Into The Woods

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

W.B Yeats

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It’s been a week of contrasts. Reading the brave words of Tina Rothery as she recounts the days spent fighting energy giant Cuadrilla makes me feel so very sad and proud in equal measure. The brave team of people who are slow walking the trucks in an effort to save our water and air are heroes observed by many in Lancashire; as a mum of a small child, it wouldn’t be safe for us to be there during the week, but we can show our support on Solidarity Saturdays.

As activists we need to continue to thrive, take time for ourselves against the seemingly endless onslaught of bad news. We need to make sure that our families engage with nature and learn those precious lessons that only being outside shows us. After all, it is our love of the natural world that will save us, we only protect and cherish what we know and love. Being outside is so very good for our physical and mental well being and reminds us all of what is at stake.

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Time spent nourishing our minds and bodies strengthens us and makes us more effective.

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Today we spent time in the woods and baked a nourishing loaf. All my love to the activists in the world today, wherever you are. XXX

Raisin Bran Loaf

In a large bowl mix together;

1 cup sugar

1 cup of sultanas ( or any dried fruit such as dates)

1 cup of bran fibre (all bran)

1 cup of milk ( soya or cows milk work equally well)

Soak for one hour.

Add 1 cup of sr flour and a teaspoon of mixed spice.

Bake in the oven at around 160C for about 1 1/2 hours.

Why the issue is so much bigger than fracking

Fort McMurray, tar sands Alberta, Canada
Fort McMurray, tar sands Alberta, Canada

The energy industry would have us believe that fracking is a safe procedure which would ensure our ‘energy security’ . Our government is enthusiastically promoting fracking as an answer to our energy needs, pushing forward new licences for much of the UK.

For a fossil fuel company, such as Cuadrilla, its one imperative is to maintain its ‘reserve replacement ratio’, put simply , this means that in order for these companies to maintain and improve their share prices (their ONLY consideration) , they need to constantly seek out new supplies of fossil fuels. It is essential that energy companies have as much fossil fuels in reserve as in their current production if they are to stay in business. These companies will continue to seek out new sources of oil and gas infinitely, continuing to locate new areas to drill and increasingly damaging methods of extraction, such as Alberta’s tar sands and Shell’s attempts to drill in the Arctic.

Without concerted international attempts by governments to restrict these companies they will continue to expand their destruction and increasingly drill using even more environmentally damaging methods. This is the only way in which companies can maintain their share prices, they will never extract enough to be ‘satisfied’.

All of this is devastating news for our planet, aside from the high levels of pollution and environmental damage, scientists now predict a 4 to 6 degree rise in planetary warming if we continue to burn fuels at our current rates. Four degrees of warming would ensure catastrophic rises in global sea levels by a predicted 1 to 2 metres by 2100, condemning much of the coastal areas of Britain, Europe, Asia and The Americas. With this will also come deadly heat waves , flooding and other extreme weather events and a dramatic loss of crop yields globally.

According to 97% of climate scientists , global warming is now significantly impacting our environment. Of the remaining 3%, many are sponsored by right-wing think tanks dedicated to maintaining the status quo of a tiny percentage of the super rich. It’s not hard to see why companies whose very existence relies of the continued extraction of damaging fuels, pump fortunes into defending their drilling rights and ensuring unprecedented access to government.

This is why CC and I changed our energy supplier to one which guarantees 100% of its energy comes from either hydro or wind power. Our gas is guaranteed ‘frack-free’- not perfect since it’s still gas, but a step in the right direction. All of the profits from our energy company are spent on increasing green energy methods. ( see http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/ )

We can only hope that we can apply the brakes and change the direction in which we are travelling for the sake of our little son and his children in time to build a brighter future for the next generation.