Welcome to Greenbean

pexels-photo-235615.jpegThis is a site dedicated to making little manageable changes in our day to day lives for the good of the planet.

Little eco steps.

Not trying to ‘be green’ in a large and daunting way, but choosing little things that resonate with you, and fit easily into your life.

Nothing huge and overwhelming.

I’d like to start with a  couple of quotes from people far wiser that me…

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change” – Barbara Mikulski

Which leads on to…

Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

This site is for anyone and everyone who has ever sighed at the sight of rubbish on the beach, news items about the demise of honey bees and orang-utans, or documentaries about climate change. It all seems so huge and insurmountable. It feels as if it is all too late, and that there is nothing that we can do in our everyday lives to change any of it. Might as well carry on as usual, because there is nothing we can do. ‘They’ should sort it out. Who are ‘They’? Governments? Multinational corporations?

It feels easier to carry on as usual, burying that uneasy feeling about the amount of plastic that fills the kitchen bin once the shopping has been unpacked at home.

Our lives are mostly far removed from the rest of nature. We live in urban settings surrounded by man-made environments.  Our lives seem disconnected from the rest of life on Earth. It is not at all apparent that we are actually co-dependent on the rest of the fragile web of life in a thin band of water, land and air living on planet spinning around a sun. Our rubbish is collected and taken away from our homes and streets (where is ‘away’?), clean water flows out of the taps, and fossil fuels heat our homes and run our transport systems. Nature is elsewhere. It is sad about the bees, but it is not at all evident that much of our food depends on pollinating insects.

I will be covering an eclectic mix of topics and would welcome comments and requests. Topics that spring to mind include single use plastic in all its guises, food choices and their hidden impacts, our gardens and outdoor spaces, common myths that discourage us from trying to make a difference, and the massive power of the individual.

I will be offering little suggestions for change as well as bigger ideas. It depends how you feel about a given topic, and how much you feel motivated to do something about it. Different things may resonate with different people. For example, you may really want the illegal wildlife trade to be stopped, but feel indifferent about another issue. We are all individuals with our own value sets and interests.

“Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room” – Christine Todd Whitman

Let’s unleash the power of the individual.

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