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Sunday, April 08, 2007

White Easter

I had dreamed of a white Christmas this past year and unfortunately it did not happen but as the Easter holiday has come, we here in Central Vermont are enjoying the magnificent beauty and purity of fresh white snow. As I ate my breakfast this morning at Coffee Corner in downtown Montpelier, I over-heard a grumpy old man muttering laughs about global warming. While today is Easter and visions of spring are the norm for this holiday, Central Vermont is covered with a white blanket of snow. To the uneducated or the grumpy old man that is proof enough to them that global warming is not happening; however ignored by those skeptics is the vast scientific evidence proving that average world temperatures are rising, glaciers are receding and the polar ice caps are melting.

Most internationally acclaimed scientists have proven that global warming is happening and that it is caused by man. Unfortunately, there are those who still refute man’s involvement; however they now do admit global warming is happening. Those who are refuting it are closely aligned with the oil industry or some other pollutant industry. Republican and right wing think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute have been attributed to paying and financing skeptics to refute scientific data. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and International attention on global warming, industry powers are still attacking the evidence. Scientific skepticism has been around for centuries whether it is from religious or business powers they have corrupted their authority to influence the ignorant.

Vermont is not a stranger to snow in April or an occasional snow in May, so despite those critics I am not deterred from expressing concern. While yesterday, I basked in the marvelous sights of a snow covered mountain and enjoyed the view atop Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s highest mountain unadulterated by human development, I pondered what man is doing to the environment. Climbing atop this peak there are little signs of human activity outside of the track’s in the snow or the occasional trail marker. At times throughout the climb my mind wandered with wonder. No motorized vehicle and no microwave oven, just my dog Ella and my friend Paul.

Through my latest climb, topics of discussion changed like the elevation changing of the trees, oaks to pines and then to spuces. We discussed many aspects of modern life and in particular the lack of relationship to nature. Man has become so disconnected with nature and the simplest elements of life. A generation ago it was not out of the ordinary for one to build their home out of the trees of their land and raise and cultivate their food from that same plot of land. Every piece of one’s necessity could have virtually been taken care of right there, no need for a Wal-Mart or any other fancy department store. What a contrast from today’s world, where a relative of mine just told me that her new home is close to everything in suburbia. “I am forty minutes to work and fifteen minutes to the mall.” Unfortunately, to maintain that life in suburbia she must commute daily for forty minutes in a sea of cars, each individualy nudging their way forward just to go to work.

The societal claims of “progress” is a myth and instead of progressing society is digressing itself into oblivion. As a society we have become more and more disconnected from the basics of life and we are fracturing our own happiness. Life’s become too revolved in work and consummation of goods that there is very little time for reflection and enjoyment of life. We as a society have become nothing more than consumers as a way to divert our attentions from the miseries of daily lives. Although there have been advancements in modern conveniences in the last fifty-years psychological studies have determined that the average American is less happy than their counterparts of fifty-years ago. Contrary, to popular belief today’s man has less leisure time despite the advancements of “time saving” conveniences. In the last fifty years we have seen our forests and farms plowed over and the forces of “progress” falsely claim we are better off.

So, while living near a mall can be convenient, and while the world revolves around what possessions one can consume, the fragility of our planet is showing signs of deterioration. Now, Vermont may have been covered by a new blanket of snow it does not refute the claims of global warming or the eminent crisis to come. Serious looks at the ways of “modern” living and realistic planning for our future health are due. No longer can a society such as present day American society subsist without alteration of its course. As I look out and see the purity of the white snow I am hopeful in seeing a rebirth with the coming of spring as well as with the ways our society handles its relationship to the earth. Today is a good day to start your change. In addition next Saturday, April 14 all throughout the country (yes in your backyard too) many other folks are going to call on their leaders to “Step It Up.” Global warming is and will affect your life immensely.

Robb Kidd

“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau


At April 09, 2007 7:38 AM, Blogger J.D. Ryan said...

Rob, reading your post made me think of a book I'm reading right now called "Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization", by DerricK Jensen.It's about how the only option we have left at this point is the systematic dismantling of civilization. It's a pretty radicla book, and it makes you think seriously about these issues. They have it at Bear Pond Books, I think you'd really enjoy it.


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