The Weird Fish Lady Blog

Rotarian Gloria Barnett talks about all things environmental

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We are delighted to have Rotarian Gloria Barnett (The Weird Fish Lady) join our environmental information pages on Rotary South East's website. 

Her monthly ‘blog’ page will be hosted here - and Gloria welcomes comments from readers (see below). 

May 2023

Gloria highlights that we have a top level champion for the Environment in our new King plus catching up on the Environmental good news including the positive news on Green Power Growth

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April 2023

Glorias post gives us colour coded good and bad news. These include easy ways to connect children to nature, concerns over the industrial farming of octopus and some ideas from

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March 2023

This month Gloria looks back at the great storm of 1953, the cause and the consequences along with the parallels and what we might learn from the all too familiar named storms we are seeing today

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February 2023

This month Gloria looks at the UK’s efforts to address biodiversity and a more in-depth look at the UK’s green economy.

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January 2023

Nature is not just about watching television programmes on cute creatures in the wild. Take a moment to think about the importance of nature.

Do we put nature first - or do we just stand by and watch as natural habitats are converted to urban use?

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December 2022

COP27 meeting has come and gone In case you weren’t keeping up with the news I will attempt to summarise the outcomes in the next few paragraphs.....

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November 2022

in her Blog this month Gloria poses a few questions to debate further…

‘Is climate change at the top of the agenda in the UK?’ Do you believe that climate change should be much higher up the agenda for our country.

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Blue Sky Thinking -a time for reflection

Breathe in the warm air, feel the sun on your face, relax and remember we live on the most wonderful planet, in an enormous universe and you and I share life…

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September 2022

This month’s blog is being written from my chair on the side deck of  the beautiful Cunard ship ‘Queen Elizabeth’, floating in the waters of the Mediterranean....Reflections and discusion points

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August 2022

I’m crossing from Southampton to New York giving ‘ocean’ lectures on Queen Mary 2 –

Read more of Gloria’s blog from the mid-Atlantic – well 871 miles from Southampton anyway.

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July 2022

HOT NEWS!  some of the latest scientific developments from around the world, which are helping to solve the problems we face. … there is so much to report this month

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June 2022

This month I've  listed things that need to be done to help ‘save the life on this planet.’. There are scientists and volunteers working together around the world and what is happening in our wonderful world – right NOW! This Month  I’m going to give you some details of what Rotarians are doing around the world.

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May 2022

No doom and gloom here folks – check out some of the science which is increasingly changing our world for the better.  I firmly believe we are heading for a better future and I’d love it if you could share the idea too. 

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April 2022:

Weather pattern or Climate change what’s the difference?

 In this month’s blog, Gloria explores the difference


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 March 2022:

"Positivity is an essential tool in our climate change tool bag. It will keep us working towards solving our climate change problems and it doesn’t take one person doing it perfectly to create change either. Many people trying imperfectly can create the change we need. Just go out, join in and do what you can"

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February 2022:

"I’m firmly convinced that once we ALL start to think about our actions – then it will become a rolling program as the character of the human race is to be competitive and no-one likes to be left behind"

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December  2021

Last month I wrote a pre-COP 26 blog – explaining what we might expect to happen in Glasgow in November 2021. Now it’s Kme to have a post COP 26 blog and see how much further forward we are in the fight against climate change 

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November 2021

COP 26 - Just a few days away

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October 2021

If the UK is to achieve a zero-carbon target then British people need to both change the systems we use, and our thinking towards a greener, more sustainable world.  Governments can take a lead in all of this and help everyone make the necessary changes to our lives, reducing our energy needs, improving transport choice and taking all fossil fuels out of our lives.

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September 2021:

Why Should I Be The First To Change?

In Europe, August recorded the highest temperatures ever – with a maximum temperature of 48º in Sicily and we saw images of red swathes of high temperatures across the whole continent. Wild fires are not just in Australia, Canada and the western USA – they are in Greece and Turkey and on our doorstep now. We have to change the unsustainable way humans are living by reducing carbon emissions – all of us.

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August 2021:

Measure Your Carbon Footprint! Take The Pledge!

Net Zero, or carbon-neutral, refers to achieving a balance between carbon emissions produced from our energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. We can accomplish this by reducing our emissions (carbon footprint) and removing carbon dioxide through mitigation projects, such as planting trees, building gardens with native plants, recycle or conserving biodiversity.

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July 2021:

The problem with plastic in the oceans

When plastic was first invented it was seen as a wonder product and useful for everything - but nobody was thinking about the future of these ‘wonderful products’ and what would happen when they became obsolete. Plastic use took over from common-sense - and the land-fills began to take the strain of unwanted plastic. Only 9% of all the plastic ever created has been recycled. 

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June 2021:

Do you think you know what "Climate Change" means?

Whenever people talk about climate change, they speak as if the Planet is going to be catastrophically changed. However, this is not the case. The Earth has existed for over 4.6 billion years (that’s a very long time) and over that time the Earth has already changed many times – even at one time being called Snowball Earth – as it was a frozen planet. But Earth, the planet, always survives the different shades of green or blue or white – and all it takes is time to change its face. 

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Gloria Barnet is a member of the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise. She's also an author, speaker, educator and champion for the ocean environment

(Main Photo by Giorgia Doglioni on Unsplash)

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