Introducing Little Green Folk Facebook Group

Introducing Little Green Folk Facebook Group - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

By Alison Faulkner, Co-founder of Little Green Folk based in Heanor, Derbyshire

Firstly, let me tell you about our page and why it was created. 

Over the last 8 or so years, my concerns for the environment have grown enormously; quite frankly I began to feel increasingly overwhelmed at the scale of the environmental problems we face now and will face in the future. The use of pesticides, habitat destruction, plastic waste in the oceans, global warming and changing weather patterns, are just some of the many issues we all face. 

Many news articles have been written; which both confuse and exasperate people, who truly have great concerns about the health of the Planet and of the ways the human race is causing so much damage. We try to do the right thing but are unsure if what we do is correct. Recycling household waste for example holds a lot of conflicting information. By talking to people in general it becomes very clear that a great number of people are ‘unclear’ about what can and can’t be put into our recycling bins.  Milk bottle tops left on/off, labels removed or left on? Can window envelopes be put in or do I have to rip it up first? You get the gist. No wonder there is such confusion, as County Councils up and down the country vary greatly with regards to the items they can/can’t recycle. Myself, having gone to Norfolk for a self -catering holiday a few years ago, found their local council system totally different to our own local council. Glass mixed in with the rest of the household waste! Different coloured bins to what I was used to! Whatever next!

Clearly we need a universal system for the entire country don’t we? So that no matter whereabouts you are in the country, you can do your best for the recycling issues we face. 

Having several conversations with my very good friend Gill, we decided that we could do something and become pro-active rather than just chatting about all that is wrong in the World over a cup of tea. We do realise that we are NOT World leaders nor do we have much clout with the ‘industrial giants’; however, what we do have is a love for all the beauty and wonder of this magical place we call home…. The Earth.

So in January 2019, Gill and I created a Facebook page we called ‘Little Green Folk’. We opened it up for folk similar to us, who want to do something positive instead of waiting for the ‘Big Wigs’ around the globe to implement change; which takes time, too much time.

Our Facebook page is full of information and discussions, helpful tips and ideas; for people like us who thought ‘well what can WE do’. So instead of feeling helpless, we can all do our bit of good for the environment AND ourselves. Small changes which gradually lead to huge positive change if enough people are on board. Individually we may be weak but together we are strong! Earth lovers unite! Our small ways can make big change. 

So far there are 146 members of ‘Little Green Folk’. We would love you to join us and start making some small changes. We’ll try to give advice and ideas on where to start. We are a friendly bunch, there is no pressure and we encourage others to begin small and for each person to do what feels right in their own circumstances. We aim to make ‘being green’ not something which will necessarily cost you more. Greener products are popping up all around us and some are quite costly, so please don’t let that put you off if you are on a tight budget. In fact there are many cheaper ways to be kinder to the Planet and this is something that we encourage at ‘Little Green Folk’. We can all be greener. Sometimes we may just need to step out of our comfort zone and truly question the things we buy. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and we hope that you will join us.

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