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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  • The city i live in is small and doesn’t have a formalised green corridor, but it has areas where there is no traffic and plant borders which link green areas. I think if these can be more formally recognised and not over-managed they can provide biodiversity corridors

  • @ViolaO I think that’s a very important point. However, it is difficult to define and identify local, certainly here in the UK. Also, climate change is affecting what flourishes and what struggles. For me the most crucial issue is whether planting supports biodiversity, so pollinators and other insects, birds etc and does not require chemical inputs.

  • That is really interesting. I did not know about the kelp paddies. I wish people appreciated kelp more. Earlier this summer there was a lot of kelp and other seaweeds off the beach at Weymouth, UK, and the holiday makers were wingeing like crazy. To their credit tbe town council refused to move it.

  • Temperate rainforest woodland, of which there are remnants on the AtLantic coast of the West Country.
    Threats - climate change; human damage by not keeping to designated paths, inappropriate clearing of dead trees, on which many species depend; invasive species eg knotweed and balsam; trying to ‘ manage’ this self-sustainaning ecosystem.

    Species...

  • I would say the most significant threat to pollinators is loss of habitat and foraging opportunities, due to land use change, use of agrochemicals, mono - cultures, climate change and sheer ignorance of their importance. Agrochemical companies are powerful and influence governments disproportionately. The UK govT has been remarkably resistance to banning...

  • I believe it is our moral responsibility to stop exploiting the planet. I know there are qhuge economic benefits and that is the only thing that will convince most governments, certainly the Uk Govt. However, if we continue to place economics at the heart of everything there is no long term hope of saving nature. It Is humanity’s assumption of superiority...

  • Brilliantly put!

  • Hello, I’m Lindsay from Cornwall UK. I believe that nature has n intrinsic right to existence and I loathe the arrogance of humans who put their own needs first. I hate the term ecosystem services but if it gets us to protecting nature I can live with it. I am involved in making a plan for biodiversity in my local area. (Has anyone else done this?)...

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    I have just read that the UK govt is due to have its second reading of a Microfibre Bill, calling for manufacturers to install filters in all new washing machines to prevent microfibres from escaping into the environment www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/campaigns/stop-ocean-threads

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    I am thinking that the water flea experiment doesn’t really mean that much - it is in lab conditions and, I assume, these are not long living creatures. Also, they don’t have a lot of fat and my understanding is that plastics accumulate in fatty tissue, something that whales have in abundance. Post mortems done on dead cetaceans who have beached in the UK...

  • @MichaelBath we’ve got one in the UK too!

  • @TanjadeBie brilliant initiative.

  • During the pandemic when people started wearing disposable masks, although there were plenty of cotton ones around, our local hospital started working with a company to recycle them and make them into litter pickers that fold down for ease of carrying. I thought that was such an innovative idea. I couldn’t believe how casually people disposed of plastic...

  • Oh nuclear testing as just so lacking in any precautions. Psvific islanders and troops exposed so cavalierly and callously!Just told not to look!

  • @MichaelBath I loath plastic water bottles. As you say, it is just totally irrational. And people leave them in hot cars and, as the plastic heats, chemicals migrate into the water and are then ingested. I believe the Californian government is trying to stop nestle completely dehydrating a river valley just for bottled water.

  • @johnwakenshaw that is a sad truth about the UK

  • I hope that the sublethal effects of this exposure have been Minimised thanks to the campaign. I think there are examples of chronic exposure resulting in death around the world. People exposed to radiation following ‘accidents’ at nuclear power stations can, over the intervening years develope cancers, chronic and lethal lung conditions. Also exposure to...

  • About 25 years ago Greenpeace started campaigning on PVC in the environment and pointing out the human health and ecological risks, citing chlorine as a very toxic substance. Research revealed that PVC is omnipresent in everyday goods but, more alarmingly, is also present in human breast milk and placentae. Thus even unborn babies are being exposed at the most...

  • I can see that the situation is slowly reversing. There are an increasing number of small growing projects - known as Community Supported Agriculture, where people either share money to grow food, or provide the labour themselves. It is niche at the moment but appears to be growing. If this becomes the new norm then we may then move to a more localised,...

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    Our food system is quite complicated and not easy to change on a societal level. The food industry has many vested interests within it and the many competing uses for land places additional pressure. Intensive animal farming involves many players, who are keen to maintain the status quo. They refute animal welfare concerns and hide the huge amount of...

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    There are alternative treatments and preventatives for malaria, plus is it a disease of poverty so increasing people’s standard of living would be useful. My guess is that the chemical companies are exerting too much power and blocking legislation to ban this stuff. It is basically corruption on an industrial scale

  • It is easier to just post pictures and forget about the app.

  • @JenniferC i think the bigger cities are getting the idea. Not sure if it is to do with elected mayors and being more progressive. In Truro people still winge about ‘weeds’ coming through on pavements. Apparently that is dangerous for some reason I am unable to fathom!

  • I suppose e create a demand.

  • I actually bought a bamboo sonic one. Doesn’t need charging nearly so often as another famous brand.

  • @MichaelBath yes. I think it is easy to forget that there is nothing manufactured that doesn’t have carbon embedded. That is why I thought the rush for electric cars a bit dubious.
    Keeping a small petrol hatchback on the road results in less emissions and mining of rare Earth metals than buying an EV. I would say though that building a conventional power...

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    I became a vegetarian msny years ago for animal welfare reasons. Iam now transitioning to veganism for animal welfare and planetary welfare. I have solar panels but they don’t generate a lot. In retrospect I would have been better off spending my money on insulation. I have solid walls so not that efficient. I have plenty of loft insulation though and well...

  • @MichaelBath but don’t we just export our emissions to China. The UK has very little left in the way of manufacturing. Most good are imported from China.

  • I don’t know if we are supposed to be posting in here as I can’t find a ‘discussion prompt',also, I can’t do the links so iam probably doing all this wrong but I don’t know who to ask.

  • I have chosen the polar bear sample from Prager ‘University’. I looked up Prager and saw the post, and also watched part of an interview with the scientist who had made the claim, Susan Crockford, who’s credentials are very vague but she has written a lot of non scientific children’s books on polar bears. What struck me in the interview was that the...

  • Oh yes there were demos on Saturday.

  • @BelindaWalker YES so true. Stop the primacy of the car and make towns walkable and cyclable and improve public transport. People’s health would also improve and it would help the local economy and reduce social isolation.

  • @MichaelBath yes but the African babies won’t consume as much. Tne high birth rates in SOME African and Asian countries are ultimately the fault if the World Bank and IMF and the major world banks, who insisted that the countries who had borrowed from them when they had loads of money and wanted something to do with it, forced them into repayments they...

  • I have seen a couple bumble bees on the wing, presumably newly emerging queens. There is insufficient food source for them yet though.

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    I like the way that the connections are being made here. We don’t get that many extreme weather events in the uk but they are on the increase. If a politician is interviewed and asked if they think a particular say flood is associated with climate change they always deny it. The last couple of summers max temperature records have been broken on consecutive...

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  • Yes it is what the individuals consume. A baby born in the US will, on average, over her lifetime consume much more than a baby born in Africa. Europe isn’t far behind. Additionally babies born into wealthy families will consume more. It is about equality as well as population size. One of the scariest things I heard is that white fundamentalist Christians...

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    The. poorest in all countries, whether developed or not, have generally done the least to cause climate change but they will suffer the most. The inequality in the system of governance in most countries is staggering but we have grown accustomed to it. My understanding from reading Melanie Klein is that there are rich industrialists who are actually...

  • Where do you live Jenny?

  • @johnwakenshaw I agree governments must act and fast and follow it up with proper safeguards eg our local authority (Cornwall) has a carbon reduction plan ( although they have admitted they can’t reach their net zero by 2030 target). However, the developments they permit seldom have onsite renewables, not built to passivaus, or similar, standards and they...

  • I am so glad this is catching on,

  • We have a peregrine on the cathedral tht pucks off the pigeons. I see this as proof of us invading their territory. People complain bitterly about the herring gulls but we have invaded their territory and, to be honest, without them the pavements would be full of pasty bits that people drop whilst shoving them into their gobs whilst strolling along the...

  • Yes us to. I am trying to start a project called Edible Urban Islands, just a fancy name for a few beds growing vegetables and fruit
    really. The plan being that we plant and grow organically and people share the proceeds. We started last year and we’re hit by a huge drought so watering was an issue. We have now tried winter planting. Of course the ground is...