|Walking does more than driving to cause global warming, a leading environmentalist has calculated. |
Food production is now so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops than a car would emit over the same distance. The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby.
The sums were done by Chris Goodall, campaigning author of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life, based on the greenhouse gases created by intensive beef production. Driving a typical UK car for 3 miles [4.8km] adds about 0.9 kg [2lb] of CO2 to the atmosphere, he said, a calculation based on the Governments official fuel emission figures. If you walked instead, it would use about 180 calories. Youd need about 100g of beef to replace those calories, resulting in 3.6kg of emissions, or four times as much as driving.
The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere. Eating less and driving to save energy would be better.
Mr Goodall, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, is the latest serious thinker to turn popular myths about the environment on their head.
Catching a diesel train is now twice as polluting as travelling by car for an average family, the Rail Safety and Standards Board admitted recently. Paper bags are worse for the environment than plastic because of the extra energy needed to manufacture and transport them, the Government says.
So the Vegan-Greenie-Jackbooted-Thugs want us to just sit in a room, barely breathing, eating little and doing nothing but stare at the wall. Better not blink too much! That could cause - gasp! ... global warming ...!
This is utter hogwash and it should be an indicatator to those of us who are normal, emotionally balanced people that this group of Al Gore worshippers are disconnected from reality. They really are a sick segment of our society. If I had to diagnose their disease, I'd guess that it borders on Mass Hysterical OCD. It is a compulsion with this group. They are hypervigilant in finding "carbon footprints" in every nook and cranny. They obsess on environmental issues - even becoming paralysed with conflict in deciding whether to use biodegradable diapers or cloth.
You know, it is a real problem with the Western World that we obsess on trivialities. We break everything down to its - what we believe are - constituent parts. We have a migraine headache and it is quickly surmised that we have a "chemical imbalance" or too many neurotransmitters floating through our cranium. Like this guy Goodall, we calculate the amount of methane gas generated by cows and extrapolate the offset consumed by plants. We don't feel well so we assume it is because we're not getting enough vitamins - as if your whole body depended on getting 50mg more of vitamin C per day! We are now told not to drink from garden hoses because of rubber contaminants, don't drink tap water because of impurities, meat has growth hormones, milk has pesticides, your computer screen emits low ionizing radiation .... everything is dangerous nowadays.
Americans believe your brain is nothing more than 3 pounds of meat, awash in chemicals. Scientists believe that a 78 gene difference between men and women account for why there is such a wide variance between the two sexes.
Our thinking is divorced from our spirituality. There is no inner structure .. ..we're just fumbling along using our minds to think up newer and newer prisons for our own tortured souls. I'm sure that most of these Greenies are atheists - in fact I know that the president of the Illinois Sierra Club is an avowed atheist. So the green agenda has taken the place of God in their lives.
... And Al Gore is the New Messiah!