Sunday, 26 February 2012

Seeds, drought and doubt

It is that time of year again, time to sow the seeds and plan our future harvest.
 For many in the south of the UK, this is not possible at the moment.  With the drought affecting much of the south-east of the UK and the midlands and the south of England "at risk" there is very likely to be a uncertainty and a rise in food prices, which will be especially hard for those suffering under the austerity measures introduced by the government.   As the Guardian reports, the next few weeks are critical.

The drought has also highlighted to me how unprepared we actually are in terms of adaptation.  How will we cope with a post peak future and the grim realities of climate change?  As climate change bites, extreme weather events, including drought and heatwaves are highly likely to become more frequent and intense. We must learn from this and start adapting now. 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Motivational Point

I have been thinking lately.  And it has struck me that one of the important issues in facing up to the crisis and taking personal action is motivation. 

As someone who self-identifies as a Gaian, I was intrigued to stumble across this blog
When you look at the "what is..." section, it seems to have a lot in common with the principles of Deep Ecology as put forward by Naess. 

 The idea of a spiritual/philosophical tie to the land, in particular ones bioregion, may seem completely flaky and not to have a place in the 21st century, but I think that in terms of motivation for personal action it is an important factor. 

To say to people that we must reduce our consumption/footprint or face collapse is a bit of a hard sell.  But if through foraging, respectful hunting/fishing, spiritual practice or other means, a person has gained some re-connection to the planet or their locale, then, I think, they are more likely to take personal responsibility and initiate positive action.