7 December 2006

little blue and green planet

Well the sky is a searing, intense blue, but there ain’t much green around here. The land is tinder-dry and the colour of milky tea. Hot winds send leaves scudding across the bricks outside and the forecast tells us the weekend will be brutal. Forty-five fires are burning out of control in Gippsland and will most likely join up into one terrifying all-engulfing blaze on Saturday. And it’s only the beginning of the fire season.

God help us all.

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Today over at Educations R Us, I was interviewed for my own job. I was later informed with a grin that I was the only preferred applicant. Thus the ‘Acting’ bit of the Ploicy title will soon be redundant.

However, YESTERDAY (ie. the day before the interview for this job) I saw an advertisement for the job I really really want. I think. Oh dear, I hate complications and secrets.

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Here. Go read this. It’s a reminder that even though we already recycle and compost and donate and choose green electricity and buy local and grow our own and use energy-efficient light globes and install a rainwater tank and solar hot water and consciously choose less consumerism, we must do more. And we must nag others to do more.

So I just did.

20 comments:

ThirdCat said...

I know. The fires are...well, like you say.

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Well, you tell me that I'm splitting my infinitives, so surely that counts as recyling?

Excellent nagging, by the way. And not at all worthy of my sarcasm.

Take care with the fires, my dear.

Lazy cow said...

Congrats on the job, and, um, good luck with the dream job. It's never easy!
Bloody bushfires. Hope you're safe?
Thanks for the link, lots of food for thought - and action - there.

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for the link and the kind words.

Elizabeth said...

I guess the rainwater tank is empty, hmm?
Go for the dream job!

Emma said...

The fires look terrible.

I know I should do more. I'll try harder, just for you!

Emma

Stjernesol said...

fires are dangerous... stay safe!

h&b said...

The bushfire prediction is very, very scary. Keep safe !!

We nearly lost our firefighting Uncle a few years back. I'm terrified this will be the year to claim him ... but we're trying not to discuss it here. I think we're all thinking the same thing ...

Awful.

shula said...

Dream job, all the way.

As much as I try to recycle, and, as you so beautifully put it, tread lightly on the planet, 6 months in the US taught me that we are all going to Hell anyway, and nothing to be done.

If you doubt me, buy a coffee anywhere in the mid-west, or NYC, and watch how many pieces of cutlery, napkins, paper bags and non-dairy disposable creamers you get with that.

And weep.

But we soldier on, because there's nothing else to be done.

Meg said...

I thought it was uncanny that the first day we could smell the Blue Mountains bushfires here in Sydney was on the first day of the first ashes test, which also happened to be nearly 40 degrees... how did all those things know they should happen on the same day?

Stomper Girl said...

You may as well try the dream job application. You don't want to be kicking yourself this time next year.
I hope you are okay with those scary fires. This summer is going to be awful.
Thanks for the link.
And the nag.

herhimnbryn said...

Saw coverage of the fires on the news last night....hope you and yours are OK?

Letting you know that 'Pea Soup' the Blog has been presented as a 'Christmas gift' on my blog. Hope that is alright with you.

jorth said...

Thanks for the nag. A timely reminder, particularly at this time of the year.

Di said...

As an ex-Melbournian, now living in Perth, I really know what you living through with those bushfires. I hope you and your family are all safe.

littlejennywren said...

I hope you and your loved ones are safe from the fires. I lived in Melbourne during the Ash Wednesday fires and I know how scary it can be.

Jo said...

Hello? I'm down here. Under the giant anonymous spam comment. Don't you love those! Anyway, my husband has gone up to his mother's in Gippsland, strangely enough, on Tuesday, before the threat was that great for them. He is still there. She didn't have a plan. She hadn't cleared anything. But now her plan is to stay. On a huge property. With a weatherboard house. And keep my husband, father of our children, there with her. They are just out of Bairnsdale, not currently in direct line, but if the wind whips around ... I'm hoping it steers clear until she lets him escape. That's mother in laws for you!

Janet said...

Oh, the fires... emerged this evening to thick haze. Memories of Ash Wednesday when the sky went black. Hope the weather changes (for the better)before they all join. And that you're all safe.

Congrats on the job! But the dream job... good luck for that too.

I consider myself well nagged and will go forth and nag in turn.

Oooh just saw the spam. Freaky.

My float said...

When I was 15, I packed all my valuables and stood on the roof, hosing it down as fires raged across the river from our house. I watched as a huge flame roared up trees behind houses across the road from ours. My dad went to help the firies and lost his (very thick) eyebrows. But our house was saved. And that was in metropolitan Sydney ringed by reserve. A few years later I reported on a huge fire down south and suffered smoke inhalation when the fire whippped about.

Please, keep safe. The fires move
incredibly quickly.

And go for the job. If you really want it, then that's what you need to do. Best of luck with it.

The article about recycling is great. I do what little I can in our unit, but have plans for our house. When we buy one. If.

telfair said...

Oh Suse. GB & I will keep you in our thoughts (and all of our friends in Melbourne & surrounds.) I remember how terrifying last year was and I can't believe it could be this bad so early in the season.

I remember driving into work up in Scoresby and smelling the smoke from the hills all through the building, all day long.

nutmeg said...

I LOVED your reminder. Like you I try but somehow it doesn't ever seem enough. Shula's comment is frightening. The US have, per capita, the largest "footprint" on earth (and Australian's are not alot better!)

Go for the dream job; the other one is always there (isn't it; or is it a bit complicated?)

As to bushfires....don't get me worrying! Keep safe :-)