I am still ear-deep in college work at the moment so it completely slipped my mind to schedule this for publication this morning, but as this lockdown drags on brunch time is probably better than breakfast time for most.
It’s heartening to hear conversations about what might constitute a ‘new’ normal when we come out of movement restrictions. Inequalities and injustices are always more visible at time of crisis like this and if we can it makes sense to plan how to address them while the rat-race is on hold.
Personally my college work is requiring me to spend way too much time on screens. I’m also running on empty in terms of energy. I’m an extrovert and although it’s great to see people I know on Zoom and Skype I miss those chance conversations with acquaintances and strangers that pepper my daily life. This low-energy makes college work feel like wading through treacle. Mentally I’m done. I don’t think this semester’s submissions will be my finest work of all time but they’ll be the best I can do given the circumstances, and that will just have to be enough.
This week I’ve lots of lovely positive sustainable stories for your mull over. Enjoy.
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Great in-depth post on how toy libraries work
Some good ideas of things to do while at home
Man who rewilded 5,500 acres of Texas land (from 2017 but still joyus)
A beautifully designed booklet on wildlife gardening
European Regional Development Fund to launch a £10M Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (SMIH) for Greater Manchester
The All Ireland Pollinator Plan is up for review. Suggestions are being sought.
Global Earth Challenge – Sign up for a global citizen science project to protect our planet
A lovely video about the building of an earthship in Australia
Clear out idle laptops and help children in need in Ireland. Charity Camara is teaming up with ESB to do a call out for kids at home without one.
I very rarely promote companies because I don’t want to encourage consumption but I’m making an exception for my favourite plant nursery, Caherhurley Nursery. The only organic plant nursery in Ireland and one that nearly closed last year. Now selling online for very reasonable prices! Get in line!