Title: Inevitable Hypocrites
The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.
-AL GORE, speech at National Sierra Club Convention, Sept. 9, 2005
We must not wait. We should not wait. Not many would disagree with this quote on the importance of the fight against global warming. Yes, global warming is a crucial issue. Yes, it is our fault. And yes, we should work to stop it.
Yet the temperature of the earth continues to rise rapidly. Winter grows shorter with every passing day. More and more animals grow extinct.
Why is it that, although almost every person who knows about global warming believes he or she should help to protect the earth, the issue only becomes more and more serious with every passing day? Why is it that Al Gore himself, the very person who has made such an impressive statement uses electricity 20 times the US national average? Why is it that we still pack Styrofoam cups in our lunches, drive our cars to get to houses only a few blocks down, and waste tons of food every day?
Because man’s base idea of what is “right” and what “should be done” seldom affects man’s desires.
The same is true on the issue of man’s manipulation of nature and life. We probably shouldn’t, but the possible benefits are too tempting to resist.
A common example of this is the issue of cosmetics testing on animals. Few people truly believe that thousands of animals should be killed in the process of making cosmetics. According to a survey conducted by the Clear Lead Organization, an active group on the prevention of cosmetic testing, 75% of Americans are against testing cosmetics on animals. Yet, more than 50% of these so called...