Today is so beautiful. I don’t have to go to work, the sun is shining and the garden is bursting with life.
Days like this make me count my blessings and I am acutely aware of how privileged I am .
It is not like this for most people in the world and the natural world is increasingly a luxury that few can afford. I am also very aware of the great movement of people across Africa who want a better life in Europe where the rains come more regularly, the grass grows lush and green and there are butterflies.
For this they risk appalling journeys across land, risk drowning in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and are then corralled and often deported to face the same life in the dry countries where the rain doesn’t fall.
Response to this is difficult and mostly we try to ignore the images and hope somehow the migration will stop and everyone will stay home.
I don’t believe it will, and the real answer has to be in nature, in greening the dry countries; in making countries were people are happy to stay home, to grow food and to raise healthy children.
The Great Green Wall http://www.greatgreenwall.org/great-green-wall/
seems to be an answer to this huge issue. It is an African lead initiative to plant trees and to keep back the desert all the way across Northern Africa.
It is hugely ambitious and utterly wonderful. The greenery will change the climate, rain will come back, food can be grown again and many more people can hopefully enjoy a beautiful day just like today.