I recently attended a sustainable trade fair in Lincoln at the Epic centre, it was intended to show Headteachers, Governors and other stakeholders all about sustainable schools. There is a massive new school building programme at the moment, so this is a key time to get it right for the next fifty years or so. Whilst there was a lot of interest, it occured to me that in real terms nothing much had evolved in say the last ten years. During my numerous chats with people during the day, I soon realised that it was perhaps a losing battle. I say that because everyone was talking a good game, but I suspect the vast majority we driving to the supermarket to buy vegetables from the other side of the world or perhaps booking that expensive far-away sunny holiday. There stil doesn’t seem to be enough urgency around the whole issue of eco, environmentalism or sustainability. We need a drastic change to our lifestyles, our culture and most importantly our self-centred attitudes. Perhaps this isn’t the right place to write this, but I can assure you that it is straight from the heart. I started hearing about these problems about twenty-five years ago, how our global impact might affect my great-grandchildren, but now I fear for my our daughter and just how the world might be in ten years from now.
Reduce, recycle and reuse….please.