Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Carbon Cycle

Tonight I am going to hear local 'Outdoor Philosopher' Kate Rawles speak about her book The Carbon Cycle at the Keswick Mountain Festival. In 2006 Kate cycled 4553 miles from Texas to Alaska, a journey which took her through the deserts of New Mexico, over high mountain passes, across glaciers, and down to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, she encountered bears, wolves, moose, aspens and a single, astonishing lynx. I'm really looking forward to hearing all about her adventures....


Along the way, Kate talked to Americans and Canadians about climate change and this is the focus of her book. 
I thought it would be appropriate to dress for the event in clothing with as small a carbon footprint as possible. Here's what I came up with....


 Figuring the carbon footprint of a product is quite a complex procedure involving lots of information and complicated software and not advisable at 7am. I therefore just chose garments that were manufactured as close to home as possible...which is not as easy as it might seem. The approximate amount of miles travelled by my outfit to reach me...


Of course this is a crude calculation and doesn't include all the miles that would have been covered by the fabrics and dyes etc to reach the actual factories but it's still astounding when you think about it.
I do feel delighted however, that my Oubas Knitwear scarf was delivered on foot by the designer Kate Wilson herself who only lives around the corner. They are made in Ulverston and they are gorgeous, here are the spring colours....


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