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