Monday, 15 May 2023

Lea House well; Oak House rewilding opportunity

Dear David and partner

I'm the dad of Becky Willson, your neighbour.  My wife and I live in Halesowen in the Black Country.  I'm a guerrilla gardener, very minor environmentalist and small-time climate activist.

Yesterday, Annie and Hugh showed me their well.  It is very old and is no longer usable but it must have been vital for drinking, washing and cooking for decades.  Reservoirs, aqueducts and supply pipes in the Victorian age revolutionised health, comfort and convenience.  BUT!

"The World Meteorological Office State of the Global Climate report 2022 focuses on key climate indicators – greenhouse gases, temperatures, sea level rise, ocean heat and acidification, sea ice and glaciers. It also highlights the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.

  • Drought, floods and heatwaves affect large parts of the world and the costs are rising
  • Global mean temperatures for the past 8 years have been the highest on record
  • Sea level and ocean heat are at record levels – and this trend will continue for many centuries
  • Antarctic sea ice falls to lowest extent on record
  • Europe shatters records for glacier melt

"From mountain peaks to ocean depths, climate change continued its advance in 2022. Droughts, floods and heatwaves affected communities on every continent and cost many billions of dollars. Antarctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record and the melting of some European glaciers was, literally, off the charts.

"The State of the Global Climate 2022 shows the planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean and in the atmosphere caused by record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. For global temperature, 2015-2022 were the eight warmest on record despite the cooling impact of a La NiƱa event for the past three years. Melting of glaciers and sea level rise - which again reached record levels in 2022 - will continue for up to thousands of years."



Can Oak House create a pond from the present puddles for somewhere for the excess water from the R Rea to overflow into?  There is a digger I saw yesterday, from Hugh and Annie's home that looks so forlorn and need of some work!

CO2 capturing trees are planted - brilliant but, can more be done, David like pond creation for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity?

"at Freshwater Habitats Trust, we’re all about the wildlife. And from a flood management perspective, we advocate keeping flood water on land as long as possible rather then sending it quickly downstream (where it would likely just pass on any flooding issues to people downstream)."

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