August 29, 2006 06:55 PM
A better historical parallel to programs that purport to make one carbon neutral is medieval indulgences.
Spending '$300' on an environmental program doesn't let you escape a clearly dangerous situation.
Carbon offsetting is not an issue for the desperately poor, like the 2.7 billion people who live on less than $2 a day. Those people aren't responsible for the greenhouse effect. The annual carbon emissions of the average Ethiopian, Sierra Leonean or Congolese emits less than 1% of the average American. The per capita emissions in Somalia are 0.0000 [1997 all data: http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/SeriesDetail.aspx?srid=751].
Global Warming is a problem that damage the global environment, from the cushy parklands with ignorant, offsetting yuppie romping in SUVs to the favelas of the third world.
The west seems to be awfully short on solutions to the desperate poverty, water shortages, and desertification that face much of the third world. One thing we First-Worlders [http://ghg.unfccc.int/tables/a1w_luluc.html] can do is reverse the emissions that put the entire world in danger. Ugly lightbulbs are the easy, first step. You should be calling for further action, not blandly intoning about unspecified 'hard problems.' Global warming is a hard problem, although it's one that we have the know-how to solve [http://uregina.ca/ghgt7/PDF/papers/poster/233.pdf]. The difficulty lies in getting out leaders on the ball. What are YOU doing?
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August 29, 2006 07:41 PM
What am I doing? That is indeed the appropriate question. I'll have much more extensive answers in the next couple weeks, but the simple one is I'm making clothing for bike commuters. The more complex answer is I'm trying to develop new forms of economic organizations, ones that hopefully act a bit better than the ones that dominate today. As I said, more soon.
This Eric Pianka stuff is fascinating, and yeah it serves my own particular stance perhaps a bit too well. What's most striking though in reading some of the wikipedia stuff is how the major players come from such different sides, with both the "intelligent design" people and prisonplanet.com taking aim at Pianka. Extremists attract I suppose.
August 29, 2006 10:14 PM
I do do the offsetting thing. Why not? It doesn't cost me much, and requires no time. Of course, it's not the only thing I do.
When I have time, I volunteer at FreeGeek (freegeek.org), an organization that tries to solve both environmental and social problems.
And, more passive, I try to keep hope alive with my blog rosecolorednews.com
September 2, 2006 05:13 PM
Oh, and sometimes I get out and participate in a good old fashioned protest. Though the last time I went to one was during the H.R. 4437 debacle.
September 2, 2006 05:24 PM
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