[Coral-List] Sexy scientists
phoetjes at cura.net
Sun Apr 16 12:11:01 EDT 2006
That reminds me of the activists in the seventies going around with
cans of spray paint to spray on furs being worn at fancy events. Makes
you wonder if similar measures might not help against SUVs, especially
since an important part of the SUV fashion seems to be inspired by a
misguided sense of safety inside these huge and heavy vehicles
(perhaps caused by all these bodyguards and federal agencies using
SUVs?), causing SUV traffic jams at start and finish of school hours.
But seriously, what is really needed against global warming is not
just a mindset change. People have been behaving stupidly and
irresponsibly forever, mostly willfully and knowingly so, despite
knowing better. Waiting for them to stop, hoping they will see (learn)
the error of their ways is ostrich policy. What is needed is a
serious effort from responsible and rational governments to impose
strict regulations against irresponsible fuel use, production of fuel
inefficient cars, and restrictions on the countries' industries; i.e.
an acknowledgement by (the) States of the problem and prioritization
of solving it; not denial and irrational belief that people (not to
mention corporations) will do the right thing on their own, seen in
But even if this were to happen, the reefs are not going to survive
without zero (nutrient) discharge policies on all coral reef coasts
and a complete stop to further development of coasts adjacent to coral
reefs, not to mention strict and conservative reef fisheries
management, and erosion control and pollution control everywhere
because it will eventually end up on the reefs.
That is what we should all be lobbying for with every effort we can
Of course, for our few remaning hours of leisure time, painting is
reputed to be therapeutic, it shouldn't matter whether it is spray
paint or regular paint.
Adriana Salazar wrote:
Being reading some of the posts on resilience and what followed - sexy scient
ists included. So, my thoughts on the matter. Warning: this might been said by
someone else before... I haven't read all messages.
To add to the impossible task we already have.
Think about Fashion. It was fashionable to wear fur, and then it came this fa
mous add of Briggite Bardot or some other sexy famous actress (Hey! I can't rem
ember, it was before my time), with a lovely seal pup. And the add was against
wearing furs, `cause all those nice puppies were getting killed (along with a l
ot other animals, going fast to extinction). So, that fashion was replaced for
the wear-fake-furs-show-you-care fashion.
White bread was on fashion; "black" bread was cheaper. Now, whole grain bread
, and seven-grains bread and the like are more expensive than white bread. Its
fashionable to be "healthy". Fair skinned was beauty - now, a "healthy" tan is
what is fashionable (despite the fact that it gets you skin cancer).
Fashion is related to status. High status people were white (they did not wor
k on the sun all day), eat white bread (white was better than black, obviously,
because blacks and browns were slaves and servants, whites were owners), and c
overed themselves in furs (the nicer the fur, the more expensive it was = highe
Driving a SUV is fashionable. People of the first world drive SUV's, while us
, poor jerks living in the border (Mex-US) drive second hand "gabacho" cars (us
ed cars from USA, way cheaper than trying to get yourself a new car). So, every
one dreams of buying a new SUV (have you seen the 2006 RAV4 by toyota? Have you
any idea how much a new one costs in Mexico?). And those that have the money d
rive those cars (just watch the news, the high level politicians are followed b
y bodyguards on big SUV's , regardless the fact that they only drive around in
the city, and that there is only two or at most three body guards on each car -
they could fit on a pointer city, couldn't they?).
So, it is a question of fashion, and fashion is related to status, and status
is related to power and money (and fame), and the first world has most of thos
e that that are powerful, rich, and famous.
Some people out there study fashions. Perhaps we should ask them how to make
more fashionable those habits that do the less damage to environments. But I do
n't see car pooling becoming fashionable because I don't see high level politic
ians or entrepreneurs sharing a same car, not even if it's a limo. Actors and a
ctresses, some of them are crazy, so you might get them to do it.
So, increasing awareness is all right, but it should be awareness about more
than just environment; it should include social/ economic considerations also,
to actually fit on everyday life and expectations of people. To influence those
expectations. Because, right now, there is a lot of humans on the beach, getti
ng themselves a nice tan along with a higher probability of skin cancer, and th
ere is a lot of people idiotically indebting themselves for life in order to bu
y a new SUV, and be "better" than the next door neighbor.
M. en C. Adriana Salazar
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