FEATURE: 'Drop the Tax' Top 10
It is all very well talking about taxing air travel etc and all that malarkey but lets face it, adding taxes to travel will probably just marginalise those who cannot afford to pay more whilst those who can afford any price rises will still carry on travelling without a care in the world - unless the tax is massive enough to hit everyone of course, which it very rarely is.
So do we start to play that sort of negative punishment game with its short term gains but long-term negativity or do we approach things from a different angle?
How do we encourage people towards better green behaviours without making it about who has the money to continue affording life little pleasures?
Surely the best way to encourage people to adopt a variety of sustainable behaviours is to positively reward their good green deeds. To that end I think we should no longer tax the following:
- CFLs and appliances with the highest efficiency rating in their industry
- All non-petrol/diesel vehicles including bicycles
- 3+ night stays in UK hotels for those with a UK passport
- Organic products - both food and clothing
- Second hand & Charity Stores - might already be the case
- Renewable energy itself or the equipment to generate it including solar powered torches, radios, chargers etc
- Money made from Green Investments
- Train journeys over three hours long
- Recycled products ie toilet paper, other paper products etc
- Building projects designed to produce energy-efficient housing