10/18.
Last year I blogged about how Martin and I try to shop in ways that support human rights.  We do that by:
Preferentially buying things produced in low income countries;Buying things produced under the best labour conditions available;Trying not to buy things produced by child or forced labour. The reasons behind these principles are explained in more detail here.

At the time that was written I was uncertain which (if any!) fish or seafood we could buy that would accord with those principles.  We had become aware that slavery was rife in the fishing industry.  People were being forced to work without pay both on the boats and in processing factories, child labour was being used, and there were plenty…

20kg of CO2e

I've been playing with some numbers and have come up with a list of things that all give about the same amount of carbon emissions (approximately 20kg CO2e):
5 days of average Kiwi household power use (100kWh) - if hydropowertaking the bus from Auckland to Palmerston North (500km) driving from Auckland to Huntly (100km)10kg of dry fertiliser (20% nitrogen fertiliser)80 standard loo rollsa 3L steel saucepan (1kg of saucepan) a pair of cotton undies3 square metres of wool carpet2 square metres of vinyl flooring1.5 square metre of window glass (single glazing)1/2 a square metre of driveway concrete (10cm deep)a square foot of house (just the shell, typical Kiwi construction)a square foot of solar panel (monocrystalline)44kg fruit or vegetables grown organically or in New Zealand33kg conventionally grown imported fruit or vegetables20L milk13kg lentils5kg chicken 2kg cheese1kg of beef Certainly brings out how different things have different impacts - and not always in the ways you'…