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  •  More important than "marching against big oil?" (0+ / 0-)

    Although I haven't seen Tomatoland, I doubt it would convince me that everyone making a bunch of personal choices about what they eat, how long they shower, etc. is a viable solution to climate change. Because I've read As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, which elegantly and tragically explains how, if every single person made every single "green living" personal choice that gets popularly expounded, we would reduce our annual output of greenhouse gases by about 1/7. Not. Nearly. Enough.

    Not that we shouldn't make such personal choices, but the idea that we can consume our way out of catastrophe is what allows for greenwashing practices from all over the corporate spectrum and makes a bunch of well-intentioned people who actually care about the environment actually think they are doing something significant for the planet when they "buy green" when really they are not. When James Hansen (the NASA scientist who was instrumental in discovering the climate effects of greenhouse gases) says the tar sands pipeline is "game over" for climate change, I'm inclined buy that the 1,000+ people who got arrested at the WH last month are making much more of an impact on climate change than they would eating organic/vegetarian for the whole lives.

    NB: I'm a vegetarian because of the high environmental impact of (most) meat, but I do it because it makes me feel better, not because I think it actually makes a difference.

    •  not "more important" ... "do more good faster" (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't say living green was more important. I said you could do more good faster. I'm primarily a food activist because that's the fastest, most direct way I can help slow global warming. The U.N.'s famous Livestock's Long Shadow report reports that producing a half-pound of hamburger releases as much greenhouse gas as driving a 3,000-pound car nearly 10 miles.

      I used to drive up to DC every few months for a big march. These marches took a lot of time and money, were under-reported by the media, and didn't seem to make much difference. I hope the WH people have better luck. I hope they also didn't have a Big Whopper burger for lunch after the march.

      My goal is to give governments, corporations, and society enough incentive and runway to change before the world burns. By all means, let's use every tool we have. Save money. Eat well. Make a difference.

      by Cook for Good on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 01:36:55 PM PDT

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