Sunday 22 October 2017

We all have a role in saving our world

The UK’s plan to replace all petrol and diesel cars with electric-powered vehicles by 2040 focused attention on our own puny efforts in this regard — about 400 electric vehicles sold here last year out of a total of about 150,000 new cars. Photo: PA Wire
The UK’s plan to replace all petrol and diesel cars with electric-powered vehicles by 2040 focused attention on our own puny efforts in this regard — about 400 electric vehicles sold here last year out of a total of about 150,000 new cars. Photo: PA Wire
Editorial

Editorial

The environment is everyone's concern. And like most things that are everyone's concern, it can often appear to be the concern of no-one. And then along comes a week like the one just gone where the headlines are dominated by tales of what we are doing to mess up the world in which we live, whether through unsatisfactory waste disposal, harmful emissions, or our totally irresponsible attitude towards the precious resource that is a dependable supply of clean water.

Suddenly it is easier to see how many issues are connected.

Earlier this summer, the Government moved to defuse the bin charges controversy by deferring price hikes, but there is a touch of desperation here, perhaps influenced by how easily something like this can be hijacked on to the streets by a vocal minority. And it looks like it will not work.

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