Category: climate change
Last February I joined a local zero waste group and as part of that I weighed my rubbish for a whole year. Here in Brussels they collect general rubbish, paper and cardboard for recycling, certain plastic waste for recycling (the types of plastic they collect expanded in September 2022) and food waste (which they burn…
My 7-year-olds daughter’s eating habits are driving me crazy. Add in a 3-year-old who won’t eat pasta or white potatoes and you have a recipe for disaster at every mealtime.
Individual action (part 1)
Your actions matter and every fraction of a degree and every reduction in pollution matters.
How do you tell your children about climate change?
This cartoon of my daughter aged 7 is basically a revamp of an earlier cartoon I drew when she was 4: Her reactions have not changed in that time, she is still very sensitive and prone to dramatic meltdowns about the smallest of things, and I still haven’t had a talk with her or her…
A day under a flight path..
I’ve written about this many times before, but we live under a so-called emergency flight path that should only be used when there is a North wind above a certain strength. Unfortunately, it’s often in use much more than that, and the only way to describe how it feels when it is in use above…
On June 18th 2022 there was a heatwave in Brussels and temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius (they over 40 degrees in parts of France and Spain). This is our families version of the typical fun in the sun* front page news photograph VS the unphotographable night time heat stress made worse by plane noise: *Fun…
Change our relationship to TIME
In my last blog post I wrote about how I always feel like I don’t have enough time to act on the climate crisis because of the daily grind of our parenting routine. I think our whole relationship with time needs to change to tackle the problems we are facing, which in turn requires an…
Parenting in a climate crisis
I’ve just finished reading Britt Wray’s book ‘Generation Dread‘ on how to cope with the emotions that knowledge of the climate crisis stirs up, and how to channel them into action without burning out. I highly recommend reading it, especially as a follow on from Matt Winnings book Hot Mess which somehow manages to be…
The Home Edit
At the end of April I binged watched the entirety of The Home Edit on Netflix and reorganised the house. Which yes, was therapeutic, but also raised some questions about the things we need to keep: While I was doing this I was reading ‘Time for Things: Labour, Leisure and the rise of Mass Consumption’…