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PostClimate Change (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 02/09/15 11:45 am)
It is more credible for Native Americans to talk about protecting the environment. I am convinced man is abusing Mother Nature and its natural resources. One hundred years ago there were less than 2 billion people on earth. Now there are 7 billion. More people means more consumption and waste production.
The problem with climate change in the US is in the solution--i.e. tax or penalize carbon emissions but only in the US. Unless it is applied the world over, American businesses will either raise the price of goods and services or ship the jobs overseas, say to China where environmental protection laws are not implemented if they even have such laws. American businesses saddled with the highest corporate taxes among developed nations get more suspicious and see this as political persecution intended to win elections. Once again Democrats and Republicans are at each others' throats, with the economy and the welfare of their constituents the last thing on their minds.
While climate change is global, the solution is enforceable only in the US. That's a problem, not a solution.
"How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? That idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? White man treats his mother, the earth, and his brother, the sky, as things to be bought, plundered, sold like sheep or bright beads. His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind only a desert."
--Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamis
JE comments: What about the EU Emissions Trading System, among other international agreements?
Also, I wonder if Bienvenido Macario is unduly exoticizing the Native Americans? Americans of my generation still vividly recall the "Crying Indian" and the motto: "People start pollution; people can stop it."
And by and large, since 1971, they have. Littering, like smoking, drinking, and harassing at work, is no longer tolerated.
Might this be the most successful PSA (public service announcement) in US history?
Great Public Service Announcements
(David Duggan, USA
02/09/15 1:50 PM)
When commenting Bienvenido Macario's post, John E cited the "Crying Indian" anti-pollution commercial as the greatest public service announcement (PSA) ever. Certainly this honor does not belong to "This is your brain on drugs," which was parodied in a poster on prominent display at the lockup in the Chicago Dirksen Federal Building. It showed a fried egg in a skillet with two bacon strips: "This is your brain on drugs with a side of bacon."
JE comments: Google Images to the rescue! (See below.) For the anti-drug campaign, I'm going to go with "Why do you think they call it dope?" That one is from 1970. Did they make better PSAs in Nixon's day, or did I just watch more TV?