Gosh, it’s really turned chilly in Ireland this week. Brrrr! I’m trying not to turn on the heat too regularly but it’s hard. I’m a cold creature and always swore to myself that as an adult I wouldn’t suffer the cold I did in my family home growing up. So despite the two jumpers and scarf, sitting in south facing rooms and drinking hot drinks I find myself hitting that little button a bit more often than I should.
I’m under no illusion that if I had to slog out to the forest, cut down a tree, chop it up, season the timber, haul logs inside and then work my caveperson magic to bring about a fire, I’d probably stay cold. Truth is convenience is killing our planet, which is why we have to consciously choose sustainable behaviour as much as we can. I just have to remind myself that you burn more calories in cold environments!
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This week I’ve lots of global eco happiness to share. Enjoy!
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Fabulous work by green citizens around the world
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Small scale fishers in Ghana using smartphone technology to curb illegal trawling
Record numbers of Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched in Mexico this year, thanks to reduced human activity during the pandemic and the dedicated efforts of Tortugueros del Desemboque, a conversation group run by the indigenous Comcáac people.
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