Emptying the Bath While the Taps are Running

Philip Carr-Gomm sheds light on the madness…

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George Monbiot is always a sage and sane voice in journalism. After the recent extraordinarily wet weather and severe flooding in the UK, he wrote an article on the problems of farming practices that increase soil erosion, which in turn, leave the land vulnerable to excess water that struggles to drain away. Given the severity of the problem, it is amazing that this issue hasn’t really been raised or discussed in the mainstream media, and, it would seem, the agricultural policies of this government might well be exacerbating the problem. Here is the article and link where you can also view a short video of George discussing whether the connection between climate change and increased flooding are being fully addressed by our current environment secretary, Owen Paterson

It has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset…

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4 thoughts on “Emptying the Bath While the Taps are Running

  1. We need more trees. They would reduce the problems we have in so many ways – slows the water getting to the ground thus reducing the risk of flash floods, they absorb water, and are also good for keeping the soil in place.

    • Interestingly a United Nations report states that “British woodland has returned to the levels of the 1750s, with tree cover having more than doubled since the end of the First World War.” The amount of woodland in the UK is now 11,200 square miles, 11.8% of the total land area. The Doomsday Book of 1068 gives a value of 15%, only 4% more – although both current and Doomsday Book percentages are well short of European averages of 44%.

      Last weekend my neighbourhood environmental group (basically two roads of neighbours who back onto a small woodland path) continued with their tree planting programme, putting in another 50 native saplings to add to the 100+ planted earlier. We’ve acquired more than £1000 in grants towards tree and wild flower meadow planting and restoration work.

      I know most of the woodland around isn’t in the “right places” and isn’t ancient or even native species but we are making some progress and I just thought I’d share some good news for a change!! We’ll only lose the battle when we stop fighting.

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