Les Etats-Unis | The US of A

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  1. luc says:

    About the popular backlash on environmentalism, I just read a short essay by Iegor Gran (in French): “L’écologie en bas de chez moi” which takes a shot at the zealots of the environment who treat you like a terrorist when you don’t do what Al Gore told them they should do. I think lots of us want to “do something about the environment” even if we don’t always know what to do (because it’s so complex and because we constantly contradict ourselves, just by living in rich/polluting countries), but we don’t like to be stared at by neighbors for every little thing we do just because they heard about the environment on TV.

    I think the backlash is just about these zealots, nothing else.

    Have fun traveling down the USA !

  2. Dave says:

    I definitely agree with you on that one Luc, there is a problem with how we environmentalists present ourselves. A few weeks ago we went to go see a presentation given by a branch of the Transition Movement – an organization which should be totally positive and energizing since the whole point of the transition movement is to get people fired up to create a better world in the face of the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil. And yet the whole thing was just depressing, we were left wondering if we shouldn’t give it all up and buy a shotgun and start hording food because there is no hope and the world is coming to an end and only some of us will survive and how can you even travel by bus you polluting monster fascist…

    I can see why people are so negative, and why they brow-beat people who don’t do the most ecological thing all the time, these challenges are serious and scary; but it is no way to get what you want, people just don’t want to hear it. Could you imagine Nike running an ad campaign that was “Buy Nike or You’re a Bad Person!”?

    Too bad though that the environmental movement seems to be learning this all at such a late stage!

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