Having decided to leave the 2017 seed order till after Christmas, apart from putting more coffee grounds over the garlic, there isn’t a lot to do in the horticultural line right now. I have therefore started reading journal articles on permaculture and related themes which I printed off a while ago.
As if by coincidence, on Monday we were on our way to the Royal Armouries to look at the elephant, when we saw Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme being built across the River Aire. Lo and behold, part of the weir was littered with bits of man-made detritus, no doubt an unintentional reminder of who might have made the flood defences necessary in the first place!
So, is it possible for any of this behaviour to improve? According to Lee and Holden (1999), feelings of distress and empathy are the main motivators in environmentally conscious behaviour. However, plastic rubbish in the Aire may seem too disconnected from climate change to enable these emotions to substantially reduce the amount of packaging.
Furthermore, with the government about to massively increase tax on solar panels (Casson, 2016), for example, clearly individual distress and empathy can only go so far. At least there is a petition, for those so inclined.
Casson, R. (2016) New petition: The government must urgently rethink plans to hike taxes on U.K. solar Available at: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/new-petition-government-must-urgently-rethink-plans-hike-taxes-uk-solar-20161215 [accessed on 21.12.16]
Lee, J. A. & Holden, S. J. S. (1999) ‘Understanding the Determinants of Environmentally Conscious Behaviour’ Psychology and Marketing, Vol. 16 (5): 373-392