A letter I wrote to The Australian today.
Your editorial ‘Deep-Green Snobbery’ (13/12) dismisses any challenge to outer-suburban, McMansion living as ‘class-hatred’. But the green movement is diverse: people from all walks of life are realising that something is wrong. Certainly people with tertiary education are over-represented, but that might be because critical thinking leads many people to become green.
You dismiss the green movement as being far away from the ‘pragmatic-centre’ of ‘popular sentiment’. But ‘popular sentiment’ is shifting as the world realises that the only pragmatic response to climate change is drastic action. Everyone needs to change; not just the people in the outer-suburbs. You’re right to point out that the outer-suburbs make green living difficult. Part of the challenge is to provide the infrastructure and planning in both new and existing suburbs to make green choices more viable.
Yours sincerely, Nathan Hobby