Cost to go green is worth paying

I suspect that Peter Holmes (Your say, June 25) is misrepresenting me.

I describe myself as a permaculturist because I am: I run a 100-fruit tree orchard and market garden on permaculture principles, and have advanced RHS horticulture qualifications.

I invite Mr Holmes to visit my orchard when I would be happy to explain permaculture to him. I am certainly not ‘pleased’ by the increase in the price of fossil fuels.

It is, however, a reality that one day the oil, and other natural resources, will run out. We have to prepare for that day, and the coalition’s commitment to carbon reduction allows us to develop alternatives which, as a by-product, could also benefit the environment, and consequently the human species.

The greening of the economy may well come at a price, but to not begin to take steps could force future generations to pay a much higher price.

Mr Holmes may also be interested to know that, like Professor James Lovelock, I acknowledge the role nuclear power has to play in the energy equation – I would not wish him to think that I am naive as well as green.

Coun Keith Hutson

Warley Edge