This past weekend the call for the greening of America, and the world, was strong. On Friday night, the naturalist, E. O. Wilson, had a conversation with Bill Moyers. What I took away from the discussion is Wilson's hope that we, as humans, can "see ourselves as a biological species in a biological world." In other words, we need to start thinking of ourselves as part of the environment, and act accordingly. Wilson said we have to "stop thinking of ourselves as semi-angels," only here temporarily. What we do while we are here has an permanent effect on the earth.
The 77 year old Wilson is in the midst of putting together the Encyclopedia of Life. Until the EOL is complete, you can read Wilson's works from our collection: The Diversity of Life [333.95 WIL] and The Future of Life [333.9522 WIL].
On Saturday, there was the worldwide extravaganza, Live Earth. There were nine concerts in venues from New Jersey to Antarctica. To learn more about Live Earth, visit the website www.liveearth.org. There you can puzzle out the confusing concept of a "carbon footprint," and take the "Live Earth Pledge," that states, in part,
To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become "carbon neutral."
We can all go green if we take little steps. Switch from incandescent bulbs. Reuse plastic bags. Drink tap water instead of bottled (you'll save money as well as eliminate tons of plastic packaging). Read or watch An Inconvenient Truth [363.73874 GOR, DVD 363.73874 GOR].
Be more conscious of your place on earth!