As Geoffrey West recently said in a very interesting seminar at University of Reading, "the fate of the planet is now entwined in the fate of our cities".
Here I would like to analyse to what extend I may have been unfair in my hasty declaration of an 'independent' UK as a newly unhinged polluter, earning a swift return of the nickname 'the dirty man of Europe'.
Something which is not always realised is that the Zero Waste movement is about much more than recycling. Recycling is actually near the bottom of the hierarchy.
Freegan: a portmanteau word combining 'free' and 'vegan'; freegans do not buy animal products. This is an anti-consumerist, anti-food waste movement, so they will eat animal products if they would otherwise be discarded.
Go to any of the world's top news website homepages and look at the sections list at the top. Where does the section on the environment occur? The Guardian? Number 11 out of 13. The Telegraph? Nowhere at all ...
What is not being communicated enough is the fact the call for action on climate change is no longer about saving polar bears (not that it ever specifically was). It is about saving the human race.
There is now so much waste buried in the ground and the atmosphere has changed radically enough that some geologists believe it is time we declare a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.