Originally Posted by Sarah G
I'm sorry but I completely disagree with you. I am all for compaigning to save the environment and actually work very hard to ensure that my company and home life is as 'green' as it possibly can be.
However, I believe you lead by example. You wouldn't pay any attention to an MP talking about saving the environment if they drive everywhere in a big fuel-guzzling car - what example are they setting. Don't do as I do, do as I say - I don't think so.
I'm not disagreeing with what they are trying to achieve - I just don't think that that was the way to achieve it.
I agree that you have to lead by example but saying that environmental campaigners are hypocrites for using fossil fuels is madness....like saying that poverty campaigners are hypocrites for living in big houses or that the WWF cant run its global work using planes, cars etc.
My girlfriend works for a large charitable organisation which monitors global warming by plankton survey and obviously they need big ships to do that. That doesn't make their work any less valuable or credible.
And besides, greenhouse gases are not the only environmental campaign issue. Whilst there are things that Greenpeace and others do that I dont agree with, overall I believe they are a laudable organisation with excellent goals. As boat owners we should be the most vociferous about the protection of our marine environment unless we see it as our playground and dumping ground like so many water users.....coming out of Fowey harbour this morning, you should've seen the amount of crap in the water lobbed there by boat owners.
As for the comments on here regarding all "environmentalists making things worse"
backed up by an anecdote about some unfortunate swans....well that doesn't even deserve a reply.