Remembrance Day

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I took this picture a long time ago, at the Parkdale-Maplewood Museum, deep in rural Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

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I now live in Guelph, the home of John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields. This is an illuminated version of the poem created after McCrae’s death at the end of WWI, in the Guelph University Archives.

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This is part of the memorial at the McCrae House Museum. It was erected in 1946, a year after the end of WWII.

Today, we are having the first winter storm.

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20% of global water pollution

20% of global water pollution is the result of dyeing textiles. https://www.soilassociation.org/thirsty-for-fashion/

Fashion production causes 10% of global carbon emissions. https://www.innovationintextiles.com/circular-fashion-closing-clothings-waste-loop/

It takes 7600 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. https://fashionunited.uk/case/future-of-fashion-production-sustainable-high-tech-and-on-demand

It takes 2700 litres of water to make one T-shirt. https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt

Organic cotton consumes 91% less water than “conventional” cotton. http://aboutorganiccotton.org/faq/

“Conventional” cotton uses approximately 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. [The enormous amount of herbicides like glyphosate used are never included in statistics.]  https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/oct/01/cotton-on-the-staggering-potential-of-switching-to-organic-clothes

Drones are spraying chemical defoliant on millions of hectares of cotton fields in China. This is on top of already chemical intensive GMO (“conventional”) cotton programs, with the goal of reducing “expensive” labour costs. https://www.geospatialworld.net/news/xag-drone-fleets-take-off-for-large-scale-cotton-defoliation-operation-in-xinjiang/

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XAG Drone spraying cotton defoliate in Xinjiang, 2018.