"Flash! I love you! But we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!"
Or 12 years, if you take the thousands of scientists who contributed to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seriously (I certainly do, scientists are very sceptical people by their nature).
The report was released on Monday. And if we want to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and avoid runnaway climate change, we have just over a decade to green our economy, transport, infrastructure, farming, housing...the list goes on.
Gosh that's quite a lot to do! Sounds expensive.
Where's Flash Gordan when you need him?
But alas, I fear it's going to take more than a blonde guy with a big sword and a big belt to sort things out, no matter how determined he looks.
We all have to live with much more consideration for the environment. Starting today.
However I don't see that as a bad thing.
I believe that living sustainably can be a really positive and abundant experience. It doesn't have to be all about sacrifice, just as living in luxury doesn't have to be all about waste.
I've found that cycling short journeys really improves my day, and I've noticed that I feel much better after a vegetarian or vegan meal. Also the less stuff we own the better, as I'd much rather be painting or on the beach than tidying our house.
It's also so important to stay mindful and present to avoid living in anxiety about the future. I have to remind myself about this everyday!
"Realise deeply that the present moment is all you ever have". - Eckhart Tolle
Now more than ever we need a collective vision for a better world.
It might feel a little passive when this is a time for serious action, but visualisation is a very powerful thing. It's the first step to making something happen for real.
Don't underestimate the power of thought! Everyone of us has the power to invent a great future, right now!
We already have all the tools, technology, expertise and drive to achieve a sustainable way of life.
We just have to really believe we can do it and not be afraid to ask for it.
What does your perfectly sustainable world look like?
The painting at the top is a commissioned piece I have recently completed. It's BIG! The canvas measures 120 x 80 cm and is the view of Baggy Point at Croyde. One of my favourites!
It was an absolute joy to work with the couple who commissioned me.
To continue with my tradition of using song lyrics or song titles to name paintings, they decided to name the piece 'What a Beautiful Day', after the song by The Levellers.
Here are some of the lyrics. So perfect! So apt.
"What a beautiful day (hey hey)
I'm the king of all time
And nothing is impossible
In my all powerful mind".
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P.s. Huge thanks to all of you who responded with such positivity to my last post about plastic pollution. It was so heartening to hear about how passionate you are about these issues. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with me!
Five things we have learned from the IPCC Report
How climate change could be a spark to create a better world
The Levellers - What a Beautiful Day
Queen - Flash
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh