Have you really got the will to win?

@nuffsed (1274)
January 26, 2007 10:40am CST
Are you ready for the real discussions? Have you any idea what it will take to ensure survival into the next century? Below is the final paragraph from a Independent Newspaper report by Nigel Politt. Saving The Planet: Empty gestures "In the past, wars were won using the brutality of conscription. Cities were defended and populations fed through regulations and rationing. If human populations are to survive against a far bigger threat than Hitler or al-Qa'ida or avian flu, won't governments have to be brutal? Turn off the power, perhaps? It's been done before, so surely it's do-able. We won't fly for our holidays and we won't drink Evian and maybe we'll even enjoy the spirit of the carbon blitz. If we're lucky, the Gulf Stream won't turn off and we won't end up with the climate of Newfoundland. But according to Professor Pidgeon, we're just not going to change our behaviour enough voluntarily. "We could all end up with low-energy lightbulbs but still flying to the Alps for the weekend. Under those circumstances, a government is going to have to take some pretty tough action." We are challenged, morally, to change our behavior, as individuals, but the bigger challenge is for our leaders to come up with a proper coordinated survival plan. They'll need our backing. ~~~end~~~ Author/Source: Nigel Pollitt: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2184477.ece ~~~~~~ Its time to start waking up. As big a problem as they are, religion and terror are not the big issue. Can we avoid a nuclear war and really do what it takes to fight the Global environment war?
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
As much as I hate to admit it, this maybe the FINAL SOLUTION. Changing the world one person at a time: takes time. It irks me when we are trying to implement organics and green practises, at greater cost to us, on our farm. And like you say others buy low energy light bulbs and still fly to the alps. We are experimenting with bio diesel right now, and hopefully we will be using it as our only source of fuel to run our trucks and equipment. We are about as far off the grid as we can get. The oil companies hate our area farmers because we are costing them money. But untill they implement more eco friendly practises, we will continue to make it diffucult for them to come into our area. Unfortunatley we don't always win, but we sure can be a pain in the backside and have seen a few positive changes. We are but a handful of hicks from the sticks, but nature is what rules our lives and we all have to do our part to preserve it.
@nuffsed (1274)
26 Jan 07
There are thousands of frightened and caring people who care not at all about terrorism and religion, because they see that the call to arms is much greater than we are recognising. Western politicians are at best being cajolled into making placating statements about changing our lifestyles. Lets really give some thought to what it might take to turn this smokey old civilised progress lifestyle around. Imagine physical energy being used instead of fossil energy! Survival could get very primitive. The longer we leave it, the tougher the solutions.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Well, he does have a point and it will be nice if the world would come together to try to resolve the difference between them. Maybe that can prevent future wars.
@nuffsed (1274)
3 Feb 07
There are two threads on here about "The World Social Forum", both sadly neglected!!! Says so much!!
• United States
3 Feb 07
I don't buy that the environment is our biggest issue. Some global warming might be man-made, but remember that the earth naturally goes through ice ages every 10,000-20,000 years or so, with or without us. It is big enough to handle us. Now, I don't think that we should ignore environmental issues, but I will do everything in my power to stop draconian environmental measures that do not take into account the major economic impacts these measures would cause. The earth will not implode tomorrow because of global warming. Nigel Pollitt really sounds like a nut. He seems like the type of person to advocate a ban on holiday flights for environmental reasons (think about the economic impact!) but then turn around and call Bush or Blair fascist propagandists if they tried to ban flights because of a terrorism scare. I would do everything in my power to advocate gradual eco-friendly changes if they don't hurt the economy, but I will also fight the proposals that REQUIRE us to do anything as extreme as Mr. Pollitt imagines. I predict global warming will never be THAT bad, and certainly not something that we humans can't adapt to.
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Yes, I have the will to win! And I know that I will win in all of the trials and troubles of life, because I know that my Lord Jesus and I will win. HE's already conquered the world for me, and all I have to do is believe and trust HIM to see me through everything in life. HE's promised me victory if I walk and live by HIS standards, and victory is what I will get!