Then I read somewhere recently that 5% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to mowing.
(Probably includes mowing of wheat etc., but for the sake of argument, let's pretend it's just home lawns.)
That made me think, how crazy is that?
Imagine this in the future:
My Grandie: 'So Nanna, you used to have a machine in the garage that was just for mowing the grass?'
Me: 'Yes Dear, everyone had one, pretty much. Or hired someone with one to do it.'
Grandie: 'But why?'
Me: 'We thought that's what you should do, you know, to keep your garden tidy, because people might look over the fence and say "That person doesn't care about their house much!"'
Grandie: 'So, you kept your garden tidy, but didn't take care of the world environment!? Why didn't you grow vegetables there, or at least plant wild flowers for the bees? Didn't you realise you are the world?'
Me: '(lamely) 'people just didn't think you should let your lawn get long'.
Grandie: 'And on top of that, you burnt fossil fuels to keep it short? What an illogical thing to do, and not very environmentally clever either!'
|Pic nicked from the Guardian.|