Skip to comments.Over-50s 'worst carbon culprits'
Posted on 02/16/2007 8:21:11 AM PST by qam1
People aged between 50 and 64 have the UK's largest "carbon footprints", according to research.
But they are also the most concerned about climate change, and want the government to do more to tackle global warming, the study says. The report - Greening the Grays - is published by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York.
The research included analysis of UK residents by age and expenditure, along with surveys and focus groups. Researchers found that people in the 50-64 age group have a carbon footprint of 13.52 tonnes per capita per year, compared with the UK average of 11.81 tonnes.
Carbon intensive activities, such as high car dependence, holidays abroad and eating out, are factors which contribute to the size of their footprint.
"In order to close the gap between concern for climate change and the impact of current lifestyles, the government needs to take action to make a low carbon lifestyle an easier option not just for the over-50s, but for everyone."
But the report adds that the over-50s worry about the climate their grandchildren will inherit, and feel frustrated by what they see as the failure of the government and businesses to tackle the problem adequately.
Dr Gary Haq, researcher on lifestyle and climate change and lead author of the report, said the government should take measures to help everyone in the UK lead a less carbon intensive life, not just the older population.
"The government is essentially pushing at an open door with regard to achieving a change in behaviour in the over-50s and a move to a low..........
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Paging John Edwards...
Well, yeah, it's that methane gas thing... ;)
Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.
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That'll teach 'em.
This is not sarcasm.
It will eventually come to this.
Environmentalism is a religion, and "sustainability" is its "salvation."
Now what? An excuse to eliminate them because of crimes against the environment?
U.K to promote Euthanasia to save the planet from Global Warming./sarc
BBC "It's all the Baby Boomers fault" alert?
My guess is that these over 50's have been successful and are enjoying some of the fruits of their success such as air conditioning, new cars, washing machines, etc. It is just massive jealousy, I think.
"Carbon intensive activities, such as high car dependence, holidays abroad and eating out, are factors which contribute to the size of their footprint."
Yes, people need to stay home in the basement, turn out the lights and don't eat anything.
Maybe there ought to be Nuremburg type trials - oh wait they already thought of that
"But the report adds that the over-50s worry about the climate their grandchildren will inherit, and feel frustrated by what they see as the failure of the government and businesses to tackle the problem adequately.
These over 50's are the same ones that are leaving their grandchildren in a total liberal socialist nannie state. And they are frustrated by the failure of their government?
Look in the frigging mirror for the problem.
Yeah, how dare those people enjoy themselves by eating out and going on vacations. The government should outlaw restaurants and holidays. Then they can institute government approved rations to ensure that everyone's carbon footprint is equal.
What did Karl Marx call his brand of socialism? He used the term "scientific socialism", to give it and air of authority and precision. In the end, all these "socialism" turn to the bayonet to enforce their will when the people no longer go along voluntarily. History is your friend.
For starters, how much jet fuel will be burned to bring in the performers?
How much trash will be generated by the audience?
I will also be paying attention to which companies are sponsoring this event.
A 'Low Carbon Lifestyle'...that just sounds so gay.
The inbreeding on that island has got to stop!
How old is AL GORE?