GEORGE SWIMS

Anti-flying womble George Monbiot bragged last month that he hadn’t flown for a year, and demanded similar austerity of his green colleagues:

If even the leaders of the green movement are not prepared to live without flying for pleasure then how can we expect that of other people?

Monbiot turned up in Vancouver a week or so back to promote his new book. I wonder how he got there.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/26/2006 at 01:07 AM
    1. By trading carbon credits, of course.  D’oh!!!!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 26 at 01:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. BTW, the Pacific Northwest, especially along the coast and in the Cascades (not to mention the Olympics), has been hit by major snow and rain storms, high winds, and other such weather patterns over the past few days.  Some places had near or new record precipitation (snow or rain, take your pick).

      Does this mean Monbiot wield Algore-like powers over the weather?  Or did Algore pass through the region again?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 26 at 01:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. He lashed together the bodies of drowned polar blairs of course.

      Polar Arctic Canoe Organisation sell them I believe.

      The_Real_JeffS
      Why do i get a flashback to the old “hitchikers guide to the galaxy” where there was a paradise vacation planet but whenever you left you had bits surgicly removed to offset any weight gain.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 11 26 at 01:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. He was born on the backs of graceful dolphins spared from the tuna fishers’ nets,of course.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 11 26 at 01:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. Perhaps he discovered the Northwest Passage?

      Posted by cuckoo on 2006 11 26 at 02:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ruby slippers?

      Posted by kiwinews on 2006 11 26 at 02:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. He obviously wasn’t travelling for pleasure. Perhaps he was travelling to cause others pain.

      Posted by bobpence on 2006 11 26 at 02:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Scientists have invented a new plane which is powered by self-righteousness.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 11 26 at 02:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Flying uses up earth’s precious resources of altitude, causing incremental man-made sky-lowering.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 11 26 at 04:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, he is a bat.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 26 at 05:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. I thought that when all the air traffic was grounded after September 11, they found that planes were actually having a positive effect on the environment – possibly something to do with keeping the temperature down because the gases reflected something or other.

      Does anybody know what I’m talking about? I got the feeling from reading the article that air travel was basically a good thing.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 26 at 05:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. Never mind the plane, he published a book! Pray tell how that was done without Gaia’s bounty?

      Maybe it was written on vellum by monks?

      Posted by Nic on 2006 11 26 at 07:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. He flew in one of Branson’s new “Zero Emissions” aircraft.

      Posted by Observer on 2006 11 26 at 08:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. On a ship. Does anyone know what an ocean-liner does for your carbon imprint?

      Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2006 11 26 at 09:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Scotty beamed him there.

      Posted by Urbs in Horto on 2006 11 26 at 09:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. “tuna fishers’ nets”

      Too right, richard mcenroe – not horrible, sexist fishermen, but enlightened, non-sexist fishers! You have learned your lesson well. The Canadian gov’t has spent millions trying to encourage this sort of mental evolution.

      Now, off – into the bright dawn of inclusive, socialist utopia!

      Posted by rick mcginnis on 2006 11 26 at 10:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Monbiot turned up in Vancouver a week or so back to promote his new book. I wonder how he got there.

      On the wings of angels, of course.  Isn’t that how all Gaia’s Saviors travel?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 26 at 10:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Carbon Rations are for the little people, not the preisthood.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 11 26 at 11:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Y’all are off the mark. Read his words will you?

      If even the leaders of the green movement are not prepared to live without flying for pleasure then how can we expect that of other people?

      What thi$ mean$ i$ that it’$ bad to fly for plea$ure, but not for money. And why wa$ he flying?

      Posted by ElectronPower on 2006 11 26 at 02:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. He wasn’t lying—the year in question was 1952.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 11 26 at 10:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. As you may guess, for many years my nickname has been ‘Womble’. Please don’t use it as a term of abuse. Just use ‘idiot’ ‘fool’ or something else instead.

      Posted by Orinoco on 2006 11 27 at 06:22 PM • permalink

 

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