23 April 2009

Saving the Environment


In conjunction with "Earth Day", my company displayed signs about things to do that were environmentally responsible. Each was titled:
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT
ONE CHOICE AT A TIME
with the "O" in "ONE" represented by a little planet--centered on Australia, of all places!

This got me really steamed, so I wrote the little piece that follows. Since it would probably not be a wise choice to post it in my workplace, I decided to start a blog and present it here.

“SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT”

As opposed to what?
Spending it?
Abdicating it?
Relinquishing it?
Wasting it?
Ruining it?
Killing it?

How arrogant must one be to think we humans could accomplish any of these?

People who want to control your lives are counting on your emotional response to this language. They want you to give up your personal decision-making freedoms in favor of being told what’s good for everyone. They want to subject you to everyone else, which in reality will subject you to their will. They will decide what you can do based on whether it’s “good for you.”

Please think. Think what the logical consequences of this behavior must be. Think about what they say will happen, contrasted with what is actually happening.

On the first “Earth Day” in 1970, speakers quoted scientists as saying that:
  • Air pollution is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in just the next few years alone.
  • By 1980 the life expectancy of all Americans will be 42 years.
  • By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth by 1/2.
Since 1970, U.S. population is up 50%. Miles driven has increased by nearly 160%. Life expectancy? Well, you may be dead and not know it, according to those folks in 1970.

Saving the environment? How about saving our freedoms?

Please think.