2007 02 23
Goring Toronto’s Press
Al Gore hit Toronto the other day, and scalpers were selling tickets at$ 200 a pop. The Globe and Mail, Canada's version of the New York Times (too left for some, too right for others) covered it with an article titled Eco-pilgrims gather to 'heed the Goracle'
When you google the words "environmentalism" and "religion"
John Kay in the Financial Times
We are not Green Moonies. It is time to push back.
When normally sensible writers think the idea of Al Gore as tent revivalist is original and cute, we should complain.
We should adopt David Roberts' idea that " environmentalism is in our self-interest - "Living in accord with nature, reducing our waste, using energy more efficiently, preserving ecosystem services like clean water and air, preventing climate disruption, etc.: These things will will make us happier and more prosperous. They are things people do in service of other people. People who don't do them are causing harm to other people."
We should go all Ayn Rand objectivist on their butts and say that I am doing this for me and my kids- we want fresh air, clean water and working ecosystems. After all, "Ayn Rand characterized Objectivism as a philosophy "for living on earth," grounded in reality and aimed at achieving knowledge about the natural world and harmonious, mutually beneficial interactions between human beings" and "that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or "rational self-interest." which sound like perfectly good reasons to fight climate change.
We should become the new conservatives, the defenders of the status quo. We like things the way they are- cold winters, tolerable summers, stable water levels, cute polar bears. We are fundamentally against change, and things that cause it (like coal plants, low density suburbs and big SUV's).
Most of the people I see going to Al Gore fests are a lot like TreeHugger readers- they like technology, are generally optimistic that we can actually do something to save the planet from unpleasant change, and voted overwhelmingly
That's not religion, that's common sense.
[email this story] Posted by Lloyd Alter on 02/23 at 06:55 AM
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