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...are sensible suggestions and I agree that there are countless many more. A short reply to some of them:

  • Car pooling: For the Netherlands, having one of the most densely mobile populations in the world, numerous initiatives were launched and they all failed. People simply adhered to their own individual car. I'm not saying that car-pooling is a flawed concept, but that push-pull factors need to be really good. And a higher gas price might not cut it - the Dutch gas is one of the highest (if not the highest) taxed.

  • I'm undecided about personal wind generators; I'm still supportive of the idea. It makes sense to create some scale enlargement to some extent - anything to create a certain Energy Aawareness that what comes out of the socket is part your own responsibility and investment.

I'm afraid, though, that many of your suggestions (packaging, the bottled water industry) are dependent on the whims of government and regulation. And that seems a long, long process...

BTW, if you have some links on the EU scheme for recycling, I'd welcome that. It sounds intersting.

by Nomad on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 05:53:35 PM EST
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