Today I read an article “Made in Ebbw Vale”, written after the announcement that the Welsh Government would not financially back the Circuit of Wales and the writer is saying that this decision is very bad for the Ebbw Vale economy so maybe Ebbw Vale should make artisan things for themselves.
But the basic things such as clothes, shoes, tools, cooking pots, cutlery, they are made elsewhere, mostly the other side of the world.
I believe that it is unsustainable to ship the most basic thing such as a cooking pot from the other side of the planet. We need to start manufacturing again, even on the most small, basic, local level so that at best we keep our current lifestyles and, at worst, we survive as climate changes and not in our favour.
we need to learn practical skills, how to make things and how to fix things
To do this, we need to learn practical skills, how to make things and how to fix things. Not everyone is a practical person but some of us will be very good at making and fixing and they will be the ones who will become the manufacturers of our community and we need them. As a community will need to be able to look after ourselves. There will always be a need to buy in some goods but we should be able to manufacture the most basic of things. It’s pathetic that we can’t and that we don’t try.