I am personally not convinced by the use of the term ‘green’ like this. What does it mean?
If you drive a car at all, can you call yourself ‘green’?
If you use public transport, can you really call yourself ‘green’? Some Extinction Rebellion protesters do not seem to think so: Tube protest was a mistake, admit leading Extinction Rebellion members | Extinction Rebellion | The Guardian
If you buy from Amazon or order home takeway deliveries, are you green? Or is it greener to go to your nearest purpose built, heated (and in summer, air conditioned) shopping centre in your own car or by public transport? We can’t all own allotments and it is not always practical (or, for some, possible) to cycle everywhere.
Is it greener to live in a new build constructed on the green belt (but which is energy efficient) than to live in a poorly insulated old house in a town centre with a wood burner?
It goes on and on.
The point is: I don’t think life is ‘black and white’ enough for one to be able to say that they are definitively ‘green’. It is complicated.
On a personal level I do things in moderation. I recycle whenever I can and use my own two feet (keeps my waistline down after hours of sitting at the computer!). I don’t buy loads of new clothes every year because, well, I don’t need them particularly (football shirts excepted of course, although they look better on the wall than on me as the years go by).
On a wider level, I believe innovation is the answer. We have the capabilities in this country to find technological answers to our challenges. In my view, the key is to offer incentives to seek answers, rather than to always succumb to the quick and easy ban.
Reform UK candidate for Eastleigh North (Hampshire County Council) and Eastleigh Central (Eastleigh Borough Council)