Having a mixture of incandescent, CFL and LED lamps in my home has lately driven me up the wall. They all take various intervals to pop and never come close to the promised life expectancy so boldly printed on the packaging. Packaging… also considered as a major contributor to filling the ozone with carbon. One wonders then, why the cellophane windows in the globe packaging; why the glossy printed outer cover and polystyrene base for the fitting – when you are actually purchasing them to reduce your foot print – the carbon one, that is.
Talking carbon footprints, I am worth a majestic 10,2 metric tons of CO2 per year! (Go to www.carbonfootprint.com to test yours) Qatar currently has the highest average of 55 tons per person, per year! I would have thought that the Aussies would have been there, farming with all those sheep which create massive amounts of methane gas, emitted daily into our clear atmosphere. Even Argentina would be expected to be up there with cow farts collectively immeasurable.
The future looks bleak - very bleak. Our present favourite pastime of tanning a “vleisie” will soon be a thing of the past. If it is up to the green movement, Greenpeace or vegans across the globe, they will stop all live-stock farming to save the ozone layer – which means – no steak, chops, boerewors, brisket etc. Only chicken and fish are on the “non fart” list, and will be declared consumable, but not sustainable. I’m okay with chicken and fish, actually more than okay, but a steak, chop or worsie now and again just lifts the spirits and reminds me of our bow hunting days, when we still ate raw flesh and dragged our catch of women by the hair to our caves.
Now I have never driven an electric car, but it seems the world is on a drive to seriously expand the scope for Joe public to own one – all in the name of a cleaner environment. Sure, no fossil fuel is used to drive the car directly, but where to charge the batteries – at a power plug? Power is still delivered by burning humongous amounts of coal – in who’s mind does this make sense? For all argumentative purposes, let’s say I decide to go green, and money is no object. I install the latest solar panel installation to replace Eksdom power, I sell my car and buy a bicycle, also purchase an electric car (just for the long trips), which I charge from the sun at home. I install a water purification plant at home, use only glass bottles and grow my own veggies and fruit where my pool used to be. Suddenly my carbon footprint is within the world target of 2 metric tons per year, while my neighbours (where money is an issue) braai their steaks, rev their V8 Chevvy and have three, 300 Watt incandescent lamps on – the whole night, to see any burglar treading on their front lawn/dirt. To explain to these people that green means “go” is a bit of an illusion. They’d ask me for a loan to cover the initial cost of the electric panels, and won’t even braai with me, because we are on fish and chicken.
I liken the “Green drive” much to what can go on, on my property. Say I have four dogs, two male and two female Scotties. I let the dogs breed uncontrolled, feed them well and take any of them with issues to the vet. After two years I cannot keep up with the consumption of food, it starts to hurt my pocket. The bill at the vet is steadily climbing out of reach and the garden smells like a kennel, which it basically is. The cost to groom, dip and see that the dogs get human interaction and walks is becoming a major nightmare. Still, another litter has arrived, the dog poop is piling up, and the stench around my house is similar to fresh, wet dog poo in the sun, up close. I decide to implement more expensive food, to offset the smell and texture of poo.
Now I look at our world, the farming of livestock, the power we need to supply by burning coal, the packaging we do to get product on the shelves and the plastic garden furniture, water bottles, car dashes and door covers, camera bodies, watch wrist straps and water reservoirs we produce. We implement rules to lessen emissions from car engines, we try to tone down factories spewing exhaust gasses into the atmosphere, we publish slogans like:” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and we (try to) get families onto a “carbon diet”. In the meantime, we let our brethren breed and produce new humans to ensure we grow world population.
How? How will we ever get a handle on reducing our destruction, if we keep on producing destructors? Is it not time to limit our users, rather than limit the resources our users can use? 7 billion seems a sum not apprehensible to the mind, but it is our fellows.