Sunday, October 11, 2009

Developing Perspective on Global Warming ...Developing Informed Opinions

Here is a link to a Commentary on Global Warming. A quote contained within the article is,

"As the late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day,...[stated]... in 1994: "The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment."

Read the link and reflect on how you feel about global warming. What sources or experiments can you use to support your opinion? How can you influence public policy once you educate yourself about global warming?

What have you done to conserve energy today?

Reflection leads to action and to problem alleviation and resolution. I believe that what each of us does can make a huge difference. I do not like the pessimistic attitude indicated in the article that it is too late ("Tomorrow will be too late to stop drastic effects of global warming" by Peter H. Raven) because that may stop people from taking corrective actions. We can do something and effectively improve our environment. For example, Gaylord Nelson was one person, yet, in creating Earth Day, he profoundly influenced the health of our environment. Many environmentally sound laws were passed as a result of his encouraging people to do something. If we, the people, become lax, some environmental ly sound laws get repealed. Look over the environmental legislation of the Bush era, for example. Look at your own country's environmental laws.

As you come across articles on this topic, feel free to note them in the comments section. Let us know your opinion as you study more.

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