Thursday, 15 October 2009

Blog Action Day 09 -Climate Change!

I was hoping to do a long post on here about this today but as GS has a cold (and consequently is being very trying this morning) I'll make it brief!

If you want to learn more about current findings on Climate Change then the WWF's research on the Arctic is very informative this indicates even more than before that the world is getting warmer, and illustrates the importance of action now before it's too late. I personally feel the best way to tackle this is for a global deal that will cut emissions and commit every country and very individual within it to do something. It's hard to envisage what will happen in the future if we don't, and i think that explains some of the apathy people have towards being green, something thats hard to predict or forecast becomes mystified and almost mythological to people and they assume "it won't affect me", but there are small simple changes we can all make that can have an effect and it's easier than ever now to become educated and eco-aware, so we all have a duty to do our best.

Importantly for me I think is educating our children, bringing them up aware of the environment, recycling, minimising waste and eco-issues is so important in bringing about change.

Another point that often gets overlooked or glossed over is the effects every business has on climate change in this country. Although many have made attempts to be greener, I am sure we all know examples from where we work of where changes could easily be made to be greener; energy efficient bulbs/heating/lighting, simple recycling, less waste, less packaging etc. I have found shocking examples at every place I have worked where things are unnecessarily wasted or no recycling system is in place, it's very frustrating. I think if the examples I have seen are repeated throughout the country, and the world, then we still have a long way to go.


Today is also Infant Loss Awareness Day. At 7pm tonight across the world people will be lighting candles to remember their lost children or friends/family that have suffered a loss, it's something I have taken part in for years as sadly I have a few friends who have suffered the loss of a child, but this year will be the most poignant yet as 6 months has passed since my own miscarriage at 9 weeks. It's very often something that people grieve about in private, and is very difficult for anyone who hasn't been through it to truly understand, but days like today highlight that you aren't alone, and it's ok to grieve, remember and live with your loss.


  1. I've been interested in environmental issues for years and right back at the beginning when I bought recycled paper notebooks I remember friends thought I was a bit 'hippy!' We try and do what we can and I'm sure we can do more though. Information is the key.
    7pm is my daughter's bedtime so I will light a candle and spare a thought for everyone effected by loss, be thinking of you too.
    take care
    Lisa x

  2. Hi, like your blog.
    I started an OU degree in Environmental Studies last year and as a result am much more aware and concerned about the future. Having said that I have always recycled and been energy conscious!
    Have you heard of the 10:10 campaign? It is basically a pledge to cut you emissions by 10% in 2010. I tried to post a link on my blog but failed:( Will try again!

  3. I too am trying to be more aware and conscious of the environmental impact of everything I and my family. I do struggle at times and I would like to be even more "green", but i seem to have hit a wall. At work, the powers that be dont seem bothered by making an effort. I didnt know about Infant Loss Awareness day, but i will be thinking of you and others who have lost a child, take care x