I have to define four types of environmentalism and explain which type I think would best help our planet. It really made me think because I've read a lot of posts on here lately about people not believing in climate change or "global warming" or whatever you want to call it. My question to those who don't believe this exists is this: does it really hurt to take care of the world around us either way? I'm not looking to start a debate, I just really want to know peoples opinions on this subject.
I believe the earth does go thru natural cycles; however mans impact on the earth is speeding and increasing the strength/lengths of these cycles...it's not the planet that needs saving; it's us...the planet will be here long after we've made the place un-inhabitable for human life.
But before that happens other issuescategorized as an environmental that people often overlook when bashing global warming are: the overuse and waste of natural resources we will/are running out of; to avoid an argument here I won't go into over-population just that it's also an environmental factor; flora and fauna becoming extinct; again connected; intertwined...
Environmentalism is much much more than just global warming...people often forget that in their rush to dis-credit the opposition
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 8:58 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by BEXi at 8:44 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 8:51 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:26 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 9:35 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
I'm not talking about products, really. I think that's just the new phase of environmentalism, really, "buy this, it's green!" I actually used to do testing on products (active compounds of laundry detergent, paint, pesticides, et.) in a group called Environmental Fate for two year. We tested products to make sure they stood up to EPA standards, and to be honest some of the work we did there scared me. I mean, I did biodegredation studies where bacteria hadn't broken down a compound after a year. A year!!!! What I'm really talking about is the basic concept of environmentalism, what we do effects the earth, what can we do to stop the negative effects we leave behind us? I think there is a whole picture that you might be missing, not just a product line. But I can see where you are coming from, you think that a lot of people just buy things that are labeled "green" instead of actually being environmentally conscious?
Answer by ajguinn at 9:38 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by ajguinn at 9:39 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:05 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
I don't have a problem with doing things that are less harmful to the environment (using cloth bags, recycling ect...) I have a problem with the govt telling my I HAVE to and/or raising my taxes to use on programs THEY consider environmentally friendly that are really just programs hyped by the best lobbyists! I hear people on here all the time talking about choice when it comes to our bodies....I want the choice when it comes to how I deal with improving the environment. I do not want BIG GOV'T patting me on my head and telling me what is best for lil ole me!
Answer by momof030404 at 10:34 PM on Jun. 3, 2009
Answer by joyfulmom30 at 10:39 PM on Jun. 3, 2009