Earth Hour 2014

I observed Earth Hour on sunday, switched off all the lights in my house and drew a Pulmonaria leaf by candle light.
Earth hr

I think I’ve always been an environmentalist, as a child I spent much of my time reading nature encyclopaedias and going on city nature trails. I also studied environmental biology at university.
I feel that Earth Hour is a great gesture but wanted to back it up with some pledges for the year.

1) To not drive or own a car – this is quite easy for me as I don’t have a license and don’t own a car :)
I do own 3 bikes and make good use of public transport.

2) To not fly, I’ve only flown around 14 times in my life and most of those were for business, I heard a radio interview with Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai who flew to Britain for a conference and pledged to plant 10 trees on her return in order to offset the carbon emissions.
I have been planting trees in my own garden but don’t have quite enough space for 10 :)

3) To eat more naturally and avoid processed foods, there is nothing quite like getting connected to nature by eating the fruits of her bounty, every meal involves an exercise in plant dissection :) it’s amazing what you can learn about a plant just by eating it.

4) To nurture the land by putting back into it what I take out, this means nurturing the soil, feeding it with homemade and bought compost and manure. I’ve noticed that in my garden where I have enriched the soil I’ve also increased the amount of wildlife in the garden.

5) To nurture myself, as I am also part of nature and connected to every living and non living thing in the universe. I remember a David Attenborough program where he said that when you look at nature, wildlife and other living things to remember that we owe our existence to them.
It’s very easy to forget how connected we are to the planet and to each other, I think this Symphony of Science youtube video puts it very well. :)

I can imagine that when living in large cities it can be quite hard to connect with nature on a regular basis, but here are 5 things to try.

Collect seeds from the fruit you eat, when you have a seed from 5 different pieces of fruit plant them in a pot with some soil or compost, keep it moist and see which ones emerge first.
You can transfer each seedling into its own pot using a teaspoon once it has 4 leaves.

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