Solar Panels Are Easy, Cooperation is Hard: Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on the Challenge of Transition
His argument that eating puppy meat is little different to eating pork may have riled a few people, but celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has done more than most to promote conscious, sustainable eating habits. From his advocacy for more sustainable meat, through his vocal Fish Fight campaign for better seafood, to his recent adventures in eating mostly vegetarian, he has documented and disseminated the cultural shift to a more connected food system. But food is just one part of the puzzle. And he has just written a foreword to the new Transition Companion book, arguing that we need to reengage and reinvigorate almost every aspect of our lives:
The practical aspects of this – the solar panels, the vegetable beds, the low-carbon buildings – are the easy bit. As Rob says, “If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” It is the working together, rediscovering how to build community and to support each other, that is the harder thing to get right.