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John Masterson: Can you go green and not get fat? I need to know

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Sometimes we change our behaviour because you cannot walk two feet without hearing about something you absolutely must do if you are to remain a paid-up member of the human race. At the millennium year there were probably two vegans in the country, keeping their heads down. They hid away at Christmas rather than admit to the error of their ways. Today you cannot sit down at a table without encountering a vegan, vegetarian or a flexitarian. It has caught the mood of the times and, while many have not gone the whole hog, there has been a massive move in the direction of plant-based meals.

So too with electric vehicles. I am a carbon criminal. I drive a perfect, but ageing, diesel-guzzling car that is probably worth nothing by now and costs a mortgage to tax but has nothing wrong with it. The 'green' club that I belong to does not approve of waste. I cannot scrap a perfectly good car to buy an overpriced electric car that still won't get me to the end of the country and back without anxiety. Plus I will get on a plane as often as I can because I am a citizen of the world and want to see a lot of it. Sorry, but I love airmiles.

So, crippled with carbon guilt and with no intention of becoming a vegan, I did what little I could. I bought an e-scooter, and it is magic. I can save the planet while enjoying myself. I keep it in the boot of the car. It is ideal for going to meetings around town. I live in Kilkenny and I can also travel to Dublin on the train, go to all my city-centre meetings on the scooter, and return home. There are big savings on diesel and parking, and obvious environmental benefits.