but what about…?
Coming home from a
job the other day I was following a large truck with a logo and slogan that
touted environmental responsibility! As he made the corner, I noticed that the
truck was belching a continuous plume of black diesel smoke. It was so thick it
hung in the air long enough for him to get two blocks distance away!
It reminded me we had recently experienced “Earth Day”. We had heard
all the great speeches calling for “earth day every day”. Then the great
speech makers got into their gas-hog SUV’s and drove to their jet planes to
make their get-a-ways! Isn’t there
something wrong with these pictures?
I recalled a realization I once had in church. The teacher was advising
everyone to be courteous and loving to everyone. Make the world a friendlier
place. All the heads were bobbing up and down as each point was carefully
crafted. How could you argue with logic like that? Then the service was over and
the congregation went to the parking lot to leave. Brakes squealing, engines
gunning, fingers flipping and gas pedals stomping, the cutting off and roaring
past began! “Get out of my way, I go first! I have right-of-way! Why,
We don’t even have to go that far to see it. Imagine the amount of
gasoline and green house gasses we would save if all the stop signs and signals
were changed to “yield” signs. IF people were courteous to each other, we
could clear up the smog in a week! And it wouldn’t be just the gas and oil;
think of the amount of electricity conserved without those sustained red lights
at intersections. Hasn’t it ever occurred to you as it has to me, that
stopping, idling and then accelerating back to road speed for another two
blocks, wasted gas and electric power for the lights. Especially at
! There isn’t anybody around at all but you and the traffic cop watching you!
We recycle our plastic bottles and aluminum cans, we separate the paper
and cardboard, then carry it all to the curb, feelin
Do we long for the “good old days” before gas guzzlers and traffic
lights and OPEC and Con-Edison? Maybe, but we probably wouldn’t give up our
own conveniences to do anything about it. Global warming or not, rain forest
depletion aside, we have to think about this sliver of earth-surface livable
environment on this one single planet. We’d better do that soon.