On The Way Across the Moors

On the way from one North Yorkshire village to another there are always a few spectators by the side of the road, or occasionally in the middle of the road.

 

I remember one heady teenage summer I used to cruise around the moors on the back of my boyfriend’s Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. The evenings were long and balmy and we often met friends for a drink in one pub or another. We were heading over the top of the moors to Rosedale Abbey and enjoying the sweeping turns of the open road, the feeling on the wind in our faces and the thrill of motorcycling, when a sheep ran straight in front of us. I remember my knee striking the sheep, then we were bouncing through heather before coming to a sliding stop. The peaty ground and heather afforded a more forgiving landing than tarmac. A few bruises; we were lucky. The sheep trotted off into the setting sun. After straightening the front forks we were able to continue on our way too, a little slower and a little wiser.

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Forces of Nature or Climate Change?

Many of the top world climate scientists believe the UN conference in Paris at the end of this year is our last chance to avoid global warming and climate change on a calamitous scale.

The increase in global warming must not exceed 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and the world needs to work together to prevent this for our climate, our economy and our communities.

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Margaret River bush fires, Western Australia

Fires, floods, droughts and cyclones are costing lives and livelihoods and reducing our productivity.

Instead of limiting our consumption of fossil fuels the world, in general, wants more.

We know that clean renewable energy is almost as cheap as fossil fuels, yet the big polluters have the ears of our governments.

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Dogs playing in flood water – River Ouse, North Yorkshire, England.

We are at risk of becoming complacent as these events become more common, so that in the end we fail to act.

We can do something before it is too late.

For further information:

http://350.org/

http://www.greenpeace.org/

http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/keep-it-in-the-ground

http://www.foe.org/

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Intricate Carvings in Nepal

 

On a quiet October morning in 2014, Nepalis sit watching the day go by at the rear of Durbar Square, Patan, Nepal. Intricate designs are carved into the wooden pillars and arches and can be seen in the woodwork around the windows and roofs.

On a similar late morning in April 2015, a  7.8 magnitude earthquake tore Nepal apart.

I wonder what remains.

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Today Oxfam announced the figures to date: 8 million people affected. 5,600 people killed. 11,000 injured. 70,000 homes destroyed. 530,000 homes damaged. Tragically, these numbers are expected to rise.

In these days after the devastating earthquake I often think of the beauty of both the people and place that we visited last year. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and I wonder if and how the nation can rebuild. I do know that now, above all, money is essential. So if you can, please make a donation.

Donations in Australia can be made to any of the organisations on this page:       http://www.abc.net.au/appeals/

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