A few months ago I sat down and watched Al Gore’s infamous movie. Finally, I began to listen to the message that so many scientists have been talking about. I began to seriously follow the news about the environment and global warming. I have to admit, I am a convert. Now I believe that we (humans, especially Americans) are the cause of global warming. I agree that one day this is going to be very, very bad. I just read today that the polar ice is melting faster than the scientific models predict. It doesn’t get much more desperate than this.
So how has this changed my life? Ummm. Not much.
I try to turn off the lights when I am not in the room, but I often don’t bother if it isn’t convenient. I still drive my car. Even to the store that is one mile away. I think it would be great if other people used less energy, but I don’t want to live less comfortably.
Am I embarrassed? Yes. Will I change? Probably not.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I am alone. Right now, 46 million Americans are smokers. I am sure that they all know that is will (or at least could) kill them one day. I doubt they are all suicidal. I think it is the same thing with the environment.
We will not stop global warming as long as we want someone else to do it.