Thursday, November 20, 2014

Victoria's Green Matter - 20th November 2014

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury: Waste – not a very exciting or romantic subject, is it? But we must be conscious that we are using up the world’s natural resources at an alarming rate and much faster than they can be replaced.

We should be aware that there are many ways that we can conserve these resources so that future generations will be able to have a good lifestyle. This describes that much overused term these days – sustainability.

We waste a huge amount of energy, fulfilling our gadget hungry society; heating and lighting our homes and keeping our industries going. We need to reduce these amounts so as not to waste our resources and to limit our carbon dioxide production.

We waste vast amounts of food, particularly in the developed west and while much of the world’s population does not have sufficient food to survive. This is totally unnecessary and avoidable.

We waste water. What does this matter in a country that has more rain than we know what to do with? But not all parts of this small nation do have that much water. Here in the south east we are quite often short of water and as the climate warms, water will become scarce worldwide and conflicts are inevitable. We are approaching the time of year when waste increases and becomes more than at any other – Christmas. We buy presents, often that no-one wants and too much food that often no-one eats. This year make an exception – try to save resources and money.

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