Tuesday, February 27, 2007

London Going Green

Well Minnesota is on the right track and now the mayor of London has declared that the city will attempt to slash its carbon emissions by 60 per cent within 20 years and is dedicating £47 million to the effort.

The article makes a good point, one that I've been stressing more and more over the last year, that many environmental issues can be addressed through simple changes in individual behaviour. Its the collective impact of all of our actions that leads to the environmental problems we are seeing today. Of course our political system needs a massive overhaul and industry needs to do its part as well. It is encouraging to me however, that people are starting to realize that we have human problems more than environmental problems, which are just a consequence of short-sighted or careless human action.

My favorite quote from the article by the mayor of London:

"All of us have a responsibility; actions taken at an individual level can have consequences that are unacceptable for society as a whole. Buying a gas-guzzling 4x4 vehicle is an 'individual choice' but it creates carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and harm everyone. It should be no more socially acceptable than to claim the right to dump rubbish in the street."

A nod to my lovely mother-in-law who just bought a Prius.... :)


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