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02:36 PM on 09/04/2009
Living simply, keeping it local and low impact is a wonderful way to go. I try to do that whether the planet is in climate catastrophe or not. I happen to think it's not, though yes, I understand it's warming, My focus in long period natural history tells me its nothing to be too worried about. Cutting back emissions/ending our connection to carbon to fuel our industry is good even if CO2 is good for us as some think and maybe preventing a new ice age...(think killing frosts across the Ukraine and Midwest every year for hundreds..what happens to the amazon then?). The soot, persistant organic pollutants (unlike CO2) and the processes of extracting/processing carbon fuels is nasty business. I believe history will show it's a rung on the ladder of tech/advancement andwill bring us to hydrogen fusion (research in which is starting to heat up), and likewise solar energy satellites. Why $trillions on clamping down on a techno-industrial economy that is our best chance at transforming us into the space faring species we can be,or should we just wait for the asteroid with our eulogy written on it: the ultimate game ender.
Space is the place: enormous energy for free, massive asteroids made of the same metallic stuff we need here but have to strip mine to get, ...it's raining soup and so many of us (but hopefully not all of us) seem to be too conflicted to build a bucket.
02:31 PM on 09/04/2009
NO IMPACT MAN.
A GREAT TEACHING TOOL.
A GREAT TEACHING STUNT.
IT MAKES ME THINK ABOUT MY IMPACT.
WAS THAT NOT THE OBJECT?
KOLBERT ESSAY MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT KOLBERT,
WHICH WAS PROBABLY HER OBJECT.
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SteveDenver
Progressive and liberal, just like Jesus Christ.
09:31 PM on 09/04/2009
She's a naysayer who has no real reason to complain.
02:11 PM on 09/04/2009
Elizabeth Kolbert makes some really excellent points. But, Colin, don't worry, look how well Thoreau turned out.

Really just the fact that you coined something like "happier planet, happier people" and think that that's newsworthy is cause for concern.

Ultimately, it's not about turning on each other. It's about keeping us real. Yes, Kolbert could have written another story about actual activists like Van Jones. But I guess she thought we needed a reminder on what the stakes actually are, where the big picture is, where we stand in it. I applaud Kolbert. And Colin, I think this will help you in the long run.
01:18 PM on 09/04/2009
For most people, every weekend is a possibility for a low-impact day, the Sabbath.
Yom Kippur is coming up, and millions of Jews will participate in a low impact day, and spend the day thinking about the impact they have made in the last year.

But Kolbert's conclusion is powerful, think about the impact you can make on those around you, don't just focus on your poor suffering patient wife. Hopefully you can use your book tour and publicity to promote that message, not just to defend the righteousness of your stunt.
12:37 PM on 09/04/2009
Thanks for writing this, Colin. I can't wait to see the movie!
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Organic-Guy
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09:31 AM on 09/04/2009
Well said. I hope more people read this and learn from it. We must not turn on each other. We need to turn to each other. Keeping an eye on the objective and letting go of ego is a good start.
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05:49 PM on 09/04/2009
Colin, Funny how about half the comments side with you and the other half sides with Kolbert. I for one find your action laudable and those reactions that condemn you for the "stunt" very shortsighted. The comment that says we must turn to each other says it so well, i have nothing to add.
On another note, read Homoeopathy for Farm and Garden, which promotes the use of homoeopathic remedies that protect crops for 3 months against pests or diseases with a single dose of non-poision to make even large-scale agriculture sustainable.