Looking Back on 2022

We’ve been a bit quiet on here over the last few months. There are few different reasons for this; as well as life picking up after the Covid shutdown, we both went through a period of despondency about the climate crisis, essentially feeling there was no point in sharing what we were doing as no one was interested or everyone had bigger things to worry about. That’s not to say we’ve been sitting on our laurels, we just haven’t been writing about it. But as 2022 draws to a close, we have decided to just get on with it and start blogging again.

On a global scale, 2022 has been a bit of a rubbish year (to put it mildly). In terms of the future of our planet, things seem hugely uncertain. Instead of looking back at the global progress (or lack of) made in tackling the climate emergency, we’re going to round up some of the things we’ve been up to this year.

* In late winter and early spring Caroline was among a small group of volunteers who planted 900m of hedgerow along a public footpath. This was part of Plant For Our Lives, a community tree and hedge planting project in the Pewsey Vale supported by The Woodland Trust.

* In April we both headed to London to support XR at the April Rebellion, marching through central London to hopefully draw attention to the government’s inaction on climate change. We felt it was hugely important to take part not only to spread the XR message, but because if the Tory government has its way, peaceful protests like this will become a thing of the past.

* Over the summer stifling temperatures (including the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK) played havoc with our vegetable growing. Many of the always reliable crops like runner beans and courgettes were huge failures. Water shortages meant I learnt how to siphon off bath and shower water to use on the vegetable garden. But even with the extra water many plants did not survive in extreme temperatures.

* On the plus side, the endless sunny days meant Caroline‘s newly installed solar panels came into their own.

* As counter intuitive as it may seem, during the heatwave we were busy insulating our house. We had the failed cavity wall insulation removed and refilled, as well as properly insulating our loft. Both measures had an instant effect helping to keep our house cooler in the summer and we are really feeling the benefit now that temperatures have dipped.

* Caroline and her husband took advantage of a special offer on Inter Rail tickets and spent a month travelling around Europe by train. More of this to follow shortly, if you’re looking for eco-friendly holiday ideas.

* As Autumn approached, I splashed out on a second hand slow cooker (£10 from Facebook marketplace) as energy prices rocketed. I was a little dubious as to how much I would use a slow cooker but so far so good. I will update you on my slow cooker shenanigans soon!

* Caroline has also been busy honing her woodwork skills as she learns how to build a composting loo!

Keep an eye on EcoBabble in 2023, as we plan to post more often starting with Green New Year’s Resolutions: 31 Days of Eco-Actions on 1 January. As always, if you have any comments, ideas for content or feedback please get in touch.

2 Responses

  1. Hi, Good to have you back. I know it must seem fruitless at times but we’ve made a number of changes to our lifestyle that we haven’t talked about but were started by you guys.
    * We became even more focused on recycling following a number of tips from you. We could easily have our waste bin emptied every quarter I think.
    *we bought a pump to syphon out the bath water into a butt. I don’t think we lost too many plants although my wife has replanted parts of the garden in direct sunlight.
    * I’m sitting in a jumper whilst typing this. Not very significant? Well for someone who thought of the sofa as a sun lounger requiring a nice 23 degrees it pretty significant for me.
    * We’re investigating a new boiler. The present one is old but runs OK. However, I’m told the huge developments in technology means we’re likely to save the best part of a tank of oil per year.
    We did a lot of investigation into solar but our roof structure makes it pretty unworkable
    * Buying clothes has reduced massively. As ever we recycle clothes buying from charity shops and donating to them.
    I’ll stop now. The point is that we’ve made a number of changes based upon blogs you’ve published. I suppose they seem like small things so not worth writing about, but I guess that’s the point, it doesn’t take a lot of effort just a little refocus of one’s mind-set. Sorry I didn’t say.
    All the best

  2. Hi Bernie, thank you for your lovely comment. It’s encouraging to hear about all the changes you’ve made as a result of reading our posts! They may seem like small changes, but they all add up if enough of us make them. To quote Mother Teresa “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” and Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Keep up the good work! Caroline

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