Wednesday, 7 May 2014
I'm BEGGING you here!
Hmmm... Did I happen to mention, MOUSES?
You're probably wonderin' what has got my fur all ruffled especially, since as a short-haired kitty, my fur very rarely ruffles.
Well last Saturday morning, Ol' Peepers here went to hang out her laundry. As a peep, she does her laundry usin' soap and water unlike us cats who use spit and polish but I digress...
Peep #1 was all set to hang up her laundry when she discovered that someone in our neighbourhood was burnin' brush. BURNIN' BRUSH ON LAUNDRY DAY? Well let me tell you, I had one cranky peep on my paws, for sure.
There was my peep, tryin' to do the right thing by hangin' her laundry on the line instead of usin' a power-suckin' and carbon-emittin' clothes dryer, bein' thwarted by some other peep who decided to burn yard waste instead of compostin' it. So what was my peep gonna do? Was she gonna hang out her laundry on the line? No way! She wasn't gonna hang it out and have it come in stinkin' of smoke. It's a pretty sad thing when your laundry is dirtier and stinkier AFTER bein' washed, you know. Yes, a pretty sad thing, indeed.
Had the peep hung out her laundry, she would have had to have re-washed it when it came in to get rid of the stench of the smoke. That would have used more water and even more electricity and then, in the end, she would have ended up puttin' it in the dryer after all. MOUSES!
DOES NO ONE CARE ABOUT OUR PLANET?
Of course, bein' a considerate cat, I allowed the peep to give me some chin tickles and tummy rubs until she calmed down and felt better.
After calmin' the peep, I went to work investigatin' the crime at paw. You heard me correctly... CRIME. 'Cause what I had just witnessed was a crime against nature and the environment, for sure. It's no wonder Mother Nature has been dishin' out such nasty weather lately. She's probably feelin' pretty cranky, too. Just like my peep. MOUSES!
Turns out, the people down the street who were burnin' brush last Saturday mornin' were doin' so illegally. Turns out, NO DOMESTIC BURNIN' is allowed anywhere in the Province of Nova Scotia durin' the hours of 8am and 2pm. Nowhere, not under any circumstances. I have to admit, I was quite proud of my province after findin' out about that.
But then I got to thinkin'... Why can they burn brush in the afternoons? Hmmm... This required more investigatin' on my part, for sure.
No one really needs to burn brush or leaves. It's simply not necessary. Leaves, of course, can be composted. They should be composted. No doubt about that. My peep composts leaves all the time and uses them as mulch, too. They make great mulch for the primroses and whatnot growin' in my garden.
As for brush, there are other ways to get rid of it. Peep #1 has never in her life burned brush. She has two little brush piles for the wildlife that appreciates such things and when she needs to get rid of stuff that can't go in those piles - like the bramble canes that scratched her to bits last week - she puts it in the green bin where it'll be taken away for composting. Sure, she's limited by what she can fit into the bin but what doesn't fit one week, will surely fit the next time around. Kind of goes without sayin', I should think.
Now I know, some peeps out there just like to burn things. Strange but true, unfortunately.
But why do they have to burn stuff in the afternoon? Why can't they burn stuff startin' in the evening? When it won't interfere with peeps tryin' to do laundry or openin' their windows to let fresh air into the house or just enjoyin' the great outdoors?
It seems to me that it would be far better to PROHIBIT ALL DOMESTIC BURNIN' during the hours of 8am to to 7pm, no matter what the weather. As it is, dependin' on the weather and the forest fire probability, there are already some days when this occurs. Why not every day? Then, if peeps have their hearts set on lighting a fire, they can do so in the evenin' and throughout the night. They can still burn their brush - no matter how unnecessarily - but do so without interferin' with everyone else.
But what about camp fires? Could you roast veggie dogs and tofu burgers on a camp fire for lunch if burnin' was prohibited durin' the day? Peeps are gonna wanna know 'bout that.
Unfortunately, the answer to that question would be no but... BUT THERE'S A WAY TO FIX THAT. Seriously, when makin' these regulations someone should have consulted a cat. You know, to work out the kinks and whatnot.
Currently, a camp fire is considered an open fire just like a burnin' pile of brush. Why not EXCLUDE camp fires bein' used for the purpose of cookin' food? All it takes is a simple little clause statin' that during the hours of 2pm and 7pm, camp fires used for cookin' food can be lit providing that it's a day where burnin' will be allowed after 7pm. MOUSES that was easy. Why can't peeps think of stuff like that?
But back to the peep's dirty laundry and the welfare of the planet.
When someone burns brush, they pollute the air. The burnin' of brush sends carbon emissions up the wazoo and into the atmosphere. You're thinkin', it's just one little brush fire but no, it's not. It's not 'cause rest assured, if one person is burnin' brush, so is another one on the next street over and another on the street beyond that. All those little brush fires add up to one monstrously big one. MOUSES!
If an ocean is made up of tiny drops of water, the mother of all mother-carbon-emitting brush fires is made up of small little fires scattered around the neighbourhood. Again I say... MOUSES!
What's more, as a result of one person burnin' brush, a whole lot of other people are gonna be puttin' their wet clothes in the dryer instead of using a clothes line. And instead of openin' their windows to allow fresh breezes to cool down their houses, they're gonna keep those windows closed 'cause of the smoke and instead, turn on their air conditioners. With all those clothes dryers and air conditioners runnin' on high, the carbon emissions are addin' up even more. They're addin' up EXPONENTIALLY!
It seems to me that the issue at paw is this. Currently, the burnin' of brush is bein' handled solely by the Department of Natural Resources and it's all about forest safety. But burnin' brush shouldn't just concern them. There's more at stake here than the forests. THERE'S THE PLANET!
The peeps workin' in the Department of Natural Resources are tryin' to keep our forests safe from wildfires. That's their job but it's high time that the Department of Environment weighed in on this matter to keep the planet safe, too.
I, Nerissa the Cat, am personally imploring the Nova Scotia Minister of Environment to put his head together with the Minister of Natural Resources and to come up with a plan - TOGETHER - that will keep both our forests and our planet safe. I'm BEGGING you here and as a cat, I very rarely beg. What do you think I am? A dog???
It seems to me that all the little bits we can do to help the environment add up to one big bit. Remember those oceans. One drop at a time, does an ocean make. One drop at a time...
Ban all burnin' of brush from 8am 'til 7pm every day with the exception of allowin' small, open fires for the purpose of cookin' food between select hours. Easy peasy, if you ask me but then, I'm a cat and you know... cats are smart. Certainly smarter than your average peep.
'Nough said. MOUSES!