PRASHANT VAZE works out how much CO2 he could save in his life by driving more slowly, installing loft insulation or becoming a vegeterian. His quest for a virtuous lifestyle encounters some real truths. As a Transition Town Terrorist, I appreciate his unpacking of the "food miles" obsession. Some of my colleagues want me to sacrifice my love for Spanish tomatoes and opt for local products--which are grown in heated greenhouses with a far greater carbon footprint. Another eco-myth concerns shutting off lights to reduce CO2. But when the Electricity Supply Board takes my savings in terms of a carbon credit, they can sell it to dirty coal-burning plants who churn out much more carbon than my well-lighted study. I'mbuyung Vaze's book because he helps me defend my addiction to strong black coffee. Because I do espresso instread of cappuccino, I save 90 kg of CO2 a year. I'm highlighting that paragraph for the ecowarriors across the canteen table. All of them drink white coffee, lattes or cappuccinos.
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