Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Climate Change - a world for my grand children.

I'm completely unimpressed with the political response to the clear dangers represented by climate change. So what can we do?

We need a mass movement to make our elected leaders act sensibly. Here is a list:
  • Personally, I'm with James Lovelock on this - we need nuclear power - lots of it and soon.
  • We need to tax car fuel very heavily - a pound a litre is nothing, it needs to be at least 5 times that, maybe 10 times.
  • Motorways have to be used as efficient mass-transport system. Every motorway should have a dedicated coach lane, and we need transport hubs at junctions near all major cities.
  • Planning consent needs to be relaxed for external insulation and solar heating.
  • All spare land needs to be used for firewood and vegetables - we need to dig for victory.
  • All shops and services need to be made as local as possible - with home delivery being available.
  • Plane travel needs to be slashed - heavy taxes and restrictions are the obvious methods.
  • Work patterns need to be changed - we need to work less, do more of it remotely and make long distance commuting socially unacceptable.
  • Buying new must be discouraged - repairing and renovating encouraged.
All of these would lead to a reduction in the amount of carbon that we pumped into the atmosphere, but more importantly they would create a society that was sustainable.

As yet I have no grand-children, but the changes I've outlined here might give them a chance of living in a sane, comfortable environment. Ah well, off to replace the drain pump on my washing machine...

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