Saturday, September 8, 2012

"It's Not Easy Being Green"

"For starters, let's remember what we're trying to do: We're trying to change the climate system--to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable! We are trying to affect how much the rain falls, how strong the winds blow, how fast the ice melts. In addition to all that, we're trying to preserve and restore the world's rapidly depleting ecosystems--our forests, rivers, savannahs, oceans, and the cornucopia of plant and animal species they contain. Finally, we are trying to break a collective addiction to gasoline that is having not only profound climate effects, but also geopolitical ones. It doesn't get any bigger than this. This is not something you do as a hobby, and the adjective 'easy' should never--ever, ever--acompany this task.

"The truth is: Not only are there not 205 easy ways to really go green, there isn't one easy way to really go green! If we can pull this off, it will be the biggest single peacetime project humankind will have ever undertaken. Rare is the political leader anywhere in the world who will talk straight about the true size of this challenge."

--Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

Photos by Anthony F. Chiffolo

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