Many Americans and Western Europeans are far too egotistical to understand the concept which is so well articulated by this African writer. Living in our comfortable air-conditioned houses, moving from place to place at will in our comfortable cars, even enjoying our clean and pure environment it is easy to express disdain for anyone who disagrees with Gore-onomics. Let’s all “save the world from CO2!”
When you live in “developed” African countries like South Africa the pollution is staggering to us westerners, the stink of a million dung fires, untreated sewage in open steams, garbage and plastic bags clinging to every stunted bush and tree. Yet Africans, and Indians and Asians and Chinese are trapped in this kind of environment every day, all day. They raise their children in the dirty and filthy conditions among starving animals and they eat stuff that will make you and I nauseous.
Do they care that climate may be changing? They know that it changes all the time. They have experienced droughts and huge storms and floods regularly without the benefit of feckless over-educated scientists telling them that the sky is falling. Our environment is changing, not because of my SUV, but because of the massive population increases, because of the demands for timber, and food, and meat, and fish and minerals and all the other resources.
I saw a desperate plea to end “global warming” recently that espoused that the “earth was dying.” Silly person - the earth will be here a long time after humans have died off! Climate change won’t destroy the world, however our narcissistic focus on global warming is causing us to misdirect our limited resources to cap 'n trade and other massively expensive financial boondoggles, hiding reality from us, and this will degenerate the human condition. It’s not about CO2 - it’s about population impact on the environment!
There is an excellent, beautifully filmed movie about the environment now released on the web. - Home. - And although this has much emphasis on global warming I nonetheless recommend you view the trailer, and maybe even the movie - here; The Home Project