Wednesday 1 December 2010

31 Days

Are you aware that in 31 days we have 2011? Remember when the whole world was fussed about the millennium bug? It is a decade on now. 10 years have passed since then. A lot has happened, but nothing really significant, I find. Changes lie in a personal perspective, though. Ten years ago I hardly knew how to switch on my computer, and these days I am running 12 blogs. Of course I get the feeling that an 'information revolution' has taken place. Yes, there has been quite a development, I would never have known about the Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, and I may never have found the drive to actually wanting to travel there.Yes, the Internet changed things quite a bit, but how far does it actually reach? There are still parts of the world where people don't have the means to participate and there are still people in our part of the world who either don't have the money or are lacking the education to participate either. Maybe it is a good time to remember that everybody who can read this is privileged in a way.

People who engage in environmental issues may find that this is where the biggest changes took place. Global warming is only disputed by very few and commonly acknowledged, more and more issues are addressed and solutions pushed into households, but on government level not a lot is happening, and there surely is no international consensus. Whether we like it or not, more and more responsibility will be put on individuals shoulders in a world that becomes more and more complex. The next decade will be an interesting one, I guess.

The next 31 days will be interesting as well, because the media will provide us with the views of politicians, comedians and other folks. Interesting times, for us and for the mouse who doesn't know yet that her relocation, relocation programme is on!

Wishing you a cosy day


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