The future’s bright, the future’s green?

Yesterday the Centre for Alternative Technology launched a very bold document putting forward a plan for Britain to become carbon free by 2027, which was reported on in the Guardian* and the Telegraph*.
CAT’s plan is definitely radical: less meat, and no flying; more local organic produce; and an “armada” of wind, tidal and solar generating facilities.

The main objections to the report’s proposals seem to be that such radical plans are politically unthinkable, and that the public – and more importantly businesses –¬†will never go along with them willingly. But over at the BBC there’s a fascinating report about how businesses in the state of California are powering ahead with new green energy projects, and that the marketplace is the main driver of this change. California has led the way on a lot of recent revolutions – the internet being just one world-changing example – perhaps what’s happening there is showing us that the way to a greener future is possible without changing our capitalist¬†‘way of life’?

*please note: as this is an older blog post, some of the original links in this article have been changed or removed

2 responses to “The future’s bright, the future’s green?

  1. Natalie Batchelor

    I just can’t believe how ignorant people are where it comes to recycling and trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle – we are a family on benefits with 3 young children and do everything that we can to recycle and teach others to live more in hand with our earth – it annoys me so much when all you here from people is how they can’t be bothered or haven’t got time – its a total cop out and load of rubbish it just boils down to total ignorance – if we don’t start taking care of our earth where will our children and grandchildren be ??
    Have visited cat and thought there ideas were fantastic – but we need to act now – our schools need to recycle rather than throwing all their rubbish into landfill sites. River nene is the best purchase we make every week – it has saved us so much money and time and would like to thank all who enable us to make this purchase and just wish more people would take a little time out to care a bit more .

  2. I agree with natalie. People are so ignorant and even more so they are lazy. How hard is it to collect you plastic bottles and recycle them. how long does it take for a plastic bottle to decompose?200 years? Totally ridiculous. These are the people that are complaining about new landfills being built in their backyard. I think if we all took a little responsibility for the problems we have killing mother earth and all try to do our part to recycle and clean up, we would be far better off.

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