This picture, by Amy Youngs, shows what fracking does to the landscape. I mentioned a couple of things about fracking a couple of years ago. It’s a hideous, slow-motion environmental disaster, nothing more, nothing less – and here’s evidence of what corporations and green-washed politicians want concealed. There’s plenty more to be worried about other than the landscape scars, too.
This is worth watching all the way through. I like how Brand deals with Paxman here – a nice combination of humour to disable Paxman’s initial gravitas; and then the overwhelming sincerity that undermined any remaining seriousness Paxman hoped to lord over him. It’s also curious that Brand’s pretty typical radical ideals no longer seem as wild with a broad audience as they might have done a few years ago, though maybe that’s my imagination. I guess that’s the impact of things like the Occupy movement.
A rare Dutch water garden, in the West Country. That oak tree at the bottom is the oldest evergreen oak in England.
Also seen this weekend, but not pictured, were several wild boar piglets rooting around the forest floor – the first time I’ve seen them. Interestingly they have a profound effect on our forests, and improve the ecosystem immensely.
A very nice place to visit, and I don’t go there often enough. Aside from the bird life – including some marvellous grey herons and this curious-looking red-crested pochard – it was amazing how the goat willows were flowering a snow storm. They created a very fae scene, with bits of fluff filling the air, and gathering along the edge of paths and around the banks.
“Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to remarkable effect.”