Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Many Shades of Green

In these days of global warming, ozone holes (yes, it's still there) and carbon footprints, there are myriad shades of green.

We have the Weld Angel, those who chain themselves to bulldozers, and set up road blocks.  The Wilderness Society. Tree farmers, and forestry concerns.  National Parks, and those who care for them.  The everyday Joe or Jane, who hears all the fear-mongering, and wonders what they can do, and will it even work.

Probably my least favourite shade of green though, is the one that I see more and more of every day.  The Hypocritically Green.

They sprout on about buying Green Miles, or Green Power, or how they have installed a rainwater tank, while driving a monstrous guzzling off-road vehicle that will never see anything even remotely like rough terrain, unless they hit a major patch of roadworks.  If you dare to leave a light on when you walk out of the room, they lecture you endlessly for not being green-councious, and then drive their Monster 5 minutes up the road, to buy the bread and milk.

Big industry and government are just as bad, if not worse.  Big Company puts in place a 'green' methodology, to reduce their impact by, oh say 2% over 20 years, and gets kudos from the government of the day for their 'green-ness'.  Never mind that they have been killing the planet for 50 years, and that 2% reductin isn't due to start for another 10.  And we are expected to applaud their environmentally friendly ways, and follow suit.

I am 'green' in some ways.  I recycle, have for years.  We have planted trees in our garden, mainly natives.  We water irregulary, and only the new plants.  Our household has been using energy-saving lightbulbs for years.  Same with rechargeable batteries for remotes.  I wash only in cold water, and do dishes by hand.  We have 1 car, a 4 cylinder job.  I walk most places, or take public transport.  Rather than running heaters, we wrap up warm, and in the summer, run a normal fan.  We do not have central heating/air.  I use bio-friendly cleaning products, homemade where I can.

Yes, every 2 years or so we take a long trip, on a big plane.  Not very eco-friendly.  But really, are we doing any more harm to the globe than the big companies who dump toxins in the rivers, and atmosphere?  There is a former industrial site I go past on my way to Uni, used to be a paint plant.  It is 20 years since it closed down, and there are still another 5 years before it can be considered 'safe' for use.  How many toxins are lying on that site?  How many more are there lurking in other industrial areas?

Let's stop jumping all over the little people, who are doing all they can on a daily basis.  Let's stop abusing the men and women who are simply trying to feed their families.  Instead, let us all focus on big industry, and complacent government, who are blithely destroying our planet, while lecturing us on how to be green.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New World Order

So, in light of all that has happened, and the fact that this IS the Year of Self, I am taking steps to get me back.  Or rather, to work out who I am these days.

Once I get exams out of the way, I am going to;

* start walking every day before breakfast

* go to bed earlier, and getting up earlier

* treat myself to lunch at least once a month

* work harder at remembering maintenance appointments

I have done all I can to help my son, I will continue to love him, and will always be here should he need me.  However, I cannot remain standing still.  I have fought too hard, for too long, to simply stop now.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Government Health and Welfare Departments

I find myself in a situation on which everyone in the above area(s) has an opinion - after the fact - as to what action I should have taken.  And it pisses me off no end.  When I was scrambling around, crying out for help, did any one of you put your hand up and offer to assist? No.

What makes this particularly irritating is that I am not referring to individuals here - far from it.  Individuals offered what support and help they could, and for that I thank them.

The situation I am referring to has been ongoing for some time, I have sought help from every possible place I could, and every time it was 'Sorry, but no.'  Now, after things got to the point where I could take no more, and I took action, they are full of advice.

I tried everything, and everyone - even those who, as I tried, I knew had no place in the battle.  Interestingly, those were the places I got the most help - they could do nothing for me, under their job description, but they tried, Lord knows, they tried.

And now, after I reached the end of my tolerance, and I took decisive action, they are all over me, about why I did this, or why I didn't do that.  Because I couldn't!!  I tried everything I could, I rang everyone I could, I talked to people until they were sick of hearing from me, and I got nowhere.

The only thing I didn't do, was the thing that would have gotten me to this point a lot faster.  Had I done that, help would have been faster in coming, but I would have been devastated by the action.  We suffered for longer because of my failure to take that step, but I stand by my decision to keep fighting.  I tried, until there was no other option, and even then, the steps I took were taken with a heavy heart, and only as a last resort, when my destruction was imminent.

So, to those who were hurt by my failure to act, I apologise.  I did what I did because I saw no choice that I could live with.  I hope one day you understand that.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Further to that rant..............

I am utterly disgusted with the AFL, and the way it chooses to treat different levels of behavior of it's players.

I've had my say about Jason Akermanis elsewhere.  I don't agree with the way he said what he did, or the forum he used.  But it is 1 man's opinion, and he is entitled to it.  He broke no moral laws, although he did break a club-ordered media ban.  That is for him, and the Bulldogs, to sort out.

And then we have the young Saints, who met a 16 year old at a coaching clinic at her school, met her again after a match in Sydney, had sex with her, and now she is pregnant, possibly to one of them.  And what does the AFL do? Look closely at the case, say 'There's no crime here.  Move on, nothing to see.'

Apparently, the girl told the players she was 18, and attached to the AIS in Canberra.  Somehow, in the eyes of the AFL, this makes the players' conduct acceptable, because nothing happened at the clinic.  The girl is not entirely without blame, and by all accounts, the sex was consensual.

BUT, we have a pregnant 16 year old, who participated in group sex with 2 AFL footballers.  The girl will give birth when she is 17, and will, for the next 18 years at least, be forced to face the stupidity of her actions.  No doubt, she will have moments of great joy, children bring that, but she is a child herself.  And the men (allegedly) responsible for her situation, are being told 'Never mind, just be more careful next time.' Am I the only one who thinks there is something very wrong here?

It would appear that the the AFL are fans of the 1 Rule for You, Another for You, and Yet Another for You.  Ben Cousins was given the boot for bringing the game into disrepute over his drug habit, and hung out to dry.  There are players on the current playing lists, who have returned several positive drug tests, and are protected by the Code of Silence.  Their names are not released, they are not sent to rehab, they are simply warned, and sent on their way.

I love Aussie Rules, I truly do, I think it's the game of champions, but I also think that at some point, the whole damn house of cards is going to come crashing down, and destroy the game, because a few fat cats are too damn scared for their designer suits, and fancy offices, to take a stand and say "Behave."