The front-page story in Tuesday's Advertiser revealed that the City of Greater Bendigo has failed to meet emission targets, by a wide margin.
There will be shock and horror, but really, the council is in a difficult situation.
The city is growing, as is the demand for services and amenities.
We all want top class facilities, and we want them now. We also want to lower greenhouse emissions.We need to make up our minds.
Bendigo is a tiny microcosm of the world.
The population is growing, demand for goods and services is exploding, but in meeting that demand greenhouse gas emissions are increasing.
We can be personally aware and responsible in our corner of the planet, but we still want the shiny goods and creature comforts.
The school children still want to go to the climate change rally in Mum's seven-seater SUV. The fact is, we can't have it both ways.