And yes, it could be Bristol. We're in the final three of nineteen starters.... along with Frankfurt and Copenhagen.
The final's on June 8th, when the three will pitch their bids to a panel of international judges. When, a few days later, the winner is declared, expect celebrations like we had when the Olympics were awarded. Though not necessarily here.
The notion of Bristol as THE European Green Capital for 2014 may seem just a bit fanciful. OK, we've probably got more than UK average green initiatives and the groups to promote them. But the council (and especially business) take rather less interest. If, as the Tories would wish, we get a mayor who's primarily interested in public cutbacks and business growth, we can expect green issues to take a back seat.
So it's easy to dismiss the city's bid, and, with it, the campaign to persuade us all to sign up in support.
But best not be hasty. The council may be much less green than it could be – but it is a master of the green spin that could just take the prize (who else could promote a new highway to carry around 20,000 vehicles a day as if it was essentially a 'green' bus route; when only 150 of those vehicles would be buses!) And if Bristol should win, who will step up to accept the big prize, with a few well-chosen weasel words? None other than one of the biggest advocates of building on the green belt!
If Bristol should win, the city and its new all-powerful mayor will be under huge pressure to show, in 2014, that it can live up to Europe's accolade.