Attention! Climate Crisis Emergency Response Vehicle

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This is what I saw as I was walked through West Tanfield, the day before Earth Day.

Drawn to this bright and cheery vardo, a traditional Romani caravan, I stopped to chat. No, they weren’t going to Appleby Horse Fair. It’s been postponed. Instead, one man, one woman and their horse were spending the next months travelling simply, exploring as the mood took them, always one of them walking, leading their horse as the other rode in the wagon. They’d travelled fewer than fifteen miles that day, on side roads and country lanes. The slogan on the back had attracted anger and rebellion from many passers by. But others, like me, had liked the clear distinct message.

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51 thoughts on “Attention! Climate Crisis Emergency Response Vehicle

  1. I love the slogan! How sad that others felt so strongly about it. I’m also more than a little envious of the couple and their meanderings. I wish them joy 😊

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      1. We live not far from Amish countryside, and see horse drawn carriages as well. Since I became a parent over a decade ago, I haven’t been in as much of a hurry. I see interesting things when I slow down.

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  2. Having been taken on a cross country jaunt by my sat nav this afternoon on roads that really should only be used by horses or cyclists, I am all for slow travel. I’m sure the locals must hate me as I crawl around the blind bends. Yesterday I was spellbound watching 5 Guinea fowl crossing and re-crossing a lane, one of which almost ended up as dinner (not me – an impatient oncoming driver). My tally* yesterday was 3 cars, 5 Guinea fowl and 2 tractors. Not bad. Today was one single-decker bus!

    *when I have to brake/reverse/squeeze into a passing place when meeting on-coming traffic.

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    1. Slow travel like this is good, until you meet the bloke (and it usually is a man, sadly) who’s using the road as his own personal race track. No pheasants? They’re our constant road-companions.

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  3. Margaret, a great way to travel and truly see everything close! I love the slogan on the back but surprised and shocked that so many were negative and angry. That does not bode well for the world. πŸ˜’

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  4. Oh absolutely fabulous. And, such a shame that some people had to slow down. Perhaps the first question to ask those angry folk might be ‘I am so sorry, but who’s dying?’ Other than that there really isn’t any need for the speed, speed, speed approach to living. This morning I read this article, but I would only recommend taking a look if you are feeling in a good and robust mood as it is rather bad news from some very sane and informed Earth scientists.
    https://theconversation.com/climate-scientists-concept-of-net-zero-is-a-dangerous-trap-157368

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    1. Thanks so much for that. I’ve bookmarked it for later, as clearly it demands a bit of head-space so I don’t want merely to skim-read it. Though perhaps for my peace of mind that would be better!

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      1. Yes, I have spoken to family members and it is 50/50 willing to read now or later, or perhaps not ever as in my father’s case. πŸ˜• He is 88 and lives a very quiet life and says he can’t do anything to make things better and would rather not know.

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  5. We saw this vardo caravan whilst cycling in Wensleydale. Absolutely amazing and wonderfully ironic . The couple were so understated and smiley but taking a very serious message across the country

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