I was struck over the festive period how many of our friends were sourcing their turkeys from local organic farms, which made me very pleased (animal welfare is one of my big motivators in making consumer choices). However, I hardly know anyone (apart from Eco Sis :) ) who is cutting down on flying or driving, which seems a bit perverse. I’m a big believer in taking responsibility for our own actions, even if they seem like small steps on what needs to be a very big collective journey. After all, how will we ever take the big steps if there aren’t lots of people taking the small ones? I hate the thought of leaving everything to government legislation, or not bothering because ‘it won’t make a difference’.
So, to that end, we’ve been slowly making some changes to our lifestyle over the last couple of years. We recycle, we compost, we travel to work by bike, bus and train (in fact, we chose where we were going to live precisely so we could do that), we buy local where possible, and we’ve banned ourselves from flying for at least a year and preferably more. I should add straight away that this is partly because we went to
This is all stuff which I take very seriously, and plan to write more about in the future. It was in my mind particularly today though, because I've been busy researching how to get to a conference in
The other thing which brought these thoughts to the forefront of my mind today was the arrival of my festive present from The Scientist: two fruit trees! Anyone who knows me will understand what a hostile and precarious lifestyle these poor little twigs are entering by joining our household, but I’m hoping that I can nurture them to happy adulthood. This is part of a new drive to try growing some of our own fruit and veg. I’m hoping that in a few years I will have apples and pears, courtesy of the trees, and I am busy reading up on growing vegetables in containers on our patio. I’ll keep you updated! I also want to reduce our rubbish more, and in the longer term, research solar energy and better home insulation.
Some of these things are easy because they fit into our lifestyle naturally. In fact, I find it hard not to get annoyed when people don’t change to a green electricity tariff, or use household products that don’t leach nasty stuff into the ecosystem. I love baking, cooking from scratch, and mending and making things. Other things are harder, like not seeing family abroad, or doing without out-of-season fruit (I eat a LOT of fruit!). I’m sure that my journey to