Another of those days. This time it’s Earth Day today. Given the greed and selfishness of a vast percentage of the world, I think more than one day a year is required.
Apparently Friends of the Earth in Gib is asking everyone to make a simple pledge to do something positive to help the earth, eg:
stop using plastic bags, to drive less, recycle glass, to re-use items and not send them to the dump, and buying second hand instead of new.
Erm, I think I do all those.
Here is my suggestion. Not that it affects me remotely. But how about teaching precious Monica and Fabian to walk to school or take the bus instead of driving them five or ten minutes in an SUV?
And if they are too small then escort them yourself, or get another responsible adult to do that. If I could travel five miles each way on the bus at age not very many at all, and later walk home, sometimes across the fields, then your over-protected/idle offspring can manage it too.
However I realise I am ranting uselessly on this one, as most of my dear readers are far too old to have small offspring. Those with small offspring are probably driving them around all over the place and too busy to read sensible helpful blogs.
FoE Gib is also publicising the idea of ‘handprint’ which is*:
based around the idea that concentrating on our carbon footprint is a negative idea that cannot motivate people and in fact only serves to de-motivate us into thinking we can’t do anything to help the earth or to change it. On the other hand, the idea of a ‘handprint’ reverses this notion and wants us to focus on the positive we can and maybe already do.
I think that is a good idea. Only because focusing on negative PR is usually counter-productive as it racks people off being told what NOT to do. Personally I would like to see a large handprint campaign for those greedy global industries. While the rest of us are diligently plugging away at recycling, not wasting things, driving less etc etc it is hardly encouraging to see the multi-million dollar companies of the world pissing all over our efforts.
To end on a brighter note though. Some photos from the Alameda Gardens taken this morning on Earth Day. While everyone else is posting glorious photos of spring trees in bloom and beautiful flowers, we don’t seem to have anything special at all! Just a few papery sort of flowers and a lot of evergreen stuff. Eso va la vida.
The Dell, no not Dingly Dell, just the Dell, a favourite place for weddings. See those huge fish in there?
Bougainvillea – probably blooms all year round.
No idea what this one is?
Public transport up the rock – the Cable Car. See the scary ladder for the maintenance staff on the right hand side?
* the handprint is the idea of Gregory Norris, from Harvard School of Public Health.