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13 Feb

It’s not easy being green..

As I am writing this I’m sitting in a train bound for Flensburg in northern Germany, staring at the pitch black landscape outside and wondering why the hell I decided not to fly.

It’s about ten at night, and I left Brussels about 12 hours ago. If everything had gone according to plan, I should have been in Copenhagen around midnight. But as we all know, things often don’t go according to plan…

A missed train and a simple delay caused a cascade of missed trains resulting in a new route and an expected delay of about 9-10 hours, meaning that instead of the original 16 hours (which is long enough), I am looking at about 25 hours.

A flight from Brussels to Copenhagen is 1 hour and 20 minutes, and even with transport to and from airports, it’s still doable in about 4 hours. And the price? Roughly the same, about €110, with the train possibly being more expensive. If my recent experience is in any way representative, it’s no wonder most people are flying.

I can’t claim to be the greenest person ever, but once I do make green decisions, I’d rather have them be easy than challenging. Nothing is as discouraging as encountering problems when you know that they could’ve been avoided perfectly easy.

Stories like the above surface all the time, ranging from transport to food to other consumer goods, and there seem to be two recurring themes:

Price and comfort - the two main obstacles to green behaviour.

People run into loads of trouble, when they try to be green. From an economic perspective, this is easy to explain, and the argument has been used many a time. But does it really have to be like this?

Shouldn’t people be able to – if they want to – easily and effortlessly make a green choice? And perhaps even save some money? Starting today I will be blogging about these issues more or less frequently.

I’ll try to analyse everything from the European Union’s Carbon dioxide Emissions Trading Scheme and international climate policy to food security and environmental degradation. Whatever environmentally related subject surfacing in mainstream media or being discussed in academic circles, I’ll try to shed some light on the sometimes arbitrary conclusions and nonsense arguments that are floating around.

My interest in the environment stems from an interest in the world we inhabit, and although I cannot claim to be as green as I should be (really, who can?), I do try to act sustainably.

This interest of mine has led me to study geography, a field in which I currently hold a bachelor’s degree, as well as environmental policy and management, my master’s degree. I have worked as a communications assistant in the United Nations Environment Programme for six months, and the experience from these past and present activities will form my academic standpoint as I try to unravel some of these environmental mysteries.

If you’d like to know more about the planet we live on and the policies we put in place to protect it (or destroy it!), I will encourage you to follow the posts.

I hope (and think) that you’ll find some interesting bits here and there. I’ll finish off with my favourite green quote:

“Stop destroying our planet – it’s where I keep all my stuff”.

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Simon Bager

Simon Baker is 24 years old and deeply interested in the environment. He is a trained geographer from the University, has studied environmental policy at the University of British Columbia, and undergone training in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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