Magazine article New Internationalist

Oil Pipelines; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

Magazine article New Internationalist

Oil Pipelines; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

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THERE they were, blowing all over the park. A public park, where city dwellers come for play and enjoyment. A milk-crate-load of magazines, just dumped! I know it was a crate-load because that's what I carted them away in. I had to. Because although they weren't MY magazines, it was part of MY world that they were littering.

All very noble. But I had to laugh. For while I was taking environmental responsibility for that pile of magazines, I was thinking how irresponsible I am about oil consumption. You see, I drive a car that uses a tank of petrol every fortnight. Even though its emissions are contributing to climate change. Even though the oil that flows in abundant amounts down the world's pipelines towards my petrol tank causes conflict, death and destruction along the way. So why do I do it? …

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