“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Monday, 15 December 2014

Waste not want not.

I have been known, when feeling particularly grumpy, to dismiss the Green Party as being nothing more than a home for middle-class women who have sublimated their sex drive into recycling. It's an opinion that is not generally well received among my loved ones and has won me few friends. But leaving aside the good people of the Green Party it has to be admitted that recycling has become almost another religion and woe betide the careless individual who deposits an empty bottle in the wrong receptacle. I doubt that the planet needs saving, well not in the foreseeable future anyway, but if it did I doubt that beating ipads into plough shears would help much. Truth be told the best thing to do about waste is have less of it. I'm the last person to propose that we all return to gnawing a raw turnip by candlelight but the rich nations have reached ludicrous levels of consumption and waste. Use less stuff, reuse things and only then consider recycling. Anyway, what do I know about Green issues. Does anyone know how to cook a Great Bustard? I was thinking of getting one for Xmas.
The Waste Hierarchy. 


Dr Llareggub said...

I am all for recycling as I grew up after the war, when we recycled more than we do today.

But OMG not Green fascism.

Vote Green, ban fracking, support the Saudi Royal Family.

In return the Saudi Royals will donate millions to elite universities like Oxford, putting Prince Charles on the board of its Islamic Centre, and teach upper and middle class students about climate change and the need to save the planet and to:

Vote Green, ban fracking and support the Saudi Royal Family

Jason Toynbee said...

So now I can't eat raw turnips by candlelight. Call yourself a libertarian ... .