A Reflection.

They say all good things come to an end and sadly that is true for this blog. This is my last blog post (for now). Due to the pressures of my degree I will not be able to post anymore, and I am deeply saddened by this.

I started this blog for a number of reasons; first, as part of my course we were required to create a blog site, I initially struggled to come up with an idea of what I wanted my blog to be about, and then I sat down with Chad Keates. His passion for protecting snakes and other reptiles made me think about the others out there who share a similar passion for the environment, and with climate change and global warming becoming dangers that we can no longer ignore. I thought the best thing I could do was find out what people in this small city in South Africa are doing to protect their area.

One of the highlights of this blog was me facing one of my biggest fears. It was an eye opening experience.
Photo by Sven Weiss

That decision has led me down a path that I never expected to travel, but one which I want to follow for the rest of my life. We rely on the environment without knowing it, and because of this ignorance we treat it like our dumping ground. Something that has been around far longer than we have deserves our respect and reverence, not our garbage. We have to be more sensitive of the consequences of our actions and I want to encourage everyone reading this to be more active in limiting your impact on the environment. This is not someone else’s problem, it is ours, it is not a problem for next year, it is today’s problem and that is the stark reality.

I am encouraged by the people I have met, spoken to and their efforts, but they need our help, ten people can’t save the environment, but 1000 can begin to make a difference. It starts with the small things; don’t leave out rat poison, recycle your plastics, plant flowers, it all makes a difference.

There are many people out there who I have not spoken to, whose organizations and projects are making a real change and I wish with all my heart that I could meet them, hear their stories and share them with you, but for now I cannot.

After I learnt about eco-bricks I started one in my flat. It is very nearly done, and I am so proud of it.

The posts I have written are done for a reason, to expose those trying to make a change so that they can be supported, and to help educate you on the biggest issues facing our environment and what you can do to change that.

This blog has changed my life and I hope it has had a similar effect on others. I write this with tears in my eyes, hoping that I have in a small way made a change. Thank you.