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  •  Please don't be facetious, (0+ / 0-)

    You know exactly what I'm saying. There needs to be a middle ground between climate change denial (which is wrong) and climate change panic (which is unproductive).

    When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 back in 1957, we as Americans did not say "AAAAA! THE RUSSKIES HAVE WON!!! THEY HAVE THE SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY!!!! WE'RE DOOMED!!!" Or, at least, not all of us said that. Instead Americans dusted off their hands and said, "Right. Let's get to work."

    And we got to work. And twelve years later the US landed a man on the moon.

    Now, with climate change, I say that once again Americans must spare themselves the exquisite masochistic pleasure of despair and say: "Right. Let's get to work."

    We must encourage vegetarianism (including no fish, no sushi)

    We must use our cars as little as possible... and try to buy cars that are hybridized or electric.

    We must devote our spare time towards helping environmentally-friendly, progressive candidates.

    We must spend our weekends hiking with friends or children so they too can be aware of the beauty of nature and how necessary it is to protect it.

    We must encourage environmentally-friendly businesses and entrepreneurship like industrial design student Elie Ahovi whose plastic-eating underwater drone captures plastic recyclables and converts them back into petroleum. It's a possible answer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    Most of all, we must be joyful, happy, and productive. Depression and despair are very unproductive...and no problem as large as climate change was ever solved by people who preferred to moan over being optimistic. This is just simple psychology.

    •  All of those are good things to do, (1+ / 0-)
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      but they will not prevent us from whizzing past 2 degrees Celsius into the disaster zone. The only thing that does that is massive government and business engaged policy and cultural change, because the vast majority of CO2 is generated by the government (esp. Defense) and business, including through the products they create, market and sell.

      Yes, embrace and champion Permaculture, but we also have to pursue radical cultural change on a much steeper curve than gentle promotion alone will accomplish.

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:51:41 AM PST

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