The carbon footprint obsession

Recently, while watching the rolling credits at the end of Scarlet Johansson's latest movie, I noticed a line telling me of the film's carbon footprint.

Prompted by Miss Johansson's seemingly green credentials, I am of course relentless in my pursuit of carbon neutrality. It just seems the right thing to do, and besides, I'm a huge fan of hers. On top of all this, are we not now to be taken to the Tower unless we reduce, re-use or recycle anything that walks or talks?

Somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten that the world is full of carbon and has been for centuries. Still, never let nature or rationale get in the way of hysteria and political correctness. Clearly, moderation is no longer enough as we seek the distant nirvana of being "carbon neutral" to the point of paranoia.

Call me a cynic, but isn't our apparent obsession with climate change getting out of hand? Views remain divided over global warming, and Western governments - most notably in Washington and Whitehall - talk fondly of reducing waste and cutting carbon emissions while dispatching astronauts to the moon and fighter planes to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, around the UK, local authorities talk blithely of being "environmental cities" while chopping down trees for spurious reasons and neglecting to plant new ones.

It all seems so hypocritical and not very "joined up". I mean, why would you want your wheelie bin to be emptied of garden waste every two weeks in mid-winter, and how many vegetable peelings do you get from a pack of supermarket peas? Who mows their lawn in January apart from Monty Don? Speaking of whom, can someone please tell our globe-trotting guru - now there's a carbon footprint - that the good folk of Havana toil in the soil because they need to eat and so have little choice, rather than being consumed by some feverish passion for the global advancement of allotment gardening.

By the way, a free energy bar to the first reader who can tell me what on earth is in Monty's satchel?

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Mealybugs

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Mealybugs

Vines, tomatoes and tropical plants are among those at risk.

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Accurate figures are notoriously difficult to get at, but without doubt the UK imports a great deal of its ornamental plant requirement.

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Welcome to this bumper 72-page July edition of Horticulture Week magazine, packed with exclusive analysis, insight and expert advice on the biggest issues impacting all sectors of the UK horticulture industry right now.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles