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August 11th, 2009 at 12:48 am
Billions of people use magical thinking or denial. They want the easy answer without sacrifice or difficulty. They will inevitably follow the path of least resistance; and do what benefits them most at the moment. They have short attention spans; and are most interested in the flavor or fad of the day. Given a choice between learning about the foibles of cap and trade or Michael Jackson’s drug addiction, they will pick the latter. It is more entertaining. The dinosaurs ate and ate and ate because there was plenty of vegetation. They got bigger and bigger. When the climate changed and vegetation changed, they were unable to change with it. Bye, bye dinosaurs. This will be the fate of our species. We have big brains that millions of our species dont use effectively to analyze serious situations. The earth will rid itself of the virus in the long run. Bye, bye homosapiens.
August 11th, 2009 at 2:52 am
I really don’t see anything changing the way we think and do things till some cataclysmic event occurs. Two Krakatoa’s at once, a combination of swine and avian flu propagating so quickly in so many variations that it wipes out two thirds of the world population or some such thing along those lines.
Anything you and I do environment wise is simply spitting in the wind. Unless our children and grand children and great grandchildren are inculcate from the gitgo that less is more and needles variety is bad, nothing but nothing will save Gaia. Someone once estimated that a large percentage of the worlds population (10, 20, 30% ? don’t know can’t remember) would die if we ceased using modern agriculture methods. This says to me we have more population than the world can handle. Though science can do some really nifty stuff it cannot make over population and over consumption healthy for Gaia.
I once speculated that the only way to create real change in the foreseeable future is to contract some high quality ad agencies to run an subtle yet unrelenting ad campaign to make conservation so cool that peer pressure alone would start doing the job. Levi’s ad’s sold very few blue jeans, what they did was get the ‘right’ people to purchase the jeans and peer pressure did the rest.
Along with making ‘less is more’ a cool way to think we need to teach people to see through BS. A greener congress? Not hardly, they’ve simply wrapped the same trite old pork barrel products in a green label (psst hey buddy want a carbon chit cheap?). Do you see the output of big oil, vehicle makers, cellphone or computer manufactures (four of the major sources of contamination world wide) continuing to dwindle after the economy recovers? How about the reduced rainforest and ocean destruction we are currently seeing, do you see those reductions continuing once the economy once again starts to grow? Wind power, solar power? Again BS. They do seem to reduce some environmental destruction in a direct sort of way but think of all the needless gizmos they power. Those gizmos, becoming cheaper and more plentiful do to reduced labor and power costs, increase the amount of waste that increases the contamination in the forms or both materials and heat.
Lastly if the coolness of reduction and conservation does not become a world wide meme those reduction and conservation efforts become of marginal value at best.