Pompo-us

India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, says, “Western countries have gone through their development cycle and enjoyed the fruits of ruining the environment over many years and are now giving us homilies and pontificating on responsibilities to the environment.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/india-will-be-renewables-superpower-says-energy-minister)

Ah, those were delicious fruits, wrapped in plastic, cultivated and catered to us by the enslaved natives of our empire. Is that pigeons I hear?

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Cutting

“32 hectares (80 acres) of ancient woodland will be lost in the first phase of HS2 [the high-speed rail project], that will be constructed along a 140-mile route between London and Birmingham. … [but] more than 10 hectares (25 acres) could be preserved by increasing the length of the planned Chilterns tunnel. … ‘A full-length tunnel bored under the Chilterns to save these national treasures is both desirable and practical.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/27/hs2-tunnel-save-woodland-campaigners)

A spokesperson may have been truncated as saying, “the government considered the proposals for tunnels boring.”

Development

“There’s no longer any reference to sustainable development in any part or stage of the [school] curriculum.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?6741/New-school-curriculum-includes-climate-change-but-not-sustainability)

The last thing we want in the classroom of the future is any reference to sustainability or development.