http://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/29/covid-absence-workforce-health-long-covid For many Americans it feels like everyone is out sick right now. But there is a good reason: work absences from illness are at an all-time annual high in the US and show few signs of relenting. And it’s not just acute illness and caregiving duties keeping workers away. About 1.5 million Americans missed … More TheVoiceOfJoyce We’re experiencing a million Americans out of work at any given time, since 2029. There are acute sicknesses from viruses and long Covid. Long Covid now effects 7% of our population and may keep 23 million people out of work for 6 months, to years. Our disability Laws require changing to reflect a new standard for disability from Covid. It’s estimated, 500,000 employees are permanently out of the workforce. Are these numbers reflected in our unemployment statistics? An additional 500,000 have left the health and hospital profession. They’re burnt out. When will everyone recognize, Covid has taken a toll on all of us. Do we need one week paid Vacation time, to decompress from the stresses of this Pandemic? Would another infusion of a Federally funded $1000 check help? It’s a thought.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/dec/19/cop15-historic-deal-signed-to-halt-biodiversity-loss-by-2030-aoe Amid plummeting insect numbers, acidifying oceans filled with plastic waste, and the rampant overconsumption of the planet’s resources as humanity’s population grows wealthier and soars past 8 billion, the agreement, if implemented, could signal major changes to farming, business supply chains and the role of Indigenous communities in conservation. The deal was negotiated over … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The COP 15 inks a deal to protect 30% of Earth’s land and sea mass. The US, Vatican sat on the sidelines and Brazil, and some African Nations were opposed because their is no monetary funding to protect their lands. The agreement is open ended allowing each country to define their plan to save their resources and promote biodiversity. This deal, which has not been followed for a decade, comes when scientists are warning humans are starting to cause the 6 th mass extinction. Our insect population is dying, our fish are dying and plants are withering before harvest. Earth is in crisis and leadership is lacking globally to restore our resources, now? When will politicians realize we need smart plans to live and live well? We can plan for a future without toxic fertilizers, encourage heritage farming and new clean energy production.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/dec/15/covid-school-shutdown-special-education-services Parents around the country are facing similar pushback as they try to recoup services lost to the pandemic. It is the latest battle in one of the most litigated arenas in education. In a 2020 survey, just 20% of parents of students with disabilities said their children were receiving required services, and a 2021 … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Why care about small groups of disabled people getting the education they need? They’re entitled to learn to read and understand the society they live in. Meeting their needs, improves our Society. Covid money and remote learning was available on a limited basis. I would think learning during Covid, even for most students, left gaps in their education. Our National test scores have decreased. That’s proof, all learning suffered during Covid. Therefore, pay the professionals, to teach and bring kids up to their reading speeds. Use any educational material that works to increase learning, reading and comprehension. Extend the school year for all kids who have fallen behind in their studies. Education is an important and necessary service and a National Security issue, if our Nation doesn’t maintain excellence in reading, math and science. Give all kids the opportunity and resources to achieve their level of competence.
In America, we’re debating how to maintain the whale and lobster population. What about the Salmon and mollusks? The good news wolves are coming back to California. Japan has decided Nuclear Power is the right way to achieve Carbon Neutral. If they use new design protocols and fuels, there are ways to maintain safe nuclear … More TheVoiceOfJoyce After 20 years of zero progress, 193 Nations may be serious about humanity’s long term survival. If our Nations are able to reclaim 30% of the land and ocean mass, the biodiversity target of 1.5 degrees Celsius is doable. To reach this goal, there must be decisions on equitable distribution of land, careful to preserve the Indigenous people’s way of life! The COP 15 agenda, with an immediate implementation, includes: reduction in pesticides, prevention of 1 million extinctions, reduction & repurposing of Government subsidies by $500 Billion by year 2025, curtailing plastic pollution and invasive species and adding 1 billion hectares (2.47 billion acres) of Nature restoration through re-wilding Globally. An ambitious agenda, who’s agreement will be reached by 12/19/22. 8 Billion people depend on the commitment of our governments to humanity’s survival.
The Swedish food coop fills the needs of many. Food is brought in from retailers and placed on shelves, similar to regular supermarkets. The difference? Fruits and vegetables may have a blemish, and other products may be short dated. All that’s available at a minimum 30% discount from supermarkets, would have gone to waste. Now … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Sweden has a 14% poverty problem and they’re solving it with nutritious food available in a grocery.
Only 12 States have implemented the $15 min wage. It never passed Congress. Guess, a living wage is inflationary, while making $31 million is good for Business? It’s time the USA got its priorities right. There is no commerce without Labor. Wages that don’t keep pace with Inflation are not enough. Unite and demand more … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The Fight for $15. It’s an ongoing fight for a $15 hourly wage minimum.
You can access TikTok, Reddit and now #TooGoodToGo to find food salvaged by restaurants. There’s a new shop, called misfits, that sells food that’s not perfect. There’s #Flasfoods that coordinates with restaurants, giving folks an entire bag of groceries. $3-5 for $20 of food. Read the article if you want to learn how to manage … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce If food were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. We waste 40% of food produced. How do we change our policies to have less waste? What apps and stores can you utilize to take advantage of low cost free food and meals?
Check out her approach to cooking. The French and I have cooked food in the style of the endless dinner. Experiment, add what you have and when your “stock” runs low, add what you have to your pot and keep cooking. June Xie has her own methodology amounting to the same concept. An advocate of … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce This is a commercial for June Xie a Chinese cook from Jackson Heights teaching us how to cook for $20 a week. She a U tube phenomenon with her show BudgetEats.
I wish I could state, Tesla’s construction site in Austin, Texas, is an outlying case of labor abuse, it isn’t. Unfortunately, Corporate America has become used to charging customers exorbitant fees, while hurting labor, literally and figuratively. Today, it’s Tesla we’re discussing. They’re not following OHSA Laws, they’re not enforcing job training, they’re not paying … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The state of Corporate America/ unaccountable & without Rules & oversight TESLA GIGAFACTORY EXAMPLE
It’s no longer, do Fossil Fuel emissions cause Climate Change and pollution? They have knowingly persuaded the World to use Fossil Fuels, thwarted research and development of clean energy and in 2022 the World must adapt to our reality or perish. 20 million in Pakistan suffered from being displaced by floods, 150 million Africans are … More TheVoiceOfJoyce COP 27 is a wake up call for the World’s nations. As we approach 1.5 degrees Celsius, our Governments are responsible for the lives of Billions. We must move forward, accept responsibility and adapt to our new reality.