A greener world

first_imgTHE report by scientists from around the world last week provided confirmation of what an increasing amount of Americans had already come to believe – that global warming is real and it is almost certainly largely caused by humans. This report wasn’t the work of one mad scientist communing with the grebes in the wild. This was a sober, evidence-backed assessment from an international network of hundreds of leading climate researchers and scientists that has been documenting climate change for years. Still, there are those who are suspicious of political motivations, and who raise objections to global warming’s threat. And to those people we ask, does it even matter if global warming is myth or reality? The counter-measures for halting global warming – using cleaner vehicles and driving less, reducing waste and consumption – are ones that would do us all a bit of good, regardless of what you believe about climate change. For instance, who could honestly argue that reducing dependence on oil from the war-torn Middle East and making smart purchasing choices that result in cleaner air are bad things? We could all breathe easier, and oil money would stop flowing into some of our enemies’ hands. Maybe some can’t buy the argument that widespread use of fossil fuels is causing polar ice to melt, thus drowning polar bears and causing seas to rise. But they must at least admit that without all that lovely revenue from oil production, terrorists would have a lot less money to spend buying bombs, training killers and blowing up civilians. Maybe some can’t swallow the idea that people could possibly trash this enormous planet. We urge them to talk to residents of Granada Hills who live in the shadow of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and know we are at least trashing some of it. If they don’t want to recycle for the planet, then do it for the people who live in neighborhoods that have fume-belching trash trucks rumbling through their streets every day. Is it even in dispute that telecommuting means better quality of family life? And if it helps the environment, what’s the loss? In the end, it doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming. We all would benefit personally and collectively by making smarter choices about using natural resources. That’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for us.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more