Could it be my old Land Rover that Iíve owned most of my adult life.
A neighbour stopped to chat with me as I was working on its brakes the other day. He said he has had 3 electric vehicles (latest is self charging?) and isnít my old Landy an ecological 4x4 disaster. I said this old truck is 50 years old so itís carbon footprint is atom size. The raw materials and the energy to build it have been miniscule extrapolated over its huge lifetime. It has been a workhorse doing everything from being a light tractor on the farm to getting me to work into SOHO West London in an emergency. But Neighbour says all that fossil fuel it uses is killing the planet and itís all the fault of these old relics. I point at the bonnet and show him the lichen growing across it. Lichen are sensitive to changes around them. For this reason, they are used by scientists to show changes in the environment, such as air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. If it was a mobile Exxon Valdez then this botanic garden on wheels wouldnít exist.
My neighbour means well, but doesnít really get that keep consuming stuff - even if it is sold as better for the environment - is not really a good thing. We should buy stuff, wear it out then repair it and use again if we can.
My old Land Rover will still be running and treading lightly on the environment long after we have all left the planet.