The environment defined

Olive (left) and Jemima studying the environment at Goat Island (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

I was (coincidentally) reading Organic Matters, a publication about organic wine growing by NZ Winegrowers, with half an ear listening to two of my grand-daughters as they unpacked a few Christmas presents.

Jemina (5) as she tore the cellophane wrapping from an activities book This is bad for the environment.

No response from Olive (nearly 5)

Jemima: “Do you know what environment is?”

Olive: “No.”

Jemima: “Well, it’s (long pause)… everything.”

That made me feel slightly more optimistic about the future of our planet.

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