Wednesday 13 April 2011

going green means noticing there's someone else in the room

My latest "Going Green" column picks up on how Mary Wollstonecraft (left), author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”, explained what thinking was to her young daughter: it was about noticing there was someone else in the room.

For this reason, going green isn’t left-wing or right-wing. It isn’t a threat. It isn’t a conspiracy by scientists or a means of introducing socialism by the back door. It isn’t even anti anything much, except boorishness. (Though boorishness has many manifestations.) Its real enemy is not-thinking. If you poison the well, people can’t drink from it. If you overfish the ocean, you end up with no fish. If you burn coal, you warm the planet.

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