Sunday, September 05, 2004

A better environment means a better you

This article confirms the suspicion that doing environmentally-friendly things doesn't necessarily do much for the environment or for health, but it does provide a feeling of well-being.

Three examples: recycling is rarely economically viable, but it not wasting stuff seems like a good idea. Bless me father, for I have binned. Buy an eco-vehicle like a Toyota Prius. And now, British supermarket chain Sainsbury's have confirmed that people buy organic food because the act of purchase, not the consumption of the food, makes them feel good. It's the same kind of lazy-mindedness that suggests that putting a few pence in a charity box is doing some good for society.

Environmentalism thus provides an uncontentious secular morality. Who could possibly argue in favour of wrecking the planet?

BBC NEWS | UK | Buying organic 'gives you boost'


At 6:50 PM, Anonymous said...

"recycling is rarely economically viable"

Then again, that criterion isn't generally applied to waste disposal. The sewerage system, for instance, isn't expected to be profitable.

At 10:02 PM, Robert said...

Tch, tch - my sloppy language. No, I didn't mean profitable, just that we should dispose of waste efficiently. Landfill and incineration are more efficient than recycling and reuse. If recycling could be made more cost-effective than landfill and incineration, I'd be all for it.


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