Local Hero

I love the movie ‘Local Hero’. It’s about a guy who stops an oil company building a facility at a Scottish fishing village. It’s a story of grass-roots activism. The soundtrack to the movie was fantastic and you can listen to the most emblematic song here.

Turns out one of my sisters-in-law is also a local hero. Unhappy with how packaging and food waste was handled at the school which her children attend, she took the initiative. She educated the children about the right bins to use, she made sure the bins were clearly labelled, she stuck her hands in them to put rubbish in the right ones. She made sure everyone understands what can be recycled. She spoke with the head, the teachers, and of course the parents. She did it again, and again, and folks, it’s not going to stop.

She is also championing the idea that we should all use less packaging, with one focus being on what goes into the lunchbox of the children. Is it possible to give children a lunch with zero or very little plastic packaging? Yes, of course, and the food is healthier.

Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Gloria Jeans – watch out, your wasteful coffee cups are next up.

As JFK said, don’t ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.

I’m so proud we have this Local Hero staying with us right now, and we’ve ditched, and recycled, our plastic pump soap bottles.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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