Carlton green wrote:(snip)
Where you live does dictate a lot of choices and, of course, where you live is often a decision made with many and varied compromises. As and when we move house again I’d by far prefer to be able to manage without a car for say nine out of ten journeys. However, whilst all things are ‘possible’ some arrangements are only a sufficiently workable choice for some people for some of the time.
Exactly so - there is never a single factor involved in making a decision as complex as where to live.
Moving to West Wales from near Lancaster gets us the ability to not just avoid the madding crowd but also to have an eco house and a generally greener lifestyle, despite the increased use of the (electric) car compared to the use of the (ICE) car in NW England. The usage is still relatively small at about 8000 miles per year.
Overall, the quality of life is better for us now but does actually have a smaller carbon footprint, if still too big given human-induced climate change. But we also have a greater opportunity, moving to West Wales, to further decrease our carbon footprint, which was not possible in our NW England abode. We have a realistic chance of being carbon neutral after a bit more fiddling about with our renewable energy creation and our normal energy usage rate.
Not that carbon footprints are the be-all and end-all - although thinking about it, they may be the actual end-all for all of us!
When the dogs shuffle off their mortal coils, perhaps in around three years time, we can probably stop even the electric car use and go everywhere on our bikes, for the great majority of our remaining days. Occasional car hire might be done but it would be very occasional, as we're not the" holiday here, there and everywhere" sort. In fact our daily lives are one long holiday of walking, cycling, swimming, gardening, woodworking, ....... and much else that some feel they can only do in Thailand or The Greek Isles 3 weeks a year after a long flight in a real gas guzzler.