CONTRARY TO WHAT the media tell us, we are not ‘green’. In Britain, most children and adults cannot name ten wild flowers, and most children between the ages of seven and sixteen cannot name common urban bird species. Most university graduates of the biological sciences know little or nothing about what they see in the field. These graduates might be fluent in lecture-room-based genetics and cell biology, but if they are asked to identify, for example, three common species of tree or grass, these are tasks quite beyond most of them.

‘Green’ has become a vague and politically convenient adjective ...


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