Fossil fools

I am sure I am not the only one who found last nights episode of Natural World – A Farm for the Future incredibly important and somewhat frightening.

If you didn’t see it – do have a look – it is available on iPlayer (for those in the UK at least) until 7:49pm Tuesday 17th March 2009.

You may recall the name Rebecca Hoskins? She was the wildlife documentary maker (one of only three female wildlife documentary film makers in the UK!) who went to Hawaii and was moved to tears by the impact our carrier bags are having on the marine environment. She came back and became the ‘bag lady of Modbury‘.

In May 2007 she convinced all the 1,500 residences and traders of her home town of Modbury to stop using plastic bags in favour of more sustainable long lasting alternatives. This made Modbury the first town in the Europe to become plastic bag free.

Here’s the synopsis from the BBC:

“Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.

Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.”

Are we really going to bury our heads in the (oil) sands right up till the day where we are 9 meals from anarchy? I really hope not.

There is still a chance of turning it around, but we won’t find the answer at Tesco – or even at Waitrose!

Be very prepared for change. It’s just a question of whether we can make the steps to transition before it is too painful.

There’s snow business like…

Well, it wasn’t so rare when I was a kid, but we haven’t seen snow like this round these ‘ere parts since 2003 that I can remember, when people ended up stranded in cars on the A417 and had to abandon them and walk home.

It looks beautiful though – pristine and virginal. Even our garden looks clean and tidy ;)

So, the Met didn’t really predict that there would be snow fall last night in this area, and at about 2pm yesterday the previous couple of days snowfall began to melt, and the residents of our little hill top village were jubilant at the prospect of a risk free day today. But last night we got another 10cm or so, with the previous gritting having no effect whatever. It was bad enough on Monday and Tuesday, but there is no way we are going to get out, or into the village.

We had a snow plough coming round early this morning, but that only served to compact the snow into slippery veneer or to reveal the frozen icy layer below. It’s another snow day for all the kids in the village.

Here’s a few snaps (some of them credited to my 10 year old daughter). More to come – we are off for an expedition into the woods and fields at lunchtime (I am working from home again).

The Age of Stupid


The Age of Stupid: final trailer Feb 2009 from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

I often have ideas, that I mull over and never get around to doing anything about (man cannot live on ideas alone!), but in this case I am glad somebody else did it first ;)

I was thinking… somebody (perhaps me?) should write a book, a screenplay – a full blown movie even, set in the future when the shi-shi has truly hit the fan, and have someone look back to the present day… and ask why.

A lot of societies glorify ‘the ancestors’ – if not worship them. I think our generation (regardless of ‘culture’), will be the first bunch of ancestors that are reviled and hated, if not cursed, for the legacy we are leaving for our descendants, not because of crimes against humanity, or for starting wars or stealing land or people, but because we are destroying the future of the human race and many of the other flora and fauna that we ‘share’ our precariously spinning space rock and its resources with…

I am looking forward to seeing the film – but just like blog readers dislike being berated, I get the impression that the movie watching public would generally prefer to watch movies where the hero is a superhuman and from another planet/time or something… as opposed to a movie saying “it’s up to you! fix it! it’s your fault! it IS your problem” – but I hope that being proved wrong about that is part of our transition, nay paradigm shift, to becoming honourable and respected ancestors :)