Play the Gaia Game; how are you scoring at saving the planet, will you climb up or slither down?
Round One: Life
1.Have you been born?
Slide down the Adder for adding another carbon footprint.
2. Have you given birth to more than two children?
Slip down the Viper
3. You have assisted in the conception of four children, but they have become doctors and environmental scientists.
Climb the stairs, you have contributed to humanity.
4. Have you lived more than three score years and ten?
Descend the Python.
5. You have lived four score years, but ride your bicycle to the allotment where you teach the local school children to grow vegetables?
Take your nimble legs up two flights of stairs.
Round Two: Home
1.Do you live in a city penthouse forty floors up?
Take the lift down to the basement – wait, you don’t own a car because you can cycle and walk everywhere in the city? Take the lift back up again.
2.Has your remote jungle village been discovered yet?
No? You are not contributing to world pollution. Take the escalator to the top floor. Oh, you haven’t got an escalator…
3.Have you installed solar panels on the roof of your house?
Take a flight of stairs.
4.You have concreted over your garden to park three vehicles and a caravan.
Go down the Cobra.
Round Three: Food
1.Would you describe yourself as a subsistence farmer?
Ascend the marble staircase… but you chop all the trees down for firewood?
Sorry, slide down the Anaconda.
2.Are you vegan?
Climb up to the moral high ground.
3.Are you vegetarian?
Stay where you are.
4.Do you eat meat?
Slip down the throat of the Boa Constrictor. No wait, there has been an appeal. You farm hill sheep and preserve the countryside and use some of your land for a wind farm.
5.Do you grow your own vegetables and keep chickens in your suburban garden?
Yes, but you’re so busy you use disposable nappies. Miss a go.
Round Four: Transport
1.Do you own a car?
No, climb two flights of stairs, easy for you as you are fit from walking everywhere…. but your partner has a car and chauffeurs you around? Topple down a flight.
2.You cycle everywhere and wear one of those vests that says one less car on the road.
Excellent, you earn enough points to eat meat.
3.You flew on holiday to Disneyland, return to Go.
4.You took your private jet to the other side of the world to help refugees?
Gaia says return to Go.
Round Five: Power
1.Do you write about the environment in your blog and sign petitions? Does your computer work on solar power? No – miss a go.
2.You got arrested for protesting about fracking. Climb the ladder.
3.You live as a hermit on a remote island.
Excellent, but before taking your next go describe your contribution to society.
The winner, Mr. Everly Green, has a small house just the right size for his wife and two children. His roof has solar panels, he has eight rain water butts, grows fruit, vegetables and bee friendly flowers among which roam chickens to fertilise the garden and provide eggs and roast dinners. He walks to work and does not go on holiday as he can’t leave the garden.
But hold on, his win is being contested; that bouquet of flowers he ordered from the florist for his mother’s birthday was composed of cut flowers flown in from Kenya and his prize winning front garden display used plants that came in plastic pots and trays on a pantechnicon from Holland.
Mr. Green must take the serpentine descent of shame.