On my mind

Llanelli Star - - Letters - With Gra­ham Davies

THIS third and fi­nal epis­tle from the state of Cal­i­for­nia is writ­ten in the dark with parts of the state in a bit of a state.

The lo­cal elec­tric­ity provider has or­dered dark­ness through­out the land as a wicked wind is likely to pull down ca­bles and the fire risk is high. That means no chance for two days of a drip­ping fore­arm-length Bur­rito, a Big Boy Burger or a stack of but­ter­milk pan­cakes served with maple syrup and en­riched with caramel sauce, or 35 other foods you must eat in Cal­i­for­nia be­fore you die (pre­ma­turely).

Power out­ages bring 21st Cen­tury life to a halt as iPads, iPods, lap­tops and TVs fade painfully away, and force the hu­man mind and spirit to re­boot it­self. It was en­light­en­ing in the dark­ness to re­flect on the causes of Cal­i­for­nian drought, fire and ris­ing sea lev­els.

Iron­i­cally, modern en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism was born in the state and it is lead­ing the coun­try in ef­forts to com­bat the global prob­lem of cli­mate change with leg­is­la­tion to de­rive all of its elec­tric­ity from clean en­ergy sources by 2045.

It be­came a mi­cro­cosm of global as­pi­ra­tion in its green fin­ger wag­ging and am­bi­tious goals to cut emis­sion of green­house gases in homes, busi­nesses, in­dus­try and pub­lic spa­ces. The Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s de­car­bon­i­sa­tion pro­gramme needs also to be cham­pi­oned and the re­sults from its re­cent “low­car­bon path­way to 2030” con­sul­ta­tion is ea­gerly awaited.

In the mean­time there are some things we green peo­ple can do – more use of pub­lic trans­port, bike rid­ing, car-shar­ing, us­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light bulbs, turn­ing the heat­ing down, un­plug­ging com­put­ers, eat­ing less meat, grow­ing your own food, wast­ing less, com­post­ing, re­pur­pos­ing.

If all that gives you a headache, sit in the dark for a cou­ple of days – it’s good for the soul.

■ Fol­low Gra­ham on Twit­ter@GeeTDee

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