My column in the Monitor today is the latest round of self-examination in which I face the unpleasant fact that a central tenant of my environmental attitude – “think globally, act locally” – has not only proven insufficient to tackle global problems like climate change, it has actually become a distraction which gets in the way of solving them.
You can read it here. An incentive for the number-lovers: it includes multi-digit energy calculations!
I think most tenants are indeed insufficient to tackle climate change. Maybe swap your tenant for a well thought out (and accurately-spelled) tenet.
ha – as in, ouch
Well, it’s about time someone put this in print! The first time I heard it -20 years ago – I wanted to succumb to the futility of my efforts and quit recycling. But an ecologist friend brought me back from the edge and made me realize that it does help to recycle. But people need to know, and do what they can, about the mega-waste problem created by businesses that won’t factor in eco-costs. True some wouldn’t exist with them. But do we really lose from that? Sometimes the net effect favors the fix-it-later attitude. But I think we need to really dig in on this and make it better.