Britain's Troubles Going Green

Things aren't as green as they appear in Great Britain

| September 5, 2007

The United Kingdom is facing a crisis of environmental will. Many Britons claim they are committed to reducing their ecological footprint, but recent evidence suggests that most would prefer to appear environmentally responsible, rather than actually changing their lifestyles. Scratch the surface Britain's green façade, and things look the same as ever.

The country is in the grip of a new trend in 'green guilt,' reports the UK's Daily Telegraph. A recent survey shows that more than half of Britons regard 'unethical living' as morally akin to drunken driving. On the same survey, nine in ten respondents lied to exaggerate their commitment to the environment. 'What our study shows,' said Paul Stokes of Norwich Union, the group that managed the surveys, 'is that people are consistently pretending to have changed their behavior rather than actually doing it.' More than half of those surveyed felt guilty about not having a recycling bin, but more than half also reported that they were 'unlikely' to change their lifestyles to help the environment.

The British government, it seems, has the much same problem. This spring, Britain pledged to use renewable sources for 20 percent of its energy by 2020. A government report obtained by the Guardian, however, reveals that officials are already figuring out ways to avoid living up to the pledge. The report suggests that government ministers should examine creative 'statistical interpretations of the target,' rather than figuring out ways to meet the goal. Actually cleaning up Britain's energy sources, the government has suggested, would be too difficult.

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