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Friday, 12 October 2018

Unproductive? - Time To Act, Before It Is Too Late





I have had a couple of very unproductive weeks.  This happens to me occasionally. I do so much creatively that I become fatigued and I need time away from the keyboard and the drawing pad. It is odd though...

When I am not creating I get frustrated and continually think about what I could be doing. I have also been suffering with pains in my hands and back; a sure sign of weariness. I know my physical limitations but I do tend to push them to the limit at times, especially when I am keen to get a new project finished or when I just have to get an idea down on paper.

As a result, I have been watching television a little more than usual. My wife knows something is up when I turn to the ‘box’ for comfort. I normally have my head stuck in a book. The news draws most of my attention, and boy what a week it has been. Reports of floods, earthquakes and hurricanes dominated the headlines. Then there was the report from a panel of UN scientists, who tell us that unless we change our way of life the world has a very dark future ahead.  We have known this for some time, but this report has highlighted how important change is and how quickly we need to act to avert disaster.

Will we manage it though? Are governments willing to spend the amount of money required to fund enough green energy projects? Will people around the world give up their cars? How many people will eagerly embrace eating less red meat? How can we plant enough forests to soak up all the CO2? And are the developing countries prepared or in a position to give up their reliance on coal? These are all tough questions, but they are queries that need an answer, and need it fast; if you believe the scientists that is.

Lots of people will greet this report with a deal of scepticism and that is their right. But we only have to look around and read the reports to get an inkling of what is happening; more and more floods, increasingly violent storms and melting icecaps.    

Lots of finger pointing and shaming will no doubt ensue. But there really is no point in blaming one country or one group of people. We are all, myself included, to blame. In the past, I did not think twice about buying goods in plastic packaging, I never considered the impact of leaving my computer on standby and I never thought of the resources I was wasting by buying stuff I did not need.

However, in recent years I have become more and more concerned about my carbon footprint.  I no longer drive, I am vegetarian, I recycle as much as possible, where I can I avoid plastic packaging and I only buy what food we as a family can eat before it goes off.

I was never that interested in driving so that did not present me with much of a problem. I was quite fond of meat though, but my conscience was not. Once I found out the damage I was doing my health and the planet, I stopped eating meat of any kind. Physically, I feel better for it. It is hard to avoid plastic packaging. Shops are full of the stuff, but there are alternatives. I buy loose fruit and vegetables, I do not buy bottled water, I buy bread that is wrapped in paper and I try to buy other items I need that come in cardboard or recyclable material. I am not a saint and I do slip up from time to time, but I try to do my bit as much as I can. I do not want to sound ‘preachy’ and I hope I have not, but I believe that everyone has his or her part to play in conserving the planet as much as possible. If we do not, we might as well ‘blow it up’ now, because according to the UN panel of experts time is running out quickly.

You can read more about the report here.

Apologies for taking up so much of your time, but this is something I feel extremely passionate about.

On with the art.

I did the piece below two weeks ago. It is ink and watercolour and I hope you like it.

Have a great weekend and a super PPF. 




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28 comments:

  1. Love the ink and water doodle. Sometimes we need time off, I have a TV binge every now and then and it clears my head for more creativity. The world is really on its way to hell in a hand-basket if we don't do something soon, that's for sure! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie.Thank you for commenting. Yes, we all need a break now and then. TV is not all bad. I think we all need to wake up a smell the roses with regard to the planet.

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  2. I'm sure you were in a meditation feeling when you did this picture. :)
    You've done a lot of good for this planet. I still eat meat but we've used shopping bags for ages and I've always had a bag in a bag. We recycle a lot etc.
    It seems to be difficult for us, human beings, to act when the deadline is not so close. We react when the deadline is very close and then it's hard and costs more than to act in advance...And it's us, 'small people', who are suffering most. Companies can buy electric cars - we have to buy from our salaries (if car needed), refueling point etc. Last week was very dark for me but there are bigger forces than me in this world, I will not take all the blame on my shoulder...

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    1. Hi, BLOGitse. Thank you for commenting. Every action, no matter how small makes a difference. And you are right; it is always the little man/woman who pays the price for the failings of others.

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  3. Yes we each must do our little bit to preserve a good planet. Luv your work today.
    Happy you dropped by my blog John

    Much love

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    1. Hi, Gillena. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  4. I do hope you feel much better real soon. I know too well how a persistent pain can keep you from doing what you'd like. It can get you down that's for sure. Very thoughtful post. We do recycle a lot and I try to be mindful of packaging and such. We all need to do our part! Fun ink doodle! Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda. Thank you for your comment. Oh, yes, pain can certainly put a damper on things. And I think we can all help with this current situation. At the end of the day, no planet - no us.

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  5. It is a beautiful piece, and I always enjoy reading your thoughts, not apologies necessary! I enjoy eating red meat nonetheless.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I am glad you enjoy reading my thoughts; makes writing more worthwhile. I was vegetarian for many years, then reverted back to meat. Being 'vege' is not for everyone, I enjoy it though.

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  6. It is a great piece John!
    Hope you are feeling better~

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    1. Hi, Jan. Thank you for commenting. Feeling much better now.

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  7. as a friend said to me recently, it's a shame we can no longer discuss the weather!! I am appalled that people refuse to see what's happening because of their political (news channel) beliefs. The world leaders tried to hold a conference to deal with this and the US declined because of one man. Our country is larger than one man's opinion. We should have participated in my opinion since the majority of us care about protecting the environment. Thank you to those who are trying to protect the world...

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    1. Thank you, LA Paylor, for your comment. I know exactly where you are coming from. A local politician here made a public statement saying that climate change was not happening. I could hardly believe my ears.

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  8. You have made good for the world and the wonderful doodling to look at.
    Happy PPF 🌺

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    1. Hi, sirkkis. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

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  9. Your ink and watercolor are SO beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Beth, for your kind comment.

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  10. I recognize so much of myself in the first 2 paragraphs. Especially the part about getting frustrated with myself ... It is hard sometimes to find the energy, and I must admit that listening to the news doesn't improve it. I just read (and shared on FB) an article about climate change. It was kind of a story about a girl that was born today, and how the world would look by the time she was 22. Scary to read ... I have the feeling that "normal people" are waking up to climate change, now it's time for the politicians to do something about it and enforce some laws. We'll all have to do our best and it won't be easy. But I'm optimistic about today's youth. They will have to live with the consequences, and they are starting to take action. When I was a teenager I didn't know anyone who was a vegetarian. Now half of my family is, and my 16-yr-old daughter decided almost 2 years ago she didn't want to eat meat anymore. And she's not the only one in her class. I'm happy that the schools are also doing more about informing the students. But we still have a long way to go ... I love the simplicity of your doodle ♥ Hope you'll feel better soon!

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    1. Hi, denthe. Thank you for your kind comment. I am feeling better, but now that I am back creating again I ponder the time wasted the previous week. I was vegetarian for many years. As a teenager and into my twenties I had lots of friends who where vegetarian. Most of the 'normal' folk called us weirdos. But, hey, people do tend to tag things and people they do not understand with some sort of label. I reverted back to meat for a while but I did not feel comfortable eating it, despite enjoying it. I know lots of young people today who are taking climate change very seriously; most are vegetarian some are vegan and they do all they can to recycle. The world leaders to to wake up and smell the roses, or the stench of pollution, and begin a process to clean up our habitat.

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  11. A great post John, many think of these earthly concerns but never do anything to help try and turn back the devastation we have caused. Indeed we can not blame this on one country we have all played a part in it somewhere along the line, it's time we all stopped being so selfish and actually worked together to try and patch this broken world.
    The cracks are much bigger than the what the media cares to share.
    Your doodle is perfectly formed John, rather trance like, the sort of doodle that is created and not seen until the pen is put down.
    I hope those creative stops have now restarted.
    Creative wishes and Happy PPF Tracey.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy, for your kind comment. The world is not broken, yet. But it will take immediate action to avert major disaster. We have already done enough damage to this this planet. The media reports what it wants to report. If damaging our environment was also damaging the money grabbers pocket's they would not be long fixing the problem. Unfortunately, peoples greed has a lot to do with blind eyes being turned.

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  12. Sometimes we just need a break. You have a busy life. I do enjoy your blog and your art. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, sometimes we all need a break.

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  13. We need the forests, but if one person can earn 10 dollars o cut the trees the trees are soon gone :( Where I live a lot of forests are cut down lately. Destroying my forestwalks as well as the wildlife :( Not fun!

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    1. Thank you, NatureFootstep. Yep, a lot of this comes down to money. We need to invest more in green energy and stop cutting down trees and burning fossil fuels. It will not be easy, but I believe it is possible. Even small changes make a huge difference.

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