Reasons to be Cheerful

Last update: 7.02.17 First posted: 7.02.17 by in

In the few days since a certain businessman took up residence in his new oval shaped office there has been a flurry of activity on social media and elsewhere of ‘PLU’s’ (People Like Us) wringing their hands and sharing their understandable concerns about the future of the planet. After all, the Trumpeteers now in charge across The Pond include Myron Bell, who dismisses climate science and has described the environmental movement as, “the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world”. And we know that Trump himself campaigned on the basis that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese for their own economic advantage.
I share the view of the musician and activist Brian Eno who recently suggested that all this has been coming for a long time and those of us who seek alternative ways of changing the world and our communities for the better have an opportunity we must now take. At least these guys, and they are mostly grey men, are now out in the open where we can see them and their actions in clear daylight.
Has there ever been a more important time to engage in small but significant and hopeful local actions that aim to empower individuals, communities and places? This might take the form of getting involved in an Incredible Edible project or a scheme such as The Community Fridge in Frome, recently featured in one of Jamie Oliver’s programmes www.edventurefrome.org
community fridge

This entails setting up publicly accessible fridges where people can leave fresh produce they won’t be using, for instance when they are going away, for all to collect for free. There is an obvious connection between this scheme and Incredible Edible and we should forge links with creative thinkers and doers like the people who set up this innovative project. Let us fight on all fronts. March, sign up, join together and make a difference. As the American environmentalist Margaret Meade once said, “A small group of committed people can change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has”. In this way, and in these troubled times, these are some of the many reasons to still be cheerful.

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