This twelfth day of Christmas – Epiphany – is perhaps a good moment to reflect on how things might be different. The video above shows our outdoor Christmas lights this year. Previously we had something a little more dramatic which involved a power station emitting carbon. These SOLAR POWERED lights only lasted from 4:30 p.m. until around 9:00 p.m. in the evening – but actually that’s enough.

Professor David Mackay thinks we should focus our behaviour changes on things which make a big difference – and I understand why he says that – but I disagree. While not being distracted from the need to make big changes in our lives, we actually need to make lots of small changes too. Such as avoiding wasteful displays of energy affluence.

Small things – even the tiniest of things – can affect people’s attitudes. And changing attitudes towards energy use is one of the big changes we need to make.

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