Like many other people, I'm deeply concerned by the state of our planet, and there are only two ways I think we can resolve the problem of global warming:
1. All pull together and be more aware of our planet's needs; we've only got one Spaceship Earth*, so we better look after it.
2. Let our kids from the next generation sort it with their advanced future technology. If I'm alive in space year 2100, I think I'll be more concerned by the fact that I'll probably be pissing myself rather than if the world's heating up; old people always feel cold anyway, right? I'll probably appreciate the warmth.
Anyway, in all seriousness, I have been thinking of ways in which I can help the environment. Hell, I even did a carbon footprint test the other day - and guess what? I'm pretty damn clean! The average UK household puts out around nine tonnes of carbon dioxide per year; I put out three.
OK, it's only a guestimate, but that still gives me a pretty good margin compared to everyone else. Just because I can I might turn on all the lights in my house and leave the car running for a couple of hours (only kidding Greenpeace activists - don't hurt me!).
Which leads me round to junk mail, one of the biggest wastes of resources I can think of. We get a lot of crap through the post at work, most of which goes in the bin. The recycling, um, bin, I mean. But today we got possibly the best package ever.
It was from EDF Electrickery, and they sent us this:
Which is, quite frankly, genius. The idea is that you plant the acorn, and once it's fully grown it'll mop up around 13% of your company's C02 output. And as we're a small company, I reckon it'd suck up a higher percentage. On the downside, oaks take ages to grow to full size, and it was a bit of a scaby acorn; I think even Mr. Ed, our resident squirrel, might stick his nose up at it.
But hey, I'm all for the green, so I'm definitely gonna whack it in some soil and see what happens.
Unless someone's chucked it in the bin, that is.
*True story - I saw a documentary at infant school yeeeeeeeeeeears ago in which the narrator asked if anyone had ever wanted to go on a spaceship. Loads of my classmates nodded 'no' in silence. Then he went on to say we didn't have much choice in the matter anyway, because Earth is a spaceship and we're stuck on it. Some kids went visibly green at the thought.