Friday, September 14, 2007

Social Scientists Respond to Grist Letter

Mike Tidwell certainly ruffled some feathers when he argued that voluntary actions aren't enough to protect the environment and that political legislation is necessary to fix the climate problem.

I was quite discouraged by this report. But thankfully, several bloggers like Beth in the Plastic Fish Tank, Experimentaholic, and Merry Meghan, as well as social scientists from Conservation Psychology, provided me with moral support and encouragement.

I think Tidwell was right when he said political action is needed to make significant changes in reducing global warming. But as I said in a recent comment, political and personal actions should not be considered as mutually-exclusive endeavors. This isn't an either/or situation: Both actions are necessary for making significant changes in our environment.

Anyway, the good news is that several conservation psychologists recently pulled together to write a response to Mike Tidwell's report. The response letter was published in Grist this week. It's entitled "The power of voluntary actions," and I hope you take a moment to read it. If anything, the Tidwell report challenged and strengthened my beliefs concerning the environment. Honestly, I'm grateful for this experience; it's good to be challenged and reminded why we do the things we do to protect the environment.


Meghan said...

It's nice to have this "band of bloggers" to bounce things off of, as well. I linked to Grist today, too - a site I stumbled on rather late in my eco-awareness journey. There was a blog entry about how civil groups have declined over the years, and how maybe that's part of the reason we can never get ourselves heard. Too many individuals are shouting the message using different words at the same time when a group could shout the message using the same & possibly be heard...???

Happy Friday!

My green change this week? Riding the bus, since my arm is still unfunctionable for biking!

Michelle Verges said...


Yah, I'm so happy to have made friends (like you) from this blog. It's really something I hadn't expected, and it's great having friends in the blogosphere. :0)

Hey, I hope your arm feels better soon! Kudos for taking the bus until your arm heals!!

Have a great weekend!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle. I just tagged you for the 8 Random Facts About Me Meme. Please don't feel obligated to participate if you don't want to. I went ahead and did it because it was fun to talk about something other than plastic for once. Could be fun.