People that know me will know that I am not the sort of person who likes squandering the planet’s resources.
We use low energy bulbs in as many of our light fittings as possible (that is where safety is not compromised), all of our domestic computers have LCD displays and our LCD HD-TV system is never left on standby overnight. We always buy low energy consumption appliances even if we will never recover the price premium over the life of the product. We shun tumble driers. When I power down this PC it switches off all of the peripherals (that is OFF and not standby)
But sometimes it is hard to live to this ideal. I have been looking at visiting Edinburgh in the spring and have found that today I can book a budget flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh for four pence each way + tax (that’s less than 10 cents, my American readers!) so tax inclusive that is under 40 GBP (80 USD) and beats the train by a large margin, it even beats me driving in my own car all the way. That is so wrong!
Also wrong is the need of an e-friend to commute each week between Washington State and New York City – that’s 14 hours of wasted airline fuel. Surely these days of virtual presence have pushed us to a economy where productive work happens at a far lower environmental (and lifestyle) impact than having to be in a room many miles from home with a host of other people also many miles from home.