Lucy Pedlar at the Green Register points out that “the best definition of a sustainable practice I have come across is very simple: it is something that we can continue to do forever. We cannot continue to extract fossil fuels forever because they are limited.
So in the future, if we want to continue to have the lifestyle that resembles anything close to that which we are currently enjoying, we have to find a sustainable way of generating energy. Pursuing such a controversial process such as fracking with all its attendant concerns seems such a pointless way ‘forward’. We are looking in the wrong direction (backwards) using outdated (20th century) ideas that are no longer applicable in this crowded 21st century world. Moreover, it looks like fracking is not capturing the public’s imagination.”
She also states “We really are missing the fracking point here. As Friends of the Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth says: “Shale gas is not the solution to the UK’s energy challenges. We need a 21st century energy revolution based on efficiency and renewables, not more fossil fuels that will add to climate change.
The solutions already exist. It is not too challenging to radically improve the energy efficiency of our existing buildings and to build new buildings to beyond current Building Regulations. The products, systems and technical knowledge are all in place; the incentives to do so are recognised in that if we do not act, it will cost more in financial, social and environmental terms; the public interest is increasing year on year. Construction professionals can rise to this challenge without reinventing the wheel but by simply looking at the design of the wheel in a different way.
So let us be sensible about this and chose the long term, sustainable solution that will keep the planet healthy and allow future generations to have a chance of enjoying the lifestyle (at least in the West) we currently have.”
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