We are now half way through our year of trying to become green, so has anything changed over the last 6 months? I think it is time for a stock take.
Recycling: We have always been pretty good on the recycling front, but I think we are even better now – hardly anything goes in the bin that could go somewhere else, we recycle, compost, reuse, donate, freecycle etc.
Yesterday I was doing bag packing in Sainsbury’s as a fundraiser for my son’s playgroup. Seeing the copious amounts of food of all kinds that go into people’s trolleys made me think that if for some reason supermarket deliveries were hit by a crisis and stopped, we would all be in big trouble. Hardly any of us would have access to homegrown food, a lot of people wouldn’t know how to grow it and even if we learned to grow it we wouldn’t know how to cook it.
Some time ago I promised myself to stop ranting about big companies and their complete lack of responsibility when it comes to our planet. It gets quite boring and doesn’t spread good vibes. Yet after starting my post I realised this was exactly what I was doing again – somehow these companies keep winding me up. So in the spirit of not wanting to waste I have decided to publish this post anyway:
It is amazing the amount of ‘green’ stuff you find once you start looking. Going through some old mail I came across a link to ‘The Happy Planet Index’. Initially I thought it sounded like some hippie kind of thing – ‘lets all have a group hug and be a happy planet’, but it turned out that it was in fact a new way of calculating the state of the nation as opposed to the GDP figures normally used. www.happyplanetindex.org
The snow might have gone, but it is still cold! When autumn started I must admit I felt uncertain about how we were going to get through the winter without raking up a massive energy bill in this rather large house, and that was even before we knew we were facing the coldest winter in 30 years. I looked for cheap ways of insulating, only to discover that it isn’t really possible(see blog 6th Oct, Winter is coming)So when we were offered a free home energy audit I thought why not – at least that will tell us where we stand.
The snow that has covered Scotland for more than 3 weeks is finally beginning to disappear. It has been very unusual to see this much snow and for such a long time, and I have loved it! It is fantastic that we built a snowman before Christmas and the remains are still there. I much prefer the white snow cover to the endless rain we usually have. This weekend we had a great trip to the zoo, we could see all the animals very easily – they didn’t camouflage very well in the white snow.
In August 2009 I challenged myself and my family to actually live a greener lifestyle rather that leaving it a good intentions. I have been blogging about the process and from now on all new blogs should also be available on the Linlithgow Climate Challenge website (I am being optimistic here that my usual website jinx will have vanished…)
Anybody who is interested in the older blog posts can see them on http://greenlazyandoutofmoney.blogspot.com