22 April 2008

Read It, Then Do Something...

... like plant a tree?


This week's NYTimes magazine is a keeper, about our Carbon Future as it were, with excellent work by Steven Leavitt and Michael Pollan. I gotta find a way to bring Pollan to my town. His stuff about the food-industrial complex always knocks me sideways. You don't have to read the whole book to get his point. Just read what he wrote in the Magazine.

Here is a citation:
Whatever we can do as individuals to change the way we live at this suddenly very late date does seem utterly inadequate to the challenge. It’s hard to argue with Michael Specter, in a recent New Yorker piece on carbon footprints, when he says: “Personal choices, no matter how virtuous, cannot do enough. It will also take laws and money.” So it will. Yet it is no less accurate or hardheaded to say that laws and money cannot do enough, either; that it will also take profound changes in the way we live. Why? Because the climate-change crisis is at its very bottom a crisis of lifestyle — of character, even. The Big Problem is nothing more or less than the sum total of countless little everyday choices, most of them made by us (consumer spending represents 70 percent of our economy), and most of the rest of them made in the name of our needs and desires and preferences.
Go to http://www.nytimes.com/ and scroll down to the 'most popular' box. Click on "Why Bother," register to read it. Read it.

If you do, then tell me you are not persuaded that you, yes you with your eyes on the screen, one of the scarcely two score who read this thing, do not agree that you have a job to do. And when you despair of being able to do it, then tell me this is not what religious communities exist to do.

have A Great Earth Day

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