As the cold winds of December sweep over Britain, we are tempted to huddle up in front of our fires and drift into a sleepy reverie of what we have done this past year, and what we still want to achieve. Winter is traditionally a time of taking stock and getting a big overview. so here it is:
For Waterblade, it has been a tremendous year, winning an a award in spring in the UAE for our water saving device:
It is easy to imagine in an area with deserts so close to the equator that water shortages might be an issue and you would be right. much of their water is obtained through Desalination technology- Brilliant but with its own particular high costs to both finances and Environment. Keeping scrupulously clean is essential for the populous, so anything that might alleviate the burden on water supply is welcomed. That I think is why, Waterblade was well received and we hope to expand our role there in 2018
What is harder to appreciate is right here at home, we have significant water stresses and just this month our own area “Southern water” has announced special measures. With the increase in inflation and the uncertainty of our financial future,We are all feeling the pinch. Every saving helps, this year we appeared on Dragons Den and had a fantastic response from individuals and businesses alike. We were really moved by the enthusiasm and support people gave us. Thank you Britain. We have spent the last 3 years working with big business to make a difference and this has taken time. The fruits of those labours are now beginning to ripen and gather momentum.
What we would like to do in 2018 is to really encourage home use and appeal to smaller businesses too, with this in mind , we are working to make Waterblade, as affordable as possible and as easy as possible. We are hoping to launch our next generation Waterblade in June. one that is effective in almost all homes with mixer taps. there will be no need to worry about variable water pressures…… So Watch this space as there will be more on that in January 2018.
Coming back to December, We are deeply concerned at the increasing numbers of people forced to sleep rough, or who no longer have a fixed place to live, the increased reliance on food banks and those desperately fighting to stay afloat. Most of us are really feeling the 10 years of austerity we have had in the UK, but some just can’t cope anymore.There are things you and I can do to help make a difference, and remember every little difference adds up to a better world.
In my home City of Brighton & Hove, we have a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who help cook and deliver a “pay what you feel” cafe called the “Real Junk Food Project” it has various venues throughout the week and is staffed wholly by dedicated volunteers from the local community.
If you go there for lunch and make a reasonable donation, it helps support the project and feed others who are less fortunate. But that’s not all, the food lovingly prepared by the team of volunteers, has been intercepted from potential supermarket waste streams.
Millions of tons of food each year, ends up being dumped into landfill or incinerated, despite still being in good condition, all because of “Best before” dates expiring. All food is meticulously checked, so only good food is used and there is also a free “shop” for people to take food stuff home. By joining in, you do two good things for the price of one, what a yummy solution. Also how about volunteering yourself? if you have time, they are always keen to have more help, check out their website. The venues for the cafe are “One church”, Hollingdean Community Centre and St. Lukes at seven Dials. Other towns and cities have similar projects and of course there are the severe weather shelters who need help too. if you want to get involved, now is a good time as we have 4 more months of freezing conditions ahead.
Donating Blankets, warm clothes, Toys and unused new wash items to the day centres and shelters is much needed and very welcome.
On a Global level, Right Now there is a huge and desperately horrendous crisis occurring, for refugees, particularly distressing is the sudden and epic proportion of the dispossessed Rohingya refugees fleeing from certain death. They have been brutalised and many family members murdered. Now the “lucky ones” the orphaned children and violated mothers who have survived this ordeal, are sitting on cold wet mud under plastic in the pouring rain, over the border in Bangladesh. The camp has in two months become the biggest refugee camp in the world. They need supplies if they are going to avoid further death from diseases and starvation over the next few weeks. There are appeals for regular donators and one off payments by “the Rohingya appeal” and “Unicef” and Amnesty international who want justice and security for them.
I cannot imagine what they must have gone through or what lies ahead. All I know is that our children here at Waterblade, don’t need expensive gifts this Christmas, so, we are making our presents this year, as little acts of love, and the extra, we will donate to this humanitarian tragedy. If we can save the life of just one person big or small, it will be worth it; And there are half a million Lives to save. I invite you to Join us. I believe that in order to have a different world and a different future than the one the scientists are envisioning, we will have to do things differently, change our priorities, our habits, think a little more about our actions and their consequences. Perhaps accepting some ideas we don’t like, in order, to be empowered to make positive changes. The more of us that join in, the better the outcome for all.
Christmas Challenge should you choose to accept it: Do at least one Random act of kindness to/ for a stranger or a neighbour.