Action: VOTE! Photo by Heather Mount It’s THE issue of our age - perhaps even the issue of our species - so the increased attention on the environment in this election is long overdue. And with the experts warning again and again that we need strong leadership with urgent, radical policies, the actions of our … Continue reading Which party will save the planet?
Category: Thinking green
Wood – carbon neutral fuel, or climate red herring?
One regular cause of friction in our house is the lighting. My wife would happily light up the entire house even when sitting in just one room, whereas I’m all for the easy wins when it comes to saving energy so walk around turning them off. After all our years together we’ve settled into a … Continue reading Wood – carbon neutral fuel, or climate red herring?
Why worry about saving energy on a green tariff?
Photo by Tim Foster As you'd expect from someone frantic enough to write a blog about the state of the climate and the mass extinction of life on earth, we're signed up to a 100% green electricity tariff. So we used to think that, as long as we could afford the bills, it didn't actually … Continue reading Why worry about saving energy on a green tariff?
But what about China?
Photo by Chuttersnap "The climate fight will be won or lost in countries like China and India, not here in the UK - we're a tiny fraction of the problem and already leading the world in our carbon reductions. So why risk our jobs and economy? Why limit our lives? Why disrupt our cities with … Continue reading But what about China?
It’s good to talk
Small steps... Demonstrate the change you want to see.Take what opportunities arise to talk about it; be an unashamed ambassador for your choices. The quiet power of the ripple effect(photo by Jordan McDonald) Three recently witnessed events that highlight to me how far we have to go: Sitting in our school car park waiting for … Continue reading It’s good to talk
Entitlement and hairshirts
'No, I'm used to it now so I WON'T give it up!'(Photo by Ryan Franco) Apparently it's called 'generational habituation': what for our great-grandparents was unattainable soon became, for our grandparents, a luxury. That luxury then became, for our parents, a little more everyday and now, for our generation, it's not just commonplace but expected, … Continue reading Entitlement and hairshirts
A new form of democracy?
Nice building, but what are they actually DOING in there?!(photo by Michael D Beckwith) We live in a democracy where our leaders follow the people. Some might say that's its greatest strength but, in this time of environmental crisis, it could turn out to be its greatest failing. This is an emergency and for emergency … Continue reading A new form of democracy?
Protest – from the barricades or from your armchair
Small steps... If stripping off in Parliament or sailing into Oxford Circus seem just a little too overstated, there are plenty more British ways to protest.Make sure politicians know they'll lose your vote and businesses will lose your money unless they act on climate change.Donate in support of those charities protesting on our behalf.Sign up … Continue reading Protest – from the barricades or from your armchair
Counting the real cost
Grey Skye thinking. (Photo by OldSkool Photography) -------------------------------------------- I’m tight, I admit it. It’s not just that I’m forever switching accounts to get the best interest rate or cheapest electricity. I’m so tight that, when driving down a hill, I wonder whether the savings I’ll make on fuel by freewheeling will be offset by the … Continue reading Counting the real cost