I agree re hypocrisy vis a vis flying places to tell people about green stuff.Yep, reformed eco criminal is very apt. I'm still an eco criminal, but I'm now better than most. I still have a fridge and a TV, but I try and practice what I preach to at least to some degree. Tiny, minimally polluting car which I use as little as possible, no raping the planet to provide me with a new smartphone every year, wear the same Y fronts for weeks on end to cut down on detergent pollution...
You wont catch me flying across the Atlantic to tell a crowd of people they should fly less, and then fly home afterwards. Those are the real eco criminals, the psychopaths even. They brazenly hide in plain sight and the well intentioned but ultimately easily led eco hippies seem to fall for it.
Blimey. I seem to have started a discussion about societies attitudes to the environment where it contradicts their comfort and convenience. Well, not a bad discussion to have.
Most people I know who do go to these things agonise over it, and try to offset in all other areas of their lives.
But are fully aware of the dissonance.
Personally I turned down an all expenses paid trip to South America, to attend an agroecological conference.
Because I don't fly, and haven't for decades.
Of course in the scheme of things it made no difference, ecologically, but principals have to count for something..
But the real criminals are the likes of the oil companies who have known full well (often through their own research) what the consequences of the untramelled fossil fuel Party would be.
But they muddied the waters, spread uncertainty, and doubt..
In furtherance of their own profits.
That's eco-criminality - right there.
After all its not too difficult to persuade people that the luxuries, and conveniences they are enjoying are totally fine, is it??
And to rubbish all these mithering greenies who are trying to spoil all the fun.
So yes we can try to live differently, as individuals, and do 'our bit' where we can.
(as an aside I happen to have a very nice life, doing useful work, and living with less, having a lot of fun, for very little outlay, biking and cycle touring being a part of that)
But the real change is us, all getting behind, and voting for, the very necessary system change, which is the only real way out of the mess we've made.
So the pressure has to be kept up on politicians, and big corps etc.
So we all say with a loud, and consistent enough voice, that the change has to happen right now.
We need as humans to act and be different, see ourselves as part of the whole, rather than atomised entities.
Sniping at each other for how many smartphones, or plastic bags we use is missing the point.
Business as usual loves all that..
It just becomes another consumer fest, just more 'green tinged' stuff to sell.
Unless we most of us have a change of heart and admit that we've got plenty, and don't need more, and that looking after our life support system, and those people struggling even to survive, is more important than what we immediately want right now, then we will be stuck in the same place, or rather dissappearing over a cliff edge of no return.
OK off for a lovely bike ride.
Peas n lurve