Dont’ call me an environmentalist

Posted: April 19, 2010 in environment
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Let’s get this straight and up front, I’m not an environmentalist, I belong to that long-established tribe who get to use the immortal line from the original Ghostbusters, “back off man I’m a scientist!”  What’s my beef with environmentalist, well, specifically it’s the ist.  That suffix points to activism, which in this day and age seems to mean yell, scream and self-promote.  Unfortunately my friends, today, most groups, even groups I respected when they started out, have turned into, yes I’m going to say it, politicians.  These groups have become focused less on impacting the issues and more focused on getting attention and staying in business.  The worst offender, although not an environmental group per se, is PETA.  The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is the most bogus group out there.

First of all, their main point is to accomplish things such as ending meat and dairy consumption and the use of leather and fur.  Of course what would they do if they succeeded?  You know the next group that would spring up would be the People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants, because let’s face it, the only way to eat without killing is to subsist purely on fruits and nuts and although there are a lot of groups I’ve yet to see that one being advocated.

PETA does get their share of attention by producing such crucial campaigns against milk consumption like an ad with a baby and the tag, got beer, lovely.   Of course tossing blood on a rich lady wearing fur seems bold and radical, but come on, what is some rich old lady going to do?  PETA impress me, do something that shows you’re truly devoted to your cause and I’ll even join, go throw blood on some Hell’s Angels wearing leathers.

So as a scientist I don’t react to issues from an emotional perspective but from data and solid facts.  In my next post I’ll talk about why carbon dioxide should not be considered pollution.



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