Green Living and air-conditioned SUV for one

By Anne 3 years ago

To celebrate the end of my two week stint of full time work, a biggie for me, we are going to blow our climate action dividend cheques on dinner in an expensive restaurant.

On Wednesday I listened to a program on CBC. The minister responsible for the carbon tax on gasoline, the resulting lower taxes meant to offset the carbon tax and a $100 dollar cheque for each tax paying British Columbian, was defending his governments attempt to force us to adopt greener habits. According to the minister this means something like blowing the entire climate action dividend cheque on low energy lightbulbs, weatherize our doors and windows, getting our car tuned up. You get the picture.

Because I ‘m a goody goody, saw the writing on the wall and believed it, something about having kids, I’ve been living green for almost two decades. I think people will adopt greener habits because they want too not because Gordon Campbell and his ilk tell us too.

Every minister in the Liberal cabinet should tell us what they are doing to live a greener lifestyle. Now that’s a CBC program I want to hear.

Not to sound self righteous or anything

yesterday I parked beside an SUV. It was very noisy and I noticed a child sitting in the front seat. As I walked towards Anchors seafood shop to buy prawns for dinner I realized the noise was the engine of the SUV still running. The reason it was running was so the air-conditioned could keep the child, sitting in the front seat, cool. Humph. The only other customer in the shop was obviously the SUV driver. I almost opened my big mouth to ask her loudly what she meant by wasting resources keeping her engine running for an air conditioner for Christ sake, and all so her kid doesn’t feel the heat. I wonder if she has seen the price of gas lately, especially since the carbon tax came into effect. Maybe she’s out of touch or maybe she just doesn’t freaking care.

In retrospect it is laughable. This is Northern BC . It is unbearably hot for maybe a week out of the whole long year. I guess if we humans have invented air-conditioning we better use it because there is nothing cooler, in both senses, than driving an air-conditioned SUV even if you only have one kid and live in a city.

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