In terms of the environment our carbon footprints appear to be very important. The more carbon we put into the atmosphere the hotter this place will get (though you wouldn't realise it from the weather here today). Will your footprint just evaporate away like this one, or are you leaving a rather more permanent mark?
The trouble is that to minimise the level of carbon takes everyone to be involved. This is most easily seen on an international level where great effort is needed to persuade China and India to embrace carbon neutral technology. But they will not be persuaded (and why should they?) unless they see Europe and America cutting their emissions.
It also works on an individual basis. I'd be happy to cut my emissions if I felt everyone else would, but don't want to make the sacrifice for nothing. At the moment it seems to me that I, and most other people (at least in the western world), aren't doing enough. Sure, I recycle my rubbish, turn the lights out when I'm not using them and try to buy local produce. But that's the easy stuff isn't it. Do I drive my car less? Am I ready to give up foreign holidays? Will I turn down my heating in winter? Well, the answer to those questions is no I'm afraid. And it may well remain as a no unless I'm persuaded that everyone else is ready to make such sacrifices. Are any of us really putting enough effort into this? It's a bit of a conundrum isn't it.
World Environment Day
My other, rather less important question is, what happened to my little toe?