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January 21, 2008

Maybe it’s not too late?

Filed under: Commentary,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 9:04 pm

Everyday we receive more bad news about the deterioration of the global environment due to increasing carbon emissions – a result mainly of a petro-fueled, ever growing world population. Projections of catastrophic outcomes for the planet and the fate of human life on Earth are sobering, even if only partly true. And yet it is easy to find so many people who are either oblivious to this foreboding prediction, or simply don’t give a damn in their lifetime.

I heard today that the City of North Vancouver is voting on whether to deny any further approvals of drive-thru services that involve lines of idling vehicles polluting the air, when people could just park, turn off their engines and walk inside to get their burger. B.C. Ferries discourages idling in their terminals and prohibits it on board vessels when underway.

Perhaps laws are the only way to curtail carbon emissions. If some individuals are unwilling to change their consumptive behaviors for the common good, then, for the good of the rest of us, regulations may be necessary. It’s too bad, because I think we are regulated so much already. The rising price of oil probably won’t help as there are too many who can afford to continue their wasteful ways at great expense to everyone in the long run.

Maybe if each of us try a little harder, it may not be too late.

Find out how big your ‘ecological footprint’ is by going to:  http://www.earthday.net/footprint/info.asp

1 Comment »

  1. I hate to say this mate but I think we’re all doomed. Big business, big money and big oil are never going to let anything get in it’s way to make a profit. For starters the Global-Warming-is-a-Hoax groups are all well funded by the above. CBS news the other night had scientists that are already saying whatever we do now is too little, too late. So grab a lawn chair and a cold one! Enjoy the floods and skin cancer.

    Comment by gabbyguy — January 23, 2008 @ 11:30 am

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