The Global Game

An article at bbc.co.uk speculates on the implications of David Beckham’s recent rehabilitation as an England soccer player. Let’s assume Beckham retains his place in the side for the remaining European qualifying matches and the 2008 Finals. Once he makes his move to California to play for LA Galaxy, his England commitments alone will require him to make 9 return air trips to London, totalling in the region of 100,000 miles. The emissions from this long-distance commuting come to around 17.5 tonnes of CO2.

You may say this is insignificant in the wider scheme of things. I say it’s unacceptable to generate 3.5 times the average annual CO2 emissions for 11 soccer games. This is a real ‘up yours’ to organisations like the One Tonners, who are beavering away to show that it’s possible to reduce personal emissions by 80% in the UK without impacting your standard of living.

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9 Responses to The Global Game

  1. matt says:

    This phenomenon is growing … live in one city, work in another. I know two families living in Spain with both commuting a few times a year for work back in London.

  2. the Grit says:

    Hi y’all,

    It’s nothing compared to what our politicians do, in the interests of investigating Climate Change. Our Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, just took a luxury jet trip to Greenland, with a handful of her cohorts, did a quick tour of a melting glacier, jetted over to England for lunch, then rode a CO2 trail over to Germany to discuss ways to stem Global Warming with EU politicians. Somehow, I do not believe they actually understand the underlying factors in the debate 🙂 Oh, you should note that this same politician has demanded, and been given, a larger jet from our Government to fly her back and forth between Washington DC and San Francisco every week. The stated reason for her higher polluting need was that she didn’t have time to land midway and refuel, which the smaller plane would have required.

    the Grit

  3. matt says:

    Ain’t she the naughtiest gal.

    Her daughter did an excellent little documentary on Bush during his 2000 campaign for NBC. Saw it last night as part of some American season TV thing. Geez, Bush is a strange kinda guy ain’t he. Bit like a big baby gurgling at sweet FA.

    I do not understand how such a person can get through the US political process to run your country Grit. It scares the hell outa me.

  4. earthpal says:

    Morning guys.

    Grit, we have politicians who show similar Green hypocrisy as Pelosi. Does anyone remember David Cameron and his team flying off to some Northern archipelago to promote his Green face?

    Pete, I agree with you about Beckam. And unfortunately, it’s not just him. All the international footballers will be dropping huge carbon trails. Look at all the foreign footballers who play for the English Premier league and have international commitments too.

    It’s the same with the Olympics. The London games are meant to be the Greenest ever but think of all those global flights in and out of London. It’s bad enough now! Just doesn’t bear thinking about.

  5. matt says:

    The Olympics is the biggest orgy of environmental violence for pure human entertainment on planet earth. Disgusting.

    ************NEWS ALERT*******************:

    The authorities in Delhi are planning to clear away 100s of trees to make way for a set of squash courts for the 2010 Commonwealth Games;

    http://delhigreens.wordpress.com/2007/06/06/tree-for-delhi-protest-on-world-environment-day/

  6. earthpal says:

    That’s just ludicrous. Madness!

  7. matt says:

    I’ve put delhigreens onto the blogroll so we can track the progress of their protest. And we should all comment on their blog to lend them moral support ….

  8. earthpal says:

    Good idea Matt. Will do.

  9. matt says:

    Nice one earthpal. Saw your comment.

    Just waiting for Pete, Keith, Stephan, Dave and even Gritty old boy to comment too 🙂

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