Bob Weighton: December 2015
As I sit down to write this article, world leaders are gathering in Paris in greater numbers than usual to arrive, if possible, at a binding agreement on the limits to carbon emissions in each country.
A reduction in the burning of "dirty" fuels like coal, oil and gas might have sounded odd as an objective to a 19th century industrialist, as nature was something to be made use of, not protected. Smoke just disappeared up into the atmosphere to be dispersed by the wind and rubbish and ash dumped in a hole or in the sea!
Not any more! There are too many people now doing this on too big a scale for nature to cope with what is now more than a nuisance, but a problem.
In addition, poorer nations who came late on the industrial scene want to know why they should be bound by the same rules as the richer ones when they have nowhere near the same living standards.
There are three main groups of people concerned in the process of clean energy and waster reduction.
a). Politicians, who have the power to make laws and set targets.
b). Engineers, who have the task of translating paperwork into practicalities.
c). You and me, who do the consuming and generate the waste.
Whatever the first two come up with, we can all as individual householders make the most difference. If you want to save energy, call Energy Alton on 01420 544422 for a free survey and advice.
If you want to reduce the cost of waste disposal, do you compost organic material or flatten tin cans and plastic bottles before putting them in the bin? By doing this, you reduce the volume of waste by at least half and, overall, the number of journeys made by a diesel-driven lorry.
If you haven't got an electric can opener to remove both top and bottom of the can to make flattening easier, enlist the services of a male teenager with big boots to jump on the can on a slab of concrete.
On no account do this with a glass bottle.
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