Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

Let’s end the talk of a green fascism

Posted on July 25th, 2012

“This is not a political statement but my colleagues and I find that it’s much easier to do business in communist countries and in dictatorships than in democracies……I’ll do anything I can to promote my business and if I can get to the right dictator and convince him to help me with my business, I’ll […] ...Read more »

Airlines and the Emissions Trading Scheme – How can we all do better?

Posted on July 13th, 2012

The airline industry is expected to total billions in losses this year. It’s no wonder that airlines are protesting at the additional ‘tax’ imposed on them by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme – a scheme that makes them pay for carbon emissions and will cost them significant $$$. But their protests are misplaced and they […] ...Read more »

The End of Ownership

Posted on July 10th, 2012

Over the past couple of years I have slowly come to the conclusion that owning assets, large or small, is nothing more than a hassle and a waste. Homes used to be a good investment when prices were rising to the giddy heights we now know to have been a fiction. Those days are over. […] ...Read more »

I’ve had enough of ‘biodiversity’

Posted on July 5th, 2012

I’ve had enough of bland statements about ‘biodiversity’. This week I was at a meeting at the offices of an environmental NGO. “We don’t have much nature left in our country,” said a senior member of staff, “but we have a lot of biodiversity.” Reflecting on that statement later, I couldn’t help but think – […] ...Read more »

Sustainability – From Idea to Fraud to Reality?

Posted on June 24th, 2012

“Sustainability” has barely arrived and it risks falling out of fashion in the midst of turf battles among vested interests. I was recently having dinner with a friend who is Dean at a School of Architecture. His view was that, in architectural and engineering circles, ‘sustainability’ had become a meaningless term bandied about by everyone […] ...Read more »

Why I never buy carbon offsets

Posted on June 16th, 2012

I do a lot of air travel and only once, many years ago, did I buy carbon offsets for my trips. It recently occurred to me – why is that? I also thought I would ask friends whether they bought such offsets and, if not, why not. There are two reasons why I do not […] ...Read more »