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A case of green fatigue

Obsessing about lightbulbs and air miles is not going to make a big enough difference

By Anna Shepard   November 2009

I used to write a column for the Saturday Times called “Eco Worrier,” advising readers on how to green their lives. Yet now I find myself questioning its worth. While I still class myself as an eco-optimist, I can’t help wondering how much difference I have made composting my kitchen scraps, diligently sorting my household waste and installing gloomy low-energy lights. When set against the huge task faced at Copenhagen, there are moments when I suspect my daily actions are irrelevant.

Like others, I’m suffering from green fatigue. New research by the IPPR concludes that while most people believe in…

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