My contribution this week has been prompted by recent, unrelated posts by three great bloggers that I follow.
In ‘Trash Talk‘, on her blog, ‘Dragon’s Dreams‘, Corina discusses the effect of plastic waste on the ocean, urging us to think about what happens to our rubbish – plastic in particular. You can read her informative and thought provoking article here.
It certainly made me think….
We have an excellent refuse collection system, here on The Isle of Wight – anything that cannot be recycled (and most things can) is turned into fuel pellets, or compost and sold on.
I shop locally, buying home-raised produce, as much as possible and grow herbs, fruit and vegetables to eat and store and share.
My car has a 998cc engine and – although some may consider a Harley Davidson a luxury – we’ve owned The Sportster for over ten years. We traded in a thirsty sports car for it and Martin uses it as his everyday mode of transport. He’s currently ‘up-cycling’ our 50 year-old classic car; hobby/art-form/British eccentricity rolled into one. (Who says that conservation has to be boring?) And, while it’s off the road, it’s not consuming any fossil fuel at all!
We walk to work and back again, rarely travel off the Island and haven’t taken a vacation since we moved here – why would we when this is the perfect holiday destination, with so much going on?
We drink tap, not bottled water, never throw good food away and re-use our shopping bags. We’ve insulated our old house, so that it takes less energy to heat, have a fuel efficient boiler and low energy kitchen appliances and lighting.
I use natural cleaning products In the home – white vinegar, bicarb, non-detergent washing balls – and organic pest control in the garden.
Most of these measures are driven by thrift as much as social conscience – but it’s great to know that ‘being mean’ is now considered ‘Green’.
Which brings me to the second blog I’d like to share. Judith, author of ‘I choose how I will spend the rest of my life’, posted That Green Thing – musing that Eco-awareness is not a new invention. We lived frugally, in days gone by, because we had no choice; that was just the way things were. And, on reflection, it was a more healthy way of life, for us and for the planet. Judith’s article and the comment thread that accompanies it, is an insightful read – even if you are not a ‘grumpy old woman’ harking back to simpler times, (like me!)
In her poem, Irrevocable Trust Gayle (‘Bodhirose’s Blog’) has published her take on our relationship with Mother Nature. Her words – and the clever way in which she uses them – are uplifting and encouraging. And I only have to look outside my window, to know that they are true.
Although I live close to a road, I’m surrounded by healthy trees. Thriving on emissions, they mop up polluted air. Plastic-eating bacteria have recently been discovered in the ocean and polyurethane degrading fungi in the Amazon; evidence that life – even at basic levels – is able to adapt to any environment. Hope indeed!
Taking the carbon footprint test on Corina’s blog confirms that I’m consciously reducing my impact – but there’s always room for improvement. I’ll continue doing all I can to respect and protect planet Earth so that we – and future generations – can delight in it’s abundance.
‘Occupy Blogosphere Thursday’ was started by Souldipper, to give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy. While she takes a short break, I’m helping Amy out.
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