To further the comments regarding American follies that appeared earlier in this column: clear thinking about climate change and the environment will conclude that the fundamental driver is overpopulation and its resultant over consumption. However a visitor to the Boulder Creek festival would conclude that few in Boulder are actually thinking so clearly. Families with multiple kids, thousands with dogs, all buying fast food and stuff. Breeding adds the primary burden on the planets stretched ability to survive. Pets consume, eating mainly the flesh of other animals. Stuff takes the resources of the earth to manufacture, transport and package. Its easy to point the finger at Governmental or industrial inaction but it is hypocritical to do so when you don’t take responsibility and make sacrifices in line with ethics.
Lets start by recognizing that the multiple kid family with pets is a conditioning image from a consumer based economic model that has got into peoples heads and that it will take personal effort to overturn it and save our world.