Sometimes it feels as though nothing ever changes 

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: [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


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Sometimes it feels as though nothing ever changes 

  1. blessing sharing have a blessed day Helen thank you for sharing

  2. Kalamain says:

    Most people don’t understand just how much we affect the world around us.
    In fairness, some people also do the slippery slope with it too, and that can be just as bad.

    Simple things like ‘Not littering’ can make a difference as it doesn’t clog up waterways, kill the wildlife and so on. But we could also not use the plastics in the first place. As an aside, this is also why I like the new Soda Stream adverts if you have seen them?.. Very funny. B-)

    I signed the petition, BTW… I have zero clue why they would do this… It actually makes more sense to reduce the tax as a number of British firms MAKE those panels and we want British firms to generate tax revenue, don’t we?

    • Helen says:

      No, not seen the soda stream adverts – I was aware they were ‘coming back into fashion’, though.

      Anyway, great that you’ve signed the petition. On a cynical level, I’m wondering if backhanders from the fossil fuel industry might not have something to do with the decision!

  3. Sal says:

    Thanks for posting this Helen, I wasn’t aware of this petition…now signed!

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    Taxing solar energy is distressing news, along with the waterway littering.

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