At the edge Wednesday March 23, 2005, 1 comments

I’m a closet environmentalist. I love “green” technologies. It makes me feel good when I do my bit to make the world a healthier, cleaner place. It’s one (but not the only) reason I have a sailboat and not a powerboat.

The reason I am a closet environmentalist is because I am embarrassed to be associated with the “activists” who claim to represent my environmentalist nature. In much the same way conscientious Americans proudly claimed that the government wasn’t acting in their interest when they invaded Iraq, I don’t feel that what amounts to ecoterrorism is indicative of my desire to protect the environment. Extremism, like fundamentalism, scares the hell out of me.

Extremism takes root in all forms of protest. The civil rights movements of the 1960’s were plagued with groups like the Black Panthers, which were prepared to use any means, including violence, to achieve their ends. Likewise the feminist movement is now being driven by extreme elements, diluting the message of equality and pushing an agenda many feminists do not support.

Environmental “activists” that are willing to to use violence to achieve a greener world are driving the environmental movement. I cannot support that. It is counter my belief that there is a peaceful way.

It is my belief that environmentally responsible change can be achieved by making it both easier and more cost effective to be green. North Americans don’t care about Global Warming. Hell, I live in Canada, our winters could definitely benefit from a few degrees of warmth. But we care about our money. And our time. Make it convenient for people to be environmentally responsible. Make it cheaper. And above all else, you HAVE to make it cooler.

Hit us in the wallet. It’s the only way we listen.

How’s that for extreme?


Comments

K Wednesday March 23, 2005


Wo der Glauben beginnt, stirbt die Vernunft!
Extremismus – in jeglicher Form – tut nichts weiter, als dieser Welt Schaden zuzufügen.

sanity dies where belief starts.
All kinds of extremism just do harm our world.

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.”
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Twitter

  • How the hell is the new Tesla Roadster accelerating faster than 1G? What am I not understanding? Friday November 17, 2017
  • “Why software engineers don’t get jobs: Three horror stories” — Iwan t.co/Zrtpia4hgz t.co/lHuOvwndOJ Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Slaughterbots t.co/578dddG5kE via @YouTube Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Kenny Holland - Can't Help Falling Over The Rainbow ft. my sister Capri t.co/Fp1imZNgFB via @YouTube Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Happy birthday Matthew G, wherever you are. Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • “‘Make relationships, not things.’” — @stevebryant t.co/deMwdrUX8x Wednesday November 8, 2017
  • Today’s web is probably much more useful than the web of ten years ago. But it’s a lot less fun too. Wednesday November 8, 2017
  • “...focus of Silicon Valley used to be innovation with the bonus of money but those priorities seem to have flipped” t.co/rS5k3ZASeU Wednesday November 8, 2017
  • t.co/AgjK0K3xBC Wednesday November 8, 2017
  • Watch “I AM HERE - short film” by @EoinDuffy on #Vimeo t.co/QjStS1zEUk Tuesday November 7, 2017