Things that hack me off about Sustainability #367
First real day back at work after a summer of short breaks, DIY, part-work/part-staycation. Speaking of which, I can’t stand the way the word ‘staycation’ has been distorted from ‘taking a holiday in your own house’ to holidaying in the UK. A holiday in the UK is… a holiday.
That’s warmed me nicely up into rant mode, so here’s some stuff in the world of Sustainability that’s hacked me off of late:
- Someone working to deal with the recent severe droughts in Cape Town being criticised for using plastic water tanks (slams head repeatedly against desk). Repeat after me: plastic is not intrinsically evil.
- Being passed a Sustainability-related ‘strategy’ with no targets in it. It did however contain an action to set some targets. So a strategy to write a strategy then.
- The redefinition of the word ’emergency’ in the context of climate emergency to mean ‘roughly what we were doing before but a little more smugly’.
- Being told that I’m not allowed to say anything about Greta Thunberg, Meghan Markle or Extinction Rebellion which isn’t a eulogy (For the record, I think Greta’s great, but that we should pay more attention to her plea to ‘listen to the science’ than putting a huge of weight of expectation on those young shoulders).
- People thinking that because I work in Sustainability, I should work for free. The warm inner glow of satisfaction won’t feed the kids.
- Trump and Bolsonaro. [censored]
There was another one, but I’ve forgotten it which makes me really mad…