'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Climate change, knitting and Earthquakes linked?


I read that there may be a link between climate change and earthquakes/ volcanic activity somewhere a few years ago, and this morning, after hearing about the massive 'quake in Japan, managed to find the New Scientist article that thinks this may indeed be so...


So, what can we do?

Let's not wait for politicians to listen to us, or for legislation to make us change. We all know the answers. They are what many people all over the world are already doing.
• Recycle or reuse your rubbish. If you can't do either, at least compress it before you throw it out.
• Grow your own fruit and vegetables. If you have extras, give them away to others. Don't waste them!
• Use the car less. Walk, bike, or take public transport.
• Buy locally-made or -produced stuff.
• Reduce the amount of plastic you buy.
• Cook from scratch ingredients.
• Use your own bags at the market.
• Eat less meat.
• Use less electricity. Turn down the heat and wear a jersey inside in winter. Pull the curtains on the sunny side of the house on a hot day. Insulate / build to create a more pleasant inside environment.
• Fix stuff, don't just buy a new one. Write to companies to ask why, if they won't repair or make better things.
• Teach kids how to grow vegetables, knit and sew. (If you don't know yourself, learn from a book or off the internet. There are vast numbers of excellent resources. You can sometimes learn off the best!)
• Get to know your neighbours. Look after each other.
• Slow down. What's the hurry?
• Join your local Transition Towns group, or start up a group. These are ordinary people just like us, making little changes from the ground up. (see suggestions above). Transition towns are all over the world!

4 comments:

  1. However much one supports re-cycling and helping to reduce climate change factors somehow I don't believe that the it's a factor in the events that have been shaping this planet of ours for millions of years.

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  2. I get the connection between rising sea levels and an increase in seismic activity, but how on earth does learning to knit help to improve the situation? Katherine, you lost me on this one!

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  3. We should all be doing more, that's for sure. We do take our own bags to the supermarket, recycle our rubbish (both via recycling bins and freecycle) and buy local produce when we can. I also eat a lot less meat than I used to.

    But we have become so wasteful, as a species, haven't we?

    BTW, I'm borrowing your link to the longdrops site - with a link back to you, of course! I hope you don't mind. :)

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  4. GB. I'm not quite sure I understand what you are saying...?

    Robert - I admit I put it in to make the title more interesting, but there is a sort-of-link. If you wear your woolies inside in winter, you can turn down the heating.

    Jay. I feel nervous pre-posthumously, when I 'hear' myself trying to explain why I was so wasteful to my great-great-great-grandchildren.

    Welcome to the link, m'dear.

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