Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Environment and the modern citizen

Southwark Borough Council have delivered our recycling bags and boxes as the drive to increase recycling rates in the UK gets underway. In my article Recycling religion, I note how the passion for recycling makes no economic sense, but is instead driven by a desire for social inclusion. You can tell how far it works by the fact that its always the middle classes who are most enthusiastic.

The same thought surely lies behind a competition from the Environment Agency to encourage us to all build bird boxes and generally improve our local environment. Why pay people to do this kind of thing when you can fill volunteers with planet-saving moral virtue?

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Green guardian seeks UK activists


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