I’ve shared this as a travel quote, but it applies to everyday life as much as to our actions when we are travelling. In all things, we are reminded to think of our planet, to be gentle with the earth, so as not to cause damage. The quote is by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, who now lives in the Dordogne region of France, but travels internationally to teach and to give talks.
I always feel a little guilt about travelling, knowing as we do the environmental cost – the carbon footprint as we call it – of flying. I try to balance the selfishness of making this footprint with an attempt to be careful in all the small ways that can make a difference. Choosing to buy food and other items with the minimum of packaging, ensuring that everything that can be recycled is recycled, by buying locally, and seasonally during those months when we have plenty of locally grown produce available.
There is always more that I could do.
I’d love to hear from fellow travellers about how you balance the cost of your carbon footprint – and what you do to kiss the earth more gently.
As a keen reader of science-fiction and with a rather vivid imagination, when I come across unusual plants such as this one from a trip to Kew Gardens, I sometimes conjure up in my mind a little alien creature with tendril-like hands and eyes on stalks…!
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