THE MODERN MINT BLOG
Climate change – mention it and you are guaranteed to make the discussion political. (Which probably isn’t a bad thing, as long as people are not so entrenched in their views they won’t listen to the other side…. and of course, that never happens!)
We went seal watching last summer on the estuary in Essex. It was amazing, seeing these wild animals just living on the banks. The man who took the group of us out on his boat spoke about the difference he has seen on the water over the last 30 years. He believes the water level has risen considerably, due to climate change and the heating of the planet.
It could be argued this does not represent cold, hard facts. But it does come from someone who cares about the world and who uses their very own eyes, over a long period of time, to see the changes happening in his particular area of expertise.
I believed him. He cared about the water, the environment and the seals he was taking us to see.
But not everyone was so sure. Another guy on the boat said he was still on the fence about climate change. So, if this is you, here is some cold, hard evidence to help you get off the fence and make a choice about what you know about the world…
A simple graph that says everything you need to know about the carbon in our atmosphere. Which in turn is heating the planet. Which in turn is melting the ice caps. Which in turn is raising the sea levels, as seen by our seal watching captain.
What Can You Do About Climate Change?
A few simple things, sure.
Switch to a renewable energy supplier would be a brilliant start. Or below, another graph, showing you which personal choices you can take to lower your contribution to climate change.
How Do I Personally Rate On This Climate Change List?
Let’s have a look how I do…
Upgrade light bulbs: Done. Boom! We’re in with an easy start.
Hang dry clothes: We do use a radiator in the winter. And the easy start is now a failure…
Recycle: Of course I do this. We all do, right? I also buy very little. Because I’m tight. Oh, and because I believe in buy once, buy well.
Wash clothes in cold water: Yep. And I stink.
Replace typical car with hybrid: I replaced my diesel van with a small car 6 years ago. Next step will be a hybrid… or one day, one perfect day, will be to live CAR FREE!
Eat a plant based diet: I don’t eat meat. But I do love dairy. Do I really have to change this one? Please don’t force me to have soya lattes! Or even worse, a mushroom latte! Aaaah! Is there mushroom for manoeuvre on this one? You can’t tell me lasagna is better without a big chunk of bubbling, melted parmesan cheese on top… no way! Ah, ok, I could eat less dairy.
Switch electric car to car free: That is the dream. Walk, cycle, swim everyday. Basically, live the life of a child!
Buy green energy: DO THIS NOW!
Avoid flight to USA and back: happy to do that, although we have family in South America so…. this may be a failure. Refuse to fly short haul would be a better bet. I haven’t managed that yet recently either. Oh dear, another must try harder. Much harder…
Have one fewer child: At last! The biggest impact I can have and I am doing it. Childlessness! Yes! I’m not going to be a father, so I’m saving the planet… for a child who will never experience it.
Oh, uhmm, yeah…. well, never mind.
Climate Change Conclusion
Don’t sit on the fence. Climate change is a thing. Start taking small steps. Take some big ones too. Grow your own vegetables, plant trees, eat less meat. Try not to preach (like me) just go do your thing, live by your planet loving values.
It will make the world a better place.
Guanock House needs a trainee topiary artist! Some of you may know it as the first home and garden of designer Arne Maynard, but is now owned and maintained by Michael Coleman and his wife Michelle. They offer meditation workshops and retreats there and it is as beautiful a house and garden as you could wish to visit. They called me in last Autumn to help shape up some of the topiary as it was all getting out of hand, but what it really needs is someone with a steady hand and lots of patience to take over the clipping …
Here are some photos of work I have been doing at the garden of Charlotte Molesworth in Kent. Snow and ice brings out the depth of the different planes and angles carved into the boxwood. A garden has to look beautiful in winter – and topiary (green architecture) helps do that! For more topiary pictures, click here.
How To Use Topiary In The Garden is my new talk, which I first gave last year via Zoom for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society. Returning to Zoom again, there are two dates available to see and hear the talk: March 16th – Book your ticket here April 6th – Book your ticket here The talk is great fun, perfect for keen gardeners or people who want to know how to improve their garden with hedges and architectural plants. How To Use Topiary In The Garden looks at how to move away from the idea topiary is twee or old-fashioned, …