Environment, Social Policies, Economics

THE WORLD IS IN OUR HANDS

2020 January 31st

BREXIT DAY

Whether you agree or you do not we are now out of the European Union. Now in Britain it would be nice to concentrate our minds back to a much bigger problem that of the environment.

JANUARY 31st, 2020 At 23.00 today the whole purpose of this website began in earnest, the celebrations were very low key, like a very windy and wet Guy Fawkes Night. The fore’s and against still deliberating to the last breath, it is done we have partially departed from the European Union. The next year to apparently resolve crossing the “I” and the “T”, the legalities or even crossing your eyes and making a cup of tea. No doubt as the time passes, things will form a shape of things to come and repeating that this website is here for all to comment remains. Plus repeating that putting the environment first, the social policy and the economics can fall in behind remains its basis.

We were once considered a country of shop keepers, now we need to be a country of artisans. And we are there in many respects. Our farms have diversified, whether arable or pastural we have a farm growing tea, we have polytunnels producing food we never considered growing before. We have vineyards producing good wines, so let’s make them the norm. Chillies and peppers. We can grow them ourselves.

It would be wrong to consider that we as an island; will ever be free of imports, we are not designed that way. But we can do more for ourselves and assist in protecting the environment if we do.

Just consider salad, easy to grow in any property. It is nearly February a good time to look for seeds things liked on the supermarket shelf but it is seasonal food and we need to make more use of it. Walk away from everything on demand what ever the time of year? At Christmas Spring onions were available from Senegal? Celery from Spain? What has happened to our own farming fraternity? More realising that alternating crops as beforeis better than draining the soil, using expensive fertilizers Or do we buy what is in season?

As a young wife Purchasing Readers Digest (1976) “the cookery year” was a guide looking at it now? There was no fruit mentioned, we used to buy apples and store them, or they were tinned, freezers were in, so were fridges but not at or to the lengths of all , or as today. The book was about fresh food. Believing that the Union has been left, is a myth it still exists, just the rules have changed. To be continued….

JANUARY 31st, 2020 At 23.00 today the whole purpose of this website began in earnest, the celebrations were very low key, like a very windy and wet Guy Fawkes Night. The fore’s and against still deliberating to the last breath; it is done we have partially departed from the European Union. The next year to apparently resolve crossing the “I” and the “T”,of the legalities or even crossing your eyes and making a cup of tea. No doubt as the time passes, things will form a shape of things to come and repeating that this website is here for all to comment remains. Plus repeating that putting the environment first, the social policy and the economics can fall in behind remains its basis.

2020 January, 16/01/20

The horrors of the wildfires in Australia, The Congo and previously in the Amazon, finally seem to have galvanized the minds of many. There is sadly a massive amount to consider and do.

Whilst it may appear this website is just jumping onto a bandwagon that is far from the truth. It has been mulled over for many years and many factors have determined its initial inception.

When writing up on the Amazon Fires the world watched, grumbled and declared the Amazon Rainforest as "The lungs of the Planet". We cannot yet ignore the affect now of two other inferno's the Congo's Rain Forest will affect Africa and the Bushlands of Australia will add further strain on the stresses this planet is already enduring.

The leaders of our Governments must act now and immediately; there is no time left for dalliance. Yet, as no one in living memory has ever confronted such an environmental savagery. Every single one of us must now, do our bit, pull upon all our own resources to assist in the battle. Our once reliable ally nature, has rebelled, finally declared war on humans and is showing us in no uncertain terms, that in many respects, we humans are now parasites.

As melodramatic as this may sound, Mother Nature is determined to scratch herself to pieces if necessary, ridding us. It is nigh on impossible to have avoided the News reports, the flames, the death and destruction of humans, animals and the soil itself. The Congo fires have hardly been mentioned and yet again young Greta Thunberg was the person raising awareness of that conflagration, putting adults once again to shame. Greta spoke with the one man, worldwide, we all have total respect for Sir David Attenborough, whom for many years has maintained a moderate, quietly spoken educational approach, to the needs of the environment.

Do not underestimate the significance of him giving his backing to Greta's cause and demands. And we also do now have a further voice asking for action that of Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, who with Sir David launched The Earthshot Prize.

Today, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment [Accessed 16/01/20] In asking all factions whatever their political opinion; for empathy with one another, maybe a big ask, however as with any "war" (for want of a better expression), should our earth, this environment, our human made environment deteriorate further? then we will all have to, lay with uneasy bed fellows, at times.

The Royal family from the Duke of Edinburgh being President of the World Wildlife Fund World, to Prince Charles and his total commitment to organic and sustainable farming methods, through to Prince William; if nothing else have the clout required to engage, with all and anyone.

And while they get on with the big guns of commerce, we must get on with the smaller things as the Queen suggested in her Christmas address to the Nation. We must also remember, that for all the pomp and ceremony, the Royal Family are humans as we all are, and none asked to be born a Royal.

Whatever and where ever your loyalties lie, please bear in mind, to achieve coherence regarding the state of our environment. Mother Nature has no boundaries, she never put any lines or borders on a map. She did not build castles or two bed semis. And to attempt to recreate a balance lost, (possibly starting with chemicals after WWII) We are the outsider with 50:1 against. You will never see a badger with a passport at a check point. Natures boundaries are rivers, seas, and mountains and to turn this planet (on which, we all rely) back to something we recognise, is a mountain humanity needs to climb.

Mother nature can humble us all with her ferocity, we have seen her at her worst over recent years. Earthquakes, Tsunami's, Volcanoes’, Hurricanes, Typhoon's, Glacier melts, Floods, extreme heat, extreme cold, always we see the images in isolation. With the same attitude? we get into a car or walk down a street. Assuming, that we will be back home for tea.

We ignore the risks, probably with good reason or we would never go anywhere or do anything. Except it is happening, hardly a week goes by, where in some part of the world, a weather event causes catastrophe. It needs to be said, with all due respect to Greta Thunberg, she should not be expected to have raised this, she should not have been shunned by a "so called" President of the United States of America! And COP25 was like COP15 a COP OUT! No more! understanding the economics helps, understanding the social impact helps AND UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE ENVIRONMENT HELPS.

Let us not lose sight of what we were, where we have been and where we come from. From the perspective of ecology everything has a niche environment and Sir David with others shows the wonderful interactions between these ecological interactions. And we sit back in awe; totally ignoring that we are a part of it. Humans have a niche, and its starts from within the house or home, we step out of our front doors into a wider environment. And when things go wrong, we look for other reason's and suitable excuses.

Rarely if ever do we hear "it was my fault". Well this mess, environmental mess; we now find ourselves in, is all our faults, bundled up sadly, not in a sufficiently tight enough parcel. Solidly; since Christmas Eve, watching and listening and responding to various Tweets on Twitter, overseeing, the lives of others. One thing is very apparent, for all the different factions represented. All ultimately have a common denominator, the health and wellbeing of the countryside, wildlife and this planet.

This is not the time for in-fighting any more than it was in parliament. So, the task, this year is that by next year and COP26 Glasgow, December 2020 moderate away please, from the them and us culture, we get some solutions, to chew on and chew over ready by June 2020. However we all live on one planet.

Britain may have shifted from a country of shopkeeper’s, but we are very healthy in a supply of artisans. We have tea growing, we have vineyards, we need to shop more seasonally for our fruit and our vegetables. Reduce our waste further, reduce our water consumption, electricity, gas, generally shop with sustainability in mind. But most of all, stop feuding.

Respecting other points of view does not mean agreement. Where Social Media has a chink in its armour is this. Should someone physically walk into your property and tell you what you should be doing. You would be within your right to get angry, and possibly tell them, to "go forth and multiply". Social Media walks through brick walls. For the good it can do, we are actively creating cowards. This is not a decade where we can afford to be cowardly, it is our footprint that will determine our children’s future and our children’s children. "Attack is the best form of defence" it is said however this is not a pre-emptive attack, we can forestall, no longer.

JANUARY, 2020

The horrors of the wildfires in Australia, The Congo and previously in the Amazon, finally seem to have galvanized the minds of many. There is sadly a massive amount to consider and do. Whilst it may appear this website is just jumping onto a bandwagon that is far from the truth. It has been mulled over for many years and many factors have determined its initial inception.

When writing up on the Amazon Fires the world watched, grumbled and declared the Amazon Rainforest as "The lungs of the Planet". We cannot yet consider the affect now of two other inferno's the Congo's Rain Forest will affect Africa and the Bushlands of Australia will add further strain on the stresses this planet is already enduring.

The leaders of our Governments must act now and immediately; there is no time left for dalliance. Yet, as no one in living memory has ever confronted such an environmental savagery. Every single one of us must now, do our bit, pull upon all our own resources to assist in the battle.

Our once reliable ally nature, has rebelled, finally declared war on humans and is showing us in no uncertain terms, that in many respects, we humans are now parasites. And as melodramatic as this may sound, Mother Nature is determined to scratch herself to pieces if necessary, ridding us.

It is nigh on impossible to have avoided the News reports, the flames, the death and destruction of humans, animals and the soil itself. The Congo fires have hardly been mentioned and yet again young Greta Thunberg was the person raising awareness of that conflagration, putting adults once again to shame.

Greta spoke with the one man, we all have total respect for Sir David Attenborough, whom for many years has maintained a moderate, quietly spoken educational approach, to the needs of the environment. Therefore; do not underestimate the significance of him giving his backing to Greta's cause and demands.

And we also do now have a further voice asking for action that of Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, who with Sir David yesterday launched The Earthshot Prize. In asking all factions whatever their political opinion; for empathy with one another, maybe a big ask, however as with any "war" (for want of a better expression), should our earth, this environment, our human made environment deteriorate further then we will all have to, lay with uneasy bed fellows, at times.

The Royal family from the Duke of Edinburgh being President of the World Wildlife Fund World, to Prince Charles and his total commitment to organic and sustainable farming methods, through to Prince William; if nothing else have the clout required to engage, with all and anyone. And while they get on with the big guns of commerce, we must get on with the smaller things as the Queen suggested in her Christmas address to the Nation. We must also remember, that for all the pomp and ceremony, the Royal Family are humans as we all are, and none asked to be born a Royal.

Whatever and where ever your loyalties lie, please bear in mind, to achieve coherence regarding the state of our environment. Mother Nature has no boundaries, she never put any lines or borders on a map. She did not build castles or two bed semis.

And to attempt to recreate a balance lost, (possibly starting with chemicals after WWII) We are the outsider with 50:1 against. You will never see a badger with a passport at a check point. Natures boundaries are rivers, seas, and mountains and to turn this planet (on which, we all rely) back to something we recognise, is a mountain humanity needs to climb. Mother nature can humble us all with her ferocity, we have seen her at her worst over recent years.

Earthquakes, Tsunami's, Volcanoes’, Hurricanes, Typhoon's, Glacier melts, Floods, extreme heat, extreme cold, always we see the images in isolation. With the same attitude? we get into a car or walk down a street. Assuming, that we will be back home for tea. We ignore the risks, probably with good reason or we would never go anywhere or do anything.

Except it is happening, hardly a week goes by, where in some part of the world, a weather event causes catastrophe. It needs to be said, with all due respect to Greta Thunberg, she should not be expected to have raised this, she should not have been shunned by a "so called" President of the United States of America! And COP25 was like COP15 a COP OUT! No more!

Understanding the economics helps, understanding the social impact helps and understanding the compleities of the environment helps. Let us not lose sight of what we were, where we have been and where we come from.

From the perspective of ecology everything has a niche environment and Sir David with others shows the wonderful interactions between these ecological wonders. And we sit back in awe; totally ignoring that we are a part of it. Humans have a niche, and its starts from within the house or home, we step out of our front doors into a wider environment. And when things go wrong, we look for other reason's and suitable excuses. Rarely if ever do we hear "it was my fault". Well this mess, environmental mess; we now find ourselves in, is all our faults, bundled up sadly, not in a sufficiently tight enough parcel.

Solidly; since Christmas Eve, watching and listening and responding to various Tweets on Twitter, overseeing, the lives of others. One thing is very apparent, for all the different factions represented. All ultimately have a common denominator, the health and wellbeing of the countryside, wildlife and this planet. This is not the time for in-fighting any more than it was in parliament.

So, the task, this year is that by next year and COP26 Glasgow, December 2020 moderating away please, from the them and us culture, we get some solutions, to chew on and chew over ready by June 2020. Britain may have shifted from a country of shopkeeper’s, but we are very healthy in a supply of artisans. We have tea growing, we have vineyards, we need to shop more seasonally for our fruit and our vegetables. Reduce our waste further, reduce our water consumption, electricity, gas, generally shop with sustainability in mind, but it does give back, in reduced bills. But most of all, please stop feuding. Respecting other points of view does not mean agreement.

Where Social Media has a chink in its armour is this. Should someone physically walk into your property and tell you what you should be doing. You would be within your right to get angry, and possibly tell them, to "go forth and multiply". Social Media walks through brick walls. For all the good it can do, we are actively creating cowards. This is not a decade where we can afford to be cowardly, it is our footprint that will determine our children’s future and our children’s children. "Attack is the best form of defence" it is said however this is not a pre-emptive assault, we can forestall, no longer.