WEEKLY Q: Encourage green behaviour?
Yesterday I posted my 'Drop The Tax' Top 10 list of 10 ways the government could encourage green behaviour not by punishing ungreen behaviour, but instead by rewarding green behaviour.
Some great comments were left and made me realise that the debate on whether to punish or reward is still intense. So my question this week is:
Do you believe in rewarding green behaviour, punishing ungreen behaviour, or a hybrid of the two?
Whilst punishment is harsh treatment for people behaving normally I do like the idea of removing subsidies and government financial support for ungreen practices and letting the free market move naturally. I also think that rewarding green behaviour incentivises positive action without marginalising anyone. I therefore support a mixture of reward and punishment.
What do you think works? Thoughts?