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Following last year’s heroes and zeroes, Peter Ainsworth has made a new list for 2007.  We publish them below with – in green italics – a few of our own observations.

Heroes

Jonathon Porritt – For his blog, which has been courageously rude about the Government considering that he is their chief advisor on sustainability.  Read JP’s blog here.

HRH Prince Charles – for his Accounting for Sustainability initiative and also for his Rainforest Project.

BBC Newsnight’s Justin Rowlatt, the Ethical Man – for going well beyond the cause of duty.

M&S – for committing £200 million to an initiative to become carbon neutral by 2012.

Alan Simpson MP – for consistently putting the environment above politics and for being a cheerful advocate for change.

The Archers – for raising a huge range of topical issues affecting farming, including climate change.  Well done Nigel!

The Quality of Life Policy Review Team – For the most far-reaching and detailed political work on sustainable work ever produced.  Fortunately for the Conservative Party’s electoral future many of the report’s recommendations have already been rejected by the Tory leadership.  George Osborne told Party Conference that he’d have to be "off his trolley" to embrace the report’s recommendations on supermarket parking. 

Sarah Beeny – for drawing attention to the presence of toxic chemicals in everyday household products.

The Emergency Services – for their outstanding work during the summer floods.  Well said.

The President of Guyana – for offering 50 million acres of rain forest in return for sustainable development funds.

Zeroes

The Smoking Ban – for a huge increase in the use of patio heaters, which are an environmental nightmare.  Some of us quite like the smoke-free atmosphere in pubs although the ban went too far in controlling private clubs.

Palm Oil – for causing the destruction of the rainforest without most of us even knowing that we are helping it along.

Channel 4 – for screening an attention seeking programme about climate change based on highly dubious evidence.   As if Al Gore’s film isn’t controversial!  See below…

Stewart Dimmock – for spending a fortune on legal fees challenging an Al Gore film pointlessly.  But the judge that examined Dimmock’s case found nine real flaws in Al Gore’s film and why should our schoolchildren have the former Vice President’s propaganda  forced on them?

George Monbiot – for being too grumpy about the environment, even though he may be right.

Canadian tar sands – for tempting respectable companies like BP to become pariahs by pursuing the extraction of fossil fuels at the expense of the environment.

Margaret Beckett and David Miliband – for ignoring advice about the state of the drains at Pirbright when they were in charge of them; the consequence being a release of Foot & Mouth Disease..

The Food Standards Agency – for a hopelessly inadequate investigation into the illegal sale of GM contaminated rice.

Teenagers – for not turning the lights off whilst lecturing their parents about climate change.  Eh?

The Common Fisheries Policy – for continuing to destroy the marine environment, and permitting an unforgivable waste of fish, without serving the interests of fishing communities or those who enjoy recreational fishing.  Good point but why then have the Tories abandoned Owen Paterson’s policy of withdrawing from the CFP?

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