This has been difficult to write.
I expect to lose many subscribers.
Truth-tellers in an age of illusion are not welcome, in any circles!
However, truth be told, I have never sought the high opinion of others, so I am prepared to speak the truth, as I see it!
Some of you, maybe even many of you, will decide to unsubscribe to this blog.
Be that as it may…I must press on!
Climate Change has turned the corner…the one that faces into uncertainty and fear.
Yes, I am fearful for what lies ahead for my children and grandchildren.
I am fearful for what I have come to shape my entire being around…Mother Earth.
The violence and uncertainty that lies ahead.
I am not going to put an excess of climate information in this writing.
Step outside and tell me what you experience.
That is all you need to know…FEEL what is happening!
There is something very wrong!
Feel it in your entire being!
Yet…there is hope…for where there is life there is hope and I have always been a pragmatist, optimist and carer.
Hope for me is in the form of pledging…and knowing that I have done my best…that is all I can hope for!
I will do whatever I can to help stop this mad spiral dance of death!
Here is what I pledge…
Only vital air travel…use rail and sea!
No more meat or dairy!
Don’t buy it unless I absolutely cannot do without it!
Power down…use the bare minimum of electricity.
Walk or cycle whenever and wherever I can.
Avoid goods wrapped in plastic.
Absolutely NO VOTE from me to any politician who supports war, on any level…and that includes abstention!
No supporting Fracking…I will not even have a gas lighter in my home! Many in the anti-fracking movement choose gas cookers over electric cookers, despite living within sight of wind turbines!
As for that most contentious of issues…Here are a few facts that may persuade us of our complicity and responsibility in this growing nightmare scenario!
A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. ~ George Monbiot, The Guardian, 22 Dec 2015
This is the worst case, and the figure comes from a farm whose soils have a high carbon content. But the numbers uncovered by a wider study are hardly reassuring: you could exchange your flight to New York for an average of 3kg of lamb protein from hill farms in England and Wales. You’d have to eat 300kg of soy protein to create the same impact. ~ George Monbiot The Guardian, 22 Dec 2015
Climate breakdown looks inevitable – unless we all change our diets. ~ George Monbiot
As a footnote, I am appalled at how all climate scientists I have read so far, have completely IGNORED the effect endless wars in the 20/21st centuries have contributed to Climate Change.
Now that alone should make one think of what we are NOT being told in all of this!
Mother Earth does not lie…step outside and experience the truth!
Bealtaine Cottage, May 2004
The Bealtaine Project was initiated, funded and planted by Colette O’Neill, an Irish grandmother, who, twelve years ago, attempted to prove there was no such thing as “poor land,” just abused Earth!
Bealtaine Cottage, obscured by over 1,000 deciduous trees, May 2016.
This was done simply, by caring, planting and nurturing 3 acres of such land in the west of Ireland, back to life!
The Bealtaine Project continues to grow here, on this website and in the hearts and minds of good people all over the world.
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