2 Sep 2011

The loss of a family member


Do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there, I do not sleep 
I am a thousand winds that blow 
I am the diamond glints on snow 
I am the sun on ripened grain 
I am the gentle Autumn rain. 

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush 
of quiet birds in circling flight 
I am the soft star-shine at night 

Do not stand at my grave and cry 
I am not there, I did not die…

5 Jul 2011

Fracking - taking on Shell

A simply amazing speech

Shell want to mine for natural gas in an area called Karoo, South Africa. At a public meeting in Cape Town, Shell presented their environmental management plan. Lewis Pugh then gave his speech against fracking and against Shell - powerful stuff...

30 Jun 2011

We are the sons and daughters of Robin Hood

A new song and video from Damh the Bard (Dave the Bard)...

Quote of the day

"We've met the enemy. And he is us"

29 Jun 2011

You don't know what you've got till it's gone

I heard 'Big Yellow Taxi' by Joni Mitchell on the radio today. Seems fitting...
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

28 Jun 2011

Polluting Plastics - how we reach the furthest islands with our crap

You might think that what happens on an island in the middle of the pacific ocean has little bearing on the rest of the world. This particular island is around 2,400 miles from Alaska, 3,000 from the USA and around 4,500 from Australia, in fact, as stated in the video below, it's about as far away from 'civilisation' as you can get.

And yet, baby Albatrosses are dying there with their stomachs full of plastic. In the pacific ocean, there's a collection of waste plastic as large as the state of Texas, but it's not floating, it's beneath the water. Bottle caps, fishing net & line, plastic bags and so on. Some has been broken down to size of plankton, some is not. Analysis of the area reveals that plastic pieces outnumber plantkon by 6 to 1.

We're killing our planet, but the worst is happening thousands of miles away from 'civilisation', and if you can't see it with your own eyes and experience it, it's hard to understand and accept what is happening.

As Chris Jordan says in the video, "If there's a place on the earth where our plastic pollution shouldn't be, this (island) is it". "If it's there, by implication, it's everywhere".

This is an incredibly moving presentation by photographer Chris Jordan.

I also suggest you visit the 'Midway' gallery on his website.

Does it make you think about the waste you are responsible for? What effect does it have on you?

26 Jun 2011

Transition towns get radical - happy birthday Transition Heathrow

Transition towns are a great concept and are starting to provide a role model for a more sustainable future. There has been both applaud and criticism levelled at the TT concept, which I won't go into here.

However, Transition Heathrow, which was born out of the 'Plane Stupid' campaign against the 3rd runway at Heathrow, is perhaps a little more 'radical' than most Transition movements...

Transition Heathrow is facing eviction from the former plant nursery that are currently squatting on. Follow their actions: