A long distance relationship between Rome and Brussels – no problem – one can fly home almost every weekend. Having meat everyday, no problem whatsoever apart from obesity perhaps, buying clothes that might never be worn – normal – if they hardly cost anything. But, everything has a cost. We can’t afford any longer to act as if our actions did not have a price; they always have.
I come more and more to believe that only the (forced) awareness of those costs – environmental, social and long term often political – might lead to some change. So, what about:
- Limiting the flights / person / year; through a limited number of air-miles for instance. Unused air miles could be sold…
- Consumption based taxes as opposed to work based – low taxes on environmentally friendly products – making it hell expensive to own a SUV for example
- Taxes by driven kilometre as to be introduced in the Netherlands. Makes perfectly sense and is not going to happen any time soon in Germany.
- Reduction of meat consumption esp. beef through increased taxes
One thing is for sure: It’s not going to be easy nor popular.