Our House Is On Fire

Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Malena and Beata Ernman; Svante and Greta Thunberg, 2018 (translated into English 2020) I’ve read many articles by scientists, researchers and environmentalists – see quotes and resources on on my other website www.lynhervalley.co.uk/quotes – but this book, ‘Our House Is On Fire’, is absolutely inspirational. It is an account of an extraordinary family facing their own difficulties and the responsibility of being alive at this moment when our immediate collective decisions will determine the fate of life on Earth. I could have quoted from every other page, so I’ve had to be very selective: ‘Feminism… Read More

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Cornwall Artists Declare

Declaring a climate and ecological emergency With a refreshed Lynher Valley website, now a new purpose: climate and ecological emergency, and including Cornwall Artists Declare. So here are the links: www.lynhervalley.co.uk and www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk Artists in the Lynher Valley and right across Cornwall join to declare a climate and ecological emergency. We are adding our voices and actions to the millions of others around the globe declaring a climate and ecological emergency, and call for immediate governmental action to protect all life on Earth.  We call on governments to act now to find the means to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions and reverse biodiversity loss by no later than 2030.… Read More

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climate emergency

I was utterly dismayed that our parish council voted 7:1 against joining Cornwall Council and other parishes in declaring a Climate Change Emergency (North Hill PC September 2019) So I ands 17 others sent a letter and attended the following month’s meeting, but to no avail, no change in their views.The one parish councillor that voted ‘for’ was Adrian Parsons, a local farmer, County Councillor and member of the Cornwall Council working group on climate. We’re setting up an autonomous group, North Hill Climate Action Group (or something like that) Our letter to North Hill Parish Council, 3/10/2019 Dear Parish Councillors We are writing in support of the one Parish… Read More

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We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back Oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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autumn storm painting

I was attracted to using a different shape of canvas to help this composition, Autumn Storm – of trees along a hedgerow, of sky, with movement along the painting as we do when we walk in the open countryside or even travelling in a car and watching the passing scenes. So here in the painting which is 30cm x 120cm (12x48in), and showing four linking details. Click on each for a larger view and use the arrows below each image: Related Images:

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World Environment Day

5th June “It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/ https://www.worldenvironmentday.global Today I’ve collected and replanted 3 little oak trees. These were seedlings from last autumn’s acorns, growing in my vegetable plots. They’ll be planted out in the woodland in October. Trees help to combat global heating by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our woodland was planted in December 2000, it’s now well-established and home to many wildlife. Related Images:

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rapid decline of natural ecosystems

“We should have gone to the doctor sooner. We are in a bad way” Prof Andy Pervis, Natural History Museum, London, and author of the UN Global Assessment Report, in The Guardian 07/05/2019 “Make no mistake, this report will change your life,” says .  Prof David Reay at the University of Edinburgh, in The Guardian online 02/05/2019 “The health of ecosystems on which we and other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of enemies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide….. we have lost time. We must act now” Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity… Read More

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Costing the earth

Climate change How do we make the invisible visible? Can artists, alongside scientists, make artwork to do this? Listening today to this Radio 4 programme ‘Costing the Earth’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00017b8 Artists have always responded to the environment, but “this is a real problem now…. because the environment is under threat”. How can we make art now about the relationship of human beings to the environment – “…… we have become a disease on the surface of the planet. This changes everything.” (Julian Spalding, former director of the Natural History Museum).   Related Images:

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