Posts filed under ‘environment’
“Remember, if our agriculture is not sustainable then our food supply is not sustainable, and food is an issue as close to every one of us as our own stomachs. Either we pay attention or we pay a huge price, not so far down the road. When we face the fact that civilizations have destroyed themselves by destroying their farmland, its clear that we don’t really have a choice. Beyond that, changing the way agriculture is practiced would incorporate partial solutions to major problems that people do care about: climate change, overconsumption of energy, water problems.”
–Wes Jackson, president of the Land Institute
Myth: we have to save the earth. Frankly, the earth doesn’t need to be saved. Nature doesn’t give a hoot if human beings are here or not. The planet has survived cataclysmic and catastrophic changes for millions upon millions of years. Over that time, it is widely believed, 99 percent of all species have come and gone while the planet has remained. Saving the environment is really about saving our environment – making it safe for ourselves, our children, and the world as we know it. If more people saw the issue as one of saving themselves, we would probably see increased motivation and commitment to actually do so. -Robert M. Lilienfeld, management consultant and author (b. 1953) and William L. Rathje, archaeologist and author (b. 1945)
This video is worth watching, whatever your stance on climate change.
clipped from Patt Morrison’s opionion column at: www.latimes.com
A Dickian dystopia is bearing down on us. The government and the greenies are afraid of making you feel guilty. Not me.
Plastic: You’re not throwing away plastic bags, genius — you’re throwing away oil. In energy alone, recycling a ton of plastic bags saves 11 barrels of oil.
And those darling little plastic water bottles you tossed — 18 million barrels of oil to make them.
Paper: The lungs you ruin may be your own. A mature tree eats 13 pounds of carbon dioxide every year, so every time you don’t recycle a huge stack of envelopes and junk mail and wrapping paper and newspapers, you’re murdering a tree that could have saved you. You could heat your house for six months on the energy saved from recycling a ton of paper.
Aluminum cans: Too lazy to shuffle to the recycling bin? The energy you waste by throwing away a single soda can would run your TV for three hours. Throwing away an empty six-pack is like throwing away nearly a $3.50 gallon of gasoline.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Hello Kitty. Isn’t this a great bicycle? If only I lived in a place with good weather year-round so I could buy it and make it my primary vehicle.
The Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.
The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The sense of entitlement that seems to run rampant these days. I’d like to see more personal accountability, a stronger work ethic, and an increased willingness to take action to benefit people beyond our immediate circle. ‘Me, me, me’ isn’t an attitude that’s going to work out well in the long-term.
The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
A website has been brought to my attention. I will not provide a link, on principle. An anonymous couple states that they’re expecting and are trying to decide whether to have the baby or get an abortion. They are asking for money and claim that unless they raise $50,000 in 3 months, they will abort. Whether true, or a scam, it’s shameful on many levels.
The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
It is incredibly hot, and dry. Fire danger is very high. Yet fireworks are still going to be allowed. I guess this would have worked for ‘meretricious’.
The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
I applaud countries that are actively working on alternate and renewable energy solutions. Brazil’s ethanol program has replaced about 40 percent of gasoline use in the country. Denmark generates 20 percent of its electricity from wind. There are solutions; we just need to concentrate of finding and/or developing them.
The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m good at research and planning. I’m patient and thorough, and I pay attention to details.
The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
This is frivolous. But that’s what make-believe is for, right? I’d like to be able to radically alter my appearance in the blink of an eye. Shape-shift, if you will.
The message below urges concerned Americans to come to the rescue of the polar bear, which faces extinction as a result of global warming. You can send a copy of this letter to your friends by visiting www.polarbearsos.org.
By speaking out today, you could help save polar bears from extinction.
The Bush Administration has proposed listing the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act because its Arctic sea ice habitat is rapidly melting from global warming. This proposed protection comes after successful legal action by NRDC and its partners to protect the imperiled bear.
However, this proposal won’t become reality without a huge outpouring of public support.
Please send a message to the Bush Administration today by going to: www.polarbearsos.org/takeaction0607
Polar bears live only in the Arctic and are completely dependent on sea ice for survival. But 80 percent of their summer ice could be gone in 20 years and all of it by 2040. They are already suffering the effects: birth rates are falling, fewer cubs are surviving, and more bears are drowning.
Time is running out. Without protection, polar bears could become the first mammal to lose 100 percent of its habitat to global warming.
Thank you for speaking out at this critical time.
President, Natural Resources Defense Council