Thursday, November 15, 2007

Denying the Sustainability Zeitgeist

It seems to me that we are on the verge of a sustainability zeitgeist - you'd almost have live under a rock to avoid hearing current issues on global warming, climate change, and so on. The evidence is surmounting and compelling; I think people are growing more aware of these environmental problems.

Of course, that doesn't mean everyone is going to do something about it.

I remember sometime ago, a friend commented on how she couldn't understand why a person would NOT do something pro-active to save the environment. Yah, sometimes it is difficult to adopt another perspective, but today I found a page that offers some insights into what "others" might be thinking about in regards to this issue.

I've selected a few examples for you to enjoy:

Rhett-Butlerist Features - “Peak Oil? Planetary Collapse? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Translation: Aggressive denial of information not in keeping with one’s world view.

Y2K features : “They said everything would collapse with 2000, and it didn’t.” Translation: A belief that any prior concern about societal problems that didn’t occur demonstrates the impossibility of any others happening in the future.

Submissive features: You're probably right. [Shrug]" Too hard/scary to think about... Translation: A response that acknowledges the reality of the threat, but is emotionally frozen or unwilling to devote emotional time and energy to the matter.

Magical Thinking : “Don’t worry, we can build a car that can run on air!” Translation: Proposes solutions that are clearly outside the realm of physics.

To read more of these enlightening comments, follow the link to the Energy Bulletin.


Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank said...

I know. I'm always going back and forth between thinking that things are really changing fast and wondering if they are really changing at all. Within the same hour sometimes. It's such a strange time we're in.

Experimentaholic said...

Again, to me it goes back to an economic issue. If people had to pay 6 or 9 dollars for a gallon of gas, then you'd find fewer Hummers in Philadelphia. Which is disgusting. No one needs a hummer in Philadelphia.