Lindsay D

Lindsay D

I despair at the state of the world and the lack of political will to rectify it. I believe this issue is too important to be left to politicians who are led by big business and want to empower myself

Location Truro, Cornwall

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  • Hello. I live in Truro, Cornwall, Uk. Cornwall is experiencing huge developmental pressures and planning laws in the UK are very centralised and favour the developer. I am a city councillor. Sadly the city council is only a consultee in planning and often ignored. We have 3 major edge of town developments either in progress or about to start. The...

  • So sad and immoral. Economic arguments always win over nature. I might have hoped for better in Scotland. In England if you contribute to the Tory party you get preferential treatment. In Cornwall the unitary authority has a range of excellent green policies and a Carbon Reduction Plan and they supposedly use the Doughnut economics decision making tool but,...

  • I think this is one of those real dilemmas. Humans bring in invasive species and then regret the loss of indigenous. We have a debate here about our large duck pond in park. . It used to be dredged regularly but, for various reasons, hasn’t been done for years. It is silted up and will have created its own ecosystem. Dredging is planned but problematic -...

  • @MikWisniewski cats have been domesticated by humans. In nature they would kill and eat. Playing would be a waste of energy.

  • @MikWisniewski ok what I am saying is that humans do not have the right to trash nature. Rights are not the exclusive prerogative of the human race. We are wilfully destroying nature and we have to stop this, both because it is morally unacceptable and to save the planet.

  • I guess we have to start where we are. If rewilding is done sensibly and scientifically,with regard to the local conditions and nature led and I think it works. InCornwall there is a brilliant beaver reintroduction project. Two beavers have totally transformed their area, increased biodiversity and slowed down the river flow and the settlement down river has...

  • I so agree with all the brilliant speakers and I love Harriet’s passion. We do have a moral obligation here and I think we need a whole new ethos. It is our arrogance as a species and the greed of so many people that got us into this mess. We can only solve it and save nature and ourselves by a whole new outlook. A few weazly words from politicians and the...

  • Nature does not act unethically either. No creature practices cruelty against another for fun or skins another animal for a bag for vain idiot. Yes we have survival of the fitesst and that worked well until humans came along with their biblical delusions of dominion. We have totally upset the balance of nature so that we have extreme weather events on a...

  • Well said.

  • I believe we have a moral obligation to protect nature - wildlife has an inherent right to existence. Of course, if we fail to halt and reverse the destruction we will all suffer as we will loose the many services nature provides - food, materials, water management, carbon sequestration, etc not to mention our own health and well-being. I think we have to do...

  • Interesting observation. People who think they have high stress jobs make their own stress and tend to boast about it. People with real responsibility, like train operators, just get in with it properly!

  • To be honest, I think saying there is more stress around now in the developed world is nonsense. I am pretty sure that living in Kabul is considerably more stressful than having to juggle a few emails and phone calls. Similarly, working from dawn to dusk just to make a living off the land or going down a mine in past centuries. In the industrialised world,...

  • I imagine living off the land was a lot more stressful and necessitated full present awareness for existence. Modern stresses are of our own making and, somehow, being stressed is a talking point and makes people feel important. Until we accept this we don’t move on.

  • Using an iPad so no chance of being interactive. Weather in Truro, Cornwall Humid, mild, dull, no sun all day. This is pretty average here but it is unusually mild and has been for several days. We have had a fair amount of rain. Spring flowers coming out - they are usually early here but not this early. We rarely get frosts anymore and I doubt we will see...

  • Well said @BillJackson

  • Big corporations fund our right leaning governments. They profit from climate change and some of them are dumb enough to think they can escape it. No doubt Musk is already planning his post apololyptic paradise, and Branson too! Look at the greed and obscene power of the rich and you will find your answers.

  • We definitely need to abound the term 'new normal'. People who do not suffer the extremes e.g. Most people here in the U.K., have no idea of the conditions in other areas. I reckon that until Surrey is underwater they simply won't get it!!

  • I think it sounds perfectly believable. People early last century and late 1800s we’re predicting the problems of now. Look at John Ruskin! The text is grammatical, which is more than you get from tne Sun or Mail. And there have been scientists through the centuries making amazing discoveries. A lot of them were silenced by the church. Had it not been for fear...

  • If you start changing the terminology now it will be chaotic. There are enough deniers out there already who will jump on that and enough people who simply don’t want to know who will seaze on it as proof that science is UNPROVEN!

  • Exctinctions inequality catastrophe

  • Not everyone accepts man made climate change, lots don't care anyway, some people think you can't actually live without eating meat and MOST relevant of all - the huge food lobbies. The food produced globally is 'controlled' by a few big companies, which are not household names. They produce the 'inputs' of modern agriculture and they don't want change. They...

  • @RoxaneS this is the crux. It is all very well western leaders pontificating, but they need to pledge Finance to aid a transition to more extensive, grass fed meet and regenerative agriculture, that all countries need to start practicing. Our intensive pig rearing in the UK is high energy, high waste and hideously cruel.

  • Hello - I'm Lindsay from Cornwall UK. I have been concerned about climate change and biodiversity loss for as long as I can remember. I gave up meat and fish years ago because of animal welfare concerns and I am now virtually plant based. I am very interested in the concept of community gardening.

  • This is great. My only concern here is that we don't have time for small incremental changes. Food and energy production need to change radically if we are to keep below 2*C temp rise - and such a rise will anyway have huge impacts. In the main our 'leaders' are not showing great leadership or, indeed, understanding. In the U.K. our plan is heavily based on...

  • I am trying to contribute to local food systems and biological biodiversity in my community. Especially interested in community gardens.

  • Having read the comments I am wondering where the video by Thich Nhat Hahn is. I can't see it in the links?

  • I think being empathetic can be draining. . I find it hard to detach from some people's issues, but not everyone's, so I can appreciate how difficult it must be for you. I think it is getting a measure of detachment that is key but it's not easy.

  • I'm waiting for one too. Bit like Waiting for Godot!!

  • I think nature has intrinsic value and we have a moral obligation. Thevreason we are in the terrible state we are now is that humans have assumed they are superior and, therefore, can exploit other species. I am afraid it winds me up when people suddenly start caring about the environment because they have just had a child. Implication being they don't care...

  • I'd plump for not green at all. I am old enough to remember protesting outside a shell garag e in the 90s when Ken Saro Wawa was executed by the Nigerian Government for actions against Shell, for totally decescrating parts of their tribal homelands. Shell did nothing to prevent his execution or clean up their hideous mess!!

  • The PDF looks very useful - I have only skimmed it but will go back to that. Thank you

  • @GavinLindsay I totally agree with both of you. I think Buddhist countries have lost their way but then The so called western countries are no better.

  • No,hippies are nothing like zombies. Some officials on the other hand........

  • Hippies didn't fade when faced with stark reality. The spirit is still there in Envorinmemtal movements like Greenpeace and XR and animal and human rights movements. The establishment like to poke fun at them e.g. Johnson - though to be fair HE is a figure of fun to a lot of us. Sadly politicians court the wealthy and vice versa. They are totally unmindful...

  • Good points!!

  • I resent the negative connotations of the hippy - and seemingly being an extension of the Zombie. Hippyism is a reaction to the capitalistic, materialistic, destructive, elistist way of modern life and, in my experience, people who are vaguely dismissive of it, or frankly rejecting, are part of that 'elite' for who it works and don't care about the other...

  • I feel it is a bit self indulgent to be honest. Where does society, his/her fellow humans, other species, the environment fit in?!

  • Now I have got Monty Python and the Ho,y Grail in my head! i@DavidHuddlestone

  • @GerryByrne I agree. Westerners like to cherry pick and take the 'easy' bits of cultures and pretend to be terrribly 'open' and trendy.

  • Sadly, our western culture is so embedded in capitalism that everything is exploited for profit, including the Buddhist philosophy - so people spend shed loads of money traveling to Buddhist countries and riding on abused elephants or seeing abused temple tigers - stupidly thinking it is a good thing and they are in some way enlightened when, in fact, they...

  • I feel it is quite reductionist to have to intellectualise new age thinking and rather arrogant of academia. It is possible that new age thinking has done more for humanity than all the existing academic institutions in the world.

  • To be honest, I feel as if I have started this course halfway through and missed a lot! Re the scientific/spirituality thing - why do they have to be antagonistic to one another. There is an Einstein quote to the effect that one is incomplete without the other.

  • I want to focus again. I know that when I actually apply myself to a project I enjoy it and have a reasonable degree of success but I seem to live in a treacle factory and everything feels like an effort. I get bogged down in emails about all sorts of issues but I don't feel I really do justice to things. My procrastination comes from not prioritising...

  • Where is the syllabus? I have just started at step 1. Did I miss something?

  • @TanjadeBie thanks for explaining the technical terms - meant nothing to me to be honest, but I still struggle with algorithms!

  • Just wanted to say what nice replies and same goes for me Fatma.

  • Hello, I am from Cornwall, U.K. You will have seen us in the news recently as the venue of G7 Rich Man's Club. It is not all golden sand, blue seas and trendy eating places!! And trees were felled for that conference! And we had Covid spikes!
    I am doing this course partly to encourage myself in self care and partly because I am heavily involved in local...

  • @DrSherelleConnaughton pity they had to use rats to prove something that is evident in humans!

  • I think you have hit the nail on the head. Sometimes people are just plain rude when they attend to phone calls and messages when in company. I rarely answer my phone in public and I absolutely hate people having loud, inane conversations on the bus - do they really think the rest of us are interested. We need to get back to simple good manners, and those of...

  • @ChristopherGordon oh so well put!!

  • @JessicaLyons I totally agree. I see this all the tine in environmental campaigning. The ridiculous thing about China has coal fire power stations so why should the rest of us change!! Apart from the fact that China has a mass of solar, we can ALL do something - it is an excuse and a great get out clause for western politicians and industrialists. My big...

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    If we lived in a juster world this would be easy to do but, in reality, society is unjust, money talks and our leaders are only there because the voting system is skewed in their favour (that last applies to the U.K. anyway). So if those of us with a social and environmental conscience just sit back and 'let go' the status quo is never questioned and the world...

  • I think Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. They are riding a bit of a wave at the moment with the vaccine but it doesn't mean they are not in the business for profit and, I am sure, are not beyond suppressing evidence on non drug related therapies.

  • Personally I think this needs a bit of perspective - life is not more stressful now - if that family choose to be rude and focus on their devices that is their perogative. I doubt a single one of them is doing anything important - stress would be worrying about putting food on the table, worrying about health, elderly relatives, climate change not reactions to...

  • I will never trust him!! :-) (-: @CarolineNorman

  • I would love to regain my childhood curiosity. My parents told me I would become really single minded sometimes when doing things. Conversely I, apparently, spent a lot of time in my own little world, day dreaming!

  • Just looked that book up - available on Abe Books -looks good @PhilMoore

  • I don't like breath sounds either. I don't breathe that deeply and don't need to. But it is a reminder to come back to the breath for me @ArleenTaylor

  • I remember doing an exercise on a Jon Kabat-Zin video when he said don't worry about the quality of your breath - if you are breathing there is more right with you than wrong with. Not sure that's strictly accurate but I found it amusing. I find it quite hard to be curious about my breath - I am grateful for it as it has been going on for years without me...

  • Puppies should be free to enjoy life, not under control.

  • I love 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse' by Charlie Mackey. One page I have just opened has the mole saying to the boy "One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things."

  • Oh how lovely - good luck and happiness with your lovely new friend! I have cats so the idea if training is completely alien - they train me in fact!

  • Yes good point. Multi-nationals now use pseudo green claims and why not mindfulness. They will fight against anything that makes people more aware of how consumerism does not increase well- being. They spend billions on trying to convince us it does.

  • That's a helpful analogy. I walk a little dog who is going into season and the sniffing!! But someone said it is their internet, so I just go with her!

  • Thank you for article link.

  • There are a lot of people who could do with reducing their amydilas at the moment - they are at home obsessively listening to Covid news and making worse case scenarios in their imaginations! And I don't mean the vulnerable ones either.

  • Oh you are describing me!! @JenV

  • I didn't even notice there was a video until I read your comment!!