#50 Look after our Planet

Because we only have one.  And it’s running out.  I don’t want to scare you Lottie, but this planet is not renewable, and we’re destroying it.  Sometimes as individuals it feels futile to try and save it when giant corporations and capitalism are messing it up so badly.  My advice is, do what you can.  The ocean wouldn’t be the ocean if it weren’t for a million-million drops of water.  So although you may feel like a drop in the ocean, we can work together to make the waves.

Recycle as often as you can, even if this means taking something home to recycle, do.  I’m fairly against bottled water, it’s cheaper and more green to carry a flask.  My general rule is try to use only what you need, with everything.  I try not to waste food, or water or electricity.  We’ve been born in to lives where we are used to these tremendous privileges being available at the flick of a switch of the twist of a tap.

Actually, until quite recently, I didn’t understand why it was important to save water, surely it’s always there, because it rains so much in this country?  So, here it is: our water supply is is not infinite. We only have the water that we have now. 97% of the earth’s water is salt water which we can’t drink. Only three percent of all the water is fresh water, and only one percent is available for drinking water. The other two percent is ice.

So, this 3% is the water we have.  We need to look after it.  By  saving water we preserve our environment; it reduces the energy needed to process and deliver water, which helps in reducing pollution and in conserving fuel resources.

Looking after and reducing the amount of water we have now minimizes the effects of water shortages and helps build a better defence against future drought years.

That’s why we need to save water.

Do not be so audacious to think that you don’t count, that whatever you do doesn’t make a difference. It’s this audacity and ignorance that causes problems in the first place.  It’s that old chestnut again of the human race being all knowledge, but no wisdom.  Inform yourselves on these issues, you are a citizen of this planet.  Be a good one.  Take responsibility for your little piece of it, it’s on loan to you.  Make sure it’s as good, if not better for those that borrow it after you.

Who is it tends the Garden?

The Garden oh so green?

 

‘Twas once the finest garden                                                               

That ever has been seen.

 

And in it God’s dear Creatures                                                             

Did swim and fly and play;

 

But then came greedy Spoilers,                                                          

And killed them all away. 

 

And all the trees that flourished

And gave us wholesome fruit,

 

By waves of sand are buried

Both leaf and branch and root

 

And all the shining Water,

Is turned to slime and mire,

 

And all the feathered birds so bright

Have ceased their joyful choir

 

Oh Garden, oh my Garden

I’ll mourn forever more

Until the gardeners arise,

And you to Life restore.

 

– Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood.

(Don’t worry Lottie, I’ve not gone all religious on you.  This is from a brilliant book that made me think lots about the planet, and the way we treat it and what it may become if we’re not more careful!)

 

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Sardegnan water, the clearest water I’ve ever seen.

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