An Environmental Thought

Although I often write about entertainment and books, I have always been keen to discuss environmental issues on my blog. There is no doubt that our seasons are changing due to global warming. This is an issue that needs not only highlighting, but urgently acting upon.

Cleaner sources of energy are making a difference but we need so many more.

What is the latest?

Today they changed the definition of a heatwave in parts of England. This is a fairly big deal. Where it used to take three consecutive days of temperatures higher than 27 degrees C to constitute a heatwave, it is now going to need to be 28 degrees C. Why is that significant? It is all down to climate change.

Our average temperatures are going up year on year and so what used to be considered an unusual heatwave is now looking much more common. This is a really disturbing fact, given that we all have the power to do something about it. It has life-changing impacts on ecosystems and millions of people.

Just saying…

This is just a short post to highlight this change in definition and keep climate change in your thoughts. I believe that if we all put pressure on big businesses and governments, then we can really make a difference.

On a smaller scale we need to make good choices regarding travel, such as avoiding planes and opting for public transport more. Similarly, take up any opportunities we have to make changes to our home heating and insulation.

Simply choosing ecofriendly products can also make a difference. When we shop, we can decide to buy food that hasn’t flown half way around the world in order to reach our supermarket shelves.

There are so many things that we can do but it is really important that our politicians are persuaded to make drastic changes to the way we fuel our economies. Perhaps the recent energy price hike will help to spur them on with funding energy that doesn’t come from fossil fuels.

For another article about climate change, check out 3 Small Ecofriendly Changes. If you enjoyed this post, please consider following my blog for future similar articles.

We need a world… poem

We need a world,

Where oil isn’t required,

No petrol is burned

And no furnaces fired.

We need a world

Where the energy is clean,

Solar and wind farms,

Are everywhere seen.

We need a world

Where we care for the wildlife

Stop the extinctions

Give forests a new life.

We need a world

Where we value each other.

Cherish our planet

For the Earth’s like our mother.

I think today’s poem speaks for itself. No matter what is going on in the world and however horrific it is, we cannot avoid the background ongoing destruction of our environment.

It is happening hourly in every nook and cranny. While we move from one crisis to another, climate change is progressing stealthily, making irreversible changes involving extinctions of species which have done nothing to deserve our neglect.

Rant over. Let’s just find ways to make real differences in the world. In amongst the dark negativity there are glimmers of hope. We can grab onto these and put our energies into growing and developing them until they overcome the dark.

If you were nudged to think about global warming during this poem then I have done my job. Another such poem is Warm Weather In Winter. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and perhaps I can persuade you to follow my blog for similar future content.

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.