Climate change guru slams Three Little Pigs for belittling eco-friendly buildings

CHILDREN’S bedtime story the Three Little Pigs was panned by a climate change guru — for belittling eco-friendly building materials.

In the fable, the Big Bad Wolf blows down the first two pigs’ houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but the stronger brick one beats him.


James Drinkwater told a meeting that the fairytale, first printed in the 1840s, wrongly implied the natural materials were too weak for construction.

The expert said: “There’s a classic story in England called the Three Little Pigs.

“The first made its house of straw and that natural material was terrible.

"There’s a need to change perceptions to show what’s possible.”

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Mr Drinkwater, head of built environment at climate organisation the Laudes Foundation, was discussing a new green network called Built by Nature.

It says building with wood will slash carbon emissions.

The Three Little Pigs dates back to the 1840s, when the first printed versions emerged, although the story is thought to be much older.

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