Environment? What Environment?

Last night I went to a local Transition meeting: Transition is a network of local groups seeking to improve their communities environmental performance and awareness. It is a grass-roots movement that seeks to build momentum based on community interest and involvement and I am trying to do just that in my village. There were five people at a meeting that was intended to attract a crowd of locals and it was all quite depressing. The same is true of my village project: some people express an

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Canute The Optimist?

I’m not sure that King Canute was being an optimist when he commanded the tide not to rise and dampen his feet: in fact, he was being a pessimist and proving to his people that he was not infallible, and that the tide would not obey his command. He has become legendary because of that bit of wisdom. We could do with that wisdom today: to know the limits our power and when to exercise our optimism. We complain about immigration, and our legislators bulldoze half-empty

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Zero Carbon Is Possible and Low Carbon Can Be Easy. Just do it!

Today I logged my weekly meter readings into www.zapcarbon.com and it says that I’m currently producing zero carbon through my domestic energy consumption! We are living our lives completely normally and by taking some quite simple and inexpensive measures, there is no doubt that, at Vulcan House, we have a low footprint. The question that bugs me is, why don’t most people do the same? What is the reality and how has it been achieved? The reality is that we are not currently using the central

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Your Carbon Footprint – You Can Act!

This is the full content of a Green Tips article in our local Cuddington news sheet. Not all energy companies are the same…. Electricity is supplied to you through the National Grid. It is generated by coal, gas, nuclear or even oil-fired power stations, and also from hydro-electric and wind turbine installations. Up to 70 percent of the energy stored in the original fuel is lost in generation and transit, which is a terrible waste, but with a national grid system running wires through the air,

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Gaia and The Greens

The originator of the Gaia theory says that environmentalists must stop ignoring population growth as a core issue in tackling our environmental problems. Population growth is bound to increase our damaging impacts but tackling our individual environmental footprints is easier and has a quicker effect than tackling population growth: both are needed, starting with ourselves.

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Death to The Environmentalist! One Environment, One Humanity, One Survival.

We are all in this together: ‘environmentalists’ were campaigners who believed they saw a problem and tried to persuade people. Now the reality of environmental destruction is right in our faces and people who understand the pickle we are in can only help us to cope with an increasingly unpredictable climate. We ALL have a choice – A. Wake up and smell the coffee and work out how we can modify and improve our lifestyles so that we have a less negative impact on the environment

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We can’t go on like this!

Hilary Benn, (Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or DEFRA) is now looking again for technology (eg GM crops) to provide answers to the problem of feeding a growing population. As I pointed out the other day, technology has a part to play in maximising yields from the land used WHILST NOT DAMAGING LOCAL ECOSYSTEMS FURTHER, but it cannot be the cornerstone for even the medium term. The big argument that is wheeled out time and again is that we cannot feed 9 billion humans

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What is a ‘Savings Account’?

On a completely different topic from normal, here’s a grumpy-old-git rant. SAVINGS…. What are ‘Savings’? Savings are assets kept aside for the future, normally money. This is usually kept in a ‘Savings account’. Keeping it in a secret place used to be the norm, but it’s a bit risky with so little trust left in the World. Banks don’t normally actually steal our money: just make sure you read their Terms Of Business carefully or else, beware. So, the principal is that we give our money

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