Category Archives: Sustainablity

Action in harmony with nature.

Leaving wild animals alone to co-exist with us

Having detachment is better for wild animals and humans

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

A wild fox is visiting my garden in the night, though I have yet to know if this is Amber, who has been elusive or missing for at least two months.  During the time I knew Amber I kept a distance, she became used to me so that I could take many good photographs; sometimes I talked to her to calm her if we came upon each other by surprise, but I never interfered with her, fed her or attempted to touch her.

People forget that wild animals are no pets, and they are capable of looking after themselves.  Providing animals with opportunities such as wild birds with a water bath and feeding stations is good, but wisdom needs applying so that both humans and wild animals suffer no harm from dependency or over familiarity.  Feeding a fox chocolate for instance would kill it, the wrong type of food is giving hedgehogs diabetes.

This video on YouTube shows an ignorant human coming across a sleeping baby deer in a cemetery.  This supposed cute video shows a baby deer that the human awoke, showing evident distress and running away.  The human is oblivious to the situation they are creating by becoming too involved with a wild animal, driving an animal off so making it harder for its mother to find it, risking an attack on the human from a mother deer if it is in the vicinity.

Enjoying wild animals from a distance whilst they express their wild nature in a liberated way free from human interference is a blessing, and is the best way for humanity and wild animals to co-exist in harmony in nature.

Localism is the future

Localism is empowerment of individuals and communities. 

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

The people of Scotland felt empowered when they went to the polls yesterday to decide on if they wanted to become an independent nation.  The average turnout for a European Union election in Scotland is 34%, in the referendum on Scotland as a nation-state the turnout was a huge 84.5% of those entitled to vote, attracting all age groups and backgrounds.

The Scottish people decided to stay within the United Kingdom.  The result for independence was 55.3% NO and 44.7% YES. The Scottish are a pragmatic and practical people who decided that going totally independent was a step too far.  The Scottish currently enjoy their own legal system, language, culture and a devolved Scottish Parliament.  The rulers in London are going to grant the Scottish more powers to determine their own affairs.

The NO win in the Scottish referendum is personally disappointing, and the negative fear mongering campaign of the NO side annoyed me.  The result is a temporary set back for the independence movements around the world, but I believe that it is inevitable that power will continue move from centralised control to the grassroots.

My personal focus has always been on a type of localism that empowers the individual and community, even a Scottish independent nation in my view is too large.  Positive change in my opinion is only possible at the individual and community level, where people make most of their day-to-day decisions in life, where each individual or community situation is unique, and where the feeling of empowerment emerges from.

Good and bad technology

I support technology in harmony with nature and humanity.

Nature can teach us a lot about how to create and apply technology that is in harmony with nature and humanity.

Nature can teach us a lot about how to create and apply technology that is in harmony with nature and humanity.

To media fanfare Dyson introduced to the world a robotic vacuüm cleaner, the coding which took engineers 100, 000 hours to produce. Scientists have developed a robot called Boris who will load up your dishwasher. Do you want to kiss someone far away? Let a robot kiss your beloved for you.

In my opinion current technological advances are unnecessary, enslaving and depersonalising.  It seems some may feel I hate or oppose technology, in reality I dislike bad technology and I support good technology.  I refuse to have a smart phone, I refuse to use cloud computing, I refuse to have robotic garbage in my home, because I have no need for them.  Why would I want a robotic vacuüm cleaner when I can use a dustpan and brush instead?

The following are four technological innovations I love:

1. Solar powered transport. 

On my shopping list, a solar-powered boat like MS Tûranor. The only vehicles I prefer to associate with are those powered by the sun or wind.  When you think that due to fuel costs a large container ship is slower than a wind or solar-powered ship, there is a bright future for this type of technology.

2. Communication with plants (and animals.)

We all know animals communicate, but did you know plants talk to each other? Imagine being able to find out how your apple tree is feeling today, or your runner beans telling you what the weather will be like? If a field of wheat can communicate to the farmer the moment it is under attack by a disease or pest, food productivity would increase.

3. Information and quantum mechanics.

I will soon be able to transfer vast amounts of information to you instantly without any possibility of it being intercepted by a third-party using quantum mechanical properties such as entanglement.

4. Artificial Intelligence.

Even though people love to become enslaved or enjoy illusionary control through smart phones and robotic vacuüm cleaners, they become paranoid about AI, terrified that an AI system might enslave or destroy humanity.  If an AI is smart enough to think for itself, then it can learn to care, become wise, to become a philosopher.  I see endless possibilities for positive applications of AI, for instance running all the accounting, inventory and records of a hospital, freeing up the time of medical staff to care for their patients.

Caring about animal welfare

As individuals it is down to us to look after animals.

I define sustainability as action in harmony with nature, which includes how I or my business treat animals.

I define sustainability as action in harmony with nature, which includes how I or my business treat animals.

As so-called consumers each of us influence how government or corporate treats animals.  Tesco, a British food retail corporate, planned to shoot a wild bird flying around one of its shops, but a consumer outcry forced it to use alternative capture methods.  I could have stopped buying from Tesco had it shot the bird.

For six months I have been experimenting with a Facebook account in order to stay in contact with the creative industry in my town of Colchester.  This experiment came to an end today when I closed my Facebook account due to Facebook allowing content associated with the torture of animals.

My personal company now has an animal policy which means it will refuse to work with either customers, suppliers or investors who causes or supports the suffering of animals.  One potential customer I will refuse to work with under this policy is Colchester Zoo which for instance unnecessarily in my opinion shot three wolves last year that it allowed to escape.  In addition my company might employ animals rather than machines in some of its activities, and such animals would be treated as like an employee, with a focus on positive incentives, health and happiness of the animal.

What is prosperity?

Prosperity: abundance; happiness; health.

I captured a visual metaphor what prosperity is to me: abundance; happiness; health.

I captured a visual metaphor of what prosperity is to me: abundance; happiness; health.

My apple tree and cat provided me a good visual opportunity to show my readers what prosperity is to me.

Abundance is the first quality of prosperity.  My apple tree produced many huge apples which presented a problem of what to do with them all.  The apple in the photo relative to my cat Pebbles is the sort of apples that grew in such abundance in my garden.

Happiness is the second quality of prosperity.  The face of Pebbles my cat in the photo says it better than words of a happy contented cat.

Health is the third and final quality of prosperity.  Pebbles my cat is eleven-years-old, she is an old cat, but she is a healthy cat.  Pebbles has a healthy appetite; can defend her territory against other cats (if she can be bothered); makes it clear to her younger rival Helix she is the Alpha cat; and her climbing skills are impressive.

Prosperity comes from working in harmony with nature.

You need room to grow

Nature provides living things the opportunity to grow.

Note the difference in growth of these two walnut trees relative to the size of their pots.  If a pot is opportunity, then living things grow relative to the opportunity available.  Nature provides the greatest opportunity to grow, and living things suffer through lack of exposure to nature.

Note the difference in growth of these two walnut trees relative to the size of their pots. If a pot is opportunity, then living things grow relative to the opportunity available. Nature provides the greatest opportunity to grow, and living things suffer through lack of exposure to nature.

I purchased large new pots for my growing oak saplings which are outgrowing their old pots.  I observed that one oak sapling in a larger pot grew faster and larger than the other seven in smaller pots.  It is the same with the two walnut trees that my friend planted, my photo shows the difference in growth between the walnut trees in different sized pots.

The oak and walnut tree pots are a good metaphor that all of living things need the opportunity to grow to their full potential.  Elephants are highly intelligent social animals, captive elephants in zoos become stressed and die younger than their wild counterparts.  The octopus is a another intelligent species needing lots of stimulation to avoid stress according to scientific studies.

The human eye needs the stimulation of sunlight and the outdoors to develop properly.  The BBC reports that a recent study of students in South Asian cities found 90% of the samples were short-sighted, a condition called myopia that needs glasses.  Modern South Asian students spend a large part of their lives indoors studying or involved with electronic technology such as the internet.  Young children in the UK are rapidly getting myopia as young as three because of being indoors and on computers for long periods of time according to the Daily Mail. A scientific study revealed the descendents of the Mutiny of the Bounty on Norfolk Island have the lowest rates of myopia in the world; whilst the study suggested genetics might be involved, I noted on Wikipedia an observation that “Islanders traditionally spend a lot of time outdoors.”

Living things are designed to live in nature, so to limit this exposure in any way causes a stagnation in personal growth in both mind and body, like I observe with my acorn saplings and the walnut trees limited by the size of their pots.

Individual power of change

Forget social movements and actors, you can make change.

This is Circe, one of my oak saplings I am growing.  Planting a tree is a small individual action, but it contributes overall to a healthier planet and community.

This is Circe, one of my eight oak saplings I am growing. Planting a tree is a small individual action, but it contributes overall to a healthier planet and community.

Individuals have no need to wait for a social movement, a celebrity endorsement or a disaster to make simple and small changes of steps now that benefit this planet and their community.  Small steps can include recycling, planting a tree or picking up litter. In the deeds and choices the individual makes they feel empowered and gain wisdom through experiential activity helping this planet and their community.

You may have heard about the ice bucket challenge where people are emptying ice-cold water over their heads in aid of ALS research which is a motor neurone disorder.  Many participants of the ALS challenge do so without bothering to learn what ALS is, or donate to the research; they follow a social trend with no understanding or interest of what it is about.  The ALS challenge echos the problems of the Occupy Movement, most of the participants had no goals or idea why they were protesting.  Many participants of mass social movements do so mindlessly without interest or understanding what such movements are about.

Russell Brand is a British celebrity involved in comedy, is becoming increasingly vocal in social and ecological movements.  When I take a closer look at Brand I find despite all the words he has no vision or answers to the issues he seems so passionate about.  I am cynical about Brand, who seems to lack authenticity.

The power of change is authentic and effective only at the individual level, that is I and you, and we have no need of social movements or celebrities to make our little ripples of positive change into the world.