Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.
When I read something like this article in The Guardian, I am increasingly not shocked or surprised. Why? Well put simply, this has been said before, but politician’s and society at large, just aren’t listening, we’re not interested, unless we’re directly affected.
In 2014/15 I worked on flood recovery from the severe winter flooding of 2013/14. The lionsshare of the media attention went to places like the Somerset levels, but the effects were much more widespread than that. The immediate response, and that just after was that this was horrific and should never be allowed to happen again, anywhere. Lots of effort was put into making sure that was the case, and the winter of 2014/15 passed relatively quietly in the areas where I was working, but there was more flooding in Cumbria with storms Desomond and Eva. This might have been on another planet however, as locally things were wound down, people forgot what had happen a mere 12 months before.
Human memory is short and political memories even shorter. It seems we are destined to never learn the lessons of our own history. We won’t put sufficient effort into doing something about this issue, nor we will stop for a moment to consider the effects that continued unrestrained growth is having. We’ll still build on flood plains, not matter how
short sighted stupid that is and we don’t even do the simple things, like maintaining watercourse, ditches, streams and banks to even help the existing system cope.
The Book of Yaak by Rick Bass [GoodReads]
Joyland by Stephen King [GoodReads]
Not surprised that this was sneaked through when attention was elsewhere. Whilst I know that there is a need for some chemical use in certain circumstances, I think the weight of evidence against glyphosate should have led to a different result, and a ban. Can’t help think that the pressure of big business and lobbyists against the ban might have had more influence.
I love that this guy just went ahead and helped a butterfly species, without too much assistance (or interference) from authority.