Hated It

by Jackie
(cape coral, fl, usa)

A New Use for Al Gore

A New Use for Al Gore

There is a lot of money to be made by scaring us into "going green". I absolutely believe that we are devastating this planet, however- I believe that we are being conned as to where and how much we are having an effect across the Earth. This is keeping us from devoting time and money to the areas where we can create a positive change. This is passifying our polluted consciouses while others maintain their interests. An "Inconvenient Truth" is a real life version of Michael Chrichton's "State of Fear."

I want to do my part, but I want my part to be based off of fair and interest-free science. I don't want to be "inspired" by Al Gore into making phony green purchases- like a hybrid car with their short-lived lead batteries. I'm not donating money to the "dwindling" ice caps while my neighborhood falls apart. Let's get real, educate ourselves, and stop falling prey to overinflated data.

Barry's Response - Good points. Resource allocation needs to be prioritized. Gore did introduce to the masses a new set of ideals to which some resources can be directed, in the form of global warming research for instance. However, the wholesale policy and consumer behavior changes are only partially justified. We'll find a balance as time goes on.

I loved "State of Fear", by the way, especially the essay about eugenics and its comparison to the recent global warming scare. It's been on my wishlist for a while. Thanks for your input, Jackie.

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Could these two pieces be compared?

A couple of works have sparked significant debate about climate change, such as Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and Michael Crichton's "State of Fear." Despite offering different perspectives on environmental issues, they couldn't be more different.

'An Inconvenient Truth' is a documentary-style film about human-induced climate change. The movie combines scientific data with vivid imagery to argue that global warming is a serious problem. The film's main goal is to raise awareness and mobilize action. Environmental issues have been brought to the forefront of public consciousness thanks to its educational value.

'State of Fear' is a fictional thriller by Michael Crichton, known for his science-based stories. There's a challenge to the prevailing climate change narrative in the novel. Crichton weaves a tale of eco-terrorists manipulating data and events to exaggerate climate change's impact. 'State of Fear' is fiction, but Crichton's underlying argument is that climate science can be politicized and distorted.

'An Inconvenient Truth' gained prominence for its passionate advocacy and contribution to climate change discourse. The narrative resonated with many and led to real-world changes. Critics have questioned certain data points and the film's emotional appeal, saying it could have balanced its message better.

'State of Fear' stirred controversy by challenging climate change consensus. Crichton's perspective raises important questions about how politics and advocacy shape public perceptions of science. A lot of journalists have explored how the novel reflects broader debates about climate change and the sometimes murky intersection between science and policy.

When it comes to climate change, they certainly do not agree.

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Every Litter Bit Hurts
by: KOTO, One of the keepers of the ocean

Aloha Jackie:

Taking care of your neighborhood is the best way to make a difference - by walking the walk, setting examples and watching our waste water as the environments downstream are being contaminated by people.

Also, what I frequently call Waster-Sizing: go to a park, beach, lake, wherever people go to relax. Please look around and see if it is a safe place for children or animals to be. If not, bend at the waist & pick up the waste; this way you can get rid of both and reap the benefits of exercise and helping mother nature at the same time.

Because some refuse takes many years to bio-degrade, it contaminates our water, both our drinking water supply and the natural environment our fish grow in. Take care of where we live and educate the children so they can teach their parents. One day at a time, please.

From Barry - While it's important to protect the environment, some people may argue that donating to environmental organizations is the best way to make a difference. By doing this, people can make a bigger impact than if they just took care of their neighborhood.

When you bend at the waist to pick up waste, the material becomes smaller, which makes it easier for bacteria to break down and biodegrade. By properly disposing of waste, we can reduce water pollution and keep our water safe to drink and swim in. We also educate kids about how to properly dispose of waste so they'll understand the importance of taking care of our planet.

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