Carbon footprint – unrealistic expectations…

The Guardian has a calculator to work out your personal carbon footprint. I don’t use public transport, so that figure represents taxis. My CF is 9 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is pretty good, but bear in mind I don’t get out much*. And according to the chart, the average spend per person for hotels, pubs and restaurants is a pathetic £7. That seems completely unrealistic – I just don’t believe it – we’re being asked to believe that the vast majority of the population NEVER has a drink or a meal outside their own home. If that’s true, they must be dull buggers.

*I often get lifts to places like the supermarket, but as the driver is going there anyway, I haven’t factored that in.

The 2050 target of a reduction, for the UK, from the Continue reading

Can you be chronically sick and still be green?

Can you be chronically sick and green at the same time (other than when your meds make you barf, that is)? I don’t think you can.

The biggest problem is probably medication – I take 16 drugs daily, sourced from  a world-wide pharmaceutical industry (then there’s my supplements, six of them, subject to a similar manufacturing process, but on a smaller scale). So far not really too bad – these things are churned out by the million, so the carbon footprint per patient is probably pretty low at this stage (anyone know if this has been studied?).

Where it all falls to pieces Continue reading