Why we really need to start doing something about climate change. Now. (part 2)

The fact that Most people don’t get clean energy is a huge problem. Massive amounts of fossil fuels are used to give billions of people energy. There are options to get only clean energy but they cost more, so some people can’t afford it, and a lot of people just don’t care even if they can afford it. To get people to buy more green energy we need to build more solar farms, hydroelectric power plants and wind turbines. Once we have enough of those that it gets cheaper to buy green energy, then even the people who don’t care will buy clean energy because why not.

In 2015 the US government raised 3,18 trillion dollars. To build a solar farm with one megawatt you would be able to power about 200 moderately sized and middle class households. That would cost about one million US dollars. Say you wanted to build as many solar farms to give power to the whole US. There are about 127 million households in the US so to power all of that with solar energy you would need 635 billion dollars. Keep in mind that this is all a one time operation so you don’t need to spend 635 billion every year.

If the government decided to fund this then they wouldn’t just have loss. If they funded the power companies to build these solar farms the power companies would get a lot of money from all the new power that is being bought and a chunk of that would go to the government. Solar farms require much less money and time once you’ve managed to build them then coal mines for example or other methods of getting “dirty” energy. These calculations are also excluding all the clean energy that there already is. All in all once it’s done, the government and the power companies will make profit and it would be a Huge step forward in stopping climate change.

The solar farm thing was just an example of something we could do and I realize that 635 billion dollars is a huge amount of money. If every country did something like this with their power then we still have a chance to beat global warming. If governments and company owners thought about it this way then they would also realize that even if they didn’t want to help stop global warming that this would be a much better alternative. It would be a better alternative for two main reasons: the first is that, as I said earlier, it’s much cheaper to maintain solar farms than for example mines. The second is that if the companies are thought of as green companies then people are more likely to buy from them. In my next post I will be discussing what we, not the government, can do about global warming.

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Why we really need to start doing something about climate change. Now. (part one)

Hi all, I haven’t posted in a very long time and I’m sorry for that. I’ve been very busy in the last few months with school because I had a lot of catching up to do considering I was in Toronto for the first six months of the year and then went to a new school for the second half of the year in the Netherlands. It’s summer vacation now so I have a lot of time to be blogging again.

Some very important things need to happen very soon to stop climate change. I have some very big wants but considering the state the world is in now they should have already happened. many scientists say that in about 10 years, if we keep burning fossil fuels at the rate we are now, that climate change will be irreversible. Basically we are condemning all life on earth to extinction if we don’t do something fast.

“I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” You might recognise that. Before I get into what I think needs to change I’m going to talk about Greta Thunberg. This is the speech that she gave at Davos in 2019. She is the leading climate activist for 100,000 fellow teens around the globe. And she’s only 16. Whats so special about her is that she says all the scary things about climate change but in a way that she doesn’t hold back. She is letting all the wealthy people know what incredible price the world is paying for them getting rich. She is motivating people to act right now. She has insulted world leaders by telling them how they refuse to speak the truth and how they let our world be sacrificed so that a small number of people can earn tremendous amounts of money. She has also motivated me to start doing something about climate change. She is the reason I’m writing this. When someone showed me her speech at Davos, that was when I realised how dire our situation is.

As Greta has said the system needs to change so that we can stop global warming. The government has a lot of power and it’s time they should use that power to stop global warming. There should be regulations to how much your carbon footprint should be because to stop global warming we need to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use by half. For example you could have a law that states how many times you’re allowed to use a plane every year. These regulations should have been in place years ago when it wasn’t as serious as it is now, but they weren’t . Usually if these laws were to be made it would take decades for most country’s to have them and for the government to actually agree to making these laws. but we don’t have decades. We have about one decade to half the amount of fossil fuels we use. The biggest problem is that the people who this will affect most won’t be able to do anything to make these laws. We need adults to start helping us because we can’t do it ourselves. These seem like huge things to happen in a decade and most of you think I’m just dreaming but this needs to happen now because the house is on fire and when your house is on fire you act fast.

The Liefde (continuation 2)

Sorry for not posting for so long but there was an exam week and studying took up all of my time for about two weeks and the week before that I was in vacation in Paris so I was visiting a bunch of places and studying so I didn’t blog.

All of sudden a heavy silence covered the room. Why was he in this room? Casper stepped in front of his brother trying to hide him. Hans was shaking like a leaf in the wind.
“How can we help you , sir ?” intervened Alexey.
The first mate did not have a friendly face. With his dark eyes he scrutinised everybody and everything. And than , like a thunder , his voice struck : “Casper!”
For a moment Cas felt like he was falling into the darkest abyss.
But than Alexey threw himself in front of Cas, puts his strong arms around his shoulders and push him right in front of the first mate.
“I present you, sir, Casper, the most courageous sailor I’ve ever encountered.”
Then there was a powerful force to give him back his strength . Chin up, straight shoulders, Cas saluted proudly: “At your service, sir”.

“The captain wanted to speak with you,” The first mate said gruffly, “He said to meet him in his chambers at sundown”. He gave Alexey a bit of a weird look and raised an eyebrow, as if to say: Geeze, I was just bringing a message. Then the first mate walked out of the door. Cas breathed a sigh of relief and Hans stopped trembling. “Well,” Cas said to Hans, “You certainly could’ve picked a better time to come in.” “At least he didn’t see Hans,” Alexey replied. ” “Well, I guess I’m happy with that, but the reason the captain wants to speak to me can’t be good either because with hundreds of people on this ship a captain isn’t going to call in a simple shipmate like me to his room just because he wants to compliment me or whatever; I must be in trouble for some reason.” “In any case,” Alexey said whilst looking out of the window, “you better hurry up because it looks like you’ve only got about an hour.”

MY FAVOURITE FANTASY BOOKS/SERIES AND WHY I LIKE THEM/SUMMARIES. Part 2

  The Underland Chronicles

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I would reccomend this series for ages 11 (if you fairly advanced and can deal with some death and sad parts) to age 16, it would still be fun then but maybe a little cheesy or just too kiddy in general.

The Underland chronicles is a 5-book series and each book can range from 300-350 pages. Probably the first thing that caught you eye is the name of the author in the picture above, and yes, this series is by Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games. I read this series twice completely through. The first time was when I was almost ten and the second when I was eleven (yes, I know I’m a hypocrite, but Probably with all the books on my list I’ve read it at a younger age then I recommend them for so stop complaining😤).

  Summary 

Gregor, the main character, is living a normal life with his single mom (his dad dissapeared one day never to be found) and little sister when he find a huge whole in the laundry room at the bottom of the apartment building he lives in. Gregor’s little sister boots, falls in the hole and Gregor follows. They come out in an underground world where rodents and insects are as big if not bigger than normal people. They also find humans by being brought to their city Regalia by riding on the backs of two cockroaches. In Regalia Gregor meats Luxa, the future queen and her cousin Howard. When Gregor arrives he realises that this city is not modern and does not have technology or gunpowder. Gregor is welcomed warmly and he realizes that there is a prophecy about two overlanders (Someone who lives in the normal world) that will travel with eight underlanders to save a captured overlander. Gregor is discovered to be the “warrior” that the prophecy speaks of (Boots is the other overlander). Gregor has to, unwillingingly, make the journey with Luxa, Henry, some cockroaches, bats, spiders and ripred the rat. During the whole series Regalia is at war with the rat kingdom (ripred is a traiter to his kind so he’s good). Throughout the series Gregor keeps helping Regalia with problems (not allways for selfless reasons as he once had a plaugue that would kill him if he didn’t find the cure in the underands). He gets very attached to the city and gets a crush on Luxa and it’s hard for him to go back to his mother eventually.

  Pros and cons

Well, as you probably already guessed because of the author, the writing was GREAT. the storyline made sense and everything was clear. There weren’t any cheesy parts. The plot of every book in the series was great and I got hooked immediately (that’s why read the series twice). There were great and interesting moral conflicts. There weren’t only happy parts but also sad parts and death/betrayal. Everything that happened in the series had a reason and made sense so when Gregor kept staying in the Underlands after every book instead of going home there were either good moral reasons or other good reason (like having a plague that can only be cured in the Underlands). All in all this was an amazing series and I give it a 9.5.

My favourite fantasy books/ series and why I like them/summaries. (I recommend all of them) part 1

This list is going to go in order from the youngest age I would recommend these books for to the oldest.

  Rangers apprentice

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I think this would be fun for ages 10 (if your fairly advanced and can deal with some sad parts) – 14 (I think it would maybe get a bit kiddy/cheesy after that but 15 may still be good)

I read rangers apprentice when I was nine, I read a lot for kids my age so I was very advanced, (I was and still am also very humble😉) then reread it like one and a half years later. Rangers Apprentice is a thirteen-book series, each book containing approximately 250-350 pages. I loved all thirteen books both times.

Summary

It’s hard to give a short summary of a 13-book series but I’ll try: Rangers Apprentice plays out in the middle-ages–as in theres no guns but swords and kings–but it’s still a fantasy world and nothing in it has any historical relevance. It starts off with a teenager (14 I think) whose name is Will. Will’s father died in battle just after Will was born and Will’s mother got sick soon after her husbands death. Will was left on the doorstep of the baron of Redmont (the castle he lived in). Will was cared for in a group with four other orphans. When it was time for everybody in the city to chose a job to train for the orphans all knew what they would pick. All of the other orphans were accepted except for Will who wanted to go to the warrior school. When Will was turned down though, a man came out of the crowd and chose Will to be his apprentice. This man was part of the Ranger Corps, an elite force of spies and problem solvers. Will was trained under his master Halt and learned archery like no-one out of the ranger corps could and was also trained in sneaking and camouflaging. Throughout the series new problems come up in the kingdom of Araluen and Will is sent out to fix many of them with his master Halt. I won’t explain the plot of every book in the series but suffice it to say that every problem was completely unique and original so it wasn’t like every book a new bad guy comes and leads an army to take over the world.

pros and cons

It was a very exciting series throughout the whole thing and I just couldn’t stop reading it, even the second time. It wasn’t all goody goody because there were situations where characters that you could grow attached to died and “the good guys” didn’t always win (they did often get saved at the last moment so it’s not to heartbreaking for kids). The character development was very good and you really got what was going on inside the main characters mind. Personally I loved the element of kickass where you just feel like “Ha, serves you right” or something like that. The writing was about average so not really special but the story definitely compensates for that. I didn’t like the last four or five books as much because by then the “good guys” were saved so often at the last moment that it became very predictable and you were never really scared that they would lose. That said it was still a great series and my final evaluation is an 8 

The Liefde (continuation on Unknown title) continuation 1

Casper was thunderstruck.  “Hans, what are you doing here? Get down quick! Oh god, the ship is already too far from the shore! What am I going to do with you?” Cas was desperate. Hans was only fifteen. It’s true that he was strongly built and had a sharp mind for his age, but the rules are clear. Eighteen! You have to be at least eighteen to work on the ship. Casper new that he was already in trouble. The solution was one and only one. He must hide his brother. But where? “Lets go quick, Hans. My room is big. I’ll find a place for you there.” He grabbed his brother by his arm and pushed him down the stairs. Cas opened the door of his room and… what ? There were seven other sailors, every one trying to hang their hammock, getting ready for the night. Poor Casper, he understands now. He is going to share his big room with seven other sailors and now one more, his brother. The tallest among the sailors looks down on Casper and with a thundering voice explains: “On the first deck only the captain and his officers have separate rooms with normal beds. And don’t worry, your brother is safe among us. Big ship, lots of peoples.”
He had a strong foreign accent. “My name is Alexey and I am from Russia.”

Alexey was strongly built and he towered above Cas. Now that they were off the deck though Cas had to talk to Hans. “Hans, what the hell were you thinking! how did you even get on the boat?” Hans didn’t seem so cheerful anymore. “I just wanted to be part of everything,” he said. Then added more softly “And I wanted to be with you”. “That’s all good and well Hans but what about mother! She’ll be worried sick if she knows you’ve gone with me. and you know you have to be eighteen!” “It’s ok,” Hans said in a confident voice Cas knew was fake, “I’ll be very useful and I won’t be a burden. I’ll stay out of sight and I’ll even do all your chores in your room just as long as you guys don’t tell the captain.” The sailors nodded reluctantly in agreement but Cas wasn’t done with him. “What did you tell mother when you ran off like that?” “I just told that I was gonna go play with some friends” Hans replied. Cas sighed. Then the first mate walked in.

story (I havn’t thought of a name yet)

My grandmother and I are doing a kind of game where she writes a paragraph (or more) of a story we´re developing and then I continue on what she wrote and then it’s her turn again and then me etc.

Once upon a time…
1598  in the port of Rotterdam. Five sailing boats were getting ready to start a journey which was going to change the face of the world.
Casper was one of the sailors. He was excited. His patience was running out.
“Cas, (his friends call him that) hey, Cas, the boat is ready “. And, oh, how ready he was!
He turned, took a last look from the shore and, yes,  “Liefde” was ready.
He held his mother tight not wanting to see the tears in her eyes. Hiding his emotions he ran to join the brave men of the “Liefde” crew.
It was going to be a very long journey. Only the ones with passion, courage and love for adventure were going to survive.
The sails are high up and the five monumental boats, the best in the world, started moving slowly, very slowly. Soon the port of Rotterdam was going to be a memory.

Though Casper was bored and impatient while he was waiting, now he couldn’t have been more excited. It was finally happening! He tried not to think of his mother whilst the port was fading out of his eyesight. The ship was huge! It was the biggest he had ever been on and it was at least 100 meters along its length. And there were 3 other floors under the main deck! The ship was also beautifully built. The sides were painted in lines of black and red and he hadn’t expected to be in a room with only 14 other sailors. The deck was also very clean but he didn’t expect that to last very long without any disobedient sailers. “Hey Casp!” yelled one of the crew. his name was Hans, he was Casper’s younger brother. Hans was standing near the bow of the ship and he was waving excitedly.