Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy. I think most of us are aware that there is damage being done to the environment though maybe not entirely sure what the causes are. Some people still dismiss the notion of climate change despite weather patterns becoming more and more unpredictable. I, like many people, recycle as much of my household rubbish that I can, in the hope that some of it may be re-used, though I have my suspicions that much of it isn’t or else shipped off at great cost to another country to deal with. I try not to use packaging when shopping, but that is often very difficult to achieve – it’s not like the 1950s when you could nip down to the grocer who would weigh you 4oz loose tea leaves into a brown paper bag. Likewise sugar, flour, slabs of butter and cheese or slices of bacon wrapped in grease-proof paper. Even eggs went into a bag! To be gently carried home.

Some of the ways suggested to lessen our footprint on the world is to eat less meat, plant a tree, use less disposable plastic, buy a hybrid car. We can all do our bit, but is it really going to be enough to save our planet?

Atlantic View from Northern Penwith – a mysterious landscape of ancient settlements

Finally a documentary that I saw about China Between Clouds and Dreams is worth viewing if you can (not sure about outside the UK). It is very emotional.

A stunning, intimate series painting a rarely-seen picture of real life in China, interweaving stories of human drama with nature, as the country tries to balance its ambitious future with its ecology

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31 thoughts on “Earth Day

    1. True… and now every time I drive my car I feel guilty because it is a diesel. When I bought it diesel was supposed to be the better option! I can’t afford a hybrid and I don’t really need to change my car, but…

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        1. Well, we probably will buy a new car in a couple of years time, a smaller one would suit these roads better, but whilst I still drive to Surrey I need a comfortable car and this one is good for long trips.

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    1. I saw an amazing program on Channel 4 some months ago about China ‘Between Clouds and Dreams’ and it looked at the impact of humans on the world mostly through the eyes of children. It was so beautifully filmed and the children’s thoughts were so poignant that it made me cry and David couldn’t even bear to watch it. All we can hope for is that children like them manage to flow the tide. Do watch if you haven’t already seen the series. The young monk will have you bawling your eyes out.



      1. Oh dear- I’ll get the tissue box out. 😦 Sounds like some evil weather heading my way next week so I may get chance. All set to watch Rafa this afternoon. Any good news on the laptop? 🙂

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  1. Thoughtful reminder that the earth is fragile, and my attempts to help out puny. Australian government is financing and approving a mega coal mine that will also threaten the Great Barrier Reef. How can I prevent this?


    1. I have no idea Meg, petitions and marches and protests don’t seem to have much impact. Change your government? But then all politicians are the same. They run the country like a business that must make a profit. The older I get the more disillusioned I become.


  2. Well, whatever the arguments for and against, you have provided some sumptuous photographs to illustrate the theme, Jude.
    Living in a more ‘natural’ place does make you a lot more aware of nature and environmental damage. When I lived in London, I didn’t notice anything, but I am now aware of subtle changes, weather patterns, and issues like building on farmland, fly-tipping, and intensive farming.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. I try to do my bit in any way I can, I buy a lot less of everything than I used to and make things last (hence I’m scruffy!!!). Exeter is very good at recycling, but there are some essentials that have no alternatives.

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