Saturday, 12th June, 2010.

Who’s Bothered?

     A survey out this week has revealed that
the people of
Wales are more sceptical of the
information concerning Climate Change than anywhere else in
Britain.    
That is a sad reflection (though only 250 of our people were
interviewed!).

     It would seem to indicate that those of us
who were interviewed (presumably by “experts”) were either unable to see what’s
going on around them or burying their heads in the soon-to-be-sands of
Wales.

     Perhaps we should still continue to warn
our neighbours – but perhaps a little louder – of the complete mess humankind
has made of the planet.   Or should we
wait till something cataclysmic happens and say “Told you so”?

 

But . . .

     . . . after a bit of wrangling between the
original contractors and our Centre for Alternative Technology, the “Wales
Institute for Sustainable Education” has been opened in Powys.   (They’re calling it W.I.S.E. – bet that took
some working out!)

    They’ll be running courses on such things
as solar-energy, organic gardening, etc.  
So at least there are some people in
Wales who are aware of the need to look
after the planet – and, perhaps, give it a chance of survival.

          A visit to CAT, slap-dab in the middle
of our land near Machynlleth, should be on everyone’s holiday itinery.

 

Growth?

     Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire is a lovely,
friendly little place.   I have passed
that way many times over the years.

     Now, the County Council is going to make
the place enormously bigger by building two-thousand more “affordable” houses
there.   The Council is dangling the twin
carrot of a new local school and better access to the A55.   So that’ll be alright, then.

     There is a local opposition group working
to protect Bodelwyddan.   No doubt that
money will change hands (though perhaps not publicly) and the group will lose
its fight).

     The population is growing, so the urban
spread has to happen.   And there is not
one single political party which has a sensible population-control policy.

     I do
not
mean a “keep the Whoevers out!” campaign.  
I mean that we should educate our people to have smaller families.   For, even in this Welfare State Age, we
cannot afford to produce children willy-nilly.

     Meantime, the Council is asking locals to
vote on the matter in a non-binding ballot.  
What the thump does that mean?!

 

Wales To The World

     It is a well-publicised fact that the
Irish and the Scots and – oh, yes – the English went out and colonised all
sorts of places in years gone by.   But
the Welsh migrations were just as important, yet they are rarely mentioned.

     Now, there is to be some sort of
acknowledgement of Welsh contributions to the way of the world.   Up in the Gogledd, they’re hoping that they’ll
be getting World Heritage status – for supply good Welsh slate to so many
lands.   I wish that project success.

   Then, when people talk about the North Pole
being “The Roof of The World”, they’ll know it that our slate was used there!

 

And To Conclude . .
.

     . . . on a dismal ecological note:  “Sudden Oak Death”, a fungus-like disease,
has reached our land.

     So don’t just keep smiling, folks – start
working towards a greener planet.

Archie Lowe

archie.lowe@laughingdragons.co.uk

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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