Wake up, Freak out – Then get a grip

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

This is an excellent short animated film that talks about the bits of climate science we don’t often hear about, and what they really mean: not what they mean scientifically, but what real impact they will have on our very own very real lives. You can watch it right here, just press the play button, it’s about 12 minutes long; don’t get bored half way through, the end bit is about taking action to make a positive difference.

Home spin

“My mum died four years ago and I have already thrown away all the jumpers she knitted for me.”

So begins an old blog entry I found today, loitering in the drafts folder since November last year. I’m publishing it now, unfinished (see the last paragraph), exactly as I found it. I think it speaks to my current state of mind and my deep feelings about the culture of consumption in which I find myself living and upon which I am dependent for my continued wellbeing. This is how it continues:

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Soy Milk (and beer)

Despite the greenwash, Tetrapaks are made from a three-part composite of cardboard, polyethylene plastic and aluminum foil. The cardboard fiber can be separated for reuse in paper products and, I’ve read, there are some limited uses for the resulting aluminum-polyethylene mixture. And it takes energy to separate them. A quick scan of the web today reveals that not all UK councils offer collection points for them and I have not managed to work out whether or not those that do process them locally, or ship them abroad for processing. And there’s a limit to how many home-recycled tetrapak wallets you need.

Soy beans are not native of the UK and dry beans are imported. If you can live with that, you can buy half a kilo of dry beans in a paper or plastic bag, and make several litres of tasty soy milk. It’s even more fun if you do it with your friends.

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