The good news to come out of the pandemic was that Earth Overshoot Day, the day humanity has used up all the biological resources that our planet can generate in a year, arrived much later than usual in 2020; August 22nd, largely as a result of the pandemic’s limiting effect on human activity. Not since 2005 have we made it so far into the year before reaching the overshoot point. Unfortunately, as economies recover, despite governments’ talk of a green recovery, we are back to our old ways, this year’s Overshoot Day arrived only three days later than it did in 2019 on 29th July 2021. Our planet trashing ways seem to be hard wired into us.
We are just not taking climate change, biodiversity loss and not trashing the planet seriously. Two things this week illustrated this. A business contact alerted me to a change in petrol sold in this country; the standard (95 octane) petrol grade in Great Britain is moving from E5 to E10, she was concerned because her car, which was manufactured before 2011, cannot run on the new E10 petrol. E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, which, according to the Government website will help to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with petrol vehicles and tackle climate change. When I think of tackle I think about rugby and being hit by an 18st prop forward. 10% renewable ethanol in petrol isn’t tackling climate change it is akin to trying to stop the South African pack with a feather duster.
The other thing was as the result of booking an electric car to rent for a month in two weeks’ time from Onto. I’m looking forward to driving around in a shiny Renault Zoe ZE50 Iconic R135 Rapid Charge, so have been researching charging points. I discovered that Tesco have installed free charging points in their store car parks. I got off the bus a few stops early one day on the way home to check out the charging points; there were two in a car park that takes over one hundred cars. That is tickling climate change not tackling it.
Only two post to go until I take delivery of my electric zero emissions car.
The benefits of going car free
Number 6 – Having a drink
I had a lovely lunch in the garden of the Cornish Vegan cafe in Truro on Friday and had a lager or two without having to worry about the alcohol content; I was getting the bus home.
A little ask
Writing and report reading is thirsty work, as is environmental campaigning and using public transport is expensive. If you would like to buy me a beer or a coffee, you can via this link – buy me a coffee.