It's been a tough winter. And it's not over yet... (Sorry!) What with the gale force winds that swept over the UK and most of Europe; the sub-Arctic cold that is still reigning over Canada and parts of the US; the incessant rains over South-Western England; the snow in places that should never see it (Texas, I'm looking at you!) and the heat wave where they are unheard of (Yukon anyone?); I chose to hide out most of February. And what about the Winter Olympics taking place in near-tropical conditions? This winter is definitely one we will not be forgetting anytime soon.
And yet, we can still hope, can't we? Hope, and cross our fingers, that the rains will fall over California, and that the sun will dry out England -just enough to get the crops going. Hope that our governments will finally concede that climate change is real, and that more definite action must be taken. But we need to speak up: unless we put our collective foot down, and say enough is enough, nothing will change. So this March, how about we take a few steps towards setting these changes in motion? Write a letter to your local government stating your concerns about how climate change is affecting your food supply; sign a petition or four to nudge policy changes on environmental issues; take public transportation, walk or cycle instead of driving your car.
And while you ponder all the great changes you will implement this month, cook up a batch of pancakes or doughnuts for Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras.