Friday, January 28, 2011

Contemporary temperance

I'm pretty sure that sustainability wasn't a big issue when the seven virtues had their origin but nowadays low carbon living is attracting more and more attention. After many decades of excessive use and reliance on oil we now must drastically reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. Otherwise the climate will change rapidly with all kinds of adverse and detrimental effects on society and ways of living. In Oxford there are many examples of both the public authorities and the local community reducing energy use and making people aware of the need to restrain their carbon consumption. Some good initiatives are the use of hybrid vehicles for public transport and LCWO, a community-led initiative in West Oxford which aims to mitigate climate change. In my opinion these are all good examples of temperance in a modern disguise.

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