Environment - Lifestyles in a Changing World
Green is Good!
Global warming? Climate change? For almost two decades, the barrage of objections by a few – frequently on fossil-fuel interest payrolls – were portrayed as ‘substantial disagreement.’ There are still those who say global warming is bogus, a ploy by scientists to get bigger funding for their projects. Read that: job security for tech-heads.
There are others who now admit the climate may be
changing, but that’s probably not due to human activity. It’s sun
spots, you know. And NASA says we’re in ‘solar minimum’ part of the
cycle, so summers won’t be quite so hot. Ahhhh.
blah, blah. Let’s not change our lifestyles. Let’s just go on
consuming everything in our path. Let’s just … carry on business as
says, Wrong! Whatever your opinion on climate change, untrammeled
consumption is wasteful. End of story. If you can live a little greener,
why not do it? It just makes good sense!
support governmental and inter-governmental action, because sometimes it
takes systemic action. At the same time, most of us have tried to amend
our personal lifestyles. We use cars and airplanes less. We walk, bike and
take public transport more. We welcome improvements in Greek transport,
which already was capable of landing us anywhere in the country without
use of a car. We turn out unnecessary lights … and some of us even turn
off our computers when they’re not in use. We take note of the water we
waste and fill those washing machines, setting the temperature for the
lowest that will clean the load. We buy fewer ‘toys’ and clothes and
sell or give what we don’t need to someone who can use it. We compost
our kitchen scraps, recycle our glass, plastic, and metals. And we now
pride ourselves on loading the rubbish bins once a week with what we used
to discard every day.
And still, we wonder if we shouldn’t be doing more.