Saturday, October 24, 2009

Yet another reason to be glad you're not English...

Well, technically we are, sort of, but that's not the point. This is:
The NHS has pledged to become one of England's leading sustainable and low carbon organisations and to meet the Government's target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

Oh, yay. Apparently the thinking went something like this: Since the NHS is the biggest single public sector carbon emitter in the UK, and since "climate change is arguably the biggest threat to health in the medium and long term", and theres some wierd thing called the Climate Change Act in the UK, they figured they had to somehow not just stabilize their emissions, but go backwards.

To those who aren't etomologically inclined, one of the definitions of backwards is:

"...retarded in physical, material, or intellectual development ." 'Nuff said, really.

According to Dr David Pencheon, Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit:

"Everyone who works for the NHS should be thinking about reducing their carbon footprint as part of their day job."

Wow, and here was me thinking that working in healthcare was about, oh, I don't know, saving lives or something. (Or at least in my case, trying not to kill people accidentally). The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe, that's alot of scut-monkeys. Maybe they can start to power hospitals by chucking some of those numerous staff onto treadmills?

Methinks I will talk more on this issue, later...

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