"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Sunday, 8 January 2017

It's all about proportion...

RMan and I watched "The Day After Tommorrow" again last night.  DsTV showed it over the holidays, so I taped it.

When the movie was finished, I checked news on my phone (I live in hope of beneficial changes in this country so check news when I wake, and just prior to going to bed...)

What was on Sky News?


The US of A


and, locally up north of SA
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158045619180553&set=o.776021659127170&type=3&theater  or https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210598060723625&set=o.776021659127170&type=3&theater  ...

Seemed quite appropriate to read that news - and I found it quite sad and sobering - that a 2004 film has had no noticeable effect on day to day life on this planet.  Okay, it is just a film, but it has an important message.

I came across this the other day and have had a lot of fun with it:

I couldn't resist, could I - I had to see how South Africa figures when it is not placed on the mercator map.
South Africa in terms of the world

South Africa in terms of Alaska

South Africa in terms of Australia

South Africa in terms of China

South Africa in terms of the east coast of the USA

South Africa in terms of Europe

South Africa in terms of India

South Africa in terms of Russia

South Africa in terms of the west coast of the USA
So, starting the day out feeling like we live in a Mickey Mouse country (I think the current "President" has something to do with that personal outlook) I am left encouraged that South Africa CAN make a difference on this planet.  We just need the correct leadership, vision and commitment to play as large a part as anyone else in combating climate change / global warming.

Do we have a large enough (collective) voice.  Yes.

Do we have the (collective) will?  Yes.

Do we have commitment?  Yes - providing we are all on the same page.

Such a beautiful country.  Such an amazing planet.

Where there's a will, there's a way... :D

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1st Man said...

And sadly, America will veer so far away from this under our incoming administration...the last 8 years we have tried to lead/encourage/etc other parts of the world but that will most likely come to an end. Just read an article here about how the incoming energy secretary (our former state Governor, don't EVEN get me started, lol) and how he thinks there are too many restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions and that we should ease up that and make it easier for oil and coal plants to produce more energy without the restrictions.

Oh, and that wind and solar is an outdated (!?!?!) technology...

On behalf of the US, I would like to apologize in advance for what's about to happen.

Tewshooz said...

You don't speak for me. On behalf of the Deplorables, I apologize for you and the rest of your liberal left wing friends.

1st Man said...

You are right, I can't speak for all, that was wrong, so I will correct my comment to "on behalf of 65,844,610..."

Dani said...

1st Man - It would seem that internationally there is a complete lack of accountability by all those in power who have the ability to make meaningful change. Talking is one thing, doing is another...

possumqueensa said...

I'm an African deplorable and I think the solution is less the kind of grand social engineering that governments love to indulge in to make themselves feel virtuous and more the small things each and every one of us can do. To the people in my town, stop sloshing Roundup over everything, start taking care of the birds and insects and dogs and cats and cranes and baboons and get off your lazy a$$ and stop driving your car half a block to the shops.

Dani said...

pqsa - Grand social indulging is exactly what is NOT needed. Governments need to step up to the plate and assume control of the renewable energy bat!!

Yeah - Roundup - see the manufacturers are now selling a "handy, everyday sized dispenser for those irritating little weeds" !!!! It would appear that ever urban gardens aren't safe from Roundup anymore.

possumqueensa said...

Unfortunately anything the government touches turns into .. er.. ordure, and not very nutritious ordure at that. We need to do things for ourselves, each and every one of us has a small role to play.
Yes, those cute little bottles of Roundup are positioned at the cashier of my local agri, an "impulse purchase", like the sweeties at Woolworths.

Dani said...


Sol said...

I remind myself a lot of times that the UK is about the size of California. But, with a lot more people squished in. The govenment here is changing the road tax on cars, it used to be small petrol cars under 1 litre, hybrid cars and electric that were exempt from this tax. Now it is only all electric.

Dani said...

Sol - Apart from the small(er) efforts that the man in the street makes, the only truly effective action will be obtained via taxing / laws / enforcement. But, the governments have to be willing to do so...!

Harry Flashman said...

My wife likes that movie. But then, she also likes "The Mummy" and "The Hobbit" ;-)

Dani said...