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One reason that I started this CO2 offset because I do NOT accept the 'every one must change their lifestyles' argument. It is defeatist. There are only a certain number of actions open to individuals. Tree planting is one of them and it does help. (I don't need to cite all the scientific evidence - it is well established.) For economic reasons people have to use gas and electricity, drive cars and fly etc. Until green alternatives are available changes in lifestyle are NOT a realistic option.
There is also the political dimension to all this. At the moment Britain is burning more coal and emitting increased amounts of CO2. The 'lifestyles must change' environmentalists should address this issue instead producing woolly talk about the natural world being complex.Simon Holledge, 15 years ago.