After many years of the occasional donation and trumpet blowing for the Woodland Trust we decided to join up. Our motivation? Well, just a few months ago when there was the furore of the Government intending to sell off Britain's last remaining public woodland to the highest bidders. Brits were outraged and the backlash caused the government to retract its despicable plans.
It's that time of year again - Saturday March 26th at 8:30pm is Earth Hour.
For those of you who don't know about Earth Hour it's a worldwide movement where people switch of the power for one hour. You might ask how much energy is saved by switching everything off for one hour, but it's more than that - it's a politic statement, a social, cultural and environmental statement...
Four days ago we were sent our latest water bill for the forthcoming year (April 2011-March 2012). Seeing that we had a water meter installed nearly a year ago we were pretty shocked to see that the bill was 10% more than the previous year. Last year the water bill was £320. This year it was £350. One person, a water meter, and the cost of water supply and removal went UP?
Immediately after receiving the bill we called South East Water to ask why they still had the house on the "RV" or Rateable Value tariff.
I decided last year to start investing some of my savings with Triodos Bank. As a green and ethical citizen I though that I'd vote with my "green" and give it to an ethical bank that would invest my meagre savings in a positive way. Whilst I've deposited the tiniest amount with them, I intend to move most of my savings to Triodos to ensure all my money is being looked after by and invested in sustainable causes.
As reported, we sat down for an hour on Saturday and took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch 2011. What did we see?
Well, with a mug of tea and a notebook and a laptop to finish some work while we waited, we watched the garden for an hour on Saturday morning.
We were concerned about the two fat woodpigeons turning up and scoffing all the food, as they often do, but they didn't actually make an appearance until near the end of the hour. However, the hour started off very quietly...
Today's the day, folks, it's the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.
All you have to do is spend an hour today or tomorrow watching the birds - whether in your garden, a local park or in the woods. Just record the numbers of the species that you see and send the results in to the RSPB.
The RSPB is hoping that around 500,000 people will be able to record the abindance of birdllife in their gardens, parks and the countryside.
On the Indonesian island of Sumatra is the Harapan Rainforest. For years it suffered from illegal logging - ancient trees and habitat were lost for the sake of quick profit and the natural environment was destroyed.
If you want to help restore the Harapan Rainforest, you can. Collecting seeds from the remaining areas of rainforest, the RSPB and its partners, are growing new trees in their nursery and re-establishing the natural habitat.
From the moment you see the distinctive "upside down" photography you know that Po-Zu is going to be an interesting brand.
Founded in 2006 Po-Zu, from the Japanese word "pause", make ecological footwear. The company's founder, Sven Segal, objected to the practices of the regular footwear industry and embarked upon making his own range of biodegradable but durable shoes.
Wow! What a controversial title for a programme - "What the Green Movement Got Wrong"
The show is on Channel 4 tonight at 9.00pm so it's probably going to be well worth a watch, especially when the blurb on the info button says:
"A group of environmentalists are challenging the movement they helped to create, advocating radical solutions to climate change, including GM crops and nuclear energy."
What do you think about that? Watch the programme tonight on Channel 4 at 9.00pm and let us know...