World scientists and others are meeting in Paris, hopefully to limit the rise in the Earth’s temperature to less than two degrees.
We wish them well. Or do we? Belfast City Council, for example, often operates its high-energy screen, even when no-one is watching.
Armagh City Hotel, to take another instance, serves continental apples rather than those grown locally.
Even in clement weather, some taxi drivers wait for customers with their engines running; lots of commuters drive to work rather than cycle; and many use electric hand dryers.
Meanwhile, the Department for Social Development (sic) ignores advice on solar panels when building a health centre, South facing, on the Ballysillan Road.
Lidl do a huge amount of global warming for no purpose, by building and then wasting a massive black car park.
And the Department of the Environment (sic) manages to build a two lane exit for cars on Victoria Street but cannot find room there to build even a single cycle lane.
All are examples of how we consume, pollute, and add to already rising CO2 levels, often unnecessarily, and of how we thus exacerbate the problems faced by the negotiators in Paris.
Peter Emerson, Belfast BT14