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Brain Brakes

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Brain breaks er korte afbræk indlagt i den stillesiddende undervisning, hvor kroppen aktiveres.

Forskellige typer brain breaks kan have forskellige virkninger afhængigt af, hvad de går ud på og hvordan de afvikles. Der arbejdes med fire kategorier af brain breaks med hvert deres fokus:

  • Sociale (fællesskab, grine, samarbejde)
  • Koordination (motorik, udfordring for krop og hoved)
  • Puls (høj intensitet, hele kroppen og masser af energi)
  • Velvære (afspænding, massage, meditation, ro og afslapning)

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Brain break-kasse
På den første temadag (opstartsdagen) skal alle klasser arbejde med brain breaks. Her skal eleverne selv finde brain breaks på internettet eller udvikle deres egne ud fra de fire kategorier. Disse samles i en kasse, som kan bruges i klassen fremadrettet, hvor eleverne skiftevis står for instruktionen. Målet er, at eleverne får indflydelse på deres små aktive pauser – både i udvælgelsen og udførslen af brain breaks.

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Health, Learning and development, Nature

Stop plastic pollution from McDonald’s and Starbucks

Brian,

I have two very exciting updates to share with you about our campaigns to stop plastic pollution from McDonald’s and Starbucks. In a nutshell: We’re winning!

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McDonald’s ditches plastic straws in the UK!

Yes! You read that right. Just last week, the fast food multinational announced that it would start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants in May!

Since last year, SumOfUs members from all over the world have been urging McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws. More than 388,000 of you have signed the petition, you sent over 21,000 emails to McDonald’s executives, and you shared videos and images on social media thousands upon thousands of times. Thank you!

When we met with McDonald’s lawyers in February, they told us that they had heard your message loud and clear — and now we’re seeing action.

Ditching straws in the UK is a great start, but McDonald’s must roll this out globally, so we are ramping up the pressure.

That’s why a SumOfUs member has put forward a proposal for McDonald’s upcoming annual shareholder meeting, to get McDonald’s shareholders on side too.

This could be our most powerful tactic yet. Can you help make it happen?

Will you chip in 1 € to cover the costs a group of SumOfUs members attending the AGM — so they can speak up for our movement?

Starbucks promises a #BetterCup….again

Last month SumOfUS members across the world joined in with the ‘Starbucks: break free from plastic’ coalition to pressure the giant coffee chain to make good on its decade old promise to produce a 100% recyclable cup. And you did it!

The campaigning coalition formed ahead of Starbucks’ 2018 annual shareholder meeting in March. In the run-up to the meeting, the coffee giant was urging its shareholders to vote “no” on a proposal asking Starbucks to address its plastic pollution problem put forward by our friends, As You Sow.

And that’s where SumOfUs members like you really started to pile on the pressure.

Over 300,000 of you signed the petition. You emailed and tweeted the company in your thousands. And the day before the meeting, Starbucks suddenly announced it will commit $10 million in a partnership to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to market in three years!

Yes, Starbucks has made promises like this before. But it knows that the movement calling on it to break free from plastics is now stronger than ever, with SumOfUs members like you ready to hold it to its promiseon cups — and to push it to rid itself of plastics completely.

Time and time again, you’ve stopped giant corporations from carrying on, business as usual, with no regard for the damage they’re causing in pursuit of profits. And you’re already off to a flying start in 2018. Just think what else we’re going to accomplish together this year!

Thanks for all that you do,
Sondhya, Eoin, Tricia and the team at SumOfUs

 

More information:

McDonald’s to start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants Sky News, 28 March 2018
Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners to develop recyclable, compostable cup solution, Starbucks, 20 March 2018

 

Thank you Sondhya

Kind Regards

Brian

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Are You Full Of Plastic?

The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know.

From The Guardian by  John Vidal

A deposit scheme for bottles won’t make a scrap of difference. This stuff is in our food, our clothes – and in us

 

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West Wales, last weekend. The old foam mattress lying waterlogged on an otherwise clean beach might have been at sea for months before it was washed up on the tide. A large bit of it had broken off, and the rest was crumbling. It was a clear threat to wildlife, so we heaved what was left of it above the wave line and promised to come back to dispose of it properly when it was dry.

But how do you safely dispose of an old mattress made of billions of tiny plastic particles leaking formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals? Do you burn it? Bury it? Do you expect the company who made it to come to collect it? Answers to environment secretary Michael Gove, who today pledged to stem the tide of plastic debris by announcing a consultation on a plastic-bottle return scheme for England, which aims to get people to recycle more.

Gove’s initiative is welcome, but minimal, and will have zero impact on the vast and growing scale of the plastic problem. The scheme is aimed at people fed up with litter, and to Blue Planet viewers who are shocked by images of birds swallowing plastic straws and turtles being choked by plastic bags. It is no more use than a heavy smoker forgoing a single cigarette.

Since we started engineering polymers to make plastic on a mass scale in the 1950s, this byproduct of the petrochemical industry, which uses about 6% of all the oil we extract a year, has spread to myriad manufacturing processes. Plastic is now ubiquitous, insidious and impossible to avoid. It makes up our clothes, containers, bottles, electronics, food trays, cups and paints. Our cars depend on it, so do our computers, roofs and drain pipes. It’s the global packaging material of choice. We sleep on it, wear it, watch it, and are in direct bodily contact with it in one form or other all day and night.

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It may have profound societal benefits, but this most successful of all manmade materials sticks around for centuries. When exposed to sunlight, oxygen or the action of waves, it doesn’t biodegrade but simply fragments into smaller and smaller bits, until microscopic or nano-sized particles enter the food chain, the air, the soil and the water we drink.

The BBC’s hugely popular Blue Planet series and a stream of scientific studies have made us aware of how the oceans are being polluted, but we still have little understanding of how human health is impacted by the many synthetic chemicals and additives that are used to give plastic its qualities. In the past few years, minute microplastics and fibres, measuring the width of a human hair or far less, have been found in an extraordinary range of products, such as honey and sugarshellfishbottled and tap waterbeer, processed foods, table salt and soft drinks.

In one study, 95% of all adults tested in the US had known carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A in their urine. In another, 83% of samples of tap water tested in seven countries were found to contain plastic microfibres. A study published last week revealed plastics contamination in more than 90% of bottled-water samples, which were from 11 different brands. And earlier this year the River Tame in Manchester was found to have 517,000 particles of plastic per cubic metre of sediment – that’s nearly double the highest concentration ever measured across the world.

The more researchers look, the more they find in the human body. The same scientists who raised the alarm on air pollution from the deadly particles emitted by diesel vehicles are now finding plastic microparticles raining down on cities, and blown into the air from cars and construction sites, washing lines and food packaging. Indoor plastic pollution may be even worse than outdoors, with a single wash of sports kit or manmade textiles found to release thousands of microfibres into the air.

At a recent UK workshop convened by the marine group Common Seas, 30 scientists, doctors and others compared notes, and agreed unanimously that plastic is now in what we eat, drink and breathe, and constitutes a significant and growing threat to human health.

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If we can breathe in these micro- and nano-sized particles and fibres, the scientists conjecture, they are likely to get into the human bloodstream, lung tissue and breast milk, or become lodged in the gut and respiratory systems. Some microparticles may pass through the body without causing harm, others may lodge there dangerously. Many are suspected to be carcinogenic or to have hormone-disrupting properties.

The consensus is that there are great gaps in what we know about how microplastics affect human health, and that we need more robust science. We don’t know the risk when we drink contaminated bottled or tap water every day. We don’t know how much we are ingesting or breathing, or what effect exposure to hazardous plastic particles may have over years. We don’t know the concentrations that are safe for adults, let alone infants. There is mounting concern that under-studied microplastic particles threaten health by presenting a potentially major source of toxic chemicals to the human body.

Although we have known for years that some of the additives used to make plastics flexible, transparent or durable are chemically dangerous, few have been tested on humans. Some countries have banned some chemicals – but there is no consistency, and the chemical companies have found it easy to avoid regulation, finding substitutes that are potentially just as dangerous.

It is not enough to single out plastic bottles, coffee cups, or the microbeads found in cosmetics. We urgently need the government to form a comprehensive plastic action plan. Banning all plastic bags and single-use packaging would be a good start, but we need to go way beyond that. Plastic production has to be reduced, just as alternatives should be encouraged. Regulators must think about phasing out whole groups of chemicals of concern, rather than slowly restricting individual chemicals one at a time, and consumers must be helped to understand what they are being exposed to, and to navigate the complexity of what can be recycled, composted or burned.

In the 1950s the world made about 2m tonnes of plastic a year. Now that figure is 330m tonnes a year – and it is set to treble again by 2050. It’s not enough to return a few plastic bottles, or even to pick up an old mattress on a beach.

 John Vidal is a former environment editor of the Guardian

 

No Plastic regards

Brian

 

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The Sum Of Us

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Dear friend

Thank you for stepping up to do your bit for the planet.

As a friend of the earth, you and I are working together to change the world for good, creating a cleaner, healthier, fairer world for everyone.

Everything we achieve relies on people like you.

Over the coming months we’ll be in touch most weeks to tell you how you can make a difference – keeping dirty fossil fuels in the ground, protecting bees and combatting climate change. The Earth needs us to stand together more than ever. We need it.

I would be so pleased if you choose to fight with me side by side.

Here are some of our wins in 2017.

Highlights of the year

Bee-harming pesticides – could this be the end?

Our bees campaign celebrated big wins in 2017. We want a ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids – or neonics – and we’ve seen progress among local authorities, retailers and government.

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The year got off to a good start as we celebrated Cornwall council’s decision to restrict neonic use in its parks,  highways and other public land. Devon, Dorset and Somerset have also committed. Great news for the South West and huge thanks to our local groups and campaigners in their communities.

In May, after campaigning by our colleagues and supporters, B&Q became the first of the UK’s big 10 garden centres to commit to stop using neonics. And in November Homebase became the 10th:  days after we’d handed over an 18,000-strong petition, the company said that by the end of 2018 it would stop using bee-harming pesticides on garden plants and in other garden products.

Also this year the UK government rejected the National Farmers’ Union’s latest request to lift restrictions on neonics. Thousands of our supporters emailed their MPs to help bring about this win.

And in the biggest victory of all, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced in November that the government now backs tougher restrictions on neonics.

We’ll be keeping up the pressure in 2018 to help our precious polinators.

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Coal, oil and gas: cutting off investment

We’re part of a growing global alliance persuading people to divest from fossil fuels – in other words, move their investments out of coal, oil and gas.

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We want to prevent new coal extraction and stop coal being used to generate our electricity. It’s the dirtiest of fossil fuels. So 21 April 2017 was a landmark for Britain – it was the first day since the 1880s that we hadn’t used any coal to produce electricity. The UK now gets more of its electricity from wind power than from coal.

But we’re not resting easy. In June we took part in a public enquiry into a proposed opencast coal mine near beautiful Druridge Bay in Northumberland. We’d spent months focusing media attention on the contradiction between this huge new project and the government’s commitment to phasing out coal.

Our pressure, along with thousands of signatures from local communities and others, persuaded the government to call in the Druridge Bay coal project – the first time this has ever been done for climate reasons. A decision on the project is now the government’s rather than the local council’s. And we’re hoping for good news around March 2018.

Also this year, Barclays Bank announced it will sell its investment in Third Energy, the company that wants to frack in Ryedale, Yorkshire. Barclays had faced increasing pressure from Friends of the Earth and our partners in the divestment movement.

And we had more reason to celebrate when oil company UKOG withdrew plans to drill 4 oil wells under the South Downs National Park. We’d been campaigning against the plans with local residents. Big environmental concerns included the company’s plans to pump chemicals into the wells, potentially endangering drinking water in the area.

Throughout 2017 more organisations have announced they’re moving away from dirty energy investments. Friends of the Earth local groups have played a big part in keeping up the pressure. The list now includes Hackney council – joining the likes of Waltham Forest, Southwark, Haringey and South Yorkshire – as well as over a third of our universities, the TUC, UNISON, and large parts of the Catholic church. Pressure is even growing within parliament to de-carbonise its own pension investments.

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Shedding light on air pollution

In late 2016 we launched one of the biggest-ever nationwide citizen science experiments – and revealed the dirty truth about air pollution.

Since then more than 4,000 of you (including schoolchildren) have tested the air quality all around the UK using our unique Clean Air Kit. Many of the results have been alarming.

By uncovering hidden pollution hotspots you’ve helped put Britain’s dirty air firmly on the political agenda. Our National Air Pollution Map and groundbreaking report [pdf] show dirty air is a far wider problem than national and local government suggest.

Now our Clean Air Schools Pack, endorsed by the National Union of Teachers, is helping to educate a generation of children on the dangers of air pollution – and what we can do about it.

In the run-up to the June General Election we produced a 6-point plan for tackling air pollution. It led to dramatically improved commitments from two of the main political parties, including a pledge by Labour to end illegal air pollution by 2018 – in line with Friends of the Earth’s position.

We’ve unmasked diesel as a dirty fuel of the past. By the end of 2017, diesel sales were in an unprecedented decline, with 8 consecutive months of reduced year-on-year sales.

And garages are no longer allowed to advertise the practice of removing vital air pollution filters from cars after we launched a complaint.

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These are just some of our victories. We hope that you win join and have more victories together with us for a better world.

Thanks for all your support.

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Love Earth

Brian

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Friends Of The Earth

Together we can protect people and planet

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Save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Our investigations have revealed that a huge energy company called INEOS wants to explore for shale gas in beloved Sherwood Forest – the first step towards fracking.

We aren’t going to sit idly by and let this happen. 

We need your help, and we need it urgently. Please give what you can to our fighting fund today.

Donate To Save Sheerwood:

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/donate/savesherwood

Love Earth

Brian

 

 

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Learning and development, Mindset, Psychology

To Achieve Anything

  • Being mentally powerful is always better. Worse circumstances, Lack of financial condition, and Criticism can never be a reason for failure. A man is capable, to do more than his limits. If he has a strong desire to achieve, then he is unstoppable. All the circumstances that come in your life make you stronger. So be thankful for them and concentrate on life’s coming happiness. Learn to face your problems, grow beyond them and make your dreams come true. Nothing is more powerful in this world than your desire. Have a burning desire, believe in your goals and believe you will achieve them, Affirm and visualize your goal, feel you’re already in possession of it, dig deep in your field, be a master of that field, work hard and success will come to you because you deserve it.
  • I know one thing in my life that success is in my blood. I have suffered through a lot of pain and worse circumstances, but I never gave up because of them. I know that problems outside me are not stronger than the desire inside me. I have a strong desire to be successful, to help the world. Go and find out your burning desire. A burning desire is like a magic shield, a shield which will eat all excuses, negativity, problems, and will lead you to reach your goal. Do you know guys what Elon Musk says, ‘A failure is an option.’ It’s so true. Failure is necessary for you to grow. It will teach you, build you, and prepare you for the next hunt. Accept your circumstances, poor financial condition if you have so, criticism if you’re getting, problems you’re facing, and keep going. Maybe on the way to success, you’ll face many barriers but don’t stop until you reach your destination.
  • If you often feel you’re stuck between the stubble fields of life, then there could be a reason, “either you’re not obsessed with your goal, or you don’t have a goal.” If you’re living a life without having a purpose, then this feeling of stuckness will stay forever. But you have a goal, and still feels something like this, then the reason could be not having an obsession with work. If you’re not obsessed, don’t like your job, and still doing it then it’s all waste. You’ll never feel excited to work, to put extra efforts, and it will result in low performance. You guys must know, “If you want something, you should give something.” In return for success, give your time and efforts. And the solution to get rid of this feeling is to be committed to your goal, be obsessed with them.
  • The biggest powerful thing you have is an ability to read. All the highly successful people are obsessed with reading. Bill Gates read one book a week, Warren Buffet read for five hours a day, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk are great readers. Elon Musk is a self-taught programmer, a self-taught rocket scientist, can you believe it?
    Books are the medium for happiness, health and wealth. There are so many great books out there which can change your life. And those books are written by those who have been successful in their own life. Books share real-life experiences they teach you the things that you didn’t learn in school or college. Read books and gain wisdom. Helping yourself to grow is the best work you’ll ever do. So read, read, and read.
  • Affirm and visualize you are happy and are in possession of what you want. Say thanks and be grateful for those things. All the hard work and time you have invested in the work will pay off in the end. Be faithful to your dreams, have patience and everything will be good. Your efforts, time will not go waste. You will reach your destination because you have proven that you deserve it by working hard.

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Let’s Dive In More

We all want to get success in life, but we also know that it demands some qualities. Qualities that you must possess, if you don’t then maybe success will never come to you. Qualities like Strong mindset, positive thinking, success-oriented, commitment toward work, dedication toward work, willingness, and faith in yourself. As Napoleon Hill said in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” The success comes to those who become success conscious. While being success conscious, means your mind should be fed by success thoughts. You must believe that success will come to you, you must have a vision, desire, and enough courage to achieve that desire.
Let’s discuss some steps which should be implemented.

Steps

  • Know Your Why: I was going to write this point, As ‘having a goal but later I changed my mind because having a goal is not as motivating as knowing the why. It means why you want to achieve your goal, what are the reasons behind it, why are you so willing to do it, and answers to this question will be a “beast mode” button for you. Because whenever you’ll get distracted, you can remind yourself of your why and this why will get you go back to work. This, “why” will work as a “beast mode” button for you. Remember, this why must be strong, true and faithful.
    What is your why?.
  • A Clear Goal Setting: Have a clear goal-setting. Write down everything about your goal. In addition to that write this list too.
    1) What you exactly want.
    2) How much you want to earn.
    3) How much is required to satisfy you?
    4) How much time and efforts it will take?
    5) Are you able to give what it takes?
    6) And in return for success, what you intend to give?
    Answers to all these questions should be honest. I’d say “The clear the goal you have, the easy it will be to accomplish.”
  • Planning And Taking Actions: In my blog, How To Get Back To Work When You Are Feeling Tired. I have told almost everything about planning and taking actions. So please go and read this. In addition to that, I’d say, both planning and taking actions, are vital points. They both carry equal importance, so do them wisely. Study your work carefully, organize it, and divide into small parts.

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  • Credits go to Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat that frog.”
    Start taking actions on your goals. Hope this infographic will be helpful.
  • Self-Discipline: Pay attention to the point, it’s not that discipline that we had to follow in our school or our elders has been telling from childhood. It’s the discipline to work on your goals, set priorities, be committed, work with dedication, invest your time and efforts, in short, do and give whatever the success demands. If you do so, then only you deserve to be called a Self-Disciplined person. Remember a Self-Disciplined person always wins because he knows what success wants. Don’t forget that time is money, respect your time and do your work.
  • Have Faith: Have faith in yourself. Believe in your dreams, goals, plans, actions, and trust the process. “Success will come to you because you have given your best, do not worry just trust the process.” Keep hopes with you, and those hopes will bring satisfaction. Trust the words of “Napoleon Hill” that he mentioned in his book that, “Faith is the head chemist of mind.” Thanks to science, there is a scientific formula to develop a strong faith and that is, “Repetition of thoughts.” Feed your mind with positive and successful thoughts, and success will come to you as you start working on your goals.

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Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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