What’s wrong about being Green?

@Whaleoil tweeted today, “Robyn Malcolm-Green Hypocrite” with an attachment that took Robyn Malcolm to task for her business class flights to Europe to see her new man friend, actor Peter Mullan who co-starred with her in “Top of the Lake”. Apparently it was hypocritical because Malcolm’s air-miles wasted resources that added to the CO2 emissions and Green advocates should not do that.

I tweeted a reply, ” Haven’t we all done things that are hypocritical? surely an exception can be made to Robyn for loving a man?

In reply Whaleoil tweeted, “no exceptions for Green Taliban, biggest sanctimonious hypocrites ever”.

This got me thinking. So what’s so wrong about trying to be Green? For me the answer is ‘extremism’. When people advocate that we should all be totally self- sufficient, not drive cars or fly in aeroplanes etc. then I don’t listen. But ask any business person if they think they should waste resources and run up big expenses doing so, they will say, “certainly not”.

To me, being Green is a simple case of not wasting resources. It’s about being as efficient as you can be in all you do. Over eating , not turning off appliances, failing to recycle, driving your car carefully, re- using paper that’s only been printed on one side, and taking public transport when it’s feasible to do so are all examples of Green behaviour. Only extremist Greens advocate a cave-person like life and yes a few are Luddites, but I hardly think Malcolm falls into that category.

My father’s farming practise included aspects of the German philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s ideas. My Dad farmed for profit not production. His farming was Green and successful.

When I became mayor of the Thames- Coromandel District one of my first moves was to stop the dumping of rubbish in the mangroves at the top of harbours. Next was to put in sewerage schemes to protect both waterways and valuable underground water resources.

I visited Toyota in Toyoda City Japan a few years back and lunched with its CEO. Their commitment to TQM and all things Green extended way beyond their factories and suppliers right into the entire city. This was not driven by anything other than the desire to cut waste and meet their customers expectations of them. No carbon taxes or carbon trading scheme drove Toyota’s Green behaviour.

EMA promoted all manner of waste cutting efficient management practices and As its CEO (formerly), I was was aware that most larger companies took it seriously.

When it comes to voting Green, that can be a challenge, not so much because of their Green views, but because they promote failed socialism of state ownership and control of as much as they can think of. They are way left of Labour.

Perhaps that begs the question of, “what’s wrong with socialism? The answer is the same. Extremism. Most of us want a publicly funded health and education system and welfare for all who need it. Politically speaking all Party’s are both Green and socialist. It’s just a matter of the degree. They all also support the concept of free enterprise too, to a degree, although I must admit, “support” is maybe the wrong word; perhaps a better one would be “allow” or “tolerate”.

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