Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

September 2020: Coping & Hoping in the Time of COVID: A Shift in My Postings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

I am making a shift in MENUPAUSE to a more environmental focus on climate change, global warning (not just warming) and the importance of listening to Mother Nature’s cry of help because we are killing the planet. My vegetarian recipes are part of this, since eating lower on the food chain is one great way to lower our carbon footprint. I hope you will continue to read my postings and join as part of my green team (see below). Finally, I believe that the health of the planet (macrocosum) and the health of our individual bodies bodies (microcosum) are all part of the greater good for global survival.

By ellen sue

Day after day during COVID, my routine rarely alters:

Keep calm, healthy & alert; my resolve never falters.

Making the bed, doing laundry, my thoughts ever roam.

Is this new way of living good for our global home?


Wearing a mask, shopping at dawn, not eating out—

Is this the new norm everyone is thinking about?

The flu in 1918 has a similar resemblance: quite eerie.

Will we ever again feel safe, in practice and in theory?


Day after day, I think a lot about what this new life is worth?

Is COVID telling us to clean up our shared home: Mother Earth?

Are the severe storms, floods, & greenhouse gases a global warning

to scale down our lives, take stock of our actions, every morning?


If so, then we need to do all in our power every, single day

to clean up our ailing planet, everyone in his or her own way.

Reuse/Reduce/Recycle is a triple, important conviction

to save us all from dying: the human race’s extinction!


Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is coming to deadly fruition.

We don’t need a crystal ball; just use your natural intuition.

If we take from the planet more than we give,

soon everything will die and no one will live.


I have become an environmental activist now,

Creating a green team to see what and how

we can do to save the planet & also all* our lives.

I see no other choice to a path that says: “SURVIVE.”


I feel a small revolution stirring in my soul

and my green team project is now a major goal.

so join me if you wish to be part of this quiet revolution.

REUSE/REDUCE/RECYCLE and reach a safe solution.


*whatever your color, creed, political persuasion, or financial & social status

For more info on the Green Team, email me at:


EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY: Making a Difference – Pick Your Project for Climate Change

Thursday, September 26th, 2019


I just finished listening to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg speak about climate justice on You Tube from a talk she gave some time ago. She came to the U.S. recently and spoke at the UN. I will listen to that speech as well.

In the mid-1990s I was a briefing leader for The Hunger Project, an incredible organization that taught me that hunger exists; it doesn’t need to; and each person can make a difference.

Greta is one of the young persons who IS making a difference with her commitment to REPAIR our world to make it safely inhabitable for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations. Like Malala, who survived being shot while on her way to school, and spoke up about education for women, she was one person making a huge difference for women’s education.

What I suggest is that each of you picks one thing* that you think is important for reversing or reducing climate change. For me, it is being a vegetarian and eating lower on the food chain. And because I eat lots of fruits and veggies, I have lots of compost. I deposit my compost at Whole Foods or Mom’s Organic, even if it means putting the compost wrapped in a biodegradable bag in the freezer until I make it back to the store.

When I visited Nova Scotia last week, I found something quite interesting regarding compost. There were recycling bins in several places, but instead of only the three groupings of paper, plastic, and non-food garbage, there was a fourth bin for compost (called organic). Just think, if I lived in Nova Scotia, I could deposit my compost in lots of places that have these four bins and not worry about putting it in the freezer! I plan to go to Borough Hall tomorrow to find out how we can get composting bins added to the other recycling bins in public places.


Note: The fourth bin on the right says organics, which mean you can throw in banana peels, apple cores, etc. that will be composted and returned to Mother Earth.


* At my weekly Full Circle meeting at the local senior center, one of the participants is adamant about the “flagrant” use of plastic straws, so this could be his one way to make a difference, that is, reminding friends and even strangers that plastic straws add up to garbage in the environment. Someone else may emphasize using stainless steel water bottles, or tackle replanting more trees, or walking instead of driving to a close by destination.

Choose your “making a difference project” and email me at or in the comment box so I know what difference you are making towards a safer planet. Thanx! ellensue