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REPORTING · 27th April 2011
Walter McFarlane
The second to introduce himself was Roger Benham. He introduced himself as the Green Candidate and said he was not just interested in environmentalism.

“The environment affects every single aspect of our lives. When we talk about environment, we’re talking about our relationship to all living things. But, actually, that is not the real mantra at the central part of the green party. Our central thing is long term, some generations, 150 years. What are we leaving to our future? What are we leaving to our five greats grandchildren and do we care, should we care? Can we just assume that science is going to invent all the things that they are going to need? It’s kind of an irrational thought considering the fact we’ve already used up more than half of 11 elements. We have also used up half of all the oil that is available in the world. That’s quite an astounding thought,” said Benham.

He pointed out the cost of oil is going to increase to maintain our standard of living but the amount of oil is going down. While there might be oil around in the next many years, it might not be used the way it is used today as we are burning much of it. He added people are mining away the future as we are going deeper and requiring new technology and more fossil fuels.

“Fossil fuels have created an economy which has been wonderful. We lived though a golden age. That is a point. We have lived through a golden age and we should be thinking, what are we going to do in the next ten years or so when it is going to be very different from now? Fuels not going to be cheap and we’re going to be looking at how do we even eat because we all need to eat, because oil is involved in agriculture,” Concluded Benham.