Jungle City Clonakilty

 

Are you wondering what jungle animals have to do with Clonakilty?  

They are here to highlight the plight of all the living animals in the world due to changes in natural habitat:

including the two legged ones living in Clonakilty.


On the right Sustainable Clonakilty PRO and Mayor Cionnaith O’Suilleabhain with Sustclon Chair Peter Madden.   On the left, Ivan McCutcheon and  Jean O’Sullivan from West Cork Development Partnership, major funders of the Jungle City project. All with the vibrant and exciting sustainable living elephant co-ordinated by artist Deidre Crowley and painted by local school children.

Habitat loss and everyone.

The Asian elephant and other jungle animals are losing their natural habitat due to the encroachment of human beings.  People felling the jungle to make homes and farms for themselves, are invading the grazing grounds, and routes between them, that have been used by these majestic beasts for thousands of years.

So the root of the problem is the behaviour of humans.  Not only is the unthinking behaviour of humans over many years causing the destruction of habitat for elephants and many, many other species, but it is also causing disruption to our own natural human habitat, our world.

We see signs of this in our own town with the freak storms we are now weathering.  Click here for details of our latest onslaught if you are not already aware of it.

It is now accepted by many climate scientists that global warming can be attributed to the impact of people upon the planet.  Global warming is not just a case of everywhere getting hotter.  The extra heat warms the oceans and this has multiple effects depending on the lands proximity to the ocean. This can mean that the climate becomes more extreme, cold places get colder, hot places get hotter and wet places, get wetter etc.  Severe storms, droughts and floods become more common and more intense.

What can each of us do to help lessen global warming?

You probably already know the answers to this.  You just need to put some into practice.

  • Saving as much energy as you can by insulating your house, driving and flying less, and using public transport

  • Shopping locally for locally produced goods
  • Growing some of your own food
  • Planting more trees
  • Buying products with minimal environmental impact
  • Using renewable fuel where possible
  • Generating some of your own energy by using solar, wind or biomass resources
  • Recycling and reusing
  • Reducing consumption of consumer goods
  • Replacing yourself only, on the earth
  • Having no, or only one, pet
  • Actively supporting the Clonergy 2020 Project
  • Getting involved with Sustainable Clonakilty

All of these things will reduce your carbon footprint and subsequent impact on the climate.

They will also save you money in both the short and long term.