Village Voice February 2018

2018 –What do you think of it so far? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Is it easy to keep them? I think it is better to be positive,than to focus on giving up things. For example,doing a random act of kindness daily,or giving yourself a treat sometimes,or relaxing for half an hour and not feeling guilty. Looking Ahead Writing this at the beginning of January,it is hard to accept that by the time February’s GPN is produced the year will be half over,and parents and children will be looking forward to half term. What are you looking forward to in February? The Pantomime? Valentine’s Day? The weather a bit warmer? A half term break,maybe even a short holiday? Supporting or helping with some of the many events happening in the Village? As was pointed out to me recently,it is possible to go to something in the village nearly every day of the week,It can be difficult,especially when the weather is cold,to make the effort to leave the house,but mostly it is rewarding and personally beneficial. Climate Change and going green Climate change seems to come up in the news quite often these days. There is still some dispute about how serious it is,and countries are trying to restrict CO₂ emissions in order to slow the process down. But,what can I as an individual do? After a cold December 2017,and a wet New Year,what will this year’s weather be like? Generally I think that January and February are our coldest winter months. With the extremely cold weather in the States,will we get it by mid-January? Will it be the same this year? And what sort of summer will we have? I have just looked at a long range weather forecast,which says that we won’t get much,if any,frost in January. As it will be February when you read this,we will know if it was right,wrong or somewhere in between. I’m not sure exactly why I connect climate change and going green. I guess the only thing I can do as my bit to help to slow down climate change is not to use the car when possible,buy equipment which is more energy efficient,and waste as little as possible. I try to recycle as much as possible,try not to use plastic carrier bags,which ties up with going green,I think. Putting it another way,hopefully the more ‘green’ I am,the less harm I am doing to the environment,and hence the climate,meaning that my children and grandchildren will have a better future. Does that sound idealistic? Maybe,but if each person does what he or she can maybe all our small efforts will add up to something significant

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