Thomas Crapper, eat your heart out
You and Yours (a daily consumer affairs magazine on BBC Radio 4) ran a feature on Britain's planned "eco-towns", last Monday . [podcast available here]
The feature began with a group of school children being given a tour of an eco-house.
TOM WALLIS: Okay. We're in the bathroom now. And as you remember, this is the eco-house, so everything in this house is good for the environment. Okay. So you'll be able to see that this toilet is totally different to the toilets you've got at home. That's because it uses no water at all. This is actually a compost toilet.
JESSICA ROSE: Tom Wallis is giving a group of school children a tour around Leicester's eco-house. It's been built by an environmental charity and it's packed full of green technology to give visitors ideas about how to make their homes more environmentally-friendly.
TOM WALLIS: So this toilet doesn't use any water at all. Actually, when you go to the toilet here, it's all stored at the bottom. And every so often you have to give it a little stir. And then, once in a while, you have to take it outside and bury it in the garden. And that'll turn into really good compost for feeding your flowers.
JESSICA ROSE: But the government want to go further than one eco-home. It wants to build ten new green towns called 'eco-towns'.
So what is it these children are being asked to look forward to? This story epitomises the inability to create positive ideas about the future. All that can be promised is crappy little houses for crappy little people, which are all about 'reducing impact', not the possibility of exciting new towns and cities offering new opportunities and way of life. What is being created are eco-slums, where only the basic needs of the inhabitants are met. They may even have to throw their own shit out of the window, just as in the old slums. Gardyloo? Not in our back yard.