They've Got to Do Something, Don't They?
01.24.2006 08:04 | DISPATCHES
The creator of the earth-as-Gaia theory, is reading us the riot act again:
". . . climate centres. . . which are the equivalent of the pathology lab of a hospital, have reported the Earth's physical condition. . . . [It's] soon to pass into a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years."
--Environmental scientist James Lovelock, The Independent
Many thoughtful people feel as Don, one of Hurricane Katrina's greatest heroes (chronicled in Alternet.org), does:
"I've been thinking most of my life we live wrong but I'm not a genius, I haven't got a solution. I've just got to do what we all do."
Others think clarion calls about the environment are alarmist. Still others, scarcely dealing with the Iraq War, can't even begin to think about the environment.
What, however, do we think the future holds? That global warming is just a natural cycle that will run its course? Or, on a related subject, that the price of oil will go down? Or, for that matter, that the US will discontinue outsourcing jobs? That the housing bubble will never deflate? That a national health insurance plan will be instituted?
After all, once Bush is gone, they have to do something about the environment and the economy, don't they? Without intense pressure from constituents, though, don't bet on it.