Black Monday NOT Black Friday!

The day the world turned black and we are NOT talking about Black Friday! Monday 16th October 2017 and severe weather events created the rarest phenomenon England has ever seen. There was the brightest blood curdling red sun shining through the weirdest clouds,  then at 3pm it got darker and darker and went black. Some areas were forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun. Everyone stopped in their tracks to take photos and debate what to do and where to go, was it the end of the world??? Was the eerie hurricane sun a wake up call for us?

We have since learnt that this was a combination of Hurricane Ophelia which lashed Ireland with 96mph winds, Saharan dust and the ash from huge forest fires across central Portugal and Spain. The hurricane and the forest fires are a result of climate change, which is rearing its ugly head with increasing frequency around the world.

There is so much bad news everyday from the media: wars, terrorism, the problems of climate change and its effects on all who live on planet Earth. Many people feel helpless so they ‘bury their heads in the sand’, but how does that help our children, their children and all the wonderful creatures we share this great planet with?

Now hopefully the bizarre ‘Black Monday’ event has made some people take their ‘head out of the sand’ and want to take action. We only have one planet so we need to look after it!  

We need to make caring for the planet second nature; we need to live, breath and sleep greener living and inspire as many people as we can along the way. Currently humans are generally working against the planet, through greed, using and abusing it, dominating it to suit our selfish needs and as a result we are watching the ice caps melt, sea levels rise, coastal flooding occurring, islands being lost to the sea, fields losing their fertility and resources shrinking before our eyes. So what can YOU do?

Action speaks louder than words!

Finding ways to reduce your carbon emissions is one of the most important things you can do. You’re helping tackle climate change and are actively making a difference to the environment – working to preserve the world for future generations.

  • Change to 100% renewable clean energy: it takes about 5 minutes to compare providers and switch Your carbon footprint is said to be reduced by 50% by changing to renewable energy.
  • Divert your money – invest ethically
  • Watch these two films – ‘The Age of Stupid’ produced by Franny Armstrong and ‘An inconvenient Sequel’, Al Gore’s new documentary. More film ideas here.
  • Read about climate change and how we can reduce our family and businesses’ impact on the planet. A good simple explanation of climate change is the Ladybird book written by HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh published earlier this year.
  • Reduce your intake of animal products – become a ‘Reducetarian‘ or a vegetarian. By becoming a vegan you can reduce your carbon footprint by 20%.
  • Take advantage of the power of the media and share good news stories, sowing seeds of hope and action.
  • Think before you buy, think before you throw and lets move away from a make it, mine it, dump it society. Simplify our lives – downshift.

We need to inspire people into action rather than frighten them through doom and gloom predictions.



Let’s stride forwards confidently into action. Courage is not about the denial of fear it is about facing fear and moving beyond it.    

Learn more about simple actions you can take to live more sustainability here.


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About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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