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Not all carbon footprints are bad

Dear all – I have a new post up at the THINK site. Excerpt:

I’m in Ferrara, Italy at the moment, attending [and guesting at] the Internazionale Festival – a three-day gathering of thinkers, writers, journalists and, um, even the odd blogger. It’s a fantastic, vibrant festival with ongoing panels, lectures, live interviews and lots of other stuff from morning until night – and more intellectuals than you can shake a stick at.

One of the guests is writer Fred Pearce, writer and journalist. Wikepedia: “[Pearce] specialises in global environmental issues, including water and climate change and frequently takes heretic and counter-intuitive views – ‘a sceptic in the best sense’, he says.” Pearce has written several books on environmental matters, and writes a regular column for The Guardian, called Greenwashing.

I attended the live interview with him yesterday, and it was great. A good portion of the interview was given over to Pearce’s book Confessions of an Eco Sinner, written about an effort he undertook, as he says, “to find out where my stuff came from”. Among other things he travelled to the factory [sweat shop] where his T-shirt was made, and discovered a whole lot of things along the way, including the fact that it takes 25 whole bathtubs of water to grow the cotton required for one [!] T-shirt.

Read the rest of the post here.

[Update for this site coming soon!]



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  • James October 4, 2009, 6:38 pm

    “Not all carbon footprints are bad” – if you have small feet 🙂

  • Alexander E. October 4, 2009, 8:50 pm

    His tendency to shout BOYCOTT! at the first sign of inequality or injustice was a product of his Western upbringing and was not tied to reality. The problems were much more complex.

    And how old is the man? So it took him a while to recognize such reality?

    BTW how many tubs of water and other stuff are used to produce one “green” wind turbine? 😉