Waste More, Want More

Help! I’m drowning in a sea of disposable nappies, baby wipes and soiled changing table towels covered in acid like poop. The ‘black bin’ has moved from needing emptied once a month (if even) to desperately needing emptied every other week. The heating is on flat out and we have a hall light on all through the night to prevent careless sleepy stumbles. However…this is all necessary…or is it.

Due to the crazy hecticness (this is not even a word) of new life, I think a lot of our pre-bambino ‘ideals’ of being ‘earth mum and dad’ have suffered as a result…At this stage I would probably say having a child is probably one of the most environmentally unfriendly things I’ve done…but I’m not losing heart just yet and have some good ideas, (and friends) up my sleeve.

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The snow leopard will lie down with the lamb

Our relationships with wildlife are sorely in need of Divine restoration.

I write these words from the heart of the Himalayas.  The days are shortening as autumn turns firmly into winter, and the ice creeps down from the snowclad peaks onto the valley floors.  In many ways, life goes on here as it has these many centuries: the harvest has been safely gathered in and people are preparing for the long, hard winter.  In other ways, the advent of roads, airstrips and telecommunications now allow these communities unprecedented access to the outside world, and vice versa.

This setting is also the backdrop for another age-old custom: that of conflict between man and beast.  The herds of livestock – yaks, horses, goats and sheep – that many people across the Himalayan region depend on for their livelihoods can be an attractive proposition to hungry predators, especially when their natural prey is scarce.  Wolf, bear, lynx and snow leopard can all kill domestic animals across the Himalayan region.  Not only does this threaten the wellbeing of households and communities, but also the persistence of these wildlife species, as they face potential retaliation from irate villagers.

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