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Introducing Thankful Thursdays

I was beginning to put down some thoughts on our pandemic, now just over a year in and still burning bright, unfortunately. Curiously though, I was also writing about a Paul Weller song for my music site and something he said kind of spoke to me. It was a simple comment about how he often began writing songs about one thing and suddenly went another way with them. So that got me thinking, time to go another way here today. So starting this week, I’m going to try to put on the smiley faces for “Friday Eve” and begin Thankful Thursdays. Let’s look at something good on Thursday!

Not necessarily all huge or earth-shattering, but something for us to feel good about as we make the run towards that weekend.

This week, I’m thankful for Ikea. Not because of their somewhat cool Scan-design furniture, although I do like some of those unpronounceable bookcases and chairs. But today I salute them for being proactive on becoming a bit more environmentally friendly.

Now a chain noted for stores that span acres, have thousand car parking lots and put out glossy catalogs by the thousand might not seem very “green” but little by little, they’re trying. They’ve pledged to get rid of single-use plastic items (presumably like shopping bags, and cutlery in their in-store restaurants) and were in the news this month when they bought up 10 840 acres – about 16 square miles – of old pine forest in Georgia. The land, in the Altahama River basin south of Savannah contains some old-growth southern Longleaf Pine forest, increasingly rare these days and home to an array of wildlife including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. They’ve agreed to “prevent land fragmentation” (thereby keeping a large swatch of woodland many species need) , restore certain tree species and protect wildlife habitat while managing the land sustainably and in an environmentally-friendly way. This should benefit the rare woodpeckers, Gopher tortoises which live in the woods, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes, one of North America’s biggest and increasingly scarcest, snakes, the uncommon little Brown-headed Nuthatches which only live in southern pine woods and a host of animals from bears to bobcats. Public access is still to be allowed, another win. All the while it helps minimize the company’s carbon footprint by releasing a lot of oxygen out to the atmosphere.

currently the Swedish retailer own some 600 000 acres of woodland across the States and Europe, and try to manage them all similarly.

It’s not the greatest thing to happen to the environment since man set foot in America, but it is a big step in the right direction. If all major retail chains could put forward similar initiatives, we’d soon have a better world. So thanks to you Ikea, on this Thursday.

14 Replies to “Introducing Thankful Thursdays”

  1. Wow…that is a great thing. I’m also cynical Dave…I know they also did this for advertisement BUT…saying that…I wish EVERYONE would do this for public relations. I would rather see and hear this than a TV commercial. I have to commend them for it. I’m not saying that no one there cares…because they do and it is nice to see. I would order from them because of this…and go out of my way doing it. I wish other companies would catch on.

    I guess it’s terrible of me to be cynical but it always pops up. This is a big step in the right direction. I don’t understand why it is so hard for logging companies and others to replant what they take. If they would have thought ahead in the 1800s and on…we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now. Replanting is not all of the answer but using common sense also helps not to wipe out everything before something can grow back.

    The first time I remember hearing “endangered species” was in the 70s with the “snail darter” fish that halted a dam from being built in Tennessee. They eventually relocated them into other rivers and streams and built the dam. It took them 6 or so years to figure it out.

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    1. I pretty much agree with that.. I too see it was something of a PR move by Ikea (and it worked… I saw it on several news-sites and, obviously, and am adding to that publicity a wee bit more) but it’s still a positive step. I’d rather have seen them give X amount of money (however many mil it cost to buy the land) to a dedicated organization like the Audobon Society or Nature Conservancy to have them manage the land, but this is still a very good and responsible step for the company, so I give them a thumbs up.
      Yep, the deforestation of the continent in the 19th C was horrible… some of the woods are growing back in the East where some small farms on marginal land have been abandoned but more needs to be done. There should be some level of requirement for replanting that forestry companies would have to do… and preferably native species. In Ontario, many plant mile after mile of imported Scotch Pine which has less use for native wildlife, not as much positive CO2 removal and is open to potential insect infestations unless pesticides are used. Cut down 10 miles of maple-ash forest, plant another 10 miles of maples and ashes.

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      1. You are right…it would have been better to give it to someone who did it already but we will take what we can get.

        Yes what you cut down plant back…that has to be done. As….the Lorax said… “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
        Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

        I like using that line anytime possible! lol

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  2. Happy to read you’re starting Thankful Thursday today. I’ve been to an Ikea store once, way back when a chartered bus full of friends went to Schaumberg, IL. I bought a small plant stand and a CD tower (that needed to assembled.) I still have these items and they are solid. Happy that Ikea is being environmentally responsible. We have a Nature Conservancy in MI that is constantly buying land and receiving it from donors into conservancy that I’ve been donating to for some years now. I like the idea that the land can still be used by people, but not abused ever again. Large tracts are important, and the more the better. Sorry to see that it’s a non-American company buying up the land. We should be able to do for ourselves.

    My entry for Thankful Thursday is that my older son who works at the hospital finally got his first jab of Covid vaccine. He gets the 2nd shot on 3/9 and then 28 days later should be 92+% protected. A mother’s prayers answered.

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    1. Hey that’s great, about your son! They are starting to roll that out here, as everywhere, but few in the health care field seem to have yet been able to get the shots. I’m happy for you, and wish him the best … we’ve really begun to see the value of all health workers in the last year, haven’t we!?
      I quite like some Ikea furniture, assembled a few bookcases from them for the “ex” some years ago… they were a step up from walmart type ones in quality and strength. We used to like walking around the store and looking at the goods and having a cheap lunch in the restaurant.
      I love the Nature Conservancy, one of my personal favorite charities to help out…. seems perfect in that hey, government isn’t going to buy and protect enough valuable natural land, so let’s pitch in and buy the tracts that are of most value (environmentally or occasionally scenically) and save them ourselves.
      Thanks for your Thursday comments!

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      1. Thanks about my son, Dave, and you’re welcome. For some reason some of my comments are posting twice today. Another fun WP glitch. Sorry, plz feel free to delete one if you want to.

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      2. WOW! Is the gov right? Is this the first time TX has gotten this much snow? I had to put my refuse and recycle bins out last night and wondered what I’d find this morning. I think the plows went through and hurled them into the road, as when I trudged out to get them they were empty and sitting neatly pushed into the snowbank the plows made. Thanks sanitation engineers! Had to snowblow again today but now the sun is shining 🙂

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      3. well, around here it’s one of the bigger snowfalls ever recorded, some places along the cost like Galveston and Corpus Christi I think might have been first time they ever got measurable snow. The thing that made it so much worse was it came on top of a fair bit of freezing rain AND it’s been below freezing for a whole week… usually if snow falls, the temps up above freezing by the next day at very least. City here has canceled the garbage and recycling service this week …which is inconvenient but does make sense since the roads are basically undriveable.

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  3. Happy to read you’re starting Thankful Thursday today. I’ve been to an Ikea store once, way back when a chartered bus full of friends went to Schaumberg, IL. I bought a small plant stand and a CD tower (that needed to assembled.) I still have these items and they are solid. Happy that Ikea is being environmentally responsible. We have a Nature Conservancy in MI that is constantly buying land and receiving it from donors into conservancy that I’ve been donating to for some years now. I like the idea that the land can still be used by people, but not abused ever again. Large tracts are important, and the more the better. Sorry to see that it’s a non-American company buying up the land. We should be able to do for ourselves.

    My entry for Thankful Thursday is that my older son who works at the hospital finally got his first jab of Covid vaccine. He gets the 2nd shot on 3/9 and then 28 days later should be 92+% protected. A mother’s prayers answered.

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