I was reading through some blogs today and somewhere or other I heard about a Harvard Ted Talk titled, "It's the end of the world and we know it, I feel fine" after the song, one assumes.
The Harvard type was seriously wondering why it is that we are facing, well, basically, total ecological meltdown and we are all tripping around pollyanna-like feeling 'happy'. Future genearations may wonder the same damn thing, if they get the chance to be there.
Though I believe he was also wondering why it is we cannot really believe that this is a problem we have to respond to, beyond recycling our cans.
A good point.
I get what he's saying but I do, to some extent, wonder if he has really thought this over? The other option seems to be sticking your head in the oven. No? I mean really. If you look the evidence in the eye it is more than a wee bit depressing.
I mean, look at the blog here....yesterday, amidst now multiple explosions in NUCLEAR plants, I write a post about going for a walk in the sunshine.
Honestly, in some ways, what the heck was I thinking. But by the same token, one must get up in the morning, no?
We are hypocritical. Someone on the walk was overheard complaining about the ugly cell phone towers sited in this natural park. Yet, how many folks would be willing to down their cell phones now and forever so as to save energy, resources, contamination and ugliness in natural parks. I have to admit, I would be fairly willing to, for many reasons, yet I have a TON of handsets. I believe between Canada and here, including the kid's phones we have, for four people, 8 hand sets, one went through the wash and is dead. Indeed, I am now considering it rather more strongly at the moment. Another man commented on the disasterous garbage dump in the park, now covered, but which is an entire large valley filled with BCN's garbage. But how many of us had plastic bags with us?
Money where our mouths are, no? I didn't question how many people had SUVs, mutiple cars, etc etc etc. Though my virtue was thin on this too, while we don't own a car and hope to never again own one, primarily for ecological reasons, but also financial ones, I got a lift in one of their big fat cars.
Don't know what to think. Except maybe I need more sleep and I'd feel a little more Pollyanna-ish and a little less like I was channeling Eeyore.
Then there is the whole, 'nuclear energy is better than fossil fuels' and vice versa debate kicking up a notch in the US. Like, what the heck happened to investing in alternative energy BOYS!?!?!?!?!? I learned as a kid that when offered one of two items it was REALLY time to stop and figure out what the other choices are, there usually is another. And it is one that both parties are usually hoping you won't notice through the barage of their sound and fury.