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Here is the Grand Old Man come out of retirement to make one last programme about Climate Change. I was looking forward to it immensely. But in the end he seemed to hand over most of the programme to a succession of worthy talking heads, himself being left stranded in a green and pleasant English field.

I know that climate change is taking place. I have left my pots of geraniums out on the doorstep all winter and they are still bonny and thriving - something that has never happened before, but I was rather expecting that Attenborough would take us on rather more of a world tour showing the consequences in other places and how, like my geraniums, things are different to what they were. I suppose ice has always fallen off glaciers into the sea - but how is the rate now different? (I am sure it is but by how much?).

I would also like to know what I might do to help. To be sure someone said something about buying top quality goods and making them last and not eating beef or lamb because the animals produced methane but this is all so vague. I have a feeling that buying a Miele washing machine would contribute less to fighting climate change than giving up beef. But that's only a guess and I am semi-vegetarian anyway. Turning down the thermostat by one degree probably trumps both. But will anything we do as individuals offset China and its fifty new coal fired power stations a year, or whatever it is? Or Trump's support for American coal? Personally I think instead of meat we should eat tons of oysters which use carbon dioxide to make their never decaying shells.

But still full credit to the BBC and to Attenborough himself for helping to raise awareness. Do catch the programme on iPlayer if you haven't seen it already. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 19th Apr 2019 - 09:31AM   Posted by Fennie   Climate Comments: 3

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and All,

Never got round to watching David Attenborough programme but will catch up when I can. I think we can all do our best for climate change even if in small amounts but realistically it is a huge worry billions billons of plastic, the ever going problem of pollution. Yesterday in central London people were marching and protesting to make their point about pollution to make the Government hear something must be done and not just let it waver any longer as the Government has continued to do.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Apr 2019 at 10:19AM

Withy Brook's Avatar I fear this is far greater than plastic and pollution. It is global warming on a frightening scale. Time for action is running out.
I did not see all the programme as I went to the Maundy Thursday service and did not get back till 9.30.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th Apr 2019 at 05:07PM

Fennie's Avatar Worth watching on catch-up, Withy. But it is not clear what we, practically, can do about it. Give up beef, lamb and dairy?
But what use is that besides what the Chinese and Americans are doing (or not doing)? You and I will be fine; it's the grandchildren I worry about. In 2050 Theo will be 41 perhaps with a family and children of his own. Ditto little Beanie. It isn't fair on them.

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Apr 2019 at 05:20PM

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