Part of the reason we try to achieve a zero waste lifestyle (look out for the polar bears!)

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polar bear on melting ice cap on River ThamesThe subject of rubbish is a deep reaching one that can be viewed on many levels. The reason why people choose a zero waste lifestyle is a personal one and ideas vary immensely.

It might be that you don’t want to have to move a heavy, smelly dustbin every week, or that you’re fed up with finding dogs or other animals have opened up your rubbish bags and spread the contents.
Maybe you have to pay money to have your rubbish removed, dependant on how much you throw away; so reducing landfill waste saves you money.

Perhaps you are fed up of seeing litter around our green and pleasant land or you are concerned about the effects of plastic on marine life.
For some of us, looking at how our actions have an impact on the environment at large force us to make lifestyle changes.
Perhaps you have children and you want to leave them a safe, healthy planet on which to bring up their own children.

For Mr Green and I our zero waste journey encompasses all of these things and many more. This week I’ve been talking to Lily Fallala who has been working on an exciting project with Eden, a new digital TV channel devoted to natural history and the natural world.

For their incredible project, they have released a stunning 16 foot high sculpture of an iceberg featuring a polar bear and her baby cub, onto the River Thames. The aim is to provide Londoners with a reminder of the dangers of global warming by bringing to life one of the most iconic images of climate change – the melting ice caps. The innovative move has also received support from renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.

To see the team of 15 artists at work and to see the dramatic end result, settle down with this short video. It certainly bought a tear or two to my eyes:


Eden’s programming starts at 9am, Monday 26th January 2009, with Attenborough Explores…Our Fragile World at 10pm. Further information about the programmes can be found at Explore Eden

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Layla says:

    Lovely sculpture… I do hope they used environmentally friendly paints & materials.. (and possibly zero waste procedures!! ;))
    /It’s hard to be an artist in an environmentally friendly way these days, I know!! part of the reason why I do less art these days is that I know what ‘cadmium’ in ‘cadmium orange’ means.. :)/
    It is a lovely remainder of the polar bear though, hope lots of people will be moved by it to go greener!

  2. Mr. Green says:

    I wonder how many people realise that this polar bear adrift on an ice-berg is not just a stunt, but a model of what can really happen? with ice-caps melting at an alarming rate polar bears are not only losing their natural habitat, but may well be set adrift on an ice flow that leaves them stranded from home, with nowhere to go and no food to eat. This model is a stunning reminder of their fate that is taking place right now, for real, as a result of the global warming we have helped to induce.

  3. maisie says:

    Having watched a documentary on Polar and grizzly Bears the other night the message was in that even was brought home that this scenario could quite easily happen if not checked.

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