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Onus of the Individual

January 9, 2009

I came across this on the Adbusters blog.
Im always apalled by how brainwashed we are from corporate campaigns which suggest “we” conserve (read Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers). That “we” is usually the individual, and in reality so many we’s could conserve all “we” want and make such a little difference, its industry and government that consume insane amounts of resources. The onus is not on the individual, unless you are doing something like this, from The Guardian:

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The £12m defences of the most heavily guarded power station in Britain have been breached by a single person who, under the eyes of CCTV cameras, climbed two three-metre (10ft) razor-wired, electrified security fences, walked into the station and crashed a giant 500MW turbine before leaving a calling card reading “no new coal”. He walked out the same way and hopped back over the fence.
All power from the coal and oil-powered Kingsnorth station in Kent was halted for four hours, in which time it is thought the mystery saboteur’s actions reduced UK climate change emissions by 2%. Enough electricity to power a city the size of Bristol was lost.

The “saboteur” also left a banner saying “No New Coal”.

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