We had our first frost last week and there’s another heavy frost this morning. I went outside to take some photographs. It’s very pretty. I used to miss frosty mornings like this when we lived in Auckland.




Here are my cyclamen surrounded by frozen leaves. Can you see the pink flowers?


Despite the frost in our backyard things are looking bad for ice globally. This turned up in my Twitter feed yesterday:

It’s hard not to despair when very little seems to be happening on the political front with addressing global warming. But we must not lose hope. There is much individuals can do.

  1. Use renewable energy if you can. In the UK, and I suspect the same is true in other countries, you can choose your energy supplier. We use Good Energy but there are several other companies to choose from.
  2. Reduce the food products you buy that come from livestock farming. Livestock farming accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transport sector put together – that’s all the bus, trains, planes, cars, and ships on the planet. I have been vegan (mostly) for more than 10 years and it’s a very healthy and much cheaper way to live. I wonder how much money I’ve saved on groceries in that time?
  3. Don’t use a car if you can walk or cycle or scooter instead. It’s a hard habit to shake but if you replace trips by car with active travel then you’ll feel better for it. Active travel improves our well-being and reduces pollution in our towns and cities.
  4. Take local holidays rather than flying to far-flung places. I’m a bit of hypocrite with this one and I’m sorry for that. I do fly but it’s mostly work-related travel these days. However I love having my family come to visit so I hope my family will ignore this suggestion. As far as I’m aware there’s no solution for air travel at this point in time. I’m hoping Elon Musk will come up with something.