Sunday, June 17, 2007


Your intrepid reporter snapped the back of friend A’s car when she wasn’t looking. This cardboard will eventually be driven to the local tip to be recycled.

Friend A uses chipped cups and plates and saves old crisp packets ‘in case they come in handy‘. She isn’t GREEN - she’s Mean.
I have demonstrated in the rain several times with Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. Once it was so wet my mum turned up with a sandwich which was very embarrassing for a 45 year old eco warrior. .
We identified the enemy as multinational companies - not toothpaste without aloe vera.
I think things have been getting a bit confused recently.
Tesco try to tell me that tomatoes from Barnsley taste better than those from Italy. Along with Wal-Mart they boast of a reduced carbon footprint. We don’t hear much support for the farm workers in poorer countries whose entire livelihood may depend on the export of their crops.
This week on the radio I heard naturalists (or are they the ones that take their clothes off to play badminton?) getting all excited because Red Admirals had stayed here through the winter and the blackbirds had sprogged 3 litters. 'How wonderful’ they kept saying.
Er ..yes.. but Global Warming isn't supposed to be *wonderful*. It causes floods and drought.
We are supposed to be sitting in the dark with a bunsen burner to prevent it.
Do the Bill Oddyish persons think we should all start driving round in gas guzzling 4X4s like Chris Martin and turn the central heating up so we can eat dinner in our thongs? That would bring the butterflies over in bus loads.
We’d be seeing Bee eaters in Gorton.
Is there a flaw in my argument?
Still Cheryl Crow has the answer.
Ration the bog roll.

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Blogger Z said...

If a worker in a third world country is growing roses or organic french beans for us, he is not growing food to feed his own countrymen. The profit goes to the landowner and if there is steep inflation in his country and a shortage of food, his wages don't go far.

His government will encourage cash crops to sell to richer countries because the wealthy citizens want foreign money coming in.

I heard a programme on Radio 4 a few months ago about food growing in an African country (not absolutely sure which now, might have been Tanzania). They said that Waitrose and M&S were the two companies that landowners were desperate to get a contract with, because the other supermarkets screwed them for every penny and made them pay for discounts in the shops.

I eat seasonal local food as much as is feasible.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

I must admit I'm not impressed with Ms Crow's arguments (though I did buy her first 3 albums).

The idea of a dining sleeve idea will undo many years of parental nagging on my part. And actually, as a hayfever sufferer I quite like tissues and bog roll. No laundering the masses of hankies every day is not my idea of fun.

As for her idea about rationing bog roll...I'm surprised she stopped short of a jug of water in the bathroom.

6:22 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

"one sheet per visit" !!!
Might just as well forget it altogether. As long as you are Sponge-Pants Square-Bob.
What you save in the loo roll, you use in the laundry.
My carbon footprint is a size 9, and will probably remain so, unless my toes drop off.

9:34 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

One square per restroom visit "except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required".

I blame those pesky Andrex puppies Kaz.

9:52 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks for this Z.
It highlights that the issue is very complex.

The supermarkets must look at the big picture if they really want to score green Brownie points.
An article I read (by the head of UK Action Aid's trade campaign) described workers in Africa who depend on selling fruit and veg to British shoppers.

That dining sleeve doesn't stand thinking about.
So I won't.

The relationship with Lance Armstrong can't have helped Ms Crow.
Excellent cyclist - but hardly a load of laughs.

Is it really size 9? No wonder you knit your own socks.

Before those puppies we all used the Evening News.

8:00 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Yes it's lovely to see more Red Admirals (my first was back in February this year) but I will not be increasing my carbon footprint to get more or too allow even more exotic species to arrive (or to require all of us to strip down to the nuddy before playing badmington either).

Who ever you heard on the radio is clearly a very silly person.

Bill Oddy (who I don't usually care for) was ranting recently on my radio about the effects on wildlife when someone asked if it mattered. "Matters?" he excalimed, "What sort of a question is that?" He then went into a right one about the negative (ie: most of them) aspects of global warming.

10:15 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Oh yes, and Cheryl Crow is clearly a loon.

10:15 am  
Blogger Fidel said...

It really matters to the good people of Kenya who can no longer find a market for their stuff.

They have borrowed money on the strength of Supermarket trade to invest in growing produce of a suitable type and quality for Sainsbury and M and S who now say we can't take it because of the carbon footprint.

Actually UK's stupid green consumers will now pay more for food and flowers etc, grown locally (out of season in the UK in hot houses etc or indeed grown in the UK and kept in chillers for weeks or months to "keep it fresh") but not flown over from Africa where it is actually hot enough to grow them. The farmers and workers need the money. They may not get paid a lot but if we don't buy it then they will not work. To suggestt that they grow it (or other products) for themselves is nonsense. No one there can afford to actually buy it from them unless there is a stream of income into the country from overseas sales. A trickle down effect where farm workers producing mange tout for the UK then buy corn and meal from more local growers keeps the chain going.

Too long Sorry!

6:01 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I have a bit of a soft spot for little Bill - especially when he 'goes into one'.
Ironically - the more I fly to Spain to see the bee eaters - the more likely they are to come here.
No, that's too silly.

Don't apologise. A complicated issue needs detailed info.
Apparently the reduction in carbon emissions by refusing this produce is tiny.
Meanwhile the government is doing absolutely nothing about the increasing number of budget airlines and cheap flights - too politically unpopular.

6:52 pm  
Blogger Midnight said...

The only noticeable effect on birdlife as a result of global warming down here is that the skirts seem to be getting shorter and bikini tops are the preferred choice for nights out. I prefer them anyway.

7:41 pm  
Blogger The [Cherry] Ride said...

Chris Martin doesn't drive around in a 4X4, does he??

7:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I must thank you sincerely for presenting green feminist's point of view.

[Cherry] ride:
I saw the pic in the Guardian.
So much for Gwynnie the Green Godess!

9:33 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

KAZ for president (sorry murph)

1:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

*Free beer for all bloggers*

5:15 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Make it red wine, and my vote is definitely yours.

5:42 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

As long as you leave the Sauvignon for me.
Hey it's 6 o'clock ....dashes off to fridge.

6:05 pm  

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