IN A NUTSHELL 24/2019-20
SCOTLAND: FREE SANITARY ARTICLES FOR WOMEN
On February 25, 2020 Scottish Parliament adopted a new law called The Period Products Scotland Bill, which means the country is the world’s first to offer free sanitary products to women who have menstruation. The regulation practically means tampons and sanitary pads will be available to women for free at selected places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies. Scottish MPs were almost all for (112 votes for yes, 1 for no, 1 absent). The programme will cost some 24.1 million pounds a year. The author of the idea, Monica Lennon, said this is a clear signal to the whole world how seriously Scotland takes gender equality. This decision is in fact the next step after in 2018 the country started offering free period products in schools, colleges and universities to stop women from experiencing the so-called ”period poverty”. As Mrs Lennon puts it: ” Access to menstrual products is a right. Period.”
DON’T BUY, RENT
In the past people used to rent almost only the things they couldn’t buy for their own money or ones a bank did not to give them money for. An obvious example was a flat or a house for which you need a small fortune. Renting, however, was often perceived as a necessity in our society and largely as ”money lost”. A lot has changed in this aspect, not only in the sphere or real estate. Renting has become very fashionable and companies offer an ever wider range of products. A very popular service already is long-term car renting, where you pay a monthly fee and can enjoy a great model you normally wouldn’t be able to afford. In some cases you need to pay e.g. 10% of the car’s value up-front, but there are offers where no initial cash is required. You sign a contract to use a car for 2, 3 or 4 years, agree on a monthly fee and collect the keys. Remember, though, that after the period is over you give back the car. And more often than not you have to pay for insurance, registration and more. Other services are just starting: renting a phone or a laptop is already possible. Is it a good option?
APPLE DOESN’T LET FILM VILLAINS TO HAVE IPHONES
A film director, Rian Johnson, has recently revealed in interesting piece of information in an interview. He said that Apple allow for iPhones to be used in films, but there is one condition: they can’t be used by villains. You cannot have a scene where a villain is holding an Apple device. This may sound like something unimportant, but for careful film-lovers that actually is a very interesting hint. If you watch a film where you don’t know who committed a crime you can pay attention to who is not using an iPhone. This probably works for Rian Johnson’s new movie ”Knives Out” based on a criminal mystery in the style of Agatha Christie.
INTERNET RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE THAN FLYING
In fact, some experts claim that the broadly understood IT now emits double the amount flying does. Most of us understand that the cloud – or hundreds of thousands of data centres around the world which store practically everything we see and use online – runs on electricity. Most of that electricity is still generated by burning fossil fuels. In her March 5th material, film and TV journalist Beth Webb of BBC gives some intriguing comparisons. Let’s say you binge-watched all episodes of Netflix’s Peaky Blinders – this apparently amounts to a 110 km drive in a regular petrol car! Another one: All data centres, cables and wi-fi signals used to stream the song „Despacito” since its release in 2017 used the same energy as Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic. Together. Over a period of one year. Webb’s research also led her to find that Amazon „owns” a huge part of the internet, meaning the company makes more profit selling their portion of the cloud than they do with all their shopping/delivery business. To be fair to Amazon, they are supposedly committed to getting 80% of the energy they need for operating from renewable resources by 2024 and 100% of it by 2050.
Source: bbc.com, a March 5 2020 report about IT industry’s impact on the environment https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-51742336/dirty-streaming-the-internet-s-big-secret
- Sanitary products for women should be available for free.
- You should never buy products you can’t pay right away for.
- Big companies should never promote themselves by supporting evil, even in fictitious characters.
- Expecting people to limit their internet use at this stage is asking too much.