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Think again

On Twitter I noticed a video about the damage that carbon dioxide is doing to the seabed. I have been interested in the effects of industry on the environment for a long time. The awareness of these issues among the general public has been raised recently by many people, but especially by David Attenborough.

I had also had a conversation with a younger person about the unknown effects of 5G and electromagnetic fields in general.

As it was a while since I had written any verse, I put pen to paper last week and came up with the following:-

Think again

“What the market will bear”,
Doesn’t consider the air.
Air-conditioning keeps us cool,
But heats the outside as a rule.
We think we need to travel fast,
But how long will the fuel last?
Plastic is useful and cheap,
But it pollutes the oceans deep.
Industry makes for prosperity,
But what if it wipes out posterity?
“Nature can take care of itself!”
No, it is being destroyed by stealth.
Carbon dioxide in the air
Increases acidity everywhere.
Acid rain affects the trees,
Dissolves the bottom of the seas.
If more and more species perish,
What will there be left to cherish?
Can we turn the deadly tide?
Must we go for that car ride?
Do we need to buy more stuff
Can we say, “Enough’s enough”?
When carbon footprints are a reason,
Can we only buy food in season?
Everything is getting worse…
…Just like my attempts at verse.
So, dear reader, take a minute
To ponder the earth and all that’s in it.
It was created for good, for us to look after,
For sustenance, fruitfulness, joy and laughter.

A chance conversation

On the grounds that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, I decided that I should avoid becoming boring by going out to a coffee morning.

Of the people already in the room, the ones I’d have found easiest to talk to were either serving the coffee and cake or sitting at a crowded table.  They invited me to draw up a chair, but I had a quick chat and sat down at another table near two other people I know.  After a little while we were joined by someone who needed to introduce himself as he is a newcomer.  He sat next to me and explained how he had found out about our regular coffee mornings.  He seemed to think I might have seen him there a few times, but I don’t often go unless it is my turn to help.  (I had seen him before.)  I explained to him how busy I usually am on that day of the week, but that one of my weekly activities had been cancelled.  “I have prised myself away from my laptop,” I joked.

He enquired what I had been doing on my laptop and I told him about my blogging.  We had a really interesting conversation about social networking as he has a blog and uses three or four other social networking sites.  Why more people don’t blog, the relative benefits of books and e-books, and alternative road routes to the other end of the country were some of the subjects we covered.  Then one of the non-blogging gentlemen came and sat down the other side of him and I left them to it, socialising with later arrivals on another table.  It was more fun than checking my stats!

If a newcomer seems reluctant to make the first move, perhaps by saying, “Hello, I’m …”, I might introduce myself.  Do you know a good way of welcoming a stranger?

Offer hospitality to strangers for by doing so some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2