A half page article appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph (page17 of the print edition) in association with “Greener Journeys” which from their website we learn is: “ a campaign aimed at encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto buses and coaches; a quick and cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions”. Greener Journeys, we also learn, was launched in 2009 and has submitted written evidence to a parliamentary committee. “Under the section “Who’s involved”, it is shown who are the Founding Members, Advisory Body, Associated Bodies and The Executive.
It is The Executive that is of interest as none of those listed, other than Giles Fearnley who appears in the Advisory Body, have any bios provided. Neither is there any information about whether these individuals are paid and if so by whom. Of special interest is the Chief Executive, Claire Haigh – and the picture of her that is used. In attempting to ascertain her background, Google was consulted – an exercise which provided information on various people of that name but no-one with a background in transport. What it did provide is news of a Claire Haigh, who from her website, advises that she: “explores the nature of consciousness and thought through art and that her current work The Tabula Project will be exhibited in December at The Roubadour Gallery. Either Greener Journeys have used the wrong photograph on their website or one is justified in asking what someone who explores the nature of consciousness and thought through art, knows about transport. It would appear that the New Statesman have used the same photograph for the article which appears under her name. Greener Journeys does not appear if a search is done at Companies House, so presumably what we have here is another pressure group lobbying government for their own financial gain while using “the stark facts of climate change” (Claire Haigh, New Statesman) – stark facts which have been shown to be founded on what one may term a contentious basis.