Governments have persistently sought ways to reduce carbon footprints of people. They seem to always tend to globally work out ways to do this never really taking into account peoples personal responsibility in this regard. True businesses are a large factor in the production of greenhouse gases always using methods that are the cheapest irregardless of the pollution that is created. In this case it is the responsibility of the government to curtail this.
Unfortunately often governments are complicit in this regard, often to please the people because of the jobs created or by providing subsidies to polluting companies and dare I say It, contribute to their campaign funds. But what about the individual. The person who is responsible in ways to reduce carbon footprints, you.
Looking over this Christmas and new year It seems that little regard is taken considering the mountains of rubbishy gifts that are quickly discarded into trash. Governments are very quick to say spend, spend, spend, in order to get a country out of any financial difficulty it may be in.
It is time for governments to really crack down on waste and wilful projects that are only there to appease our appetite for more and more and bigger and bigger.
So what can a government do to create ways to reduce carbon footprints?
It would be interesting to know what ideas readers have that that could help in this regard. I for one have several ideas that could be done that to reduce carbon footprints. Unfortunately the majority of people are selfish in this regard and the only way to do this in most cases is the penalize the level of pollution people create. In this regard the main offenders are the middle class and the rich.
The richer you are the more pollution you cause. What’s worse you do not even think of this. You say It’s my money I can do what I like with it. If I want a 10,000 square foot house I will build one. Hold on a minute, to build my adequate 2,000 square foot house creates a damn sight less pollution than yours to build and on top of that creates a damn sight less pollution to run it.
We all own this world environment we live in equally, you do not have the right to encroach on my portion of this environment to satisfy your greed for it. If you want to do this then you pay to help clean it up or keep it down.
This leads into the first idea a government should look at in order find ways to reduce carbon footprin emissions. Look at a house size pollution penalty as ways the government can reduce your carbon footprint.
Another great polluter is the motor car. I have a little Toyota Corolla that does 7 litres per 100 km. (1.8 gallons per 62 miles for our friend elsewhere) I love it and serves my purpose also makes my contribution to the environment) I don’t mind these hulking SUV’s but I do mind that they contribute over 5 times as much damage to the environment than I do. (gas consumption up to 3 times higher, One of their tires will make two of mine) Also (in Australia) they pay the same as me for road tax yet contribute more to the wear and tear of the highways than I do.
I remember when I lived in England (must have bee eons ago) the road tax was based on the size of the engine. The bigger the engine the more you paid. Well this evened out the inequality of smaller cars subsidizing the bigger cars but didn’t do much for the environment.
So what could the government do here. Clap on an environmental tax depending on the amount of pollution they are deemed to cause. At the same time clap one on houses dependent on how many square meters they are. They should make those with up to a certain size have no tax and a graduated tax after that.
Unfortunately most governments are chicken, too frightened of losing an election to bother even if its the right thing to do in order to reduce carbon footprints.