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What a waster….

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on October 23, 2006

Right, so it’s Energy Saving Week this week, and to kick it all off, pretty depressing statistics about how us Brit’s waste energy like it’s going out of fashion.

According to a survey into five European countries, Britons waste more energy than anyone else…and it’ll pack another 43 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere by 2010.

The main culprits? TV’s left on standby, mobile phone chargers left plugged in and people leaving lights on. Yes, that’s right, 63% of us apparently leave lights on when we leave a room.

Looking at the worst wasters, I think I’m guilty of all of them…

  • My mobile charger, Mp3 charger and laptop charger are all plugged in at home right now.
  • And I think our TV’s on standby.

I’m planning on making some changes soon…I’ll keep you posted.

Old people, really.

The other shocker from the report out today (from BBC News):

The survey found 27% of those aged 65 and over felt no guilt about the energy they use and its impact on the local environment. 

Charmed. Although it does mean 70% do give a damn, despite the likelyhood most over 65s will be part of the nitrogen cycle when it all hits the fan. Worst though:

…about a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds do feel moderately guilty about the impact their energy use has on the environment.

25%….moderately guilty. Even though it’s been the hottest summer since records began. Even though it’s mid October and you can still wear a t-shirt. I swear this inexplicable lethargy is going to be the end of us. Why is no-body shitting their pants at all this?!

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  1. Rachael said, on October 23, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    Agreed.
    I’m not going to pretend to be some tree hugging do-gooder (I spray those aerosols like everyone else) but you make an important point. I recently produced a package for Westminster’s Smoke News about recycling. I found out that there are roughly 40,000 students in London each producing over 220 kilos of waste/year. At Westminster uni we don’t recycle a thing- its criminal. Whats sad is that most of the students I vox-popped couldn’t give a shit either. “Inexplicable lethargy” toa tee.

  2. Emmanuel.K.Bensah said, on October 24, 2006 at 9:38 am

    maybe, the UK should consider going the Ghana way: http://ekbensahinghana.blogspot.com/2006/08/this-gargantuan-dam-provides-ghana.html
    :-))

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