Tired of hearing about how the only way of dealing with climate change is to turn off the lights. Last night, Eli heard a rapping on the window, rapping on the window, only to find Ethon who entered the dreary room where LED candles fed by the local wind turbine burnt, Eli being very carbon conscious. Eli he said, one of the bunnies has asked me to deliver a message before the Paris COP21 opens. He dropped a missive on the table and flew off. Eli bent down to read. . .
Teleconferencing? But that uses electricity...!But Eli has a plan.
Perhaps scientists should stop using computers, calculators, paper,any tools of the modern era. Or anything manufactured using fossil fuel, - or wood harvested from forests, --- or living and working in buildings and houses, -- how much energy does it take to put an earth observing satellite up? and for God's sake stop eating meat.. (well, there might be something to that..)
Bunnies, tired of"...if you're against climate change/oil drilling/pollution/urban sprawl/wars for oil... why do you have a car?"
We have a car because we've built a bassakwards transportation system that keeps most people from participating in society, having a job, even getting food - if they don't have one.
It's part of what we've been screaming about since the seventies, dammit.
We aren't in trouble because scientists are doing research and going to meetings, we are in trouble because we have been burning coal and cutting down forests for 250 years.
We're in trouble because we've allowed those made wealthy by fossil extraction to dominate our political process.
If, by not going to a meeting, a scientist or a policy maker could stop the plane from taking off, then this line of argument would make sense. By all means, telecommute. A huge share of what we do now happens on line. Skype works great - better all the time. But irreplaceable things happen when people meet face to face.
So let's push for less unnecessary travel, and new types of aircraft fuel - but that is decades away.
The replacements for coal and gas fired electricity are here now, and only being held up by a dishonest political system and media, and the bullshitters who bring up these kinds of "there is no climate change because Al Gore flies in planes" distractions.