There’s just one question I’d like you to ask yourself today. It’s “What the hell are they doing in Spurlockville, West Virginia and why is it turning everything downstream of it brown?”
I’m not really interested in talking about global warming in terms of the environment. It’s become a distraction–arguing about whether it exists and whether it’s manmade. Who cares? The truth is that we are too dependant on foreign oil (a.) and (b.) we’re too dependant on fossil fuels in general. People die pulling coal out of the ground. Look at what’s going on in Spurlock and tell me that whatever’s killing stuff downstream is not seeping into the people nearby.
We need to better manage and conserve our environment and the things in it because we are the things in it. If we build a culture so toxic to frogs and fish and birds and such that they die off, that’s the canary in the coal mine (so to speak).
A lot of the ugliest stuff that gets done to our environment gets done where few people with any power have to see it. This is one reason we need to enlist outdoorsy people of all sorts–from hikers to hunters–to be on the lookout for stuff. They go where most of us don’t. They talk to people who traditionally have no voice.
Being environmentally aware is just smart self-interest. And being able to back up that awareness with a government that can force changes in industrial practices (see how we circle back to plank one?) is paramount in that.