As much as possible I try to keep my blog posts positive. Now I know why.
During the last few days I have stumbled on some really negative and downright depressing discussions on the internet. I have realised how much I have been dragged down by it all. This combined with being tired from a busy work schedule has drained my creative juices and made writing a blog post almost impossible.
One of the discussions was related to this article which is well-written and contains some really useful information in the article and also within the links. However, many of the responses were negative and ranged through bitterness, envy and disbelief.
The other was about global warming, although I prefer the term ‘climate change’ as a more accurate descriptor. I was astounded and dismayed at the number of people who seemed unable to accept the premise of human-induced climate change which is accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Even more worrying were the links being shared which referenced articles from such ‘luminaries’ as Ted Cruz, Andrew Bolt and Lord Monckton.
However, my faith was somewhat restored when I read this comment in the discussion.
I thought I would add what I have been doing personally as I am very concerned about this issue myself.
I have read Naomi Klein book This changes everything. It was very hard to read for me as I need things set out more clearly in non fiction but she raised some good points. I also read Vandana Shiva Soil not oil which was much easier to read and something I felt I could do more about.
Switched to power shop for my electricity. Compost all food stuffs though council. Reduce car usage etc. Trying to cut down meat consumption. I know a lot of people think we should all just go vegan and angrily support that but I think think that would be like a badly failed diet for everyone. I think think you’re better off encouraging a slow change to encourage permanence.
I have joined one million women, 350. Org , green peace and a heap of others to support their works sign petitions etc.
Need to work on my plastic bag use and buying unnecessary packaging, although I am doing better than most I know.
It is lovely to hear of others who are prepared to do their bit and I applaud every small step that each and every one of us can take.
It is only 2 weeks until July – and that means 2 weeks until ‘Plastic-Free July’ so please take a look here and consider what you can do to make a difference.