Thursday, October 05, 2006

Here's to you (and me), Globetrotters.

No, I'm not talkin' Curly Neal and Meadow Lark Lemon, D.D.

Well, at least we can't say absolutely no one is trying to warn us, even if they are a peep in the wilderness. The Guardian UK has a brief story today on the aviation industry's contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

Check this one while you're at it. No, contrary to the propaganda, you do not need sandals and tie-dye accessories to care about this issue. Do you have kids? Then you really should give a hoot (I refuse to cuss, out of respect for my under 10 audience).

Of course an increasingly globalized professional and consumer society sings speed as the greatest virtue (not that it isn't often an almost undeniably good thing; but not always). Some iconoclasts have responded by politicizing speed:

“We must politicize speed….There's a violence in wealth that has been understood: not so with speed.” –Paul Virilio

I have a friend who has been working at a museum in Brussels devoted to educating about global warming. One of the scientists she works with refuses to take planes to conferences in North America. He takes the boat. Now if that ain't Old School (yes, like Will Farrell). Gonna see if I can't kick it old school next time too. And you?

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