It’s been a long absence once again. Sometimes there’s not much to say, and sometimes there’s not enough time to say much. In the gap between writing, things have moved on and life has shifted as always. I started working with the Austin EcoNetwork, a great local organisation that connects and updates the local environmental community. I stopped working with Sustainable Food Center after more than six months of volunteering 10 or so hours a week – the work had stopped challenging me and I wanted that time to move back into more study and writing. I applied to go back to university for yet more study next year – a Master of Research in Environmental Health, which would let me bridge to a PhD in future. I planted a garden that thrived briefly before becoming seemingly irrevocably miserable and fruitless. I went back to climbing again and enjoyed every second of the aching muscles that told me I was getting strong again.
Outside of my own little bubble, the environmental news continued to be generally grim, especially out of Australia. The Carbon Tax was repealed and replaced with…well, nothing as far as I can tell. Apparently people’s being pissy about their electricity costing a few dollars more was more important than the future of the planet. Canada is apparently not doing too much better on climate change at the moment, which meant that Prime Ministers Abbott and Harper got to get all chummy and united as the only two developed countries that apparently don’t give a damn. The Adani Group’s coal mine had the last major regulatory hurdle removed from its establishing itself in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With the mine will come dredging, mining runoff, the potential for coal transport ships to run aground on the reef and of course, a new contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
Here in the US, the drought in California continued to worsen. Rush Limbaugh claimed success for climate change deniers. The early cost of climate change to US taxpayers was established as fact. Congress continued to put their fingers in their ears while humming loudly. And Cheetos remained a legitimate ‘food’ on the school lunch menu.
On the other hand, French supermarket Intermarche swamped my Facebook news feed with its incredible ‘Eat Ugly’ campaign to use up those wonky fruits and veggies that would otherwise go to waste. It was awesome. John Oliver did the greatest demonstration of the scientific consensus on climate change that the world has ever seen. It was also pretty awesome. So it’s not all bad.
Plus, bad things lead to creativity, right?