Sunday, August 03, 2008

not just global warming

Joel Achenbach says he's concerned that the discussion about climate change may cause us to forget the OTHER major environmental issues that face us. As Achenbach, the real problem is, there are too many of us humans, who "are environment-destroying creatures by nature."

It's an interesting read. Achenbach concludes,

Last week, we saw reports of more wildfires in California. Sure as night follows day, people will lay some of the blame on climate change. But there's also the minor matter of people building homes in wildfire-susceptible forests, overgrown with vegetation due to decades of fire suppression. That's like pitching a tent on the railroad tracks.

The message that needs to be communicated to these people is: "Your problem is not global warming. Your problem is that you're nuts."

You should definitely worry about global warming. But you don't need to worry about global warming when your house is on fire.

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