Interestingly enough, today’s article got caught in my feed for who knows why, but I found it interesting. It touches on the relationship between weather and climate change. I found it interesting because it is not a part of the usual media frenzy about all things climate related, AND the person they talk about in the article is Steven Koonin, who was an energy tzar under Obama, of all people. When the Left starts saying that climate change and weather are not as fragile as the media says, we might be making headway.
I am a firm believer in the idea that we should not shit in our own nests. This means we ought to stop tossing garbage everywhere, and we should continue to find new and better ways to package stuff that doesn’t leave behind a floating garbage patch the size of Texas in our oceans. We should stop putting microbeads of plastic into facial cleansers, because we’re starting to find them in commerical fish. We should be considering what’s going on with Splenda, if only because it seems to be entering our waterways in much the same way it entered us, which means we’re peeing it out in the same formulation it went in.
There is a lot of stuff we can all agree on is Bad. The garbage patch in the ocean. Overfishing or overhunting to the point where we no longer get to enjoy our foods. Working on eliminating food deserts. We ought to be focusing on the things everyone (or the vast majority) agrees on, and that we can make progress on. The Left can argue until it’s blue in the face that oceans are warming, and there will be people who deny it, others who support it, and a group in the middle who are confused over why it matters. Whatever the facts are, that argument is going nowhere, so let’s walk away from it and actually get something done.
I have seen this happen successfully. There was a neighborhood that was falling into ruin, with garbage, falling down homes, gangs, etc. I wish I could remember the article so I could find it again, because I loved the outcome. A handful of people with a bit of money organized a clean-up week, and worked with the locals to get all the garbage and crap out of the place. These were hard working conservative individuals who got their hands dirty moving stuff. They walked their talk, and I have huge respect for that.
I volunteer every year at a local fair, because the fair is a charity. All the money they take in as entrance fees and such, goes to the food bank and the local meals on wheels that delivers to vets and shut ins. I am proud of the fact that I’m an integral part of a group that gave $64,000.00 to the food bank this year. We gave almost that much to meals on wheels. It’s a ton of work, and I volunteer rather than get paid (even though the position I’m in would nominally be a paid one because of the amount of work associated with it). For me, it’s important to give back to my neighborhood. I know so many people who do that. And it’s that sense of “a hand up rather than a hand out” that makes conservatives stand out to me as examplars.
So maybe the right thing to do (the Right thing? hehehe) is to just start working on this stuff. I start at home. I try to use less packaging. I have reusable tupperware type stuff for food, rather than throw-away plastic baggies. The family tries to limit how much we drive, not only because of the price of gas, but because we want to do our part.
But it’s going down to 41*F tonight… and I can either turn on the oil heater, or I can toss some wood into the wood stove. According to some, that wood stove is an abomination, belching toxins into the sky. To me, it’s a renewable fuel source (or the place to use a renewable fuel source) that doesn’t require machinery to mine it and transport it. I get the fuel out of my own backyard, and I pay for it with sweat equity as my family cuts, bucks, and splits it for use.
So what’s my point in all this? Just that we can do better, if we focus on what WE can do, individually. Yes, we can look at companies and ask them to work at making less trash or whatever, and that’s not a bad thing, but we cannot expect America to single handedly carry the lowering of world pollution. We can’t affect what those in India and the Middle East and China are doing. We can only do so much… and I think we do a ton already.