Monday, 1 October 2012

Green Capital(ist)

I'm confused about Glasgow City Council's commitment to sustainability.  Within the next month it will submit its bid to be European Green Capital for 2015. Yet this week it has undertaken to advertise a long haul airline for the next ten years by adopting its name for the new sports arena, selling out its green agenda. From now, any communication relating to events at the venue will refer to the E******s Arena and will, by association, promote long haul flying.

Flying is one of the worst things we do to mess up the climate and I can not square any claims to being sustainable or green with promoting long haul flying. One of the themes which will be assessed for European Green Capital is the "Local Contribution to Global Climate Change".  I had assumed the goal was to minimise the contribution, not increase it.

Other themes which the city will be assessed on, include Local Transport and Quality of Local Ambient Air but the council promotes car parks (which it owns) more than public transport, walking or cycling on its Twitter feed and the city regularly fails to satisfy air quality limits.

The council are making decent progress in some ways but any benefits will be wiped out and then some by encouraging more flying and driving.

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