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Is railway modelling green and healthy?

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With Prince Charles having a bit of a downer on McDonalds and lots of talk of carbon emissions right now its time for Model Rail Forum to have its own debate on green and healthy issues.

Is railway modelling a green pastime?

Is is healthy for you?

On the green side it has to be said that from a recycling point of view it is probably one of the top pastimes. You can model a whole layout from the contents of the refuse sac. And old models last forever and are constantly recycled on eBay and elsewhere. On the other hand the amount of metal and plastic and packaging utilised in ready to run new model production probably has the effect of making it ungreen overall if you only buy new models.

On the healthy side you do have to stretch and twist and cut and lift and run up and down stairs if you have a loft layout and it does take your mind off food and other digestive perils so it clearly it is better to be a railway modeller than not if you are seeking a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand it is all too easy to slump in your chair and watch your trains pass by if there is no ongoing project and your doctor might be alarmed at this practice.

As it is clearly in the interests of any hobby to promote its greeness and health giving properties could any of you provide examples of what you have done that you consider either to be a green or healthy practice.

Having to rush over to the end of a layout every 30 seconds to sort out Hornby Pullman coaches that keep derailing might be an example of excercise as you need to be nimble. And using the polystyrene packaging of your latest electrical goods to create an embankment would be an example of being green.

Really what we are looking for are the best examples of being green and burning calories that you can provide.

Happy modelling
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I have to admit, Channel 4's programme the other week, concerning the great global warming con-trick certainly opened my eyes to reality, confirming some of my deeply-held, but closely-guarded suspicions over those issues which currently have such an adverse effect over our daily lives.

I now relise how very much we all have the wool pulled over our eyes by those who use moral blackmail to achieve political aims.

Aims, which, 40 years ago would almost have seemed treasonous?

For example, the 'destruction of capitalism?'

and which are now very much in the vogue, under the guise of 'saving the planet?'

The real truth has been shouted from the rooftops by the most eminent of our scientists for years...yet the truth doesn't fit the political Will, so wise folk stay quiet for fear of losing funding?

the real truth is, the climate is changing as a matter of natural course.....and that includes the diminishing of the arctic icepacks?
it's all cyclical....and really has very little to do with the efforts of mankind.

which is doubtless why the US was reluctant to have anything to do with Kyoto?

and as for Bush's current efforts?

they actually smack of those self-same political games played by Mrs Thatcher in the 80's?

Games which started this whole eco fad thing in the first place?

being made aware, suddenly so much of the history in my life fits together?

sure, save electricity....because in truth, most of us find it too expensive?.....For our incomes, anyway?

Ask any state pensioner?

still, solar cells for loft layouts?

come on Hornby, a Solar-powered A4?
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QUOTE Weather or not global warming is real or not, why cant we give the environmentalists the benifit of the doubt and use this opertunity to improve the quality of life for the countless generations that will follow us.

No-one is disputing the fact that the world's weather patterns are changing.

But what is now questioned, is MANKIND'S actual contribution?

Giving environmentalists the 'benefit of the doubt'...whilst an admirable sentiment given our general ignorance of the topic.....was shown to be somewhat mislplaced, as there is evidently a 'bigger picture' involved.

Thus , to follow your suggestion.....imagine in the 60's and 70's, giving ourselves wholeheartedly over to the very real idea that Capitalism is actually flawed, does not work, and only socialism and communism provided the real answers?

Imagine if, with media support, such an idea really took hold in this country around those times?

What price our own reactions then?

yet....that is EXACTLY the sort of idea being promulgated wholeheartedly via the environmentalist lobby today....but no-one seems to see the reality?

But, go to a third world nation, where their own simple ambition is to provide electricity to their poverty-stricken population...and hear THEIR tales of woe, about so-callled 'environmentally-concerned' first world nations telling these folk, they CAN have power, but it has to be of the 'wind-turbine' variety, or not at all?
Then see the truth about how costly this approach is, in order to deliver their needs?

Or even, totally impractical in the situation?

and how frustrated these people have become at being denied the right to use THEIR OWN RESOURCES like coal, etc, to solve THEIR problems?

When the real scientific evidence shewed that even during the height of our coal- fired generation days, mankind's contribution to CO2 emmissions, etc was negligible to nature's own?

In my view, supporting the Environmental lobby in cleaning up the results of our own selfish materialistic nightmare is admirable....but we need to be aware that in doing so, we are also supporting those who have hijacked the whole environmentalist lobby for their own,'personal' and political gain, to the detriment of other less fortunate folk.
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to go one 'smoke' units emit fumes that eat the ozone layer?
QUOTE as to supporting people who have hijacked the environmental loby, would you trather support them or the oil companies?

the lesser of two evils?

Certainly the oil companies!

For it is they that keep our economies buoyant, and allow us as individuals to pursue our hobby.

the extremeists simply want to impose an unproven viewpoint, to the detriment of our very lifestyle.
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