200 million hectares of land worldwide – a total area larger than Mexico – have been impacted by land grabbing and eviction. Smallholders and indigenous people are being driven from their ancestral land, often with the tacit approval of national governments who profit a lot from it. The UN must stop this abuse of power.
There exists a 100% biodegradable alternative to plastic bags: bags made of cassava. The bags can be dissolved in water which you can drink. That way we could solve the plastic litter crises up to a noticeable extent. Any plastics that has been produced still exists in one or another form. The cassava bags were invented in Bali in 2017 against the plastic litter crisis.
Recent science shows that you can grow new brain cells by a healthy living regardless of your age. Walking for 45 minutes every day, eating omega-3 fatty acids (linseed oil, walnuts: also helps against cardiac and circulatory troubles), eating turmeric and blueberries and drinking green tea (good against cancer), caloric restriction (slows down aging as well) and/or intermittent fasting are beneficial.
Tax the rich, not the poor! Thousands of people in yellow vests have been protesting for weeks on the streets to demand just that - not only in France, but also in Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and the UK .
Here’s the plan: world-renowned economist Thomas Piketty, author of the book ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, and a group of social scientists have put together a manifesto with concrete, bold proposals to tax the richest companies and individuals in Europe. If we could persuade just two European governments to sign up to it, that would kickstart a radical transformation!
f.i. Apple only pays 0.005% of tax and also Amazon less than 1% while hard working people have to bear the brunt of taxation. The movement wants to establish a new European Assembly not being blocked by fiscal unanimity and being composed of members of national parliaments and of the European parliament. All of it would be possible without changing European treaties.
The General Accounting Office of the EU has no access to the European supervision of banks from the ECB which thus takes place without control. The situation was different when the supervision of banks was a national issue. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank has said that there were too many banks in Europe. However small banks like saving banks and cooperative banks are the backbone of the German economy. The German success in exporting goods is attributed to one half to small and mid sized corporations which are direly in need of small banks to obtain credits (see for this article at DWN). Besides this the relatively cheap Euro makes it more easy for foreign investors to buy German corporations (DWN article).