I'm going green. I've been going green for a while. My epiphany as I've written before, is reading about Peak Oil earlier in the year. I've slightly changed my stance on Peak Oil. It's not quite that we're running out of oil, more that the cost of recovering the remaining oil reserves will rise astronomically. You think $100/barrel is high, from the $30 we used to think about....well I reckon it's going to at least triple to $300/barrel in a short period of time, and any remaining oil reserves will cost even more to produce. And that's because demand is rising to overtake any new discoveries.
And we need the remaining oil to manufacture plastics, burn in jet engines, and bomb people (joke!), but it's the military who will need and commandeer the most oil. We don't need it for cars, which is where we burn the largest proportion of oil.
My own contribution is to get rid of my car, so we're down to 1 car in the family, and I mostly cycle, train, tram. I've also cut my water usage especially in the shower, and I'm looking at alternatives for our light bulbs/globes, and in the meantime, switching off lights all the time, and not leaving the air conditioning on when no-one is in the house.
I'm far from perfect in my green ways, and I need legislating against! Another area is I've started working alongside friends and colleagues at Green Innovation to develop and distribute products and services to make this world a greener and more sustainable place.
And you know what? When you start to get into this green stuff, you meet some amazing and really nice people, who care. And I've not met any beardy tree huggers yet!