Do things!

So you are depressed about the politicians in your country and their environmental credentials? I’m not just talking about the US now… things aren’t any better in Australia, the UK or much of Europe. Well, in that case take control. YOU can make a difference and here’s how:

Don’t want fracking and all the associated pollution and greenhouse gas emissions? Then make sure your energy supplier doesn’t support this. In the UK the Big 6 all support fracking, but there are plenty of smaller, green suppliers who don’t, so give your business to them.

Worried about greenhouse gas emissions from transportation? Optimise the use of your car – never drive for a single purpose, always try achieve several goals on each journey. And, if you can, walk, cycle or use public transport instead. Buy local – locally produced goods have not been transported long distances, plus you are keeping your money in your community.

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Our milk is produced using wind to power the milking parlour and refrigeration

Concerned that our governments aren’t providing enough support for renewable energy? Support it yourself – switch energy suppliers, buy a solar charger, install solar panels/a wind turbine, investigate community energy projects, buy from companies who use renewables.

Want to see a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Plant a tree (or ten), sow some seeds, get an allotment, dig up your lawn and plant vegetables, share your surplus plants and produce, take some cuttings.

Don’t think that it is expensive to take action – use your money wisely, value the resources you have and make the most of them and never, ever believe anyone who tells you that you can’t make a difference through your actions and choices.

 

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  1. Very wise Jan. I am with you all the way on this. They may seem like small changes and I understand people asking ‘But what difference will that make?’ And the answer is that if I think of just me changing then true, it is not a lot. But if loads of us do it it mounts up. And if enough of us do it the system will be forced to change to meet its own market demands.

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  2. Nikki

     /  November 12, 2016

    Love your upbeat tone! Just imagine – if we all planted a tree a year…how amazing our landscape could be! Thank you for reminding us we can all take control, in all sorts of important ways. Nikki x

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  3. I think people really underestimate the power they have in their wallets, and the size of the changes we could make if we swapped suppliers for the things we need. Well said!

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  4. We don’t get a choice on who supplies our water or our other utilities. I make sure to use as little as possible of all of it. Car hasn’t been out of the driveway since last Monday when I took a niece and great niece to the airport. Yes, it feels like all the countries are into profit over protection of the planet and it’s people. My heart is heavy this week. But there is no where to go where it’s any better anymore. We have all been trying to do our bit to make the world kinder and safer. I know it will all be ok in the end…somehow. I’m not allowed to compost here so I dig holes in the ground and bury my green waste and no one can tell. I’ll feed my earth anyway I can. There has to be other ways to turn this around. Oklahoma is getting earthquakes. They are not normal in that area, It’s all the oil drilling that has gone on for generations that is causing it. My daughter moved closer to work, paying double the rent so she could have a shorter commute on public transportation. She drives her car once a week to see me and does her laundry here at the same time. It has to get better. It has to.

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  5. 100% agree. We have to balance up being environmentally friendly with what we can afford, but we always try our best.

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  6. An excellent post Jan – I think you have got it absolutely right – the power lies with us when we vote with our cash. This whole debacle is a call to wake up in my opinion! I think Michael Tellinger may have it right with his Ubuntu movement………..

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  7. … and for those countries where voting is not compulsory: Vote! A great post, and a rallying cry those sunk in depression and despondency would do well to heed.

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  8. I think the approach you advocate is the only way to take back power and eventually make change. Good for you for articulating it so well in this blog–explicitly and by example.

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  9. Great ideas, because, while we have all been rightly concerned over divisions and cracks lately, concerns about the environment have been ongoing. I think they are part of the underlying problem ~ that people are depressed by global warming, species extinction and all the rest. It seems so overwhelming, but our small actions can make a difference.

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  10. Love your post – and the conversation you have started here! I changed banks a few years ago to a much smaller one that does not support fossil fuels etc. It was a bit of a pain, but worth it. And I plant trees and other native plants once a month with my habitat group (a great option for folk without access to the room a tree requires). I reckon I must have planted hundreds by now. That’s a feel-good thought 🙂

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  11. Thats some very good advice – i guess if we choose to give our business to green businesses perhaps the non green ones will notice a trend and follow suit – i already get my electricity from an eco friendly supplier and i dont drive with the environment being one of the reasons. Unfortunately i dont have a garden or an allotment at the mo but as soon as i do, there will be plenty of plantlife and sanctuarys for little animals.

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    • Even growing herbs on the windowsill is gardening, so perhaps you have space for a little plant or two indoors.
      I’m certain that if we all ‘voted’ with our money, big business would soon sit up and take note.

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  12. All good things, but I believe it’s also essential to think bigger and beyond ourselves, and also to acknowledge the limitations of individual action. Where possible, act collectively to facilitate change and bring others with you. Community and camaraderie are critical.

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  13. I need a new plan now we are leaving the farm – I will use this as a prompt. 😉

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  14. Thanks for that first paragraph…it’s good to know the US aren’t the only baddies in the environmental world (although I have a feeling we are going to get much much worse than everyone else in the next few years). In my home we do as much as possible – barely drive, barely produce any garbage (my husband is a compost nazi!), keep our water and power use very low. Still, it’s going to be a hard road to get companies to do the right thing when the EPA is basically being dismantled and we are stuck with a leader who doesn’t understand basic science. Sigh….

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  15. I agree! Thanks for your positive post.

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  16. Reblogged this on mabbsonsea.

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  17. Cherish your perky tone! Simply envision – on the off chance that we as a whole planted a tree a year… how stunning our scene could be! Much obliged to you for reminding us we can all take control, in a wide range of critical ways.

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  18. Well said! If we all chip in and do our bit, the world can change. If I could manage it, I would probably do all the things in this post, but I think I’ll stick with just one or two.

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  19. I always enjoy the upbeat tone of your blog, Jan! And it’s good to know that there are simple things we can all do to bring about the bigger changes we want to see. I for one will be burying myself under blankets instead of putting on the heating this winter, and adding more plants to my balcony garden come spring!

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