Environmental Thoughts

Now and again I like to discuss environmental issues on my blog. When I set up the blog I intended it to review books and entertainment but I also wanted to make sure that climate change was highlighted regularly as this is super important to me. Hopefully it is a subject that is very important to everyone!

Having written about ways to be more ecofriendly and talked about why climate change is relevant and urgent, I sometimes feel the need to comment on current affairs. The news and media about climate change has increased but sometimes the content is quite peculiar.

Solar Farms

Last night on the TV news the reporter discussed a planned large-scale solar panel farm in Suffolk. My ears shot up as I thought this sounded really good. Unfortunately the local council opposed this proposal after an initial willingness to look into this project.

Some of the arguments against it were that it would change the beautiful landscape massively. The idea that something would be a blot on the landscape is weird when weighed up against the huge benefits of producing renewable energy.

It frustrates me that people just do not see how URGENT climate change is. There will have to be small disruptions to the landscape in order for positive changes to result. The outcome of having more renewable sources of energy and less pollution is ultimately a SAVED world.

This kind of ignorance highlights how difficult it is to make significant changes in order to slow down global warming. We need to embrace such changes and promote them.

Talking about the environment…

While I am here, I want to mention a blog I have followed since last May that always is packed with ecofriendly messages and ideas. Hop over to Enviroline Blog and have a look.

That is my rant over. For ecofriendly tips have a look at my Quick Eco Fixes post. Thank you for reading my blog. Please consider following it for similar future articles.

Peruvian oil spill catches researchers, citizens off guard

This really worries me. I think it is time we stopped relying on oil. Check out this brief article which highlights the problem.

Via Flickr. Eleanor Hildebrandt | March 9, 2022 Two months after Peru’s worst ever environmental coastline disaster, scientists are calling for Peru …

Peruvian oil spill catches researchers, citizens off guard

3 Small Ecofriendly Changes

This week has been incredibly hectic for lots of us. Work is always busiest in winter and everyone is bustling around, absolutely exhausted by the time Friday comes. Regardless of this, Greta Thunberg still does her weekly climate protests and keeps alive the hope for a future not tarnished by global warming.

Before you put your feet up for the weekend, have a think about how important climate change is and just how much it will impact on your future. On my own doorstep, the flat Fens are at risk of being submerged under water again in the next decade. Further afield, ice sheets are continuing to melt, causing destruction of ecosystems and extinctions.

Having mentioned these things, perhaps we can make subtle changes now to quickly make our lifestyles more ecofriendly.

1) Share car journeys

Some of us don’t live close enough to work to be able to walk there but perhaps we can car share on the journey to and from the office. When taking children to clubs and events, picking up their friends too can reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

I have taken to walking to town whenever I want shopping now. Although it adds fifteen minutes to that journey, I find I enjoy the stroll and feel better about making one less car trip. Be prepared to have to walk whilst carrying the bags though. You way feel like a sit down on the way home. Or it may prevent you from instinct buying.

There will be ways in which all of us can reduce our car journeys or at very least make them shared experiences.

2) Turn the heating down

My heating used to be set at 21 degrees but now I have switched it back to 19 degrees. This saves energy and cuts back my power bill. It also means that occasionally I feel the need to put on an extra layer or sit beneath a throw whilst watching television or not being mobile.

Ensuring your house has appropriate insulation will also help with keeping your home warm and reducing energy usage. Carpets and curtains also make a difference by holding in the warm air.

3) Boil less

When boiling water in the kettle, only put as much water in as you are likely to need. This sounds silly but makes a difference and the idea applies to espresso machines too.

If you are making a quick cuppa for yourself then don’t boil a full kettle. You will then not need to use as much energy and the kettle will boil more quickly, which means a win-win situation for you as the thirsty tea drinker.

I know that these suggestions are fairly obvious but they follow some basic principles which incorporate a more ecofriendly approach to daily tasks. We need governments to make big changes to reduce pollution but these manageable changes will help to make a difference if we all consider them. For a previous post about the environment, please click here.