pete75 wrote:Samuel D wrote:pete75 wrote:[…] and no I don't feel any guilt.
You really shouldn’t boast about that, although a lot of people from your generation do. Thankfully the younger generations, for all their new faults, have a more sensible outlook on energy consumption. Plus they’re poorer and simply can’t afford the great extravagance of their parents. Habits are changing, and I see no reason to give up hope just because some older people think it’s their right to burn a tank of petrol on a whim for pleasure as long as they can afford it. Even if you reject all scientific advice about the consequences of your actions and the need to change them, you won’t live forever.
I don't doubt what man made pollution is doing to the earth I just think it's too late to stop it unless extremely drastic action is taken and that just won't happen.
Governments have known about this for a lot longer than us yet still pay mainly lip service to preventing climate change and don't actually do that much about it. The biggest polluter of the lot, the USA, has pulled out of what international agreements there are to prevent it.
Many countries are actually following policies that will increase climate change for example, the leases Trump is granting for oil and gas exploration on public land may cause more climate change pollution than the EU produces annually and China is planning to build about 500 coal fired power stations over the next ten years. This is the opposite of the drastic action needed to save the world.
The most immediate threat is likely to be water wars along with people trying to migrate from places suffering increasing desertification to those that aren't with all the strife, death and mayhem that will cause. Food shortages will increase as both desertification and sea level rises remove large areas of currently productive farmland further intensifying population movements and the associated tensions.
So if enough people litter in your town, you'd stop using the bins??
This is just excuses - I've heard the same thing from a thousand polluters. Why is your -ve contribution insignificant? What if everyone that thinks like you decided to change DESPITE Trump (and all the other all-powerful being that you're blaming)?
(Those oil-n-gas licences would be pretty worthless if everyone slashed their driving miles - wouldn't they?)
Take a bit of responsibility for YOUR effect on other people. Show some flippin' balls - I dare ya!