Yes we must all change our way of living and thinking except of course Al Gore. Don't you think Al should lead by example? How many people did you say attended that conference in Chicago? Oh, yeah 1500 from 70 different countries. WOW. How did they all get there? How did you get there? Did they fly, drive? How did Al get there? Private jet? Did he have a limo or just a rental car? How many speakers were flown in? I'm sure you had a big convention room. How much electricity did all of you consume for the 2-3 days you were there? You tell us you got written materials. For 1500 people, that's a lot of paper. Everyone got a flash drive for their computers and I'm sure everyone was using their iphones, you know those ones coming from dirty China. And next years conference is in San Francisco, yeah!!Andrew Hoffman, Fall, 2012:
First, climate change is not a “pollution” issue. Although the US Supreme Court decided in 2007 that greenhouse gases were legally an air pollutant, in a cultural sense, they are something far different. The reduction of greenhouse gases is not the same as the reduction of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, or particulates. These forms of pollution are man-made, they are harmful, and they are the unintended waste products of industrial production. Ideally, we would like to eliminate their production through the mobilization of economic and technical resources. But the chief greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, is both man-made and natural. It is not inherently harmful; it is a natural part of the natural systems; and we do not desire to eliminate its production. It is not a toxic waste or a strictly technical problem to be solved. Rather, it is an endemic part of our society and who we are. To a large degree, it is a highly desirable output, as it correlates with our standard of living. Greenhouse gas emissions rise with a rise in a nation’s wealth, something all people want. To reduce carbon dioxide requires an alteration in nearly every facet of the economy, and therefore nearly every facet of our culture. To recognize greenhouse gases as a problem requires us to change a great deal about how we view the world and ourselves within it. And that leads to the second distinction.
Climate change is an existential challenge to our contemporary worldviews. The cultural challenge of climate change is enormous and threefold, each facet leading to the next. The first facet is that we have to think of a formerly benign, even beneficial, material in a new way—as a relative, not absolute, hazard. Only in an imbalanced concentration does it become problematic. But to understand and accept this, we need to conceive of the global ecosystem in a new way.
But here's a thought, next year stay home and teleconference.