I am happy to share a photograph I saw yesterday on View from My Window. Taken from a colourful vintage airstream, Cate in California shared this amazing view of a goat! Many thanks, Cate!
One of the things that has been hardest for myself and my family about lockdown is not being able to take full advantage of the glorious spring weather the past month. It can be cruel to think that you have to hibernate as the world comes back to life after a cold and windy winter, but here we are. My heart is filled with gratitude though for our home and our digital windows to the rest of the world.
Earlier this year, the twelfth of February to be precise, I reported that a friend of mine in San Francisco worked in an office that employed a herd of goats to do some landscaping around that building. Indeed, goats can digest all sorts of plants that are poisonous and quite a nuisance to humans. In fact, the digestive and grazing abilities of goats are now being employed to fight wild fires in California. With increasing wild fires brought on by the climate crisis, herds of goats are increasingly being called upon to clear out brush and areas at high risk of fires. Using goats in this way is totally green, as herbicides can be detrimental to the environment, and mowing equipment uses fossil fuels and creates air and noise pollution. Additionally, goat herds are low risk and more economical – in Laguna City, California where goats have been clearing brush for nearly twenty years a safety report estimates that a man-powered clearing crew costs $28,000 per acre while a herd of goats costs only $500. Goats may not be able to solve all of our problems, or the climate crisis, but every effort definitely helps!
From empathy to environmentalism – aren’t goats amazing?