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Do you believe? October 29, 2008

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A recent study known as the American Climate Values Survey and published by ecoAmerica says that 18 percent of Americans strongly believe that climate change is real, human-caused and harmful.

According to the survey, published at the beginning of October, most people (73 percent) do believe in climate change, but don’t attribute the full impact to humans.  Interestingly enough, politics had the biggest impact on whether or not people are believers –  54% Republicans survey believe in climate change while 90% Democrats are believers. 

Bob Perkowitz, founder and chairman of ecoAmerica, says that people need to start relating to global warming as an American issue, and not merely a political issue, if we’re ever going to get around to finding plausible solutions. 

The survey found that another reason people are not that interested in finding answers as soon as possible is because too great an impact has been placed on solutions for the environment alone – very few perceive a personal benefit from the expense that it might take to invest in green technologies. 

ecoAmerica hopes that, based on the answers people provided, this survey will provide a framework on which to adjust the message of global warming and climate change that might make people pay more attention to it as one of the primary problems facing our world today.

You can view the ACVS survey results for yourself by clicking here and downloading the PDF.

 

Going native September 4, 2008

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When I was four, I joined the Shawnee tribe.  Thats right.  We’d go camping to various places around Texas once a month as part of a YMCA program for girls and their fathers.  For the weekend, my dad was only allowed to refer to me as Princess Flying Dove as we met up with other Indian Princess tribes. 

The bonfire happened on Saturdays.  Young girls would make up skits to act out around the fire and the old braves (our dads) would tell us stories about the Great Spirits that inhabited the earth.  One of the stories inevitably took a serious tone as a brave would speak about the crimes Mankind committed against the Great Spirit, and, maybe more importantly, the impact of these crimes against himself, causing the spirits to leave forever.  

 

Over the years, it was probably during these bonfire stories, as I sat captivated by the fire, mesmerized by the truth of these legends, that my respect and appreciation for our changing world began to take hold. The Mom had her own impact on my education, as global warming was the buzzword that immediately led up to her soapbox.  At first, I did what I could to avoid any mention of the word, but slowly I accumulated my own research and our dinner discussions about the health of our planet lasted for hours, much to the chagrin of my younger sisters.

 

Culture is based on habit, and as far as I’ve witnessed, it has been American culture to look out for No. 1, with little concern for consequences.  Most of the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere today are byproducts of emissions from decades ago.  The gases my Honda CRV releases today will probably be around long enough to clog up the air surrounding my children as walk the stage at their college graduation.  While America is slowly opening her eyes to the long-term effects of our own human activity, it’s the longevity of the problem that make it crucial to change our habits today in order to shape our culture for a more sustainable future. 

 

From this point forward, bear witness to the fact that this blog is dedicated to promoting sustainability, to finding everyday ways the average citizen can limit his impact on this planet, our home, and to eat past the scientific jargon to figure out what exactly that impact may be.  Here’s to you, Great Spirits.  I hope we can do you justice. 

                                                                          – Princess Flying Dove