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  • Writer's pictureAnne-Marie Soulsby

What's The Royle Family got to do with Sustainability?

When it comes to sustainability, The Royle Family might not be the first thing that springs to mind. Yet, buried within the classic British sitcom's humour lies a poignant analogy about our approach to reducing carbon emissions.


In one memorable scene, Cheryl orders fish, chips, & a diet coke, under the guise of watching her weight. The comedic irony is clear: while opting for the diet version of the drink may seem like a small step towards health consciousness, it hardly makes a dent when paired with a calorie laden fried meal.


This scenario mirrors the government & business's longstanding strategy of promoting minor eco-friendly actions, like turning off lights or reducing water usage, while simultaneously encouraging high carbon activities such as frequent flying, consuming red meat, driving gas guzzling cars, & perpetuating a culture of overconsumption.


In essence, we've all been playing the role of Cheryl – content with the illusion that our token recycling efforts are akin to sipping on a diet coke, when in reality, we need to overhaul our entire lifestyle to truly make a meaningful impact on carbon emissions.


So, what's the solution? It's time to swap out our metaphorical chippy tea for a healthier, more sustainable meal. Instead of focusing solely on incremental changes, we must embrace a holistic approach to sustainability that addresses the root causes of our carbon footprint.


This means making conscious choices to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, prioritise sustainable modes of transportation, adopt plant-based diets, minimise waste, move our money to more ethical financial providers & support initiatives that promote environmental stewardship.


But here's the good news: just as Cheryl can make healthier choices by opting for a nutritious meal instead of indulging in greasy takeout, we too can transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle. By collectively embracing change and making informed decisions, we have the power to create a brighter, more environmentally conscious future for generations to come.


So let's heed the lessons from The Royle Family and shift our mindset from the "diet coke" approach to sustainability towards a more substantial and impactful change.


Want to talk about it? You can book 30 minutes of free time with me to kick start your low carbon life here.




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