It is hard not to feel overwhelmed at times, about the challenges facing our environment. Especially post the bushfire crisis. It feels like things are changing, and changing fast in our environment, in our climatic patterns. A month ago - heatwaves were fanning record bushfires. Suddenly, a few weeks later flash floods are wreaking havoc.
The political discussion, seems to go around in circles, how do we address the needs of the future, a world which can no longer sustain fossil fuels, while making sure no one is left behind as industries change.
It is easy as an individual to feel there is no real or meaningful way to make a difference. But it got me to thinking.
I know myself, if I think something needs to change, then I can't sit back, and wait for others to sort it out. I need to act. Even if the major changes needed are at a national level, I truely believe as an individual - every little bit of effort helps.
Have you heard of the butterfly effect - the theory of chaos?
"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wings can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world"
I like the sound of that :)
So I thought I would share a couple of the fun things we have done, or new things we've tried in our household, in our desire to be better environmental citizens.
1. Christmas presents.
This Christmas we decided to make our nearest and dearest something - instead of just jumping on the retail super highway. We wanted it to be something that would have a positive environmental impact, but also something fun. So we made them bee hotels!!
Ok ... the mandarincello - came under the heading of fun :)
2. A Christmas present for my man!
I sometimes feel we are buying presents at Christmas because we have to - which is weird I know, and I got to thinking. My partner and I like to feel we are trying to be informed about our climate impact, and try and make changes no matter how small to reduce our footprint. Even if it pushes us out of our comfort zone . My guy has traditionally eaten a meat diet. I have always tended to eat more along Mediterranean diet principles. Eating Vegan always seemed like a bridge too far. A strict adherence to strange cardboard like protein substitutes bathed in tomato sauce. Wow - how wrong could I be.
This Christmas in lieu of physical presents, we decided we would sign up to an online cooking class run by the craziest "dudes" - identical twins who live in Ireland. And ... OMG ... so delicious. Hand on heart, everything we have eaten is incredible - and it has been so much fun! Click here to check them out.
3. Wicking garden beds.
If you are like me, you buy multiple bunches of fresh herbs, only to throw half of them out a few days later. So I decided to try and make a mini herb garden. Using some old storage containers from the stockroom, and using the skills we learned during our recent I-feed garden project, where we worked with the Whittlesea refugee community to create a market garden of wicking beds. I don't think I have been so excited about something for a long time - every day I walk in the gate I can see how much things have grown - AND I have my first chilli growing! Go me!!
So go ahead butterflies - flutter your wings x