What a beautiful planet we live on.
Even though we are bombarded with dark and troubling news day by day, still this planet of ours remains beautiful. How many of us are conscious of this?
Yesterday my husband and I watched several different programmes about the environment and the threat that hangs over it.
One was about the damage to our children’s health from Fracking.
Then the others were on the Land of the Jaguar, which is Guyana, and the threat of the jungle there being destroyed, along with the beautiful creatures, many unknown species and undisturbed environment.
It got me thinking about who was conscious out of all the people involved.
There were the oil companies, loggers and governments making decisions, and there were the people fighting for the survival of our planet.
I am not a political person and am certainly not an expert on politics. My thoughts yesterday were around the way that the people filming this beautiful land of Guyana were so willing to put themselves at risk to explore and discover the beauty and film it for us to see.
Giving us a glimpse of all the wonderful creatures that reside there, and putting themselves at risk by getting bitten, sleeping on ledges on mountain sides, sitting perilously on a “tray” fifty foot up a tree, filming monkeys and eagles.
We are all bombarded with information about what we need to do to help save the planet. Cutting down on the amount of fuel we use, getting our homes insulated, switching off lights, recycling and so on.
Such as the local rail yard, leaving dazzling lights on all night, even when there is no-one working there. The tower blocks lit up in big cities out of working hours. Shops leaving their doors open and heat wasted in the name of inviting you in to inspect their goods. Throw away cartons for food and drink, filling the land with pollution.
Yes, there are people who are conscious, thank God. Water bottles are at last starting to be wiped out. We are going to have to learn other ways of carrying water around with us. Recycling is becoming a way of life.
Isn’t it remarkable how conscious we have become in the UK about carrier bags, just by the government putting a 5p charge on them? In the face of things 5p is nothing, yet suddenly people are carrying their own bags with them far more. Through such a simple move, we have become conscious or aware of the way that we use carrier bags.
It amuses me now, when I ask for a carrier bag, the shop assistant apologises that she has to charge me for it!
Although it is encouraging to see some of the large stores, using paper sacks instead. Suddenly the local football field is missing the detritus of old plastic bags left from where onlookers stand.
But there is a long way to go yet.
The point is, though, how many of us are really conscious or aware of how we treat the planet?
We can make our small moves by switching off lights etc., but what about the bigger consortiums, governments and powers? Are they not human like us? Do they go to their homes and see the tv programmes with their families that I mention here? Do they use plastic water bottles?
Who are the people who ignore the danger that they are putting people in by Fracking for example? After all they are human beings aren’t they?
What is more important? Their pockets or our environment and the people who live there? What happens to their consciousness when they give the orders for a piece of land to be used for Fracking?
I like to think that we are all becoming more aware.
(Until I see the youngster walking in the street in front of me, who throws the empty can of drink and the empty crisp bag down onto the pavement, without a second thought. There is me believing that they worry children about global warming!)
These are all just ponderings from an ageing woman who has seen take away food, change from eating fish and chips out of newspaper. Then ‘elf and safety saying we could not do that because the ink was poisonous, so made us eat off plastic trays instead! What is more, we had to use plastic spoons and forks and not our fingers. At least the newspaper was something that had been recycled, even though the term had never been thought of.
I have seen loose fruit and vegetables carried home in plastic bags and throw away trays, sealed with more clear plastic, as a move towards hygiene. But now the world claims to have “found a better” way, brown paper bags, or even reusable shopping bags. These were being used long before plastic and convenience were thought of.
Who are the conscious ones and who are the ones with heads down ignoring what is around, both the beauty and destruction.
But let us finish with the thought that this is indeed a beautiful planet.
Which is part of a beautiful universe.
Let’s decide to look after it.