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John Bowdidge

I was born in 1938. I am now retired but used to run my own business as a consultant on the environmental impact of thermal insulation products and for thermal insulation products generally. Before that I worked with Rockwool Limited. I have spent years on various National and International standards committees writing thermal insulation standards.

Environmental by John Bowdidge

I spoke last night to this clever guy

And said, "Tell me your solution,

How are we to save, the world

And cut down air pollution?"


He said, "My friend, I understand

And I will answer true,

There are several very simple things

That even you can do.


Don't use coal if you have gas,

There's far more carbon in it,

And all that stuff when it is burnt

It's ruining the climate!


Now all the heat we use at home

Can be reduced with care,

So climb up in your loft tonight

And put some Rockwool there!


Instead of going down the Pub

Seeking recreation,

Put plastic strip around your door,

“to cut down Ventilation!”


“Have you thought about your walls

And all the heat they're losing.

Ring the man with the Rockwool van

And get some insulation."


"I thought about it friend," I said,

"But my pockets ain't lined with gold,

I'd rather keep the cash at home

And put up with the cold.


I can't afford to buy that stuff,

Food and beer is quite enough

You'll have to find some other ways

To show me insulation pays."


He shook his head for a while;

Then ear to ear began to smile,

"I had my own home done, my friend

It weren't much gold I had to spend.


In fact it's been now, just a year

Since I've been drinking half priced beer,

I've saved the other half you see

That's what Rockwool's done for me."

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