My view on going green and global warming:
As we slowly admit that we once again may have made mistakes (like we did in Korea and Vietnam) in the Iraqi War, Americans have to search for another source of pride and something that we can collectively believe in. Results of the War from the past few years have changed our courage and togetherness into doubt and segregation. But we will always band together for something. We’ve tried wars with ourselves, the World, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, and Iraq – but the new sentiment may be that something peaceful could work in the absence of opposition. One thing that our nation will always have in common is that we live on the same planet. Let’s all get excited about going Green!
The vehicle of choice is transitioning from the 4x4 truck with the flag in the window to the Hybrid car with Starbucks in the cup holder. The factories are going from making steel to making solar panels. “What have you done lately?” has changed from a question of what you’ve done for your country to what is your “carbon footprint.” Instead of knowing the latest stats on fatalities and political implications in Iraq, we memorize how many miles per gallon our car gets and what new alternate source of fuel is emerging. Our arguments are no longer about saving lives, but are instead about saving resources.
But, my argument is, why worry about the environment? Hasn’t evolution taken good care of us in the past? What would have happened to our world if the first fish out of the ocean thought that he should make the world an ocean instead of learning to walk on land? If the ozone layer depleted, wouldn’t we develop superior skin that can withstand direct sunlight? If we breathed in smog all day long, wouldn’t our lungs become more resistant to pollution? If the polar ice caps melted, wouldn’t we become mermaids and live in Atlantis, or at least be like Kevin Costner in Water World (let’s hope that doesn’t happen)? Can I write an entire paragraph made up of only questions?
While I don’t condone purposely messing up the Earth, I don’t think that global warming or using resources will lead to our ultimate demise. It’s great to have the awareness and to keep up our gluttonous consumption as long as possible, but it’s not the end of the world. We need to all just relax a bit and stop feeling the need to be scared about something at all times. Worst case scenario, we all die. Big deal.
Favorite slang word at the moment: slack. I learned this word last week in Australia. Apparently it means mean, or being a jerk. Needless to say, I got called this phrase a lot while there, so I got pretty accustomed to hearing it.