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Inner city, latte sipping, greenie types apparently care more about climate change than outter city, beer guzzling, red neck types (or whatever the opposite is).

They vote green. They attend protests. They do a lot of "caring" and "worrying" about the environment and call for "action".

But the issue with this is that most things are produced outter city, beer guzzling, red neck types are consumed by the inner city, latte sipping, greenie types.

The energy produced by fossil fuel is overwhelmingly consumed by the massive populations in cities with their giant skyscrapers.

The milk produced by methane producing farmers is overwhelmingly consumed by the massive populations in cities with their endless cafes.

Meanwhile it is outter city, beer guzzling, red neck types who tend to live more sustainably.

Obesity problems in regional country towns aside, they consume less because they are not surrounded by endless shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and all of the other fun stuff that goes with the big smoke.

There is a far larger uptake of solar panels

(yes because they have the space and more people own,

but still).

They are more careful with water

(because they are running out).

Whilst inner city, latte sipping, greenie types

are restricted to a degree as to where they can source their food and energy from, they still have control over what,

or more to the point, how much they consume.

We have to start asking the question?

Where is it all coming from?

Whether it's a milk or almond, there is a finite supply of everything. Even cat videos consume terawatts of energy.

Just stop. We don't need endless lattes. But we also don't need endless avocados. Or steaks. Or clothing. Or cat videos. Or mattresses). Or anything that is finite.

This is why a balanced and moderate diet is, for me, preferable to whatever the latest fad is be it veganism, vegetarianism, paleoism or any other 'ism.

And a more balanced outlook might also encourage a greater appreciation of producers and reduce the division between inner city, latte sipping, greenie types

and outter city, beer guzzling, red neck types.

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