There has been a lot of buzz this week about the cover of Time Magazine. I will start off by saying that I have not read the article, this post is purely about the cover.
First, global warming, environmentalism, “green” anything is not a war… it is never going to end (many could argue that some wars never end but that is for a different kind of blog). We cannot recycle for a few years and then “withdraw” or “win” and go back to our old ways.
What is going on right now is a lifestyle change for the good. People die in wars and other horrible things happen but for the most part, good things will come out of this change for a better a planet. People are not going to start dying from organic food, walking more, or many of the other environmental changes that are available or will be available. The cotton gin, printing press, computers have all brought about lifestyle (and business) changes and it was hardly a war that brought them into our lives.
It is just as bad to call this a fad as it is to call it war. We need to realize that doing the right thing does not need have a label. Some people do not want to jump on the bandwagon…etc. We do not need to make people feel like having a compost pile in their backyard or driving a Prius is some sort of label. Many people can do many different things to help the environment and as this issue continues to percolate in this country we need to work hard to make this not about a definition/label or war, but the right thing to do.
I felt this topic was important to bring up on this blog because the things I suggest and talk about here are changes we are choosing to make in our lives and there may never be a time that we will be able to go back to the way things were. I do not think that this is hardship most of the time, it is a way to live on Earth understanding that there are not infinite resources.
How do you feel about the cover?