For Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day here, when we’re reminded to be green which is not the same as being Green.

In honour of that (and since it’s still April 22nd further west) from It’s a Farm Thing:

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7 Responses to For Earth Day

  1. robertguyton says:

    I like the sentiment, Ele, but despair at the image.
    If that landscape was chosen to typify farming and farmers, we’re in trouble! A blasted vista like that, with bare earth stretching as far as the eye can see and not a tree in sight, is a sad indictment of modern farming practice and perhaps the worst image that could have been chosen to represent Earth Day.
    Don’cha reckon?
    It does, though, strengthen your claim that it’s not a Green thing.

  2. homepaddock says:

    I wondered about the image, too Robert, it was promoting farming rather than being green, though the two are certainly not mutually exclusive and what this depicts isn’t necessarily not looking after the environment anyway.

    In North Otago we rarely plough, preferring to direct drill to take care of our soils in a dry climate. However, the picture is from a USA website where ploughing is more common and, depending on the soil-type and climate, is not necessarily the wrong thing to do.

    There are definitely no trees in the foreground but I think there are some around the buildings in the background.

  3. JC says:

    “Yesterday was Earth Day here”

    And Lenin’s birthday.

    Here’s some quotes from Earth Day folk to retro-celebrate:

    http://www.anxietycenter.com/

    JC

  4. robertguyton says:

    “what this depicts isn’t necessarily not looking after the environment anyway.”

    Yes it is, Ele. Clear-felled, bio-diversity almost zero; not a bird, reptile, butterfly, amphibian, insect in sight, exposure to the elements practically 100% – this is a travesty from the point of view of a greeny. I think you are fooling yourself.

  5. homepaddock says:

    Thanks JC.

    Clear felled, Robert? How do we know there used to be forest there?

    I chose it for the words, not the picture.

  6. robertguyton says:

    Chances are, Ele, that there was forest cover. Even if it was natural prarie before being farmed, the loss of prarie land is just as significant. Biodiversity out, monoculture in – that’s the shame of farming. I expect you did choose it for the words, but the picture spoke to me :-)

  7. jabba says:

    I can only assume that bOb lives up a tree from his stupid observations

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